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Rooney Victorian, The Dead Sea, Gillette 1940s Aristocrat, and Gratiot League Square

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The Dead Sea (shaving soap) doesn’t like water very much, so I’m careful to shake the brush well before loading. I then work in a dribble of water as I work up the lather on my stubble. I do like the fragrance of this soap, and it does quite a nice job.

Three passes with the Aristocrat to perfect smoothness, then a splash of Chatillon Lux’s Gratiot League Square aftershave.

And now for a walk.

Written by Leisureguy

10 August 2018 at 10:25 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I agree about the Dead Sea…this also applies, at least to me, with the Meissner Tremonia pastes, Very similar; too much water creates a weird mess that still facilitates glide but isn’t ideal.

    optimizer64

    10 August 2018 at 12:40 pm

  2. I agree: the pastes require that the brush be just damp: no drips. A good shake is required.

    LeisureGuy

    10 August 2018 at 3:16 pm

  3. I have a question unrelated to your post. After reading your book I began using a skuttle, I had never heard of a skuttle until reading your book! I recall Dr. Moss saying not get the water too hot. Any idea what an ideal temperature might be? I microwave to about 145 degrees, let the brush soak during my shower and this always gives me a warm lather.

    Michael

    11 August 2018 at 10:16 am

  4. 145ºF sounds about right—even 140ºF would be okay. Some guys (thinking more is better) tried using boiling water, which instantly kills the lather. I eventually found my shave to be efficient enough that I did not have to concern myself about keeping the lather in the brush warm, so I sold my scuttles.

    LeisureGuy

    11 August 2018 at 10:20 am

  5. Thank you! As I mentioned I had never heard of a shaving skuttle until I read your book but is now a part of my routine. Also, it looks good to me, setting on the counter. My routine has more steps than needed but I enjoy, possibly only you could understand that!

    Michael

    11 August 2018 at 10:45 am

  6. I’m a big believer in finding enjoyment in things you must in any case do: it saves a lot on willpower. For a good example, see this post. Buying a pair of Nordic walking poles adds an expense to the walk, but it turns the walk into something I really enjoy now and look forward to.

    Same with the various shaving toys.

    LeisureGuy

    11 August 2018 at 10:48 am

  7. Well said!

    Michael

    11 August 2018 at 11:00 am


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