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Declaration Grooming’s Icarus formula

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Continuing my run through various soaps that made the Sharpologist list, today I am using Declaration Grooming’s Darkfall, one of their Icarus formula soaps:

Stearic Acid, Water, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Mango Seed Butter, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Bison Tallow, Lamb Tallow, Colloidal Oatmeal, Goat’s Milk, Lanolin, Bentonite Clay, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba L. (White Willow) Bark Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tussah Silk

The tetrasodium EDTA will help this soap when hard water is used. The fragrance is described:

Darkfall is a spicy oriental designed to capture the spirit of fall in the rural south. Agarwood, amber, and benzoin provide a deep, warm base for the cinnamon and clove top notes. Birch tar adds a slight smokiness that represents the ever-present smell of burning leaves that heralds the arrival of fall in Georgia.

Using my Simpson Wee Scot, I got a good lather, and the iKon Shavecraft 101 did a wonderful. A splash of Klar Seifen to finish the shave, and I’m ready for the day (first day of legal cannabis here in Canada—probably should have chosen Dead Sea as the shaving soap, since its fragrance includes cannabis).

Written by LeisureGuy

17 October 2018 at 7:33 am

Posted in Shaving

The NBA Now Feels Like the Future and the NFL the Past. But It Wasn’t Destined to Work Out That Way.

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I don’t really follow sports, but this column is absolutely fascinating. And do watch the videos.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 October 2018 at 1:41 pm

Posted in Business, Games

Another great cider: Wild English, from Sea Cider

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And just as with wine, each cider has its own flavors and fragrance. This one is (like the others) wonderful.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 October 2018 at 11:54 am

Posted in Drinks

Snark so intense you can hear the tone of voice

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Kevin Drum.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 October 2018 at 10:04 am

Complete Esperanto: Learn to read, write, speak and understand Esperanto

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A new book for learning Esperato. Esperanto is one of the offerings at, though the lessons at seem better to me. (Both sites are free.) About the book:

Written by LeisureGuy

16 October 2018 at 7:59 am

Posted in Books, Esperanto

Wholly Kaw’s donkey-milk shaving soap

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Continuing my series of soaps from the Sharpologist article, I picked Wholly Kaw’s Monaco Royale this morning:

Top notes: Lavender, Bergamot, Neroli, Petitgrain
Middle notes: Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Tonka Bean, Ambergris
Base notes: Guaiacwood, Agarwood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Labdanum and Musk

And the ingredients in the tallow version, which is what I have:

Potassium Stearate, Sodium Stearate, Aqua, Donkey Milk, Glycerin, Potassium Tallowate, Sodium Tallowate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Sodium Ricinoleate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Sodium Shea Butterate, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Lanolin, Fragrance

As expected, the soap performed very well, and my Edwin Jagger synthetic brush had no difficulty in generating a good lather. My Feather AS-D1 with a Feather blade made short work of the stubble, and a splash of Floris JF finished the job. Fine shave.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 October 2018 at 7:52 am

Posted in Shaving

A wonderful beef shank from Farm & Field Butcher

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In my 10″ 2-qt sauté pan, I put about 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil and then added:

1/2 large yellow onion, chopped small
1 medium carrot, diced
1 cup celery, chopped small (with leaves)
1 Serrano pepper, chopped small
8 cloves garlic, chopped small

I sautéed that for a while until onions were translucent, then put the beef shank cross-section on top and gave it several dashes of Maggi seasoning.

The covered pan went into a 200ºF oven for 7 hours. Extremely tasty. There was enough marrow in the bone to justify getting out my antique silver double-ended marrow spoon.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 October 2018 at 2:50 pm

Posted in Food, Low carb, Recipes

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