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The Solar Flare and the Dead Sea, with the Baili BR171 and Vide Poche

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After three shaves with shaving soaps that require a generous amount of water, I thought I’d balance things with a shaving soap that requires you to be stingy with water. Phoenix Artisan’s Solar Flare is fine brush, and I shook it well before loading with RazoRock’s The Dead Sea shaving soap, having learned by experience that a brush that’s even slightly wet makes a lather too wet to do a good job.

Baili’s BR171 razor is superb and for $6 you can’t beat it (and indeed, you can’t beat it a substantially higher prices): three passes to a BBS result, and then a splash of Chatillon Lux’s Vide Poche aftershave, and I’m set for the day. The Wife is taking today as a holiday, so it has a very Saturday feeling.

Written by Leisureguy

24 May 2019 at 7:41 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I have learned more by reading your blog and book than from all the wetshaving forums and YouTube videos combined. Long ago, I read one of your posts in which you spoke well of a Vie Long horsehair brush. Years later, the Vie Long horsehair I bought it is the best brush I have ever owned. After reading your comments on the Baili BR171, I am going to get one of those, too. An affordable yet good razor for travel is always handy to have around. Yet more helpful information from your blog!

    Thanks so much for consistently and for many years providing very useful and relevant shaving info. You truly are a pillar of the wetshaving revival.



    24 May 2019 at 1:02 pm

  2. Tbone, you made my day—indeed, my week if not my month! I sometimes feel that it takes me quite a while to catch on, but if I keep paying attention to what I do and what results, eventually I see what in hindsight seems obvious.

    And, of course, I sometimes just ask for help. I’ve been revising that long post about my diet, and I was struggling with the term “whole grain.” I use it to refer to… well, whole grains: the individual grain that I cook: oat groats (rather than steel cut or rolled), hulled barley (rather than pot barley or pearled), wheat berries (rather than cracked wheat). But people generally use the term to refer to using the entire grain—bran, endosperm, and germ. Thus they will speak of whole-grain flour, whereas flour is about as far from what I mean by “whole grain” as you can get.

    I was trying to figure out what term to use—”entire grain”—and after reading this post, I emailed the author and asked for help, and she responded immediately: “unprocessed whole grain.” Brilliant. Of course, once she’s said it, it seems obvious, but that’s a common response to new information: you don’t know, but as soon as your told, it seems obvious. (In management, I learned that before I presented any data on sales volume, conversion rat4es, etc., to ask people to write down their own estimate. If I did, they were often surprised at how the actual information differed from their assumption; if I didn’t, as soon as they saw the actual information they thought that they already knew it and it was obvious.)

    Apologies for digression, but this just happened and it’s still on my mind.

    Here’s the best price I’ve found for the Baili BR171. (The Baili BR173 is the same razor with a gold finish if you can find it.) And, BTW, this razor is the Edwin Jagger razor as it should have been made: sturdy and with the cap having a threaded post that won’t just snap off. I’m thinking of getting one. You can also get it from RazoRock, who is currently having a sale.



    24 May 2019 at 2:05 pm

  3. Michael, I had to laugh – most of our US flour is “hole grain”…:P

    On the shaving front, I couldn’t agree with you more – Dead Sea almost seems like it unleashes its own moisture when my practically dry brush hits it. It’s a truly amazing soap, and there’s so much in the container as well. It always seems to elevate my shaves.



    24 May 2019 at 4:21 pm

  4. I’m currently in the process of revising and expanding my post on my diet, and in that I comment that I don’t eat foods made from flour. (I occasionally will have a sandwich if I’m eating out, but I seldom eat out.)

    I agree: The Dead Sea is a very nice soap indeed.



    24 May 2019 at 6:34 pm

  5. Thank you very much for the BR171 and MJ-90 links! I have read about DE89 heads snapping off, but assumed that it was due to people torquing down too hard when screwing the handle back on. Apparently, Muhle has changed the R89 screw threads to brass because of issues with Zamak corroding. My DE89 has worked very well so far, but I will get an MJ-90 if the threads ever snap off. That an amazing price for such a beautifully machined razor.

    Your digression into the meaning of whole grain is interesting. It never occurred to me that it could refer to intact grains of any type, rather than whole (with bran) grain in any form. I think “unprocessed whole grain” is a very clear and good way to put it. BTW – Your dietary and recipe posts are very well done IMHO. And your six points for overall health in your post on your diet hit the nail on the head.



    25 May 2019 at 6:01 pm

  6. Thanks, Tbone. I was relieved to finally “finish” revising my diet post. I put “finish” in quotes because I’m sure to be updating it as I learn more, but I have read enough and cooked enough of a plant-focused diet to take this first complete shot at it. I’m finding very interesting to explore new dishes and nw foods. I’m all afire now to buy and prepare some amaranth and some teff.

    I have for years like to cook unprocessed whole grains. I’ve made a lot of kamut salads over the years. And whole rye is very nice indeed.



    25 May 2019 at 6:22 pm

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