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La Toja shave stick, Vie-Long horsehair brush, a Yaqi razor, Manatiales de la Toja “Hombre” aftershave

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A truly excellent shave. The springs of La Toja apparently have a high content of mineral salts proclaimed to have restorative effects, and certainly the soap produced a really wonderful lather. I was wondering if a coarse brush like this Vie-Long horsehair would have the same effect as the fine synthetics I’ve been using lately, but absolutely no problem and a very nice change of pace. There was plenty of lather the whole shave through.

This Yaqi razor has a nice balance and feel in the hand, and the head is an Edwin Jagger clone, so it did a very nice job, producing a smooth result with total comfort.

A good splash Manantiales de la Toja “Hombre” aftershave finished the job. The aftershave has a wonderful fragrance of notes with which I’m not familiar. The aftershave has been discontinued but the EDT is still available and IMO worth seeking out. At the link the fragrance is described as “spicy-creamy” (which conveys nothing to me), but it is a unique fragrance and very pleasant indeed.

Their web site notes (thanks to Google Translate):

La Toja is a brand that has its origin in the Spring of the Island of La Toja.

The discovery of the springs of this island goes back, according to legend, to the middle of the 19th century, when the benefits of these waters rich in sodium, calcium, iron and magnesium were discovered.

From the waters of the Spring of the Island the Mineral Salts that are incorporated into the La Toja brand products are still being extracted so that, more than a hundred years later, you can continue enjoying the benefits of hot springs at home.

And, in an example that shows Google Translate still requires some work:

Come, good people, the words of this pilgrim to hear!
If God saves your hearts, for years you can enjoy them.

I come from Roncesvalles, on the Xacobeo road on foot,
And incredible stories I want your Mercedes to tell.
Deeds and legends through villages and towns I sing.
Unknown wonders that nobody can explain.

In the year of the Lord of 1837 an extraordinary event occurred
that has passed from parents to children,
Until I reach my ears.

Listen carefully to the story of a borrico,
well to know where we are going
You have to know where we came from.

Galicia!, land of twilight,
saw birth in his bosom
A priest of many lights.
He was a cultured and resounded man,
by the hand of God touched.

But Fortune Wanted
put it in a hurry.

There was the poor priest
in the Arosa estuary lost.
On a desert island,
Where death lurks
Poor and arid land
where there were only a few pines.
The chaplain was in a burrito,
for such a great little man,
Although wise and full of sanity.

The poor animal, of ringworm and killings,
His hard skin was covered.
Such was his unfortunate state
that the priest decided to leave him.
But, being a church man, he didn’t want to kill him.

This is how the priest with teary eyes
He left the donkey among stubble.

After a few months the chaplain returned to the island
to give the burro Christian donkey.
What was his surprise to see that he was running
and that all his wounds had a cure!

Kneeling gave thanks to God
For the miraculous healing.
But when I was for the sixth prayer
He saw the donkey in a walled puddle.
At first he thought it was sin.
Approached to exorcise the animal
and saw that it was not Belcebú,
neither fake nor taboo
but a healthy swamp
the one that healed the creature.

The ways of the Lord are inscrutable!
That sad and desolate land
it became inexplicable facts
in cheerful and fruitful.

Here ends the narration of this sheet,
that of an island that made history
being touched by glory
known to all by the spring of La Toja.

This was a wonderful start for the weekend—and it’s a long weekend!

Written by Leisureguy

12 October 2019 at 9:08 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I happen to have this Yaqi head and I find it quite unpleasant, too much blade exposure for me which makes it feels rough (variety of blades explored). I wonder if this head is the same as the RR mission, as the Yaqui Mellon (the double open comb) seems to be the same as the RR SLOC. Some say the RR mission is equal to the EJ89 except for the chrome plating, but I’m sure it’s not, but can’t confirm.

    How would you compare this Yaqi razor to the MJ90A in term of feel on the skin only?

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    R

    14 October 2019 at 8:04 pm

  2. I’d have to shave them side by side. But both the Yaqi shown and the double-open-comb Yaqi work well for me (as does the MJ-90A).

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    LeisureGuy

    14 October 2019 at 8:07 pm

  3. I agree that the Yaqi double-open-comb head is a nice one.

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    R

    15 October 2019 at 7:55 pm

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:15 am

  5. more old models of shaving soap of La Toja

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:16 am

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:17 am

  7. toilet soaps, fragances and foam soap

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:17 am

  8. old sets

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:18 am

  9. old mug vintage (I have one !)

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:19 am

  10. and blades vintage !

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:20 am

  11. The actual splash is very good !

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:20 am

  12. /Users/alesmv/Google Drive/Google Fotos/2008/iglesiaSSebastiandelaToxa.jpg

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:29 am

  13. the church in the island, La Toja, in front of Balneary La Toja, is ALL decorated with shells (scallops)

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:31 am

  14. I photographed those images in the spa museum shop. but I do not locate the photo that shows the tube, or a kind of narrow well, inside the store, where you see the salts that are extracted from the spring of the Eternal Youth (it is in the store, it is public access), and that incorporate the soap, so the soaps put WITH SALTS OF THE TOJA .. they refer to the salt of the water that gives the Eternal Youth (in Florida they did not find it … it was in La Toja, but those who looked for it did not know it! ) 🙂

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:36 am

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:37 am

  16. End … visit La Toja .. is nice place !

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    ales

    3 November 2019 at 7:38 am

  17. Quite a tour. Thanks, ales.

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    LeisureGuy

    3 November 2019 at 8:28 am


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