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Van Yulay’s Achilles — a favorite — with the Fatip Testina Gentile

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This Edwin Jagger brush’s synthetic knot seems to be the same Gen 2 synthetic knot in my Mühle Cosmo brush, which aims to mimic a badger knot and in fact does quite a good job. I like the knot, and it made a very fine lather from Van Yuly’s excellent Achilles shave soap: “Tobacco with the perfect amount of Kentucky bourbon, hints of cherry, notes of vanilla, of rosewood, cedar, smoke, and sweet birch.” It’s an emu-and-tallow-based soap:

Stearic Acid, Coconut Fatty Acid, Palm Stearic, Castor, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Tobacco Tea, Aloe Vera, Coconut-Emu-Tallow-Meadow Foam-Borage-Argan- Oils, Kentucky Bourbon, Sodium Lactate, Herbal Ground Tea, Calendula, Extracts, Poly Quats, Allantoin, Silica, Bentonite Clay, Glycerin Soap, Tobacco Absolute, Mica, and Fragrance.

Three passes with the Fatip Testina Gentile, which I find both comfortable and efficient, left my face smooth and ready for a good splash of Achilles aftershave, which uses the same witch-hazel-based formula I used on Tuesday but with a different fragrance.

Excellent start to the day.

Written by Leisureguy

24 October 2019 at 8:44 am

Posted in Shaving

6 Responses

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  1. That Fatip is really great. It’s why I see no reason to buy a new Gillette safety razor now. Is this a Prodigal Son remake?



    24 October 2019 at 9:18 am

  2. I don’t get the reference, I fear. And I won’t have the new Gillette for a couple of weeks at least.



    24 October 2019 at 9:29 am

  3. It’s is like they abandoned double edged razors, but now that the market grows anew they come running back. Let us know if Gillette can still do it.



    24 October 2019 at 9:32 am

  4. Ah, the proverbial Prodigal Son. 🙂 I imagine that Gillette no long has the in-house expertise and machinery to make a double-edged razor, so these will almost certainly turn out to be rebranded razors from some other manufacturer, Gillette just try to cash in some more on its brand.



    24 October 2019 at 10:27 am

  5. Michael – I am wondering if there is a typo in the post. Here is a quote “same Gen 2 synthetic knot in my Mühle Cosmo razor.” To the best of my knowledge, razors don’t have knots.



    24 October 2019 at 11:04 am

  6. @Craig – My mind slipped a gear. Correction made.Thanks.



    24 October 2019 at 11:10 am

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