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The Palmolive shave stick, with iKon 101 and Vie-Long horsehair

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I had ordered a copy of the Palmolive shave stick while I was still in the middle of the shave-stick series and hoped it would arrive in time to be included, but it arrived only yesterday. You can read the ingredients on the label. It’s a tallow-based soap, and it does indeed include Palm oil (Elaeis Guineensis) and Olive oil (Olea Europaea), hence Palmolive. It also has coconut oil, so overall a good formulation. And it lathered like a champ, using the Vie-Long brush shown.

I’ve been thinking this brush was one of the horsehair+badger mixed-bristle brushes that Vie-Long offers, but on looking at it this morning, I see that it is pure horsehair. And it did a fine job of making lather and holding plenty for the entire three passes—three very comfortable passes, thanks to iKon’s superb Shavecraft 101, and the result was perfect smoothness sans damage.

A good splash of Musgo Real finished the shave and set the day in motion, best foot forward. (Or should that be “better foot forward,” given that we have but two feet? I suppose the expression may have originated with (say) horses, who do have enough feet that they could have a “best.”)

Update: Nope. Phrase originated in reference to humans, but not by a grammarian, obviously.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 November 2019 at 8:06 am

Posted in Shaving

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