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Excellent acoustics again, with a strong woody fragrance

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My Simpson Emperor 3 Super brush is the next to last brush on the Simpson shelf, so tomorrow I’ll finish another shelf in the brush odyssey. This morning it made a great lather from Meißner Tremonia’s Woody Almond shaving paste, whose strong almond fragrance with clear cedar overtones gripped my nose firmly: a breathtaking (and very nice) fragrance.

I used the uncoated version of yesterday’s DLC-coated stainless steel iKon slant, and once again was rewarded with:

  1. an absolutely stellar shave: smooth, easy, close, and without even the threat of a nick or burn.
  2. a tiny concert of stubble being raked away: a continuous ripple of quiet popping

I love this shave: a great way to start any day, but this was today and that was the shave.

I finished it with another clear and distinct woody fragrance: Anthony Gold’s Red Cedar aftershave — I should perhaps write Red Cedar aftershave, given the presence of that fragrance. It’s a great aftershave, which I bought from The Copper Hat some years back. I just got a notice that they are closing their physical store at the end of December because so much of their business has become on-line. I also note that the bottle is nowadays much smaller — but then, of course, so am I. 🙂

Written by LeisureGuy

14 November 2019 at 9:16 am

Posted in Shaving

10 Responses

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  1. I don’t see the DLC on the Ikon website, is there another ID?

    I ordered the Red Cedar about a year ago, following your use. We had a wonderful exchange about using Cedar! The bottle is much smaller. It is a wonderful aftershave!

    Michael Napier

    14 November 2019 at 10:46 am

  2. @Michael: This is the razor but with a B1 coating (whatever that is) instead of a DLC coating. Some of the DLC razors had problems with the coating flaking off. Mine has been fine, but Greg had to find an alternative, and B1 has proved to be excellent. On Wicked Edge a guy reported that a friend sent him a B1-coated razor head loose in a box, and despite the banging around against each other during shipment, neither the cap or the baseplate suffered any damage.

    I should perhaps note that this razor requires (and rewards) a very light touch. It took me a while to realize how light.

    BTW, you can also buy the head alone.

    LeisureGuy

    14 November 2019 at 11:05 am

  3. After reading your response it occurred to me that I bought this razor a number of years ago and never did get used to it. I mentioned to you that I was going to shelve it. You suggested selling it on Ebay which I did and sold it for a little more that I paid for it. I should probably stay away!

    Michael Napier

    14 November 2019 at 2:39 pm

  4. Well, given that you turned a profit…. 🙂

    Sometimes a razor that didn’t work turns out, after you have more experience, does work. And I’ve commented at various times about things initially I dislike that, on using them more, I turn out to like a lot — for example, a kitchen knife. Also, a cast-iron skillet: at the link, I describe how I didn’t like the Smithey No. 8 at all when I first got it (and in fact put it aside in a drawer for months), but for some reason I got it out and started using it daily, and now I love it.

    I’ve gone through a period when I didn’t like this razor, but now I’m finding it quite enjoyable. I think I’ve lightened up on my touch.

    But the iron law of shaving is, “Nothing works for everyone.” So you may well be right.

    LeisureGuy

    14 November 2019 at 3:12 pm

  5. Man o’ man, that red cedar scent does sound inviting!

    There’s something about red cedar and red mahogany, be it furniture, shoe polish or shaving lotion/cologne that rings my chime!

    Steve Riehle

    14 November 2019 at 5:20 pm

  6. This particular aftershave is unique. Totally a red-cedar fragrance.

    LeisureGuy

    14 November 2019 at 5:27 pm

  7. Post Script: But why is the red cedar after shave yellowish? Wouldn’t a few drops of a reddish coloring agent add to the moment (and to sales appeal)?

    Steve Riehle

    14 November 2019 at 5:33 pm

  8. It would be a negative to me. I very much prefer products without additives of that sort. I’m pleased that the list of ingredients (“Ethyl alcohol, Pine (pinus banksiana) extract, Matricaria flower (chamomilla reutita) extract, Nettle leaf (urtica dioca) extract, Dandelion leaf (taraxacum officinale) extract, Clover flower (trifolium pretense) extract, fragrance.”) does not include any artificial coloring.

    Of course, I suppose that there are those who like artificial coloring, given how much food is sold that contains it.

    LeisureGuy

    14 November 2019 at 5:37 pm

  9. You make a profound point in your last paragraph above, Michael, about how so much food contains artificial coloring or food grade coloring nowadays. Consumers do notice that sort of thing. I flunked high school chemistry, but I have to wonder what one drop of beet juice, berry juice or the equivalent would do to a bottle of after shave labeled Red Cedar?

    Steve Riehle

    14 November 2019 at 5:57 pm

  10. It certainly would be an easy experiment to do, but you’ll note (at the link in the post) that the current bottle is dark, so adding coloring would be pointless. And I personally don’t care what color an aftershave is.

    LeisureGuy

    14 November 2019 at 6:30 pm


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