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Lavender’s Blue, Dilly Dilly

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Damned if I could find a clip from the original Disney Cinderella (1950). Still, it was a great shave.

Mr Pomp created the wonderful D.R. Harris lather in lavender, and then my new blue Baby Smooth slicked away lather and stubble leaving a perfectly smooth result, which enjoyed the splash of D.R. Harris Old English Lavender Water.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. And I start the day with a shave for which I’m thankful.

Written by LeisureGuy

28 November 2019 at 8:54 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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  1. That aftershave splash is the one the barber in High Plains Drifter offered Clint Eastwood for an extra 10 cents. “The ladies love it”

    Larry

    28 November 2019 at 12:11 pm

  2. Yesterday I had my first shave with my new Baby Smooth and Razorock soap. I didn’t care for the feel of the razor at all. There was way more blade feel than I anticipated which I didn’t enjoy. However I’ll have to eliminate the many variables that contributed to the shave before I decide just what the issue is. Was it the soap which was perhaps a tad thin? Was the top tightened down all the way? Would another blade feel better–it was loaded with a Derby which I like in my other razors. Or was it just my own expectations which have to be adjusted to reality before the overall experience can be judged more fairly. I’ve noticed in the past that although I agree with your views on many products we’re certainly not in 100% lockstep.

    George P.

    29 November 2019 at 3:18 am

  3. Just finished my 2nd shave with the Baby Smooth. It was better–I think I didn’t have the top tightened down quite all the way yesterday. And I had a luxuriously thick lather with a PAA soap. Still, there was an overall sense of harshness that I don’t have with my Merkur 34 or Fatip Testina Gentile.

    George P.

    29 November 2019 at 6:48 am

  4. You might find this post of interest. As I write in the Guide,

    The third—and greatest—surprise is that different men can experience very different performance from any given brand of blade. This perhaps should not be a surprise: different men often use different prep, have beards that range from sparse and soft to thick and wiry, have different sensitivities of skin, use different techniques, and have different razors. Often the only thing in common is the brand of blade, so no great surprise that the experience is different.

    But one’s own experience is so vivid and immediate that many find it extremely difficult to grasp that someone else using the same brand of blade can have a different experience. Thus you find occasional suggestions like “Don’t even bother to try brand X—just throw them out.” They don’t get it.

    The source of the difficulty is attributing to the blade characteristics that exist only in relation to a user. It’s like asking, “Does fried liver have a good taste?” That sounds as though the taste is in the fried liver (with onions: yum!), but since some relish fried liver and others blanch at the thought (the fried liver itself being the same in each case) it’s obvious that there’s more in play than just the fried liver. The same with blades: “Does this blade cut easily and smoothly, or is it harsh and tuggy?” has no answer except in relation to the entire situation: the person, the razor, and the blade.

    Changing any of those three—the person, the razor, and/or the blade—changes the system, and as a result the shave can go from good to bad, or from bad to good, or from good to great. Changes can be any combination of:

    The person: The change can be a different person altogether, or the same person changing technique and/or prep (procedure, products, or water); or

    The razor: The change can be a different razor altogether, or the same razor using different pressure or a different angle or (in adjustable razors) a different setting or (in a three-piece razor) a different handle; or

    The blade: The change can be a different brand of blade or the same blade changed through use (becoming dull).

    The performance of a given brand of blade can vary not only from one person to another, but also from one razor to another. You may find that a brand that’s uncomfortably harsh in one razor will feel smooth and comfortable in another, presumably due to small differences between the two razors in blade angle, guard placement, blade exposure, head design, and the like. For example, Feather blades do not work well for me in most razors, but are terrific in the Feather AS-D1/2, the Gillette Tech, and some others. Kai blades are terrific for me in most razors, but I found that a Kai blade in a Weber was harsh (though the Weber is excellent with other brands). And if the person is changed—to someone other than me—a Kai blade in a Weber may be fine, and indeed I heard from someone that he loves that combination: for him, it works.

    TL;DR: Do some blade exploration. Your current brand of blade may not work well for you in the Baby Smooth.

    LeisureGuy

    29 November 2019 at 7:39 am


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