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Nancy Boy Signature: Two observations (with Maggard V2OC)

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I really like Nancy Boy Signature shaving cream a lot. It’s not advertised but depends on word of mouth, and is available only from their website (though perhaps they have a brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco).

Although at one time it was promoted as a brushless shaving cream — and indeed I imagine it will work if you just smear it over freshly washed and rinsed stubble — it really is a lathering shaving cream for which a brush works well. That’s one observation.

The other is a discovery I made this morning: the travel tub shown is the same caliber as a 22mm brush. I hadn’t realized that, since I normally use the Wee Scot with this tub, but today the brush at hand was my Rooney Style 2 Finest (a 22mm knot), and the knot just fit into the tub. (The shaving cream level is now quite low.) I was able to load the brush well by twisting the tub briskly with the damp brush fully inserted, and so I could coat the morning stubble easily.

When I added a driblet of hot water and worked it into the layer of shaving cream, the lather (as they say) exploded, though the detonation was soft and no shrapnel was involved — but definitely there was a quick expansion in volume and I got the thick consistency of fine-grain lather one wants. So this is definitely a lathering shaving cream for which a brush is best. The fragrance was, as always, wonderful.

Maggard’s V2 open-comb, modeled on the Parker 24/26 (and for all I know, the heads are purchased from Parker), is a very comfortable and efficient razor, here mounted on one of Maggard’s stainless steel handles. Three passes, perfect smoothness, no damage.

A splash of Alpa 378 (another street address, I believe) finished the shave with a fine traditional fragrance accompanied by a touch of menthol — about as much as in Alt-Innsbruck or Floïd.

A late start, but a good one.

Written by Leisureguy

21 November 2020 at 11:34 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. You bring up an interesting issue I had not thought about, and I don’t think I’ve seen it addressed in the shaving forums: the ratio of the width of the bristles of the shaving brush to the diameter of the soap container for maximum comfort and efficiency. It’s possible for the container psychologically to be too wide, I suppose, and it’s also possible for the container to be physically too narrow as you have suggested. A container too narrow (todays example) would tease me with claustrophobia.

    Most of my containers are various Old Spice mugs from yesteryear. The sweet spot for me seems to be a container that is maybe 50% wider than the width of the knot when it’s dry and fluffy.


    Steve Riehle

    21 November 2020 at 1:17 pm

  2. I have found very wide pucks pleasant to use, much as a diner grill would be pleasant: lots of room, with no crowding. I’ll use a wide puck on Monday.



    21 November 2020 at 1:36 pm

  3. After seeing your repeated praises of Nancy Boy Shaving Cream over time I finally ordered some. I’m looking forward to using it.


    George P.

    22 November 2020 at 8:05 am

  4. You know that I want to hear what you think of it once you’ve used it — and so will others. So do report on your experience.



    22 November 2020 at 8:29 am

  5. Michael, you reminded me that I have a decent stash of Nancy Boy that I haven’t used in a few months. You were the one who alerted me to this product, and I absolutely find it to be an amazing product (I let them know as well, and guess what, they sent me extra!). There are also a few other products in their line and potentially well worth trying if skin protection and anti-aging are your thing.



    22 November 2020 at 4:03 pm

  6. I’ve tried several Nancy Boy products, even including their detergent. They’re all first-rate, in my experience. I wish they shipped to Canada.



    22 November 2020 at 4:14 pm

  7. And t huh e UK!



    22 November 2020 at 10:14 pm

  8. And to the UK. (My notepad seems to be using its own language!!)



    22 November 2020 at 10:16 pm

  9. Why wouldn’t they ship to Canada, if you paid the necessary money to cover the added cost?


    Steve Riehle

    23 November 2020 at 10:45 am

  10. There are customs forms that must be completed, so I imagine that’s the reason. But I don’t really know, and I haven’t asked. They simply say domestic shipments only.



    23 November 2020 at 10:56 am

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