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Eucalyptus and Spearmint in Dr. Jon’s Vol. 3 formulation, with the Baby Smooth

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Yesterday’s Vol 3 experience was not so good as I had hoped, and I suspected it might have been the brush, a silvertip badger. Barrister & Mann specifically recommend a synthetic brush for their Reserve formula shaving soaps, so I switched this morning to a synthetic brush, this Maggard Razors 22mm, a $10 brush that is truly excellent. The lather excellent all-round: fragrance, consistency, and volume. It did occur to me that it may have been that yesterday I just didn’t load the brush enough. Tomorrow I’ll return to silvertip and see whether longer loading doesn’t eliminate the problem.

I did really enjoy today’s lather. Eucalyptus and Spearmint has a head-clearing fragrance that’s quite nice, and with the excellent lather and the Baby Smooth I achieved a smooth face in three easy passes.

The matching aftershave came with the unwanted but mandatory menthol, but I recalled a familiar sequence from other contexts (food, fragrances, games, music, ….):

1. I hate this.
2. I really dislike this.
3. I guess it’s okay.
4. I can see why people like it.
5. It’s actually pretty good, once you’re used to it.
6. I love it.
7. This should be required.

So far as not having a choice, I’m still in the 1-2 area. It’s different with Alt-Innsbruck and Floïd, since they don’t have a matching soap. But if I buy an aftershave to match the soap, I want to choose whether it has menthol or not, and right now I choose not, but am forced to put up with the menthol hit. Perhaps in time I’ll move to 5.

I do like the fragrance, just not the menthol.

Written by Leisureguy

8 January 2021 at 10:33 am

Posted in Shaving

9 Responses

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  1. Spearmint. I’m not a gum chewer, but I do remember from my boyhood “Wrigley’s Spearmint Chewing Gum.”

    Is there a difference between Spearmint and “mint?” Or is Spearmint, be it in gum or shave soap/shave lotion, just an advertising ploy?

    Steve Riehle

    8 January 2021 at 12:17 pm

  2. Spearmint and peppermint are quite different. My Wickham’s Garden Mint is a spearmint fragrance (like the fresh mint that goes into a mint julep). Peppermint is sharper and is the flavor used in candy canes and in shaving soaps has a brisk cooling effect somewhat like menthol. I once had a grapefruit-and-peppermint shaving soap and also a pure peppermint, but I wasn’t fond of the cooling effect. (For those that like it, Phoenix Artisan sold and may still sell a mentholated pre-shave soap that gives a menthol effect for any shaving soap.)


    8 January 2021 at 12:24 pm

  3. To answer your specific question, I would say that the word “mint” (in recipes, for example) refers to spearmint. If peppermint is intended, the word “peppermint” is used.


    8 January 2021 at 1:28 pm

  4. Yeah. I almost emailed you again to ask for that clarification. I recently “discovered” mint Ice cream. It’s usually green colored. It’s very good, especially with chocolate chips in it, but it would seem to me the harsher peppermint would be inimical to ice cream.

    Steve Riehle

    8 January 2021 at 8:13 pm

  5. Peppermint ice cream is made, often with crunchy pieces of candy canes in it. If you search “peppermint icce cream” you’ll find a lot of recipes for it.


    8 January 2021 at 9:08 pm

  6. It belatedly occurred to me to avail myself of modern technology and use a search engine: peppermint vs. spearmint.


    9 January 2021 at 4:17 am

  7. Menthol in the Summer only.


    9 January 2021 at 7:57 am

  8. Wow. The search engine says peppermint has 40% menthol. I guess I’m a spearmint guy! But now I know why.

    Steve Riehle

    9 January 2021 at 1:11 pm

  9. FWIW, this is the peppermint shaving cream I once had. Very nice for a summer shave.


    9 January 2021 at 2:44 pm

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