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Barber-shop shave fragrances

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Another fine lather from a Mike’s Natural soap, this morning his Barber Shop, whose light fragrance did tend toward barber-shop memories. Mike’s Natural fragrances do seem to be present but also not pushy. I’ve noticed that after I load a bit with the damp  brush I must add a very small amount of water — just barely touch the tip of the brush to the stream of hot water from the faucet — to complete the loading. That, I assume, is due to the clay content:

Distilled water; saponified tallow (beef) and stearic acid; vegetable glycerin; saponified kokum butter, avocado oil, and shea butter; lanolin, fragrance and/or essential oil(s); saponified coconut oil; kaolin clay, vitamin E.

Apparently there’s very little clay — based on its position in the list of ingredients — but that loading requirement definitely is common to soaps containing clay.

The Rockwell Model T did a very nice job, though I’ll give some credit to Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave. Saturday will complete the “week with,” so next week will be the “week without” for comparison, though I think I’ll use it on Monday so I can get a side-by-side comparison (Monday shave and Tuesday shave) without a day off in between. Similarly, when I repeat the “week with,” I’ll start on Tuesday, with the Monday shave being a shave “without.” (On the “without” shaves, I will use MR GLO, however.)

In keeping with the barber-shop experience, I used a barber-shop aftershave, and the morning has dawned sunny and bright. A good start always is a hopeful sign.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 February 2021 at 8:50 am

Posted in Shaving

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