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Ahhh, the Monday shave — even better with the new pre-shave

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I was going to use MR GLO again before switching again to Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave, so that I could have a side-by-side (day 1/day 2) comparison, but when the time came for the shave I just really wanting to use that GD pre-shave. So I did.

And, I have to say, I think it does a great job. I used a Valobra shave stick — and that’s an excellent shave stick if you’re interested in one — and I do think the lather in this case was not quite so good as I’ve gotten with using MR GLO. My guess is that the difference is due to the oil content and the difference in loading. For both tub soap and a shave stick, I prepare the stubble with the GD pre-shave by rubbing it well into my stubble — and this pre-shave is heavy on oil. Then:

  1. Tub soap: Load the brush fully directly from the soap, then move to the stubble, with the fully loaded brush.
  2. Shave stick: Rub stick over the stubble and pre-shave, which mixes soap and pre-shave. Then use damp brush to load the mixture and build lather from it.

The first works fine, the second not so well — at least not this morning. I’ll perhaps try again, but just from the description I think it would work better to use MR GLO with shave sticks and reserve the GD pre-shave for use with tub soaps and shaving creams. Carefully mixing oils/waxes with an approximately equal amount of soap before trying to build lather: that does not sound like a recipe for a good lather.

Fortunately, a) almost all my shaving is done with tub soaps, and b) I enjoy MR GLO and will happily use that with shave sticks.

Despite the so-so lather, the iKon stainless-steel slant sliced the stubble superbly, leaving a smooth result. A little splash of Speick, and the week is launched. I noticed that Speick provides another example of the German fondness for locking screw-tops. My Meisner-Tremnia lids also use locking screws.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 March 2021 at 10:56 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I know that you use Mr. GLO in the shower. Is that true for the Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave too? Does it have the consistency of a gel? I suffer from dermatitis on my face, so I use Nizoral Shampoo as a facial wash while I am in the shower which also preps my beard. Thanks.

    Ryan D Tucker

    1 March 2021 at 7:38 pm

  2. I use MR GLO at the sink, following the shower. I dry off, brush my hair, then wash my stubble with MR GLO, rinse partially with a splash, and apply lather.

    For Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave, instead of washing my stubble, I splash some water on it to wet my face, take a small amount of the Pre-Shave (about the size of a small pea, but definitely larger than a lentil) and rub it well into my wet stubble for about a minute. Along the way, I wet my fingers once and continue to massage the pre-shave into the stubble.

    The Pre-Shave is stiffer than a gel — it’s more the consistency of (say) cool butter.


    1 March 2021 at 7:52 pm

  3. Cool butter? I am going to try that


    2 March 2021 at 7:38 am

  4. I hope you’re joking. I was trying to describe the consistency, not the substance. In my Sharpologist I described it in this way: ” It’s quite firm — about the consistency of a croap — and waxy to the touch.”


    2 March 2021 at 9:18 am

  5. How does this head compare to the feel of the aluminum X3?


    2 March 2021 at 10:52 am

  6. This one feels more efficient as it cuts. It is very comfortable, but with this one it seems more important to maintain a good angle (handle far from the face, riding the cap) and keep the pressure light. I think the X3 is more forgiving, but this one does a slightly better job and, if used correctly, is a total pleasure to use.


    2 March 2021 at 10:55 am

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