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How frequent can something “exceptional” be?

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I was going to describe this morning’s shave as “exceptional,” when it occurred to me that I now get shaves of this quality fairly often — three or four times a week. But when my face is totally smooth, and feels that smooth when I rub it in any direction, and my skin is soft and undamaged, and the shave was thoroughly enjoyable — when all that happens, it feels exceptional and to some degree amazing (perhaps owing to memories of my horrible high-school shave experiences).

The “exceptional” impression is enhanced by the quality of the tools used to achieve the shave since those increase one’s enjoyment. This morning I have a handsome new brush, a Yaqi 22mm whose amber handle is comfortable and provides good grip and control. Van Yulay’s Puros la Habana has the invigorating fragrance of a fresh and unsmoked cigar. And Yaqi’s DOC razor is both comfortable and efficient.

This morning I noticed the presence of the pre-shave particularly in the second pass. I doubt that it works on any particular pass, though. My noticing it is just an accident of attention. I am still very happy with the pre-shave, and I now can remove the small amount needed without conscious effort: with my fingertip I squeeze a bit to the side and up against the edge of the tub, which clips it off from the mass in the tub. Massaging it into my stubble is now a practiced, pleasurable ritual (one that has an actual payoff beyond the pleasure of the ritual).

Puros la Habana aftershave balm is very pleasant and has a quick drydown with no residue on the face. It did leave my skin feeling good, but the soap itself doubtless helped. The ingredients of Puros la Habana shaving soap:

Stearic Acid, Coconut Fatty Acid, Palm Stearic, Castor, Glycerin, Potassium& Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe Vera, Coconut-Tallow-Lanollin-Babassu-Manteca-Argan-Emu Oils, Shea & Kokum Butters, Sodium Lactate, Calendula, Extracts, Poly Quats, Allantoin, Silica, Bentonite & Kaolin Clay, Tobacco Absolute, and Fragrance.

Manteca is pig tallow, aka lard. (Google Translate has it as butter, but the soapmaker says in this context it is lard.) And despite the presence of two clays, loading the brush was a snap, requiring no extra water.

The balm’s ingredients:

Water, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, BTMS, Stearic Acid, Emu Oil, Glycerin, Abyssinian Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Allantoin, Pau d’Arco, Ylang-Ylang, Tea Tree, Hydrolyzed Oat, Holy Basil, Liquid Silk, Germaben II, and Fragrance.

A great way to start the day.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 April 2021 at 9:14 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Manteca is used for ‘butter’ in Argentina, it is lard everywhere else. Mantequilla is butter


    6 April 2021 at 10:20 am

  2. So much for Google Translate. Thanks, Larry. That had been puzzling me for quite a while.


    6 April 2021 at 10:25 am

  3. There’s a small city in California about 75 miles south of Sacramento named Manteca.

    “Lard” would not be my first choice for the name of a community. Maybe there was a pig farm there at one time?

    Steve Riehle

    6 April 2021 at 12:53 pm

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