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The marvelous iKon 102 with Cuppa Joe

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The iKon Shavecraft 102 remains one of my all-time favorite razors. It is a slant that I believe would be safe for a novice, but despite its great comfort and reluctance to nick, it is nevertheless extremely efficient, and this morning I noted how the head mass assists in the smooth cutting action it delivers.

Of course, good prep helps as well. The lather from Mystic Water Cuppa Joe was bountiful and fragrant, and after 3 passes my face felt fine.

A splash of Master Bay Rum, and I’m ready for another sunny day.

Written by Leisureguy

11 May 2021 at 8:25 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I have this identical bay rum after shave. I like it, though as my only bay rum after shave, I have nothing to compare it to. What is your evaluation of Master bay rum after shave lotion, and how does it compare with its competition?


    Steve Riehle

    11 May 2021 at 12:33 pm

  2. I kept putting off answering this until I could pull out all my Bay Rum aftershaves and smell them for side-by-side comparisons, but I’m now having some doubts that I’ll get around to it. So instead, I’ll just go with memory — which, as we know, is not always reliable. I like the Master Bay Rum fragrance well enough. My favorite Bay Rum is Krampert’s Finest Acadian Bay Rum, and that preference is partly from its fragrance and partly from its moisturizing effect. I did like Taylor of Old Bond Street Bay Rum, but I used that up quite a while ago. Ogallala Bay Rum and Captain’s Choice Bay Rum and solid choices, as are Dominica and St. John’s Bay Rums. I’m intrigued to try Clubman Reserve’s Sweet Rum, but haven’t yet.

    Krampert’s Finest has shut down its operation and soon its aftershave will be but a memory. I highly recommend you order a bottle from the link before it’s gone forever.



    12 May 2021 at 1:17 pm

  3. @Steve Riehle. I don’t know what happened to your comment. I seem to have killed it. Apologies. But there’s my (belated) answer.



    12 May 2021 at 1:18 pm

  4. @Steve: I figured out what I did and fixed it.



    12 May 2021 at 1:20 pm

  5. Got it, and thanx.

    The scent of Master bay rum is pleasant to my nostrils, and in particular I like the “moisturizing” residual result on my facial skin.


    Steve Riehle

    12 May 2021 at 3:02 pm

  6. At Amazon you can buy1 gallon of Gabel’s Bay Rum–a good Bay Rum splash, for about $30. Of course you can order their smaller bottles too. I have used it for a few years now and like it. it stands up well against other brands I have tried–Stirling, Barrister and Mann, Krampert’s. etc. I doubt they claim any skin care properties–they are a barber supply outfit, I believe. Their ‘Drops of Lime’ is nice as well.


    Peter Strand

    12 May 2021 at 9:03 pm

  7. I saw that, and it struck me as a great bargain, though the best aftershave bargain I know is this one: 5 gallons for $138.82, or 22¢/ounce (though even better (in terms of price per ounce) is the 55-gallon drum for $1,340.19, or 19¢/ounce. The 1-gallon price of $31.58 is also reasonable: 25¢/ounce. I once suggested buying a 32 4-ounce bottles, printing up some labels of your own design, and decanting the gallon into the bottles, which you could then use as gifts.

    It’s a pretty good aftershave — I have it under two brand names. Ingredients:

    Common Names
    Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Witch Hazel Water, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, DMAE Bitartrate, Glycerin, Organic Alcohol, Organic Sugar Cane Extract, Organic Bilberry Fruit Extract, Organic Sugar Maple Extract, Organic Orange Peel Extract, Organic Lemon Peel Extract, Organic Cranberry Fruit Extract, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Bergamot Peel Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Roman Chamomile Flower Oil, German Chamomile Flower Oil, Geranium Oil, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Organic Alcohol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

    International Nomenclature
    Organic Aloe Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Phenoxyethanol, Witch Hazel Water (Hamamelis Virginiana), Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, DMAE Bitartrate (Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate), Glycerin, Organic Alcohol, Organic Sugar Cane Extract (Saccharum Officinarum), Organic Bilberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Myrtillus), Organic Sugar Maple Extract (Acer Saccharinum), Organic Orange Peel Extract (Citrus Sinensis), Organic Lemon Peel Extract (Citrus Limon), Organic Cranberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Macrocarpon), Organic White Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba), Tea Tree Leaf Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia), Bergamot Peel Oil (Citrus Bergamia), Tea Tree Leaf Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia), Roman Chamomile Flower Oil (Anthemis Nobilis), German Chamomile Flower Oil (Chamomilla Recutita), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens), Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Organic Alcohol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate



    12 May 2021 at 9:44 pm

  8. This business of buying after shave lotion in one-gallon and five-gallon containers strikes me as being a bit . . . um, I can’t find a descriptive adjective for it.

    I wonder how long five gallons of after shave would last with a once-daily full facial shave regimen? Anybody want to do the math of that? I would volunteer, but then I flunked 4th grade arithmetic.


    Steve Riehle

    13 May 2021 at 2:47 pm

  9. I’m sorry I wasn’t clear. I was suggesting buying a large container of aftershave, decanting it into small bottles, labeling them with your own label, and using them for gifts. I was not suggesting that a man would use the entire large container for his own shaves.

    I hope that clears it up.



    13 May 2021 at 3:28 pm

  10. Not to make a big deal of it, but there is a YouTuber who loves PAA Dapper Doc’s aftershave/cologne so much that, in a video, he showed a huge jar of it which he specially commissioned PAA to fill for him. Even I, who love that aroma, would not go so far–but such people exist, and they are–I think–sane.


    Peter Strand

    13 May 2021 at 10:10 pm

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