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A baseball shave: Field of Dreams and June Clover

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When I ordered some Mystic Water shaving soaps, I also received a number of samples, among which was Field of Dreams:

The inspiration for this soap comes from my own memories of hanging out at my brother’s Little League games and my uncles’ baseball games every summer of my childhood: the leather glove, the dirt of the infield, freshly cut grass, and wood notes. I used this to make a felted baseball soap (on the Mystic Water Soap website) and the guys who smelled it said it would make a great shaving soap or aftershave.  Fragrance oils and lanolin.

The name doubtless comes from the (enjoyable) movie Field of Dreams, made from W.P. Kinsella’s novel Shoeless Joe(I can see why she chose the movie title for the soap rather than the book title.)

The lather, thanks in part to my Simpson Duke 3 Best brush, was excellent — and no wonder. The maker writes:

 My shaving soap is made with beef tallow combined with stearic acid, shea butter, castor oil, sustainably sourced organic palm oil, avocado oil, aloe vera, bentonite clay, silk protein, allantoin, and extra glycerin. It offers exceptional protection, glide and post-shave skin care and is excellent for even sensitive skin and tough beards. Most of my shaving soaps also include lanolin, and I use both botanical essential oils and high quality fragrances in my soap. 

The Feather AS-D1, in which I always use a Feather blade, is a good example of a razor that feels very mild on the face being quite aggressive in removing stubble. Today’s 3-pass shave left my face perfectly smooth with no effort on my part. A splash of June Clover (now, alas, a vintage aftershave) with a squirt of Grooming Dept Hydrating Gel completed the shave and the theme of a baseball summer day.

Written by Leisureguy

15 September 2021 at 9:29 am

Posted in Shaving

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