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Goodbye to Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave Chamomile & Lemon after 508 days.

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I started using Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave — specifically, Chamomile & Lemon — on 15 February 2021. That’s 508 days ago — 1 year, 4 months, and 23 days. This morning I decided the tub was finished. (I could probably have gotten another week’s use from it, but I was eager to start my backup: a tub of Rainforest Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave.)

I have used the Chamomile & Lemon pre-shave six days a week — never on Sunday — though on the infrequent occasions when I use a shave stick, I use MR GLO instead. Even taking skipped days into account, a tub of Moisturizing Pre-Shave will last well over a year of daily use. A tub is $17, so the per-shave cost is well under a nickel a shave. And in my experience, this stuff really works. (Grooming Dept is low on stock in the pre-shave, but West Coast Shaving and The Razor Company have various fragrances in stock.)

So we bid farewell to the old today and will welcome the new tomorrow. 

The old tub still did a fine job today, with lather from Colonia and the Star Craft shaving brush, and my well-prepped stubble welcomed Rockwell 6S R4 razor, which easily and smoothly produced a perfect outcome. A splash of Geo. F. Trumper’s Coral Skin Food, and the day begins.

The tea this morning is Murchie’s Victorian Garden: “Notes of jasmine, lavender, sweet pea and bergamot are combined with strawberry and vanilla in this smooth and well-rounded blend of green and black teas.”

Written by Leisureguy

8 July 2022 at 11:09 am

Posted in Daily life

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  1. Hello,
    is atg pass neccesary?f you don’t make atg pass, will the shave be incomplete?
    Looking beardless is a cosmetic problem and is it the traditional purpose of shaving to look like a beardless men?
    If the beard is cut at skin level and the beard roots appear, does it mean an unsuccessful shave?



    8 July 2022 at 1:57 pm

  2. And in your opinion, what should a successful shave be like?



    8 July 2022 at 2:01 pm

  3. Men who have curly beards — some Celts, some Mediterranean men, and most men in Africa or of African descent — tend to get in-grown whiskers, and those men are advised to avoid an against-the-grain pass in areas in which they get in-growns. Instead of following the across-the-grain pass with against-the-grain, they can (for maximum smoothness) shave across-the grain in the other direction.

    Looking clean-shaven is impossible for men with have light, translucent skin and very dark beards with dark roots — the sort of skin and beard that made Richard Nixon look bad on television. That does not mean that such men cannot have a successful shave.

    The traditional purpose of shaving is to remove stubble so that the skin feels silky smooth — thus men shave their faces and women shave their legs. Another purpose of shaving is to enjoy a pleasurable ritual that enhances the moment, with soothing sensations (warmth, lather, fragrances, smooth easy removal of rough stubble). In the Guide, I note how a traditional shave compares to a traditional Zen tea ceremony:

    Take a look at the similarities:

    • Special room – check
    • Special mode of dress – check
    • Contemplative, unrushed mindset – check
    • Cleanliness and order – check
    • Practice of technique requires focused attention (aka flow) – check
    • Use of special tools, often old – check
    • Tools both functional and aesthetically pleasing – check
    • Suspension of mind chatter, critical judgments – check
    • Senses—sight, hearing, touch, smell—fully engaged – check
    • Physical enjoyment of sources of warmth – check
    • Awareness & enjoyment of aromas arising from hot water – check
    • Reassuring familiarity of quiet, soft sounds – check
    • Definite sequence of steps – check
    • Structure of the entire experience repeated each time – check
    • Feeling of pleasure, fulfillment, and satisfaction at end – check



    8 July 2022 at 2:55 pm

  4. Generally speaking, the shaves I describe in my Shave-of-the-Day posts are successful shaves. I mention it when they fall short of that.



    8 July 2022 at 2:56 pm

  5. Thank you very much for your completely satisfactory answer.
    Best regards



    8 July 2022 at 11:39 pm

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