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Shave for the vernal equinox: Phoenix Artisan Solstice and the Rockwell R3

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The equinox, of course, is as far removed as one can get from the solstice: each equinox is midway between the two solstices. So that is enough of a connection to provide an excuse for a shave with Phoenix Artisans Solstice shaving soap, a favorite. (Have you tried it? If so, what did you think?)

The lather was excellent using the Rooney Style 3 Size 1, and I miss the Rooney brand: they were good brushes.

Three easy, comfortable passes with the Rockwell 6S using the R3 baseplate did the job, and I celebrated with a splash of Solstice aftershave. What a great way to start the day. And The Wife will be home this evening—yay!

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21 March 2018 at 9:09 am

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A rosy shave: WSP Baroness, D.R. Harris Rose, iKon Short Comb, and DRH Pink After Shave

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A shaving cream makes a good change of pace, the lather being somewhat different in character. The Baroness is a fine little brush and the lather was fragrant and creamy.

I like the look of this Wolfman handle, and it is also pleasant to hold. The iKon Short Comb is good, though not IMO as good as the 101. Still: a very smooth shave with very little effort.

A good splash of DRH Pink After Shave, and the day is launched. I can now barely recall what it was like starting each day with a boring, tedious, hateful chore as shaving was when I used canned foam and a cartridge razor.

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20 March 2018 at 9:25 am

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A tubular shave: WP Prince, I Coloniali, ATT S1, and Hermès Eau d’orange verte

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I really like the fragrance (and the lather) of I Coloniali, no longer available. I don’t know that the fragrance is from the rhubarb, but it’s a very nice smell. And the lather is quite thick and good. The Wet Shaving Products Prince is a very nice little brush, and it did its job with aplomb.

Above the Tie’s S1 slant is quite good for me, and here it’s on a UFO handle. Three passes, no problems, very smooth result without trying.

HermèsEau d’orange verte is a wonderful moisturizer that works extremely well as an aftershave balm. It takes but a tiny amount, so the cost per shave is low (even though the price per tube is fairly high).

Altogether a great way to start the week.

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19 March 2018 at 8:31 am

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St. Patrick’s Day shave: Creed’s Green Irish Tweed, what else?

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I cheated a bit to get a green-handled brush: the handle is in the colors of the Italian flag (green, white, and red), and I positioned it to give the green side center stage.

Creed’s Green Irish Tweed shaving soap is really excellent, but you can find soaps just as good (as shaving soaps) for a tenth the price. I bought this long ago, just to find out why so many soapmakers were making “Green Irish Tweed style” shaving soaps, and I find I really like both the fragrance and the lather it produces. The lather this morning was particularly nice: thick and creamy (much like the lather from a D.R. Harris shaving soap).

The wonderful RazoRock Baby Smooth cleared off the stubble effortlessly, and a splash of GIT EDT finished the shave. What a great way to start a weekend!

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17 March 2018 at 8:34 am

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Summer Storm (rushing the season a bit) and the iKon 101

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A fine shaving soap with a wonderful petrichor fragranced, Chiseled Face’s Summer Storm continues to please. The Mühle synthetic brush, after two good shakes, was merely damp, but that worked well with this soap and the lather was just the consistency I favor.

I’m so happy to have the 101 back with me, and it did a flawless shave—I can’t recall that I’ve had a nick with this razor, although it is extremely efficient and easily produced a BBS result.

A splash of the Summer Storm aftershave, which has a very noticeable amount of menthol, but that seems in keeping with the chill winds that precede a summer storm, and it continued the petrichor theme.

Altogether a great shave to end the week.

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16 March 2018 at 9:08 am

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The Ides of March shave: Antica Barbieria Colla and the German 37

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Perhaps appropriately for the Ides of March, I got a small cut on my chin—and in looking at the photo I see I’ve cut off the bottom of the razor’s handle. So be careful out there.

My Chiseled Face synthetic did a fine job and Antica Barbieria Colla is a very nice shaving soap. Three passes with the German 37 left my face perfectly smooth, and a small amount of ABC aftershave milk finished the job in fine style.

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15 March 2018 at 9:59 am

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π day shave: Seifenglatt Pumpkin Pie shaving soap, with the Maggard V3A

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π day—3/14—is a day of celebration of the odd number π, which is quite close to 355/113, a fact often used in Forth programming with the command */mod…  but I am wandering from the topic.

I picked Seifenglatt’s excellent Pumpkin Pie (Tarte à la Citrouille) in honor of the day, and my G.G. Kent BK4 just leapt into my hand, so I went with it. Nice lather, though may have used a little too much water for the density of lather I like.

Still, it did a fine job, and I am growing quite fond of the Maggard V3A, shown here on a UFO handle. The V3A is highly efficient and has distinct (but good) blade feel, while being still quite comfortable. Men whose beard is some thick and heavy would enjoy this razor, I think. I would say in Rockwell terms it’s about an R4 or R4.5.

Three passes, no nicks, totally smooth face, and a little bit of menthol seemed like a good idea: thus Barrister & Mann Cool Reserve.

The apartment is spotless—the cleaning lady was here yesterday—and now the trick is to keep it that way for a week before The Wife gets home.

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14 March 2018 at 8:53 am

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