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Fine Classic, Meißner Tremonia Exotic Elemi, iKon X3, and Bulgari

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Exotic Elemi is another Meißner Tremonia soap that contains clay:

Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera oil*, Aqua, Potassium Hydroxide, Orbignya Oleifera oil*, Sodium Hydroxide, Macadamia terifolia oil, Glycerin*, Canarium Luzonicum Gray oil, Cananga odorata oil, French Green Clay, Talc, Citric Acid, Simmondsia chinensis oil*, Maris sal, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool.

* Organic

The citric acid might heelp with hard water, but since the water here is soft, I wouldn’t know. I imagine it would depend on the amount of citric acid and the hardness of the water, but for me the lather was splendid—and I love the fragrance of this soap.

The Fine Classic also seemed to enjoy it, and easily worked up plentiful lather. I think I enjoy the prep as much as the shave (something not true about, for example, painting a house or room).

The X3 has had high praise from a couple of commenters recently, and I did enjoy using it this morning. It’s a good change of pace from the 102, and does an equally fine job: smooth face, no nicks, and comfortable all the way.

A splash of Bulgari, and I’m good to go—well, after getting dressed, that is.

Written by LeisureGuy

20 February 2018 at 8:12 am

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The Grooming Co. brush, Meißner Tremonia Moroccan Rhassoul, the 102, and l’Occitane Cade

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After the shave, as I rinsed the knot I squeezed the water out and the knot popped out into my hand. This can happen with less expensive brushes, and it’s no big deal: the knot can be replaced, and a silicone sealant is recommended as an adhesive: flexible and waterproof. I’ll pick up a tube sometime.

But that was after the shave, and the shave itself was highly enjoyable. Meißner Tremonia’s Moroccan Rhassoul is a very nice soap, and as the name implies contains rhassoul clay (aka rassoul clay). There’s quite a variety of clays used in shaving soaps: bentonite and kaolin are not uncommon. There’s French green clay, though I’ve not seen that used in a shaving soap. (Its main use seems to be as a face treatment.)

With a good lather, the 102 was, as usual, a pleasure to use. This razor seems never to fail me: always comfortable, very rarely nicks, and inevitably leaves a perfectly smooth result without any work on my part.

A splash of l’Occitane Cade, and the day shifts into gear.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 February 2018 at 9:20 am

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Edwin Jagger synthetic brush, Antica Babieria Colla, and the Baby Smooth, with Coral Skin Food

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I have grown to like that Edwin Jagger synthetic, and it certainly did a fine job with the Antica Barbieria Colla shaving soap this morning: luxurious lather, nice almond fragrance.

The Baby Smooth is a marvelous razor, totally comfortable and non-threatening and yet highly efficient. It was no effort at all to achieve a totally smooth result in three passes, and there was no damage at all.

I haven’t used Geo. F. Trumper’s Coral Skin Food for a while, and it is a very nice change of pace. A rose fragrance and a nice feel.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 February 2018 at 9:28 am

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A first-rate shave with first-rate products

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Every one of the things I used for today’s shave seems to me exceptionally good. To start with, the Maggard 22mm synthetic brush is a terrific brush: just the right amount of give (for me) and just the right size. As with any synthetic brush, it’s important to make sure the brush does not retain too much water after wetting it, but this morning three good shakes easily did the trick.

The next stop in the excellence express is today’s Van Yulay soap, Puros la Habana, which has exactly the fragrance of a fine Cuban cigar. Although the Van Yulay shaving soaps use a variety of formulae—some vegan, some not—they have so far been extremely good in lather, fragrance, and effect on stubble and skin. I am constantly tempted to buy more, particularly given the amazing range.

Perfectly lathered, I picked up the RazoRock Old Type and set to work. This razor feels as though it’s doing nothing, but it is extremely efficient. Most of my face felt totally smooth when I rinsed after the second pass, and the third pass finished the job with no problems at all. This is another candidate for a desert-island razor.

Finally, I like Phoenix Artisan aftershaves because the fragrance lasts, and the initial coffee hit from Spring-Heeled Jack—a welcome fragrance early in the morning—calms down to a pleasant woody fragrance as the day goes on.

I have no relationship with any of these vendors except as a (highly) satisfied customer. Today it just struck me how very much I like each of the four products I used.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 February 2018 at 8:21 am

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The wonderful Baili BR171 and Barrister & Mann Cologne Russe

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One big drawback of canned foam is that the available fragrances and both uninterested and limited in range. I know that some men will say “Fragrance doesn’t matter,” but I’m pretty sure if a shaving soap or canned foam had a fresh feces fragrance they would not want to use it. So fragrance in fact does matter, and it’s good to have a fragrance that you can fully enjoy and thus that enhances the pleasure of the shave. (My inner Epicurean peeks out here, insecurely hidden behind my outer Epicurean.)

Cologne Russe is a very nice fragrance indeed, and the G.B.Kent Infinity easily created the lather I wanted. The redoubtable Baili BR171 gave its usual wonderful shave, comfortable and efficient. I think for introducing men to DE shaving I should keep several of these on hand: at $6 each, they are certainly inexpensive enough, and of course I save on shipping by ordering several at one time (always a handy rationalization).

Three passes and a splash of Cologne Russe on my smooth face, a great start for a new day.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 February 2018 at 8:26 am

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Dark-chocolate shave for Valentine’s Day

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This Phoenix Artisan soap is a one-off novelty soap for Valentine’s Day, and my order arrived yesterday, very timely.

The soap is no longer listed on their site (it was a short run, I gather), though they do offer a Chocolate Bourbon shaving soap (“A splash of barrel aged bourbon and silky chocolate blended into the mix.”).

The fragrance of the soap is dark chocolate, sure enough, and the lather was excellent. I used my X3, trying the lightness of touch I used with the Fine aluminum slant, and it did an extremely good job: total smoothness, no nicks.

I’ll definitely enjoy using this.

And on a related note: I just bought a bottle of whiskey that was labeled “dark chocolate,” and I assumed there would be dark chocolate notes detectable. No, it was a solid dark chocolate flavor—somewhat strange, but not bad and very smooth. Highland Distillers seems to specialize in flavored whiskey—in effect, liqueurs without the sugar.

Written by LeisureGuy

14 February 2018 at 9:28 am

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Rooney Victorian, Tallow + Steel Grog, and the iKon 102

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I read that Tallow + Steel has a new formula for its soap, but I’m resisting the temptation to buy. I assume it’s an improvement on this formula—artisans normally reformulate to improve the soap, corporations to reduce the cost of production (and thus increase profit)—but the one I have is already excellent in all regards, including the fragrance.

“Grog,” of course, is the word for the British Naval drink of watered rum. The name derives from “grogram” (a coarse fabric made of silk, often combined with mohair or wool and stiffened with gum), not a natural connection. But Admiral Vernon (1684–1757) of the British Navy, known as “Old Grog” because of the grogram cloak he wore, in 1740 first ordered diluted (instead of neat) rum to be served out to sailors—thus, “grog” became the name of the beverage.

My Rooney Victorian made a fine lather, and I returned with somewhat of a sense of relief to my reliable 102, which would be my desert-island razor. I tried lightening up the pressure more, after reading Michael’s comment to yesterday’s post, and it did a very nice job indeed: smooth and trouble-free result.

A splash of Grog aftershave, and I’m ready for the day.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 February 2018 at 8:39 am

Posted in Drinks, Shaving

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