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Tobacco morning: Cavendish and Tabac, with 102 and Rooney

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I photographed the back of the tub of HTGAM shaving soap, more informative than the front. I really like the Cavendish fragrance in both soap and aftershave, now available from Phoenix Artisan, HTGAM being a defunct brand reborn under the Phoenix name (thus “phoenix”: arising from the ashes of its previous incarnation).

The lather, made with my Rooney Style 2 Finest, was excellent, and the 102 did its usual superb job: a really remarkably good razor.

A splash of Tabac, and the day is belatedly launched. (I was awake for a few hours in the middle of the night and so slept in.) Still overcast and rainy, so chili tonight.

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14 November 2017 at 11:19 am

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Wee Scot, Martin de Candre, Baby Smooth, and Krampert’s Finest

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My pre-Vulfix-acquisition Simpson Wee Scot made a very fine lather from Martin de Candre shaving soap. This is another shaving soap for which a merely damp brush works best: the lather is quick to form.

Three passes with the RazoRock Baby Smooth, and I gave the bottle of Krampert’s Finest Acadian Bay Rum a good shake and applied a splash. Great start to a new week.

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13 November 2017 at 9:27 am

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A wistful shave: Summer Storm, with the Baili BR171

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We’ve already had a snowfall, and I’ve had to buy a down jacket, so summer storms are a long way off. But the petrichor fragrance of Chiseled Face’s Summer Storm shaving soap can be enjoyed in any season.

I soaked the Vie-Long horsehair brush, as usual, and it made a very nice lather whose fragrance brightened the bathroom. Three passes with the wonderful Baili BR171 (aka on Amazon as the BD176, which includes a plastic case) left my face completely smooth with no nicks.

A splash of Summer Storm aftershave and the weekend is launched.

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11 November 2017 at 9:47 am

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Going the other way with Stubble Trubble’s Up & Adam

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I noted yesterday that Up & Adam has a (wonderful) fragrance of espresso and vanilla, and I used Paul Sebastian aftershave to continue the vanilla theme. Today I went with a coffee-fragranced aftershave, Phoenix Artisan’s Spring-Heeled Jack, to continue the coffee theme.

The miniature horsehair brush from Vie-Long did a fine job and held plenty of lather for a three-pass shave, and every time I use my Fatip Testina Gentile I’m glad I chose that razor for my son’s three boys (for the day they start shaving): extremely comfortable and efficient.

And Spring-Heeled Jack was a good choice. I feel buoyed up already, beyond the feeling one usually gets on Friday.

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10 November 2017 at 9:41 am

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Omega Mixed Midget, Stubble Trubble Up & Adam, Merkur Progress, and Paul Sebastian

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Stubble Trubble’s Up & Adam has a great fragrance—espresso and vanilla—and it makes a very nice lather, today by means of the Omega boar+badger brush. I picked the Progress because yesterday I was discussing modern adjustables, and for me the Progress (or the Parker Variant, a copy) is the best. (That said, Rockwell will be coming out with their Model T adjustable at some point.)

Great shave, and I decided to continue the fragrance in the vanilla direction with Paul Sebastian aftershave, which has a quite detectable vanilla note (from the tonka bean ingredient).

 

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9 November 2017 at 8:24 am

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Barrister & Mann’s Cologne Russe, Simpson Emperor 3, and the Rockwell R3

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I needed to add one small driblet of water as I loaded the brush, given the size of the Emperor 3 knot, and the lather turned out every nice, with an evocative fragrance.

Once again I learned how sharp razor blades are: I set the razor against my face just north of one side of my mouth and got an instant nick: bad angle. (After the shave, My Nik Is Sealed once again proved its value.) Except for that operator error, the shave was a pleasure. The Rockwell 6S really is a great razor, for those who want stainless steel.

A splash of Cologne Russe aftershave finished the job.

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8 November 2017 at 8:18 am

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Sabini brush, Tallow + Steel Grog, and Edwin Jagger—and links to two interesting round-up reviews in Sharpologist

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Since my choices today were influenced by the two reviews, you might want to check them out:

What Is The Best Safety Razor? – An Update

What Is The Best Shave Soap? — An Update

I left a comment on each. For the first, I provided my own list of “bests,” but such lists do vary somewhat from person to person: YMMV in action. For the bests “popular” razor, I nominated a razor that in fact is not “popular” in the sense of being well-known and widely available. If I had to pick one like that, I would go with the Edwin Jagger, whose razors all have the same head and differ only in handle and price, and so I decided to use an Edwin Jagger this morning in acknowledgement of the fact that it really is popular, even if (for me) not quite so good as some others of lower price.

I found myself in agreement on the shave soaps, though I suggested some additions in my comment. And if you’re a fan of shaving creams, also look at “What Is The Best Shaving Cream? — An Update.” Unfortunately, Nancy Boy Signature shaving cream is not listed, but only (I think) because it is available only from Nancy Boy and not from multiple vendors. It’s one shaving cream I’ll always have around. Meißner Tremonia’s shaving pastes (very firm shaving cream) should also be listed.

This morning’s shave was with a shaving soap not listed, but one that deserves a place in the list: Tallow + Steel. I like the Grog fragrance (and performance), but I think it may have been replaced in their line-up. The Sabini brush evoked a fine lather, and the Edwin Jagger did a fine job. A splash of Grog finished the shave and launched the day.

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7 November 2017 at 9:28 am

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