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The Green Ray, Soap Commander Love, iKon 102, and Saint Charles Shave Bulgarian Rose

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Rose, IMO, is one of the great shaving fragrances, and Soap Commander Love is a particularly nice rose with an absolutely splendid lather—and no tallow. Love doesn’t seem to be currently available, but assuming that the ingredients are the same for all his shaving soaps:

Stearic Acid, Distilled Water, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, and Fragrance.

A great lather from simple ingredients.

Three passes with my trusty iKon 102, a splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Bulgarian Rose aftershave, and I’m ready for my first Sunday breakfast-club meeting in some weeks.

Written by LeisureGuy

10 June 2018 at 8:20 am

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WSP Monarch, Yardley, Gillette 1940’s Aristocrat, and Barrister & Mann Reserve Classic

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A classic shave: Yardley, still great after all these years, brought forth a fine lather thanks to Wet Shaving Products Monarch brush, a brush I like very much. And the Gillette 1940’s Aristocrat delivered a very smooth shave in three easy passes. A splash of Barrister & Mann Reserve Classic finished job. And I’m more than ready to get well. Still a work in progress.

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8 June 2018 at 10:11 am

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A woodsy shave—Simpson Case, QED Special 218, RazoRock Baby Smooth, and Anthony Gold Red Cedar—with a note on glycerin-based shaving soap

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I grew to enjoy the Simpson Case on my trip, and so I bought it out from a shave with my now-vintage QED Special 218 shaving soap. QED’s soapmaker at the time liked glycerin-based soaps, and those s/he made were really excellent, quickly producing a stable and excellent lather of good consistency and excellent fragrance. Those who learn about products from reading forums rather than from their own experience sometimes reach an erroneous judgment about shaving soaps: “Tallow = good, glycerin = bad,” but in my experience a good glycerin soap can be really excellent, and this is a good glycerin soap. (Also, I have found some tallow soaps that were iffy.)

I easily got a fine lather, with a fragrance of pine and cedar. The soap is quite dark (see photo at right), which I imagine is due to pine tar in the formula—just a guess.

Well lathered, I picked up the Baby Smooth and in three passes (with, of course, two additional latherings), I had a perfectly smooth face with no problems at all. In using (and actively enjoying) the Baby Smooth, one of which I gave to The Son on a recent visit, I was thinking of how Italian Barber/RazoRock have developed some really excellent razors. I have not only the Baby Smooth, but also the German 37 slant, the RazoRock Old Type, the RazoRock Stealth slant, and most recently the RazoRock stainless steel Mamba. The Black Mamba (aluminum) was also excellent, and The Nephew swears by the RazoRock Slab. Really a good run.

A good splash of one of my favorite aftershaves, Anthony Gold’s Red Cedar from The Copper Hat here in Victoria, and I’m ready for another day of getting well. The chest cold (viral) is very gradually departing and will be gone, I think, by Sunday: just about two weeks’ duration, typical of the illness. And my conjunctivitis (bacterial) is responding quickly to the antibiotic and will also I think be gone by Sunday. I’m very glad to be rid of them. I haven’t been ill for quite a while, and I find I don’t like it at all.

Written by LeisureGuy

7 June 2018 at 7:56 am

Posted in Daily life, Health, Shaving

D-Day shave: Whipped Dog silvertip, Institut Karité 25% shea butter soap, iKon 101, and Esbjerg aftershave gel

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I am throwing in the towel and going to see the doctor. But certainly not unshaved. See above.

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6 June 2018 at 8:37 am

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Another sick-day shave to lift my spirits: Wet Shaving Products Prince, Eufros Violetta, Edwin Jagger, and Hâttric

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The wonderful fragrance of Eufros (JabonMan) Violetta shaving soap did indeed lift my spirits, and the WSP Prince made from it a fine lather. This particular model of the Edwin Jagger I like a lot—for the handle, the heads being all the same— and it delivered an effortless BBS result with no problems. A splash of Hâttric completed the job.

Today is one week from onset of the cold, and though my energy level is somewhat improved, my voice remains a croak and coughing continues, more productive (as they say) now that I am taking Robotussin Mucus & Phlegm. The active ingredient is 100mg Guaifenesin in 1 tsp. The adult dose is 2-4 tsp, and I take 4.

There’s also a Robotussin Mucus & Phlegm Extra Strength: 1 tsp has 200mg of Guaifenesin, with the adult dose being 2 tsp.

So I’m getting the maximum dose, and they 4 doses per day is the maximum. It does seem to help.

 

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5 June 2018 at 10:32 am

Posted in Health, Shaving

Chiseled Face synthetic, the Dead Sea, iKon open-comb, and Alt-Innsbruck

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A wonderful shave, which feels good considering my misery with this lingering cold. The Chiseled Face brush made a fine lather with the Dead Sea, an excellent soap that requires brush that is merely damp. This iKon is fairly old, and it feels great on the face, which it shaves with great efficiency: perfect BBS, no problems. A splash of Alt-Innsbruck, and another day of rest and recuperation (and soup) is begun.

I don’t recall this much coughing (and productive coughing, if you get my drift) in decades. If the body is an intricate machine of chemical and mechanical processes, it is amazing the degree to which a virus throws a monkey wrench into the machinery, and even more amazing that the machine can then proceed to fix itself. I feel like an amazed bystander, though I’m getting damned tired of the coughing.

Written by LeisureGuy

4 June 2018 at 9:32 am

Posted in Health, Shaving

Vie-Long horsehair brush and Dr. Jon’s Savannah Sunrise, with the vintage Merkur white bakelite slant

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This slant is one of my very best, and today it delivered a perfect shave, assisted by the excellent lather my Vie-Long horsehair brush created from Dr. Jon’s Savannah Sunrise shaving soap, a soap with the fragrance of summer. Three passes to a perfect result, and then a good splash of Savannah Sunrise to complete the job.

Cold is noticeably better, but probably another 5 days to go to complete recovery. I did not attend our usual Sunday breakfast: still too early for that (croaky voice, occasional cough would make people in the restaurant wish I wasn’t there).

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3 June 2018 at 9:39 am

Posted in Health, Shaving

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