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An all-RazoRock shave

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Very fine shave today. Zi’ Peppino is a favorite for lather and fragrance, and this 24mm synthetic did a fine job: I shook it well to avoid the excess-water problem, and it went very well.

The Stealth is for me a terrific slant, and it easily wiped away the Monday-morning two-day stubble, with a splash of Zi’ Peppino After Shaving Splash finishing the ritual with a lingering pleasant fragrance.

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16 April 2018 at 11:08 am

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Tcheon Fung Sing shaving cream and RazoRock Old Type

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A commenter mentioned recently that Figaro is now a brand of Tcheon Fung Sing, which was news to me. I do have this TFS shaving cream, though, so I thought I’d bring it out. The Figaro I once had came with the bitter almond fragrance popular in Italy, but this TFS shaving cream has a very light and (to me) unidentifiable fragrance, though not unpleasant. This is quite old, and it is now quite firm, so the fragrance may have waned. (TFS does make a shaving cream today, but it seems distinct from the cream shown.)

The last time I used this, the lather was not that good, but this time I exercised more care and was careful to shake the brush well to remove all excess water, and the lather was really quite good: very satisfactory and earning a more frequent appearance in the rotation.

The RazoRock Old Type is one of my favorite razors: totally comfortable, never nicks, and delivers easily a very smooth result. Today was no different.

A good splash of Bulgari EDT as an aftershave, and the weekend begins.

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14 April 2018 at 10:30 am

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Van Yulay Sandalwood

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I could resist trying Van Yulay Sandalwood, so I bought the soap + aftershave splash, which arrived yesterday. As always with VY, the ingredients are intriguing:

Stearic Acid, Coconut Fatty Acid, Palm Stearic, Sandalwood Hydrosol, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Castor-Coconut-Olive-Meadowfoam-Argan Oils, Cocoa-Kokum-Shea Butters, Glycerin, Extracts, Poly Quats, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Silica, Liquid Silk, Sandalwood Powder, Bentonite Clay, EO’s and Fragrance.

More info at the link. I added a little too much water as I worked up the lather, so did not get quite the density I like, but it still was excellent. Somewhat less sandalwood fragrance than my AOS Sandalwood soap, but still satisfying. And the skin effect is wonderful.

As with all the Van Yulay soaps, I advise buying samples. Buy a lot of samples, try them, and then buy the soaps that appeal the most. Samples not only let you check the fragrance, they will also let you know if any of the soaps trigger a skin reaction. (So far, none have done that for me, but skin sensitivities vary from person to person.)

Three passes with the excellent Rockwell 6S R3, then a splash of VY Sandalwood aftershave, another formula I like:

Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Abyssinian Seed-Emu-Red Castor-Evening Primrose-Rosehip Seed Oils, Comfrey, Calendula, Tepezcohuite, Oat, Marshmallow, Green Tea Extracts, Liquid Silk, and Fragrance

Because of the oil content, shake well before applying, and since it includes emu oil, it’s not vegan.

A great shave, with the weekend dead ahead.

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13 April 2018 at 8:57 am

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Vie-Long brush, Tcheon Fung Sing Tobacco Verde, iKon X3, and Spring-Heeled Jack

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Today was your basic pleasant shave. I continue to think of this brush as horsehair, though it was sold as boar. At any rate, (a) I always soak it, and (b) it’s a terrific little brush. It proved its mettle again today, making a very nice lather from Tcheon Fung Sing Tobacco Verde, a soap that I enjoy a lot (partly because it has an unusual name for an Italian shaving soap—Marco Polo influence?).

Very light and easy shave with the X3, and then a bracing splash of Spring-Heeled Jack finished job on a good note.

Tonight I have a class in culinary seaweed. The Wife is considerably less interested in eating seaweed than I.

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12 April 2018 at 10:02 am

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Stubble Trubble, Baby Smooth, and Hâttric

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I like Stubble Trubble’s Up & Adam so much I had to return to it today. And once again a great lather in consistency and fragrance, today made with Edwin Jagger’s rather nice synthetic. The soap is vegan and $15 for 5.9 oz is a good price. Check it out. (I get no kickback or other remuneration for my recommendations, including this one. I just like the soap.)

I picked RazoRock’s Baby Smooth because I wanted a smooth result with no problems, and as usual, it delivered that with aplomb.

A splash of Hâttric finished the job nicely. The day is already going very well.

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11 April 2018 at 9:05 am

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Rose in the morning

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D.R. Harris Rose shaving cream is extremely nice. I squeezed a small amount onto the damp Simpson Emperor 3 Best and have a fine lather for three passes.

Maggard Razors’ V3A head is extremely nice: highly efficient and IMO as comfortable as the V3. Here it’s mounted on a UFO handle, and with three trouble-free passes the morning stubble was no more.

A small splash of Bulgarian Rose aftershave from Saint Charles Shave, and the day already seems very good.

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10 April 2018 at 8:44 am

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Ah! The Monday shave—today with Simpson Emperor 2, iKon 102, and Van Yulay After Dark

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The wonderful start to every workweek: shaving off a two-day stubble in a pleasurable way. I ordered another Van Yulay soap, their Sandalwood, and I’m looking forward to that. In the meantime, After Dark is quite appealing to me, and the Simpson Emperor 2 Best made an especially good lather. My skin seems to like this soap a lot.

With the 102, the shave is always cmfortable and always close. A good splash of After Dark aftershave (after shaking the bottle well: I want to be sure the emu oil has not separated) finished the job in fine style.

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9 April 2018 at 9:18 am

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