Monthly Archives: September 2015

SOTD 9/30 Out with a Bang!

09302015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Through The Fire Fine Craft Shaving Soap – Ignite
Razor: Maggard Razors MR3
Blade:  Astra SP
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Lucky Tiger Bay Rum AS

Don’t you hate it when you have a tiny little nick, that just wont heal fully because you keep forgetting about it, and keep hitting it with the razor.  I’ve got one of those in the back of my head and I swear I hit it every time I shave, for the last few days.  Annoying right?

Regardless this morning was a good one.  Had a nice, crisp walk with Chico.  Actually had to pull out the hoodie finally, but it felt good.  I do like Fall, I just hate that it means Winter is right around the corner.

Pulled out a sample I picked up earlier this Spring/Summer, Ignite by TTFFCSS.  I absolutely LOVE the scent of this soap.  But then, I have yet to run into one of Maria’s scents that I haven’t liked, so I may be a tad biased. She’s also the maker behind many of Maggard Razors amazing soaps.  You can’t go wrong with either brand.  Great lather, Cushion-y, good slickness, fantastic scents!  I need to grab a full size jar of this.  You should too.  The scent is a very fruit sweet, citrus-y, bright scent.

Paired up the MR3 with an Astra SP.  Performed exactly as expected for a couple of tried and trusted tools.  BBS dome with no errors… except that one tiny spot I keep hitting.  Ugh.

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SOTD 9/23 On The Silver Tip

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: WSP Silvertip Badger
Soap: Jeeves of Hudson Street LLC – Butterscotch
Razor: ’72 Gillette Tech with Muhle handle (Frankentech)
Blade:  Sputnik (2)
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Lucky Tiger Bay Rum AS

What day is it?  It’s HUMP day!  Only two more days till the weekend!  Supposed to be a beautiful one also!  Great walk this morning.  The weather was clear, crisp, and sunny.  Perfect Fall morning!

Gonna start right off with the most exciting part of this shave.  You may have noticed in the pic that I have… a new brush!  Yes, that’s right I finally obtained a Silvertip!  All thanks to my “patron saint of shaving”, Pete Schiavoni!  He felt I should have one in my “arsenal”!  I cannot say enough about the kindness and generosity of this gentleman.  If you know him, you know of what I speak!  I hope to soon be able to break bread with him in person 🙂

Love this brush!  It is so soft and has a nice backbone.  Not floppy at all.  Holds a decent amount of lather, and feels good applying it to the dome.  My other badger brush, a Pure Badger class, doesn’t feel nearly as nice which is why it dosen’t get much use.  But this badger will get plenty, trust me!

Jeeves of Hudson soap is always a great shave!  Thick, smooth lather.  Very good slickness and cushion.  Great skin feel after the shave.  I like the scent, but it is fairly light for my preferences.  I like a scent to encompass the shave.  This scent is nice but very faint to my nose.

Second shave on the Sputnik.  Still nicely sharp & smooth.  Minor touch up over the ears.  Ended up a BBS and comfortable dome!

 

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SOTD 9/21 London Tech

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Maggard Razors Shaving Soap– London Barbershop
Razor: ’72 Gillette Tech with Muhle handle (Frankentech)
Blade:  Sputnik
Splash:   Wal-Mart Witch Hazel 86%
Post: Gillette After Shave Lotion & Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue AS

Start of a new week.  Hope your weekend left you feeling refreshed and ready to survive another work week!  Mine did.  Spent a great day with my mother and grandmother.  I’m blessed to still have them both in my life.

Today is a day for classic scents!  Starting with Maggard Razors London Barbershop.  One of the best “barber scents” that I have come across.  As soon as I open the jar, it immediately makes me remember childhood trips to the local barber.  Our barber was like a family member.  He cut my and my brothers hair from toddlers up until I left for the Army Nat’l Guard at 18!  Except for a couple of “jehri curl” years but the less said about that the better 😉

London Barbershop is a classic Maggard soap.  Excellent lather, great cushion & slickness.  The scent is spot on.  Skin feel afterward is smooth.  Maggard soaps definitely hold a spot in my top five soaps.  Did I mention I love the jars that Maggard uses?  Wholly Kaw uses a similar jar.  Those are my favorite type.  So easy to load the brush from them.

First shave on the Sputnik in the Frankenrazor.  Feels pretty sharp and decently smooth.  I could probably drop this blade in a more aggressive razor and get a great shave from it.  Ended up BBS with minimal touch up in the usual spots.

“Oh c’mon, it’s Monday, not DOOMSDAY!  Make it a great day!” – Anon

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SOTD 9/16 More Cow Bell…

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Vanilla Sandalwood
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Wholly Kaw Premium Shaving Soap Vegan – Almond Medley
Razor: Clix Razor
Blade:  Astra SP (4)
Splash:   Wal-Mart Witch Hazel 86%
Post: Axe Body Spray – Edge

Very mild morning today.  Summer is definitely trying to hold one.  Had a nice walk with Chico.  He is such an attention junkie.  Any eye contact and he insists that you acknowledge him.  Immediately.  Several times.  Smh…lol

Fantastic shave this morning!  I realized I hadn’t used my Wholly Kaw soap since July, so I pulled it out.  Man I’m glad I did.  When I don’t use a soap for awhile, it’s easy to forget just how good of a soap it is.  Wholly Kaw is a top tier artisan soap.  I’d say it holds it’s own with any of the “big boys” out there, and is substantially better than a few of them.  Thick, rich lather that is super easy to generate.  Great slickness and cushion.  Skin feels very protected.  And I absolutely love his Almond Medley scent!  It’s one of my favorite Almond scents.  If you haven’t yet, I’d really recommend trying a Wholly Kaw soap.

Fourth shave on the Astra SP blade!  Fourth!  Still nicely sharp, still smooth.  No errors or bloodletting.  Chased the baby and caught him fairly easily. Minor touch up in problem areas.  I am very sure that I could get a 5th shave out of this blade.  But no.  It gets retired.  But I am moving my Astra Sp to 4 shaves on the regular now.  I need to get some more Kai blades!

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SOTD 9/14 Killa Bees

09142015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Neon Handle (The Force)
Soap: Mickey Lee Soapworks – Bee Witched
Razor: Clix Razor
Blade:  Astra SP (3)
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm & Lucky Tiger bay Rum AS

It is definitely feeling like Fall these last few days.  Actually had to pull out the long sleeves and socks!  But it’s not going to last, weather guy just predicted several upcoming days of 80+ temps so Summer has gotten an extension.  I’m not complaining.  Although I love Fall, I have never been a fan of Winter.  At all.

I awoke to the radio playing a remix of SWV singing “Anything (You Want Me To)” with a surprising appearance of Wu-Tang members Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Method Man!  How have I never heard this before?  Anyway, so I went into the shave with the Killa Bees (Wu-Tang) in my head and I chose the soap appropriately.  I absolutely love Bee Witched by Mickey Lee.  It creates some of the densest, yogurt-y lather of just about any soap I have ever used.  The lather is simply incredible.  And the scent.  Oh man.  If you like the scent of cocoa, even a little bit, you are going to LOVE this soap.  I swear it makes me want to devour a huge bowl of Cocoa Krispies every time!  One of my top 5 soaps.

Third shave on the Astra SP blade.  Still plenty sharp.  Maybe a tad less smooth.  But then again it was working against a 3 day growth so the smoothness was probably on par.  I’m gonna push this one to four shaves, just as a test.  I like living dangerously… LOL

“I always say ‘Morning..’ instead of ‘Good Morning..’ because if it was a GOOD morning, I would still be home in bed…”

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SOTD 9/9 Chunkin’ Pumpkin

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: Shea Synthetic Brush
Soap: WSP Rustic Shaving Soap – Pumpkin Spice
Razor: Clix Razor
Blade:  Astra SP (2)
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Pinaud Clubman Vanilla AS

This morning was not too bad.  Hopefully we have left the bulk of the humidity behind us.  It was nice to be able to walk Chico without coming back drenched in sweat.  Was actually a decent breeze blowing.  Apparently from Wisconsin, so thanks ya cheeseheads! 😉

I grabbed the Pumpkin Spice today to commemorate the end of Summer and the looming of Fall.  Figured I’d get it in now before we are inundated by all things pumpkin as is fast becoming the norm this time of year.  Ha!  A commercial for a pumpkin spiced latte at Biggby just played.  I’m too late!  IT’S ALREADY STARTED!!!  AUUGGHH!

So anyway, the shave was pretty smooth one.  The soap performed like WSP soaps are supposed too.  Great cushion, good slickness, thick creamy lather.  And I have to admit the pumpkin scent is spot on.  I’m wishing I had a slice of pie right now.

Second shave on the Astra SP.  Nothing out of the ordinary there.  Achieved BBS with a minimum of effort.  Still nicely sharp, still very smooth.  Exactly why it’s my go to blade.

It’s Wednesday already!  I love 3 day weekends 🙂

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SOTD 9/4 Return of Slick

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Shea Synthetic Brush
Soap: Headblade Headslick
Razor: ’38 – ’43 Gillette Black Fat Handle Tech
Blade:  Lord Platinum (Super Stainless?)(2)
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Axe Body Spray – Edge

Man it is STICKY this morning!  Night has been bringing no relief to the humidity.  Running the AC 24/7.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t sleep when it’s overly humid.  Man I miss central air! LOL

Went “digging in the crates” this morning and found a real “oldie but goodie”!  I pulled out a familiar black and yellow plastic bottle.  A bottle that has a lot of sentimental value to me as it was my first soap I used when I started shaving my dome!  HeadSlick by Headblade!

I haven’t used this soap in forever, mainly because of the plethora of artisan soaps that I have been trying constantly.  Not because Headslick is a lesser soap, because it definitely isn’t.  They claim it’s specially formulated for head-shaving but I’ve found it to be a great soap for any shaving.  It’s a bit more fluid than your average cream.  More of a lotion consistency.  Whips up very easily into a fairly dense, creamy lather with only a little water.  Great slickness and cushion.  It has a bit of menthol in it so it feels refreshing but not overwhelming.  I used this soap exclusively for months before I discovered artisan soaps.  I probably will always have a bottle of this in my collection.  Even if it wasn’t sentimental, it’s performance would guarantee it a spot on the shelf.

Second shave on the Lord Platinum blade.  I could feel that it already has lost some of it’s sharpness but was still fairly smooth.  Was still able to achieve BBS without too much effort.  No errors or major touch-up needed.

You may have noticed that lately I’ve been using body sprays, both Old Spice & Axe.  I’m evaluating them as daily wearers.  I’ll post my opinions soon.

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SOTD 9/2 Lord Derby

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Shea Synthetic Brush
Soap: Derby Shaving Cream – Mint
Razor: ’38 – ’43 Gillette Black Handle Tech
Blade:  Lord Platinum (Super Stainless?)
Splash:   Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Axe Body Spray – Edge

Great morning!  Woke up feeling like I got good sleep last night which is rare for me.  So I’m thinking my latest medical procedure must be working.  Thank God 🙂

Very good shave this morning.  Paired up a Lord Platinum blade and my black handle Tech.  I’m a little suspicious about the Lord blade though.  The package says Lord Platinum.  The actual blade says Lord Super Stainless.  So, I don’t know if these are actual Platinum blades or not.  Regardless it performed very well today.  Was decently sharp, and fairly smooth.  Was able to achieve BBS with minimal effort.  No errors.  Very little touch up needed.

Pulled out the Derby cream.  This soap is another low priced champion that should be in every shavers collection.  Excellent lather with great cushion and slickness.  At this price point it’s really hard to find a better soap than Derby.  My favorite is the Lemon but the Mint is great also.  The only difference is the scent.  For less than $3, you can’t go wrong with this soap.

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