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SOTD 11/23 The Holidaze Begins…

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: GBS Pure Badger Brush
Soap: RazoRock Brain Freeze
Razor: ’88 Gillette Super Adjustable – Black Beauty
Blade: Astra SP
Splash:   Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Fine Classic After Shave – Platinum

Yep.  Winter has arrived, just in time for Thanksgiving.  it was about 21 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, and we have a good 3 inches on the ground.  Was still a pretty nice walk this morning.  Chico was irritated because he hates walking on salt.  But he wont let me pick him up, and he refuses to wear paw covers, and we live downtown.  There is salt everywhere.  He just has to deal with it. I just keep an eye on his paws for any problems.

Really smooth shave this morning!  Pulled out the RazoRock.  This soap was one of my first artisan soaps.  back when I first grabbed it, RazoRock was all over the shave groups and forums.  Now I never see the brand mentioned anymore.  What’s up with that?  Did he “fall off”?  If I missed something, please fill me in!  Aside from that, I still love this soap.  It was also my first real menthol soap.  It doesn’t feel nearly as icy as it did back then, but I attest that to me becoming more tolerant of it.  Still has a nice chill though.  Makes a nice smooth lather, and has decent glide.  Skin feels moisturized afterwards.  Good soap.

Matched up an Astra SP blade with my Black Beauty.  This is always a great combo.  Performed as expected.  Was able to achieve BBS with minimal effort.  Some tiny spot of irritation on the back of my head but I blame that on user error.

So what are your T-Bird Day plans?

 

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SOTD 10/5 The Force

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Neon Handle (The Force)
Soap: Chiseled Face Groomatorium Redneck Shaving Soap
Razor: Maggard Razors MR3
Blade:  Astra SP(3)
Splash:   Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Axe Body Spray – Edge

After a chilly, very windy weekend it was nice to wake up to mild temps and gentle breezes!  Still had a great weekend despite the weather.  Found an unexpected carnival with a ton of vendors at a rural apple festival.  Was a pretty good turn out, but I’m telling you, as windy as it was there was NO way I was getting on those rides! LOL

Just kind of grabbed stuff at random this morning.  Came up with the Redneck soap.  This is my strangest smelling soap but it has totally grown on me and I love it.  It is also one of my top performing soaps.  Easy to generate, creamy lather.  Great cushion and slickness.  I do feel like I need to use a moisturizer afterward but that’s not a knock on it.  I feel like that with most soaps. And I like moisturizers.  Ladies tell me it keeps the dome sexy smooth 😉

Third shave on the Astra SP.  Still good and sharp.  Still decently smooth.  Probably wont push it to a fourth shave, even thought I’ve established that I could take Astra SP to five shaves and still be decent.  Typically.  But there’s no need to.

“The worst part of my Mondays is hearing you complain about Mondays.” – Unknown

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SOTD 9/30 Out with a Bang!

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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 9/16 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

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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 8/22 Decisions Decisions

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Kell’s Original Handcrafted Shaving Soap – Dragons Blood (Hemp/Aloe Blend)
Razor: ’88 Gillette Super Adjustable – Black Beauty
Blade:  Astra SP
Splash:   Walmart Witch Hazel 86%
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm & Old Spice ReFresh Body Spray –  Wolfthorn

Beautiful morning today.  Moderate temps, sun shinning, no pan handlers.  I love downtown when it’s like this.  Chico is less distracted and has more time to investigate his route.  It’s a relaxing start to the day.

So so shave today.  I didn’t shave the last couple days out of pure laziness and some indecision.  I think I’ve decided to grow the ‘stache and chops back.  Which means I’ll be going back to only shaving my dome and neck. I’m pretty sure that’s going to be my fall/winter look.  Pretty sure lol

As I said todays shave was so so.  Pulled out the Black Beauty, set it on 4.  Popped in an Astra SP.  SO everything should have been fine but the shave was kind of uncomfortable.  Ended up BBS, but paid for it in a couple of nicks and some minor irritation after the shave.  The witch hazel definitely let me know about it!  Not sure what the issue was, maybe it was me rushing a bit.  Either way I wasn’t entirely pleased.  Tomorrow will be better,.

Also.. I’m thinking I’m starting to get bored with SOTDs.  Thinking of moving the blog in a different but still shave related direction.  I’ll still do SOTDs every now and then, but I want the focus to be on something else.  I’ll let you know what I come up with.

Enjoy your Saturday!

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SOTD 8/6 Dog Days Derby

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Shea Moisture Synthetic Brush
Soap: Derby Shaving Cream – Lemon
Razor: Maggard Razors MR3
Blade: Astra SP(3)
Splash: Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Lotion & Old Spice ReFresh Body Spray –  Wolfthorn

Is it Thursday already?  For that matter is it August already?  Man where did Summer go?  Seems like it was just June!  Time surely flies when you are having fun eh?  I plan on having more this weekend. Going to the Blueberry festival in South Haven.  Went last year and enjoyed it.  Should be fun 🙂

Great shave this morning.  Felt like something fruity so I pulled out a favorite – Derby Lemon.  You know that old saying “just a dab will do you”?  It definitely applies to this cream.  I used a dollop about the size of a quarter and it just exploded into thick, creamy lather!  Great cushion, very slick.  Pound for pound (or maybe dollar for dollar) this is one of the best performing soaps I’ve used.  The lemon scent is perfect.  Not candy like at all but actually smells like the fruit.  I challenge you to find a better soap in this price range.  Seriously.

Last shave on the Astra SP blade in the MR3.  Still nice and sharp, still smooth as silk.  There’s a reason the Astra SP is my “reference” blade.  I measure all other blades by it.  Consistency and quality sold me on them.  Although I must say the Kai Stainless blade is making a strong run for the crown!  Those are some big shoes to fill.

Anyone upgraded to Windows 10 yet?  What do you think about it?

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SOTD 8/3 Shave Du Jour

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Pre: n/a
Brush: VDH Boar Kit Brush
Soap: Catie’s Bubbles – Un Jour Geis
Razor: Maggard Razors MR3
Blade: Astra SP(2)
Splash: Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Gillette Shave Lotion & Fine Classic After Shaving Splash – Platinum

You ever have one of those days where you just can’t get motivated to do ANYTHING?  That was my weekend.  I had plans for Friday and Saturday and both feel through, so I ended up sitting around the loft with the dog doing practically nothing all weekend.  Well I got laundry done.  Other than that I didn’t leave the spot.  Didn’t even shave.

So this morning I woke up full of energy and ready to go!  We had a huge storm last night that raged most of the night.  I tend to sleep really well during storms.  No idea why.  But anyway, I wanted an invigorating, manly scent today.  Pulled out the CB Un Jour Geis.  Nope I don’t now what the name means.  But I know how it performs!  And the scent is great!  The first time I used this soap I had no idea what it was do to a smudged label on the sample, but I was impressed nevertheless.  My opinion is the same.  This is a great smelling, great performing soap.  Catie’s Bubbles should be on your radar if you haven’t tried it yet.

2nd shave on the Astra SP.  Typically good shave.  Smooth, sharp.  No issues with handling 3 days of growth.  One minor nick in my usual problem area.  I hadn’t used my MR3 in a while.  Now I remember why I used to use it almost exclusively.  I love the weight of this razor.  The head is a standard Maggard Razors 2 piece, but the handle is a pudgy, thick little thing.  Feels great in the hand, easy to control.

“God woke me up this morning. The humidity is gone.  The dog didn’t pee on me.  I’m winning.”

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SOTD 7/6 Recovery Shave

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Pre: Shave Secret
Brush: VDH Kit Brush – Boar
Soap: Catie’s Bubbles – Celtic Knot
Razor: ’55 Gillette Super Speed Blue Tip
Blade: Astra SP
Splash: Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Tone
Post: Gillette Lotion AS & Aqua Velva Classic – Ice Blue

Man what a weekend!  I have been going non-stop since Friday morning!  Every day was pretty awesome.  Friday was lunch in the park. Food trucks! Live Music.  Then hanging with friends.  The Fourth was a whirlwind of activity culminating with a double header semi-pro baseball game (we lose the first, won the second), and laying in center field watching amazing close fireworks overhead.  There was a glitch at the end so the finale got scrubbed mid-way but it was still a great show.  Then Sunday spent the day at a fantastic Lake Michigan beach with loved ones.  All in all, I’d say a perfect weekend!  I’m ready to start the week, refreshed!

So to kick off the work week, I pulled out the Celtic Knot.  This has a very fresh, masculine scent and is good for adding a bit o’pep to the morning shave.  Like any Catie’s soap the performance is top notch.  Easily makes smooth, slick lather with decent cushion.  I love the post shave skin feel of Catie’s soaps.  Feels smooth and protected.  I feel like I really don’t need to additionally moisturize after shaving with Catie’s.  I mean I do moisturize, but if I was in a rush, my skin probably would not suffer if I skipped that step.

Back to my old faithful Astra SP blade in my Blue Tip.  I had been neglecting my TTOs & Super Speeds in favor of my Techs and similar razors, so I’m rectifying that this week.  The Astra SP performed as expected.  Mowed down 2 days growth like nothing.  Ended up BBS face & Dome and very close and smooth on the neck.  No errors.

Have a great Monday!!

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