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SOTD 10/19 Chocolate Cherries

10192015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Vanilla Sandalwood
Brush: Omega 48 Pro Boar (Brushzilla
Soap: Mickey Lee Soapworks – Bee Witched
Razor: ’61 Gillette Adjustable “Fat Boy” aka Mr. Big Stuff
Blade: Treet Platinum
Splash:   Wal-Mart Witch Hazel 86%
Post: Pinaud Clubman – Vanilla

Man, it was COLD this weekend!  That doesn’t bode well for how intense this Winter is going to be.  I’m really not looking forward to it, but I live in Michigan, so what can I do right? LOL  Not as cold this morning.  Had a nice walk with Chico over by the train depot along the tracks.  Peaceful.

I didn’t post any shaves last week, so I’m getting back into the swing of things today.  This mornings shave was pretty darn good.  Pulled out Mickey Lee’s Bee Witched.  LOVE everything about this soap.  The scent, the lather, the skin feel, the cushion & glide.  Definitely need to pick up another scent from them.

Paired the Fat Boy with a Treet Platinum.  Haven’t used that blade since 2014 if I recall correctly.  Sharp blade.  Not as smooth as the Astra, but not harsh either.  had the Fat Boy set on ‘4’ initially, then dialed down to ‘3’ for the last two passes.  Had a couple days growth to deal with but the Treet handled it well.  I did get a small vertical nick on my neck just behind my right ear but it was user error.  I was streaming old school jams and “Freddy Jackson – Rock Me Tonight” came on and suddenly it was karaoke at the Apollo LOL  But I digress 😉

“Monday is one of my favorite days of the week. My 7th favorite. ” – Unknown

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SOTD 9/16 More Cow Bell…

09162015

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 7/24 Poof the Magic Shaver

07242015

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: Gillette Tech Black Handle
Blade: Kai Stainless Steel
Splash: Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm & Captains Choice AS – Lime

Had a great pre-weekend outing last night.  My kid surprised me with a visit and we stopped by the opening night of The Taste of Kalamazoo!  It’s all about food & drink & music!  Had a pretty good time as the crowds hadn’t really shown up yet.  Rumblefish was the opening band.  They are always a good time!

Fantastic shave this morning!  Woke up feeling like I slept really well.  So I wanted a vibrant scented shave.  Pulled out the Kell’s Dragons Blood.  It’s hard for me to describe this scent but I love it.  It’s kind of a citrusy/spicey/herbal thing.  You really need to check it out.  Kell’s is my only soap in the “melt & pour” category.  I tend to stay away from those soaps in favor of croaps or traditional pucks, but this Kell’s is easily one of the best latherers I have.  In case you didn’t notice the pic. LOL  Skin feel is very good during and after shave.

Went back to my Black handled Tech today.  It just felt like a better choice than any of my TTOs this morning.  No real reason why, just a gut instinct.  And it seems I was right as I ended up with a near perfect BBS shave.  Zero errors and silky smooth!  I feel good!

TGIF!!  A lot going on this weekend!  Everyone be safe!

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SOTD 7/9 Pumpkin Twist

07092015Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: Omega 48 Pro Boar (Brushzilla)
Soap: WSP Rustic Shaving Soap – Pumpkin Spice
Razor: Gillette TTO Black Handle
Blade: Kai Stainless Steel
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave & Lucky Tiger Bay Rum AS

Wet, kind of chilly morning for July.  It’s one of those “not really raining but moist enough that you kind of want your umbrella” days.  So it was a short, quick walk for Chico and I today.  Hopefully the afternoon will be more scenic.

Really good shave this morning.  Still using my TTOs this week so I pulled out the Black Handle.  Hadn’t use that razor since December ’14.  It still had a Personna Lab Blue blade in it, but it had sat too long for me to comfortably use it.  So I popped in a Kai blade.  Love those blades!  Sheared off 2 days of growth like it was no big deal.  Left my dome feeling smooth like Barry Whites voice!  Sho’ you right!  Face and neck were super silky also, even my problem area.  No blood this morning.

I used my WSP Pumpkin Spice.  Love the scent of this soap.  Always makes me hungry for pumpkin pie.  The lather is definitely in my Top 10 of best lathers.  Maybe even Top 5.  Hmm, I need to put that list together.  I’ll do one for blades also.  But back to the soap; thick, luscious lather.  Slick, and full of cushion.  Can’t go wrong with this lather.  If you’ve never used WSP, do yourself a favor and pickup a sample.  I’d say just grab a tin, but I’m a big fan of samples because as always YMMV.  Just because I love something doesn’t mean you will.  Although you should 😉

Have a great Thursday!

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SOTD 6/1 3..2..1..Ignite!

06012015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Vanilla Sandalwood
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Through The Fire Fine Craft Shaving Soap – Ignite
Razor: ’44(?) Gillette Post WW2 Tech Razor w/ Bakelite Handle
Blade:  Kai Stainless Steel
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive After Shave Balm & Captains Choice AS – Lime

Good morning!  It’s already June!  Doesn’t even seem like we’ve really had Spring yet and here it is almost Summer.  Time keeps on slippin’ slippin’ slippin’…ah I can feel the “olds” coming on…LOL

Pulled out another smash hit from Maria at Through The Fire Fine Craft Shaving!  This one is called Ignite!  It’s a very Spring/Summer-y scent.  Lot’s of citrus going on.  According to her website – “…Our newest scented soap is a blend of orange, mandarin, mango, peach, lime, jasmine, and orange flowers.”.  The orange and lime seem most prominent to my nose.  Definitely a great “wake you up” kind of scent for a morning shave.  The performance is identical to that of the Extinguish sample I reviewed previously.  Great creamy lather.  Great cushion and slickness.  You still haven’t tried one of these soaps?  Do you need a handwritten invitation?  Consider this post that invite! 🙂

Tossed a Kai blade in my Bakelite Handle Tech.  You know I love my techs.  The shave is so consistent and predictable.  Four passes on the dome, three on the face and neck.  Total BBS.  No errors or bloodletting.  No buffing necessary!  Today was truly a text book near perfect shave.  Topped it off with a splash of the Captain.  I’m really liking that AS.  Definitely going to have to invest in a couple bottles of it.

Have a great start to your week!

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SOTD 5/20 Holy Cow!!

05202015

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: Maggard Razors MR3
Blade:  Gillette 7 O’Clock Yellow
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Cooling Post=Shave Balm & Lucky Tiger Bay Rum AS

Brrr!  Only in Michigan!  34 degrees Fahrenheit this morning!  That’s like a 40 degree shift in two days!  Smh.  I don’t even have words for that.  You’d think I’d be used to it by now LOL

New soap!  I was privileged to be able to preview one of the pre-release versions of this soap and was impressed with it even then.  Now I finally have my hands on the finished product, and my opinion has not changed.  This is a fantastic soap.  First of all, the scent. If you’ve followed my posts you probably know 2 things about me:  I love strong scents, and I LOVE almond/cherry scents!  This soap knocks both out of the park!  I was hesitant to have this soap follow the amazing aromatic experience of the Bee Witched soap, but my worry was misplaced.  The Wholly Kaw soap held it’s own and is definitely “drool” worthy! 🙂

The lather is dense and creamy.  Very good slickness and excellent cushion.  I felt like I was wrapped in almond/cherry goodness.  Don’t get me wrong, the scent isn’t overpowering, but it is a very “present” scent that I really enjoy.  If you haven’t tried Wholly Kaw yet, you should.  This is definitely one of the premier new artisan soaps and a “must try” in my opinion!

Pulled out a razor I haven’t used in quite awhile.  My Maggrd Razors MR3.  It’s a mildly aggressive razor.  Tossed in a 7 O’Clock Yellow blade.  That combo sheared through two days growth like it was nothing.  Blade was sharp and smooth.  Ended up BBS one the dome & face, and a DFS on the neck.  Took me a second to get the feel for the razor again, so I took it easy on the neck.  Couple of tiny nicks.  No irritation.  Overall great shave!

It’s Hump Day!! Almost Memorial day..what’s on your drink list for the holiday?

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SOTD 2/18 Mahogany Ninja Pt. 2

02182015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: WSP Rustic Shaving Soap – Mahogany
Razor: ’55 Gillette Super Speed Blue Tip
Blade:  Gillette 7 O’Clock Black – Ninja (2)
Splash:  Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Brut Original Fragrance Moisturizing ASB & Pinaud Clubman Classic AS

Woke up to another couple inches of snow.  ENOUGH ALREADY.  Where is Spring?  I mean really? Temp was -4 with wind chill. Oh and to the folks trying to say hi to my dog on these frigid mornings, nothing personal but it’s too cold for chit chat! LOL

Pulled out the Blue Tip to put in some work this morning.  Paired it with a Ninja on it’s second shave.  Which is a great pairing.  The Blue Tip is moderately mild.  The Ninja is sharp but still nicely smooth.  Should have been a great shave, and would have been, except i failed to notice that the doors on the razor weren’t fully secured and ended up nicking my self a couple good times before I realized it.  User error.  That’s what happens when I get distracted.  Well anyway after I corrected the issue, the rest of the shave went swimmingly.

Another WSP soap, Mahogany.  Love this scent.  And even though it’s the little sample tin, I have no problem loading the brush and generating great lather.  It’s the typical WSP thick & slick lather that I have come to expect from them.  Ended up BBS with little effort.

I’m scheduled to have some oral surgery tomorrow.  So I guess I should eat the rest of that chili I made last night, tonight huh?

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SOTD 1/17 H(arko)! Who Goes There?

01182015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap:  Arko (puck)
Razor: ’32 -40 Gillette New Long Comb Bar Handle
Blade:  Personna Red (2)
Splash:   Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Brut Classic ASB & Master Well Bay Rum AS

Pleasant walk this morning.  Was a balmy 23 degrees and the sun was out.  Chico acted like it was Spring, bouncing all over and trying to  pee on everything LOL  The activity level downtown was correspondingly increased as well.

It’s time, it’s time for some Arko!  I love this puck!  The scent is fantastic IMO.  I love it’s laundry detergent-ish smell and it’s one of the best performing low cost soaps in it’s category!  Even the little red plastic “tin” in comes in is perfect for it.  Easy to lather with great cushion and slickness.  The puck & stick are very different from the Arko creams.  I prefer the puck formulation.  Try it before you judge it.  You’ll either love it or hate it LOL

2nd shave on the Personna Red blade.  Still very sharp and smooth.  I surprised considering this blade had sat in this razor unused for well over a month.  Didn’t seem to affect it’s performance at all.  A simple rinse and it was ready to go.  Ended up with a DFS as I really didn’t “chase the baby” today.  It’s the weekend man!

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SOTD 6/19/2014

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: GBS Pure Badger
Soap: Coates Original Almond Shaving Cream for Dry Skin
Razor: Gillette TTO Black Handle
Blade: Topaz Stainless
Splash: Shea Moisture Shave Tea Tree Herbal AS Elixir
Post: Nivea Sensitive AS Balm
After:  Aqua Velva Ice Blue

New Blade for the TTO.  So far I like the Topaz.  Had a very smooth, very close shave with no weepers.  There seemed to be a little more “chatter” during the shave but I need to do more research on what that indicates.  The Coates was excellent as usual.  It really lathers well and I love the scent.  Leaves the skin feeling smooth.  Topped it off with the old standby Ice Blue.  I kind of want to try some of the other Aqua Velva scents I see online.  Specifically the musk.  I need to expand my after shave selection in general.

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SOTD 6/10/2014

06102014

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: Omega 48 Pro Boar
Soap: AOS Unscented Sensitive
Razor: Gillette Super Speed
Blade: Gillette Wilkinson Sword
Splash: Shea Moisture Shave Tea Tree Herbal AS Elixir
Post: Nivea Sensitive AS
After: Aqua Velva Ice Blue AS & Pacific Shaving Moisturizer

The Wilkinson Sword is another super sharp blade!  But it felt really rough on my face.  I’ll try it one more time and if it still feels that way it’s dropping out of rotation.  The AOS lathered really well. Nice cushion.  I’m finding I really like the feel of the Omega, even though its huge.  I think it may actually be designed for face lathering.

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