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SOTD 12/16 Holidaze Blues

12162015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Maggard Razors Shaving Soap– London Barbershop
Razor: ’32 -40 Gillette New Long Comb Bar Handle
Blade: Derby Extra(2)
Splash:   Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Pinaud Clubman Classic

What a last 5 days or so.  Talk about riding a roller coaster.  The good news is my old truck is back on the road finally.  Turns out it was the mass air sensor(?).  So we disassembled & cleaned it.  Truck is running better than it has in months.  Next up, need to replace tie rods and other front end thingys.  Can you tell I’m not a “car guy”?  LOL  Thank God for “shade tree” mechanics!

So-so shave this morning.  I haven’t used this Long Comb razor in forever, and it was pretty clear I have lost the feel of it.  Need to put it back into regular rotation.  Had a hard time maintaining the correct angle for some reason.  I ended up BBS, but paid for it with a few dings here and there.  Nothing major but much more than I usually ever get.  I have been favoring less aggressive razors all summer.  It’s time I bring my Long and Short combs (New & Old style) back out!

Second shave on the Derby blade.  I like using this blade in more aggressive razors as it’s a bit more forgiving than sharper blades like the Personna Red.  Although this morning it didn’t seem to spare me much, but that’s user error not the blades fault lol

 

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SOTD 12/7 Celtic Blade

12072015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Catie’s Bubbles – Celtic Knot
Razor: ’30-’40s Clix Bakelite
Blade: Treet Platinum
Splash:   Wal-Mart Witch hazel 86%
Post: Brut After Shave Balm & Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue

Cold and foggy this morning.  Still there was a lot of foot traffic downtown.  As cold as it is right now, it’s NOTHING like the madness I was dealing with this time last year so I’m not complaining!  Seriously.  Plus Chico gets to show off his outfits.  He loves the attention lol

Had a good shave this morning.  Pulled out that sample of Caties Bubbles Celtic Knot that I’d nearly forgotten I had.  I really like how this soap performs.  Since it’s a sample, I just press a quarter sized amount into the bottom of the mug and whip into it with just a little water.  Get’s me a smooth, creamy lather with great slickness and decent cushion.  The blade just slides through it with ease.  I like the scent also, but it seems to disappear fast, which isn’t a deal breaker for me.  Just means I don’t have to worry about it clashing with my after shave du jour!

Paired the Clix razor with a Treet Platinum blade.  haven’t used one in a while so it was a pleasant surprise that it was as smooth and sharp as it was.  Mowed through 3 days of prickly growth with no issues.  No irritation, even in my problem areas.  I don’t know why this blade fell off of my radar.  Time will tell.

“May your coffee be strong, and your Monday be short!”

 

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12/2 Oops Upside ya Head

12022015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Maggard Razors Shaving Soap (Tallow) – London Barbershop
Razor: ’88 Gillette Super Adjustable – Black Beauty
Blade: Lord Platinum (2)
Splash:   Wal-Mart Witch hazel 86%
Post: Nivea Sensitive After Shave Balm & Pinaud Clubman Classic

Pretty frosty this morn. Down in the mid 20s.  Still no snow though so I can deal with the cold!  I would not be disappointed if we had a green Christmas!  I really don’t think Chico would be either LOL

Odd shave today.  Started out with a proven favorite from Maggards, London Barbershop.  I’ve talked many times previously about how much I love this soap.  But for some reason today the performance was sub-par.  I know it has to be user error as it’s performed flawlessly for me many, many times.  But I can’t figure out what went south.  I prepared it the same way I always do.  maybe there’s been an unnoticed change in my water.  I just could not get a decent lather.  I got a lather, but it wasn’t the thick, cushion-y lather that I typically get with this soap.  It got the job done, but I was a little disappointed.

Secondly, I previously paired a Lord Platinum blade with my Black Beauty, which is typically a decent match.  Today not so much.  I’m blaming it on the blade.  I have noticed that the Lords can occasionally be inconsistent.  I think that’s the case with this blade.  It just wasn’t smooth at all.  I got BBS, but with mild irritation in many spots. Gonna pull the blade.  Cie la vie!

It’s Hump Day!  My mid-week drink today will be a bottle of Not Your Fathers Rootbeer from SmallTown Brewery!  That beer is good!

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SOTD 11/13 HULK SHAVE!!!

11132015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Dr. Jon’s Handcrafted Shaving Soap – Big Green Monster
Razor: Maggard Razors MR3
Blade: Derby Extra(3)
Splash:   Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Brut After Shave Lotion & Fine After Shave – Platinum

It is COLD and windy this morning!  Not as windy as yesterday when we had 60mph wind gusts, but it is still very windy today.  And wet since it rained all night.  Plus they are predicting that moisture could turn into snow flurries.  Nice, right?  NO.

After that frigid walk I was looking forward to a nice warm shave.  Opted for the Big Green Monster by Dr. Jon’s.  I like the scent of this soap.  Another one of those thats a complex scent for me – peppermint, basil, and lime.  It’s a great combination.  Whips up into a nice creamy lather.  Not the most dense but has decent cushion and slickness.  Good skin feel after the shave.  And for those that care about such things – it’s a vegan soap.

Third shave on the Derby blade.  Still decently sharp.  Definitely not as smooth.  But no errors or blooding this morning.  Had to chase the baby a bit in my problem areas but otherwise a smooth and comfortable shave.

TGIF!  Have a great weekend!  I’m going to Chicago.  What are your favorite stops there?

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SOTD 11/2 Dragon Fall

11022015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Kell’s Original Handcrafted Shaving Soap – Dragons Blood (Hemp/Aloe Blend)
Razor: ’44(?) Gillette Post WW2 Tech Razor w/ Bakelite Handle
Blade: Gillette Wilkinson Sword
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Lotion & Master Well Bay Rum AS

Hello November!  Hate to see you so soon, but at least you showed up in a good mood right?  I started a bit early but I’m growing my facial hair for Movember (or No Shave November), whichever LOL  So now just shaving dome and neck.  Great morning walk today. I love getting up an hour later.  Feels like I got away with sleeping in 🙂

Great shave today.  I was lazy this past weekend so I had to deal with 3 days growth this morning.  Pulled out the Dragons Blood soap by Kells.  LOVE the scent of this soap.  Lathers easily and makes a nice smooth lather.  Not super dense, but has great cushion and slickness.  After shave skin feel is smooth and hydrated.  Definitely a recommendation if you haven’t tried a Kell’s soap.

I popped a sharp Wilkinson Sword blae into the WW2 Tech this morning.  Turns out to be a really good pairing.  The Sword is sharp and smooth, and the Tech is just aggressive enough to make mowing down 3 days growth nice & easy.  Very minor touch up in the usual spots.  No errors.  Ended up baby butt smooth dome and throat.  And that’s how she likes it 😉

“It’s Monday.  You can do this..” – Coffee

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SOTD 10/5 The Force

10052015

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!

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 9/21 London Tech

09212015

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…

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 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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