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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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11/6 Stick ‘Em Ha Ha Ha Stick ‘Em

11062015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Omega 48 Pro Boar (Brushzilla)
Soap: Genuine Ogallala Bay Rum Shave Stick – Bay Rum & Lemon Grass
Razor: ’44(?) Gillette Post WW2 Tech Razor w/ Bakelite Handle
Blade: Gillette Wilkinson Sword (3)
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Lotion & Lucky Tiger Bay Rum AS

Here comes the rain again.. woke up this morning channeling Annie Lennox.  We got drenched over night, and today are going to get hit by a huge cold front.  Fun right? The high temp for today occurred at MIDNIGHT, so it’s all colder from there.  Not looking forward to it.

So I was rumbling around in the bathroom last night and guess what I found stuck behind the shelves, hidden from view?  My Ogallala shaving stick!  I had totally forgotten about this gem!  Outta sight outta mind right?  Well I’m so glad I re-discovered this soap.  First the fragrance.  I love the scent of this soap.  A perfect blend of lemongrass and bay rum!  Just lemony enough without being overbearingly citrus-y.  And I love their take on the classic bay rum scent.  A tad sweet with a nice blend of spices.  Plus it’s a stick!  I love sticks for the convenience and because they are just plain fun to use.  I just rub it on the dome like a stick of butter.  Dosen’t take much, just a thin layer.  Then I pull out my big ole Omega 48 brush and massage up a smooth, slick lather!  The Omega generates and holds enough soap for 3 complete passes on the dome without reapplying the soap!  No bowl needed.  I really need to explore other stick soaps.  I know my favorite Arko has a stick version…

3rd shave on the Wilkinson.  Definitely has lost a lot of smoothness.  Stuttered a bit here and there on only 2 days growth.  Two days growth on my face/dome is probably like 12 hours growth on some of you guys LOL  Ended up BBS but paid for it with a couple of small weepers and some slight irritation over the ears.  Nothing major.  Just have to remember not to take the Sword blades past 2 shaves.

Have a great weekend!

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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 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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8/31 Old Books…

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Shea Synthetic Brush
Soap: Chiseled Face Groomatorium Redneck Shaving Soap
Razor: Gillette TTO Black Handle
Blade:  Rapira Stainless Steel(3)
Splash:   Walmart Witch Hazel 86%
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm & Old Spice ReFresh Body Spray –  Wolfthorn

I’m back!  Took a little break from the blog.  Got somethings in order.  Worked on some projects.  But now I’m back on track.  And back to sharing shaves with you!  Oh and I’ve got some ideas that will be coming soon to the blog so stay tuned!

Good shave this morning.  Letting the ‘stache and ‘burns grow back for the Fall, so just shaving the dome and neck.  Pulled out the Redneck soap.  I’ve liked the performance of this soap from the first day I used it, but couldn’t wrap my head around the scent.  Well time changes things doesn’t it?  Because the scent has grown on me and I now even enjoy it.  I still say it smells like wet newspapers or old damp paperbacks, but I associate those smells with positive memories so it works for me.  The performance is top notch.  Great lather, good slickness.  Nice cushion.  I need to explore more scents from Chiseled Face.

The Rapira blade was on it’s 3rd and last shave.  Was still decently sharp but had lost a lot of it’s smoothness.  Was able to chase the baby without any blood loss or irritation.  Not a bad blade at all, but definitely peaks by the 2nd shave.

“When you start to do the things that you truly love, it wouldn’t matter whether it is Monday or Friday; you would be so excited to wake up each morning to work on your passions.”
― E.M.

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SOTD 8/22 Decisions Decisions

08222015

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 8/14 Little Green Apples

08142015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Maggard Razors Artisan Shave Soap – Green Apple
Razor: Clix razor
Blade: Shark SS(3)
Splash: Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm & Captains Choice AS – Lime

Been an interesting week.  Drama kept trying to rear it’s ugly, unshaven head into my life but I refused it entry! LOL  Had a great time last night with an old friend from way back in junior high school!  Haven’t seen her in decades!  When we got together it was like we just saw each other last week.  True friendships do stand the test of time and separation…

I actually woke up this morning to that song about “little green apples” playing on my radio, so I had to pull out that sample of Maggards Green Apple soap!  It was fate!  I love that tart green apple scent of this soap! Do I need to even go into the performance of it?  It’s a Maggard Razors soap.  Enough said!  Ok I’ll say more.  Fantastic performance!  Nicely dense, creamy lather.  Great cushion.  Great slickness.  You can’t go wrong with a Maggard Razors soap.

Last shave on the Shark blade.  I probably should have stopped at 2 shaves.  The blade was noticeably less sharp.  I had to go over several areas several times.  The blade was also considerably less smooth.  Ended up with a pretty smooth shave but definitely not BBS.  I didn’t dare chase the baby with this blade.  But it got the job done.  barely.  I wont be purchasing any more Shark SS blades.  But as always YMMV 🙂

Have a great weekend!

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SOTD 8/6 Dog Days Derby

08062015

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 7/30 Big Trouble in Lil Shavetown

07302015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Shea Moisture Synthetic Brush
Soap: Mickey Lee Soapworks – Bee Witched
Razor: Gillette Tech Black Handle
Blade: Kai Stainless Steel(3)
Splash: Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Lotion & Old Spice ReFresh Body Spray –  Wolfthorn

Not the greatest morning.  Having phone issues trying to post this SOTD.  Imgur keeps locking up my phone forcing me to restart it.  In the grand scheme of things I guess it’s actually a small issue but oh so annoying! LOL

Went for the delicious scent of cocoa puffs this morning!  Mickey Lee’s Bee Witched is absolutely insane in how good it smells!  To my nose it’s exactly like Cocoa Puffs.  Makes me hungry every time I shave with it.  The performance is fantastic also.  Super thick, yogurt-y chocolate lather with excellent cushion and slickness.  The skin feel after the shave is silky.  I probably don’t need to use a moisturizer after but I do out of habit.  I need to get some more Mickey Lee soap.  What should the next scent acquisition be?

Last shave on the fabulous Kai blade.  I love these blades!  Can’t thank my bud Hugo enough for putting me onto them.  These blades have taken Personna Reds place in my blade hierarchy.  Definitely grabbing more of these on my next blade order.  Results of this morning shave?  BBS face, neck, and dome!  Did you expect anything less?

One more day till the weekend!

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SOTD 7/27 Almonday Again

07272015

Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Neon Handle (The Force)
Soap: Wholly Kaw Premium Shaving Soap Vegan – Almond Medley
Razor: Gillette Tech Black Handle
Blade: Kai Stainless Steel(2)
Splash: Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Lotion & Old Spice ReFresh Body Spray –  Wolfthorn

Had a great weekend! Spent the day in Grand haven.  Although the Coast Guard Fest wasn’t actually underway yet, still had a fun day of wandering the nautical themed downtown, eating great food, and even spent some time lounging and splashing at the beach!  Ended up going back into town for dinner, then back to the beach for the sunset.  I need more of these days.

Very fragrant shave this morning.  I absolutely love the almond scent.  Wholly Kaw has one of the best/most potent.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I love strong scents.  This one stays with you from beginning to end.  But it’s not so strong that it interferes with your aftershave.  Pairing it with my Cherry sandalwood PSO had my whole shave den smelling like cherry cobbler!  The performance of this soap is top tier.  Thick, rich lather that whips up easily.  Great skin feel and cushion.  Decent glide.  I have no complaints 🙂

Second shave on the Kai blade.  Still super sharp, still smooth.  I got BBS on the dome, face, and neck with very little effort.  No blood loss or irritation.  This blade is a good match for this older Tech head.  I love the confidence the Techs give me during the shave.  I can just whip those razors around and not worry about it.

“When I wake up Monday morning, and realize that I don’t hate my job…I think I’m winning!”

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