SOTD : Saturday 10th February - Friday 16th February 2018.

Tuesday's shave of the day :)

Pre-shave - Warm shower, followed by Wright's Cold Tar Soap, followed by Murdock London Pre-Shave Oil.
Soap - Cella.
Brush - Simpsons Chubby 2 - Synthetic.
Razor - Colonial; The General Black.
Blade - Kai Captain (Pink) mild (day 4).
Post - Cold water splash, followed by Floid Vigoroso Aftershave.

An identical shave recipe, compared to Monday with the exception of the addition of the Murdoch Pre-Save Oil.

It was notably, harder to get a 'creamy' face lather going today with the Cella - possibly the oil?

The end result was still excellent: a 2 pass shave WTG and ATG, with a DFS+ finish. One small nick, when I went over a spot.

My skin still feels great with the smallest whiff of Floid, some 12+ hours later.

All the best,

Chris
 
Sotd - Tuesday - 13/2/18

Razor - Micromatic OC brass
blade - Gem (3)
brush - Maseto 30mm silver tip
soap - Fitjar Fjellheim cream
post - witch hazel
a/s - Nivea Sensitive alcohol free.

Result - nice.

Taking off three day's growth. Let's go from the Vergulde Hand of the last shave, to pretty much the opposite end of the soap spectrum - price wise anyway - Fitjar. Thanks to our own @Blackmass - I had the opportunity to try a sample of the Havn cream previously - and remembered it to be very good indeed but the scent was weird - not in a bad way - just not like any other cream I had used. I'm not entirely sure why but I took a notion to order the sample set from the manufacturer. Four small tubs - 20 ML each - of their range. They do an unscented one too but it's not included. It took five days from Norway - unmolested by C&E and the Post Office. I went for the Fjellheim first off. The scent descriptions on the maker's website are wonderfully gushing - have a look - in this case - quoting - 'Makes you feel like you are in the mountains, no matter where you are,' and continues - 'the landscape there is rough and exposed; the wind shapes everything that grows,' we learn. 'Our Fjellheim products make you feel like you are passing a stack of freshly cut timber logs,' - which in fairness to Fitjar - is true for me. Speaking as one that spent a couple of years in their youth cutting commercial timber for a living - that is exactly what it reminded me of. They blow it at the end though - 'juniper bushes when hiking, or like you have been rolling in these bushes on your way through the mountain.' Sounds like a first class way to destroy an expensive Goretex jacket. Anyway - it works really well for me - very concentrated, mollifying the price some what - a lovely 'natural' scent that opens out on lathering - a mixture of Pine, Cedarwood and Juniper essential oils. Not the strongest but not the weakest. Top tier post shave feel and slickness during the shave. Give it a go if that sounds good to you. I very much enjoyed the shave - 'otter jevn' - as they say in Norway. Hope yours are all good - yours - I.

Oh - I liked the fact that when it arrived from Norway - other than the plastic tubs - all the rest of the packaging was paper or cardboard - no foam 'Wotsits' or bubble wrap. This is good but before I bum up my 'Blue Planet' credentials - I subsequently realised I could have bought it from Executive Shaving - a 30 minute walk from my flat in Glasgow. Didn't think that through.
 
T-T-T-Tuesday

Proraso M&E pre-shave
P&B Denali (sample)
Omega Mixed Midget Bodger
Face lather
Feather Artist Club Kamisori
Feather Professional
Thayer’s Rose Petal and Aloe Vera
Alcolado Glacial (sample)
BBA balm

Another mental face freeze experiment tonight. I decided to try the Feather AC on just one day’s growth again. The last time, it resulted in some burn. Hence the heavy mental presence.

It must have been crap technique the last time, because it went fine tonight. Not BBS around the chin; but more than presentable and smooth enough. Crucially, no burn. Well, not from the blade.

The Denali, on top of the Proraso, was pretty cold. By the third pass, I think I began to crystallise. A little bit of thawing after the Thayer’s.

Then the Alcolado Glacial.

As @Digimonkey and @Barry Giddens (the architects of my diploma in freeze-ology) have pointed out, this stuff rips the heart out of Proraso M&E aftershave, tramples on it; pours scorn on it; reduces it to tears and ensures it suffers from an inferiority complex for the rest of its days. It burned at first...then it froze. I looked like a mosaic from Ravenna. I have now thawed.

I can’t wait to use this in warmer climes. A touch of BBA to finish and I’m feeling good.
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Beautifully put Stephen!
 
Beautifully put Stephen!
Eloquent words indeed Dr Giddens - world renowned expert in the study of Freezology - but do you not think that the final stray comment by @Scotshave - 'I can’t wait to use this in warmer climes,' shows how much - and at the same time - how little he has learned from the course? I think that in order that his degree award doesn't go from a First to a 'Desmond' - he should be required to find out what happens when you mix Floid Mentally Vigorous with the Alcolado Glacial? I've often thought about this but without the help of a chemistry set and a bio-hazard suit I haven't been man enough to try. Apart from anything else - what colour would it go? Ha ha - yours - I.
 
Eloquent words indeed Dr Giddens - world renowned expert in the study of Freezology - but do you not think that the final stray comment by @Scotshave - 'I can’t wait to use this in warmer climes,' shows how much - and at the same time - how little he has learned from the course? I think that in order that his degree award doesn't go from a First to a 'Desmond' - he should be required to find out what happens when you mix Floid Mentally Vigorous with the Alcolado Glacial? I've often thought about this but without the help of a chemistry set and a bio-hazard suit I haven't been man enough to try. Apart from anything else - what colour would it go? Ha ha - yours - I.
Ah...the sound of a shaving gauntlet being thrown down! The Mentally Vigorous and the Alcolado!! I feel like an H.P. Lovecraft protagonist on the cusp of glimpsing some potentially mind-blowing other cosmos.

I’ll await a night when the moon is gibbous...and eldritch things stir in the woods to complete my journey and open the door...
 
Ah...the sound of a shaving gauntlet being thrown down! The Mentally Vigorous and the Alcolado!! I feel like an H.P. Lovecraft protagonist on the cusp of glimpsing some potentially mind-blowing other cosmos.

I’ll await a night when the moon is gibbous...and eldritch things stir in the woods to complete my journey and open the door...
Ha ha ha - I knew you'd fall for it. I should have thought that the moon should be waning though - like the feeling in your chin - your ability to scream out. To paraphrase a Lovecraft title - 'At the Shave Den of Madness.' Ah - that was set in the Antarctic wasn't it? Go for it mate - you have nothing to lose other than your speech, lips, nose and ...... sanity. You're going to look like Robert Falcon Scott after an ill judged bash at skinny dipping. Ha ha. - Yours - I.
 
Ha ha ha - I knew you'd fall for it. I should have thought that the moon should be waning though - like the feeling in your chin - your ability to scream out. To paraphrase a Lovecraft title - 'At the Shave Den of Madness.' Ah - that was set in the Antarctic wasn't it? Go for it mate - you have nothing to lose other than your speech, lips, nose and ...... sanity. You're going to look like Robert Falcon Scott after an ill judged bash at skinny dipping. Ha ha. - Yours - I.
Yup. ‘At the Mountains (Shave Den) of Madness’ is, indeed, the novella set in the Antarctic. ;)
 
Wednesday 14th February

Olive Oil Soap
Vitos Pre Shave Cream
TFS Ciotola Gialla Soap
Omega 10065 Boar Brush
Ikon SBS with a Treet Tez Carbon Steel Blade on a Windrose Handle
Alum Block and Rinse
Homemade Buttermix
Sierran Breeze AS
Oud Wood and Dark Vanilla Fragrance

Treet seem to have introduced come new Carbon Steel Blades...coated and as 'cheap as chips'. I restrict myself to 2 shaves with a blade and then bin it. The Tez blades have been good in any DE I have used to date....both sharp and smooth. As always.....YMMV.

3 passes for a wonderful smooth shave:)
 
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Greetings All,

Wednesday shave

One day’s growth and warm shave

Preparation – Showered then face washed with Clique Liquid facial soap (mild)
Soap: P&B Citra Royale
Razor: Rockwell 6C (4P)
Blade: Lord Super Chrome (3rd)
Brush: RazoRock 400 (face lather)

Post Shave: Hot then cold water rinse, Alum, C&E West Indian Lime ASB followed by Michael Kors EDT.

Lord Super Chrome Test
Day 3


If darn was yesterday’s word of disappointment, today’s could not be written down else it would be censored. What a horror of a shave. Several weepers, but no nicks even though the blade attempted to hack at my lip again. I am not sure if it’s the Chrome coating, but this blade that started out with promise may be the first . . . dare I say it . . . that does not complete the 4 days test.

Alum rub burned like an acid bath and my skin was not happy – ouch. Tomorrow may be interesting. . . will the TOBS slickness save the shave?

Cheers,

Brian

AND HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY - did you remember to get the other half something? I have 12 white large white (representing years together) and 2 red large roses (our 2 boys) being delivered to the Boss. :cool:
 
View attachment 33339 Keeping it real.....Blademonkeys Birthday Shave.

FEB 14th

Prep ~ Shower, birch Tar Soap
Razor ~ Blackland Sabre L2
Blade ~ Gem SS Coated
Soap ~ Klar Kabinett
Brush ~ Omega 011829 (Boar)
Post ~ BBA PSB
Scent ~ Nishane Afrika Olifant

A wonderful shave, smooth skinned and smelling great.

Have a nice day but let's keep it real! :) P.
Happy Birthday, @Blademonkey :D
 
FEB 14th

Prep ~ Shower, birch Tar Soap
Razor ~ Blackland Sabre L2
Blade ~ Gem SS Coated
Soap ~ Klar Kabinett
Brush ~ Omega 011829 (Boar)
Post ~ BBA PSB
Scent ~ Nishane Afrika Olifant

A wonderful shave, smooth skinned and smelling great.

Have a nice day but let's keep it real! :) P.
Penblwydd Hapus Blademonkey! Hope you have a good one my friend.
 
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