SOTD : Saturday 12th May - Friday 18th May 2018.

What you said mate - does anybody know why this is the case? Is it that tallow has been appropriated by another industrial process that can pay higher prices than soap makers for it - or are the compliance rules for using fat of an animal origin becoming uneconomic? Have the companies done their market research and decided that people want vegetarian soaps? If the latter was the case - why would Salters have reintroduced a tallow soap into the market recently? In American artisan soaps - there seems to be no end of tallow used - be that cow, sheep, pig, bison, duck, otter and marmoset - okay I just made the last two up. You take my point though. Like you I enjoy a choice in my soaps - I have some very good vegetarian soaps but I would miss the tallow ones dearly. Perhaps a couple of experts here could shed some light on it? Yours - I.

@OSP @Fox
Funny you guys should mention this as I, not Wickhams is working on a tallow soap for a stockist. It should be available towards the end of the Summer. There will be announcements made once available. All I can say at this time is it will come in 3 flavors. :)
 
Pre Shave: Hot Shower + Bulldog face wash and Proraso red
Razor: Supply V2 3 dot plate
Blade: Personna (#4)
Brush: Maseto 24mm 2 band finest
Soap: Proraso red cream
Bowl: Korium
Post: Alum Block, Cold water and Humphreys Witch Hazel
AS: Nivea 2 Phase

I think I preferred the 2 dot plate with Personna blade, switching to a Schick Prolline or a Chinese Schick blade next to see how the 3 dot works with them.
 
Sotd - 16/5/18 -

Razor - Yaqi DLC Double open comb red & black mini.
blade - Kai (1)
brush - Semogue 2000 boar
soap - Kent tallow hard soap
post - witch hazel
a/s - Vitos Tobacco
balm - Aloe Vera gel.

Result - face strokingly good.

After the last crap shave - the bloody shave gods owed me - and lo - they listened to my entreaties and blessed me handsomely. For they are good. I got my two new Yaqi razors yesterday - I had originally gone on to get one of the DLC double open comb heads in black - which I did - I'd been impressed enough with the free open comb I got with my brushes - to give them a try. At the price - why not? On their AliExpress page I noticed the black and red versions of the head with handle available in three different sizes. Delta Echo lite - if you will. They looked pretty cool I thought - and on a whim - I ordered a mini one - it would do for travel use if nothing else. It turns out - for me - to be a superb and serious razor. This is going into the normal rotation never mind travel use. No blemishes in the coating at all. It has real heft due to the brass handle - which balances well against the very light alloy head. The engineering tolerances for a razor costing this much (£19.67 - shipped to UK) were superb. The blade mounted evenly first time - no problem. It looks a bit scary - as you can see a lot of the blade through the open comb top cap. It's also not that mini - it is only a few millimeters shorter than my Merkur 37 Slant for reference. It fits comfortably in my big hands. The head is narrow - the blade tabs protrude prominently on either side - but - for me - this makes it very deft in use. It is superb under the nose and on the upper lip. It is not fussy about the angle and does the proper double open comb thing of leaving 'stripes' of lather on the face for when you go back over the same area. I'm impressed - as you may have gathered. The black head alone is £7.53 shipped to the UK. I'd been working all day in the sun so I needed to give something back to my skin - step forward the Kent hard soap - aka stealth MWF. It lathers ridiculously easily with the big boar Semogue - soap everywhere - you can clean up later - it's no problem. I love this brush - it puts a smile on my face every time I use it. The tips have split much quicker than my 1305 did and it is easily as soft as a good badger now. Try one if you haven't already. They don't cost much. So - job done - back on track - enjoy your shaves one and all - yours - I.

Founder - and so far only member - of the T.L.O - the Tallow Liberation Organisation - read the charter - 'The Tallowist Manifesto.' Siblings - time to stand up for our rights! We have only our beards to lose.
 
Sotd - 16/5/18 -

Razor - Yaqi DLC Double open comb red & black mini.
blade - Kai (1)
brush - Semogue 2000 boar
soap - Kent tallow hard soap
post - witch hazel
a/s - Vitos Tobacco
balm - Aloe Vera gel.

Result - face strokingly good.

After the last crap shave - the bloody shave gods owed me - and lo - they listened to my entreaties and blessed me handsomely. For they are good. I got my two new Yaqi razors yesterday - I had originally gone on to get one of the DLC double open comb heads in black - which I did - I'd been impressed enough with the free open comb I got with my brushes - to give them a try. At the price - why not? On their AliExpress page I noticed the black and red versions of the head with handle available in three different sizes. Delta Echo lite - if you will. They looked pretty cool I thought - and on a whim - I ordered a mini one - it would do for travel use if nothing else. It turns out - for me - to be a superb and serious razor. This is going into the normal rotation never mind travel use. No blemishes in the coating at all. It has real heft due to the brass handle - which balances well against the very light alloy head. The engineering tolerances for a razor costing this much (£19.67 - shipped to UK) were superb. The blade mounted evenly first time - no problem. It looks a bit scary - as you can see a lot of the blade through the open comb top cap. It's also not that mini - it is only a few millimeters shorter than my Merkur 37 Slant for reference. It fits comfortably in my big hands. The head is narrow - the blade tabs protrude prominently on either side - but - for me - this makes it very deft in use. It is superb under the nose and on the upper lip. It is not fussy about the angle and does the proper double open comb thing of leaving 'stripes' of lather on the face for when you go back over the same area. I'm impressed - as you may have gathered. The black head alone is £7.53 shipped to the UK. I'd been working all day in the sun so I needed to give something back to my skin - step forward the Kent hard soap - aka stealth MWF. It lathers ridiculously easily with the big boar Semogue - soap everywhere - you can clean up later - it's no problem. I love this brush - it puts a smile on my face every time I use it. The tips have split much quicker than my 1305 did and it is easily as soft as a good badger now. Try one if you haven't already. They don't cost much. So - job done - back on track - enjoy your shaves one and all - yours - I.

Founder - and so far only member - of the T.L.O - the Tallow Liberation Organisation - read the charter - 'The Tallowist Manifesto.' Siblings - time to stand up for our rights! We have only our beards to lose.
I wish to join you in your fight as part of the T.L.O :) P.
 
SOTD 16 May 2017

SOTD Tuesday 15 May 2018

Pre-shave - Warm shower, Wright's Cold Tar Soap, followed by warm water splash.
Cream - Musgo Real Orange Amber.
Brush - Simpsons Chubby 2, Synthetic.
Bowl - Little Wren Pottery.
Razor - Rex Ambassador
Blade - Astra SP (Day 2).
Post shave - Cold water splash; Musgo Real No.1 Orange Amber Cologne, Clinique Post Shave Balm.

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A lovely 3 pass shave, no issues, still feeling BBS in parts, about 15 hours after shaving.

Started off with the Rex dialed into 5 - good blade feel, with 3 and 2 on the subsequent passes.

All the best,

Chris
 
Nice idea - High Mountain Panda, Two band Panda, Best Panda - I'd pay top dollar for that - although I can hear the PETA jihad being prepared as I type. Next thing you know David Attenborough is throwing red gloss paint over your front door. You don't want to mess with your iconic species. What about Polar bear? - I.
...Polar Bears - another great idea. I would not worry about the environmentalists or animal rights lobby; if Professor Mayer Hillman is correct humanity is doomed anyway as we have already passed the point of no return and global warming is now a given - even if every nation immediately turned vegan and completely ceased using fossil fuels - this coupled with the fact that the 6th mass extinction event is already underway and biological annihilation has been happening for decades. So a Polar Bear and a Panda shaving brush maybe useful keep sakes for people that are left in the future, which by all accounts will not be many :)
 
...Polar Bears - another great idea. I would not worry about the environmentalists or animal rights lobby; if Professor Mayer Hillman is correct humanity is doomed anyway as we have already passed the point of no return and global warming is now a given - even if every nation immediately turned vegan and completely ceased using fossil fuels - this coupled with the fact that the 6th mass extinction event is already underway and biological annihilation has been happening for decades. So a Polar Bear and a Panda shaving brush maybe useful keep sakes for people that are left in the future, which by all accounts will not be many :)
Bleak but true - I have a copy of Dr Richard Leakey's 'The Sixth Extinction' in my book case behind me as I type. Let's go for it? Gorilla brushes? Silver back to silver tip is but a short hop, skip and and a jump. Yours - I.
 
SOTD: 17th May 2018.

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Shaving recipe for today.

Prep: Warm shower:/ Imperial Leather ~ Sea minerals & Black Mint Shower Gel.


Pre:

warm wet flannel to my face.


Wilkinsons Fruits ~ Rhubarb & Vanilla Body Butter.

Brush: omega S10065 .

Bowl Lather.

Cream: Derby ~ Lavender.

Blade: Shark Super Stainless . (2)

Razor: Sharpy England HD.

Warm wet flannel/ cold wet flannel to rinse my face.

Post:

Alum Block./Cold Water Face Rinse./ Homemade Lime, Lemon+Peppermint Oil Witch Hazel Mixture./Aloe Vera Gel.

Fonex Gummy~ Turkish Lavender Cologne.



Greetings,

Another early start for me yet again, but hopefully the last for a while....

A very enjoyable 'lavender theme shave' using a very varied assortments of shaving kit, but it worked wonderfully together yet again, resulting in a 3 pass + pick ups silky smooth shave with no errors to report.

The derby cream i've had for well over a year now, and it'still half full,a great cream that always provides a excellent protective lather with a nice scent, and good post shave feeling,..adding to that, great value for money...A superb cream.

Finishing the shave off with a generous splash of Fonex Gummy~ Turkish Lavender Cologne...Another item in my shaving den that i've infrequently not used much...Shame on me!

My face is feeling smooth, & smelling devine.;)

Enjoy your day, ladies & gentlemen.:cool:
 
Date: 17 May 2018

Pre-shave:- Shower
Brush:- RazoRock Plissoft Synth. 24/57mm knot
Soap/Cream:- Dr Harris Windsor Shaving Stick
Razor/Blade:- Rockwell 6C (R4) / Vintage Wilkinson Sword Stainless Super Sword-Edge #11
Post-shave:- Thayers Witch Hazel & Tea Tree Oil / Lucky Tiger Face Moisturizer / Lucky Tiger Aftershave & Face Tonic
Fragrance:- Proraso Wood & Spice
 
Brush: Frank Shaving 20mm Best Badger
Cream: Edwin Jagger Limes & Pomegranate
Razor: Parker 99R
Blade: Feather (2)
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I don't give this razor enough love, mainly because I struggle to fit it under my generously-proportioned nose, but it went in without too much of a struggle today. I love the weight of it, meaning only the lightest of touches is necessary. A single pass gave me as close a result with the Feather as two passes with the Vigshaving combo, just a few minor touch-ups required. No cuts or nicks, but I am feeling properly exfoliated.

Any scritchiness in the brush disappeared long ago, and it's a joy to use with cream. I could just have done with loading a little more this morning (which perhaps helped with the exfoliation).

Happy shaving, all.
 
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Prep ~ Shower, Mysore sandlewood soap
Razor ~ Valet VC4
Blade ~ Feather FHS -5
Soap ~ Enriched Mosavon
Brush ~ Zennith Boar
Post ~ Thayers witch hazel
Scent ~ Spicebomb Extreme - Viktor & Rolf

Not much to take off today after the shave with my Cobra so I thought I would take it easy with the Valet VC4, a good clean and smooth shave was had leaving me with my normal BBS finnish.
A splash of Thayers as an aftershave.
My scent for today is Spicebomb Extreme, wonderful!

Have yourselves a lovely day people. P.
 
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Prep ~ Shower, Mysore sandlewood soap
Razor ~ Valet VC4
Blade ~ Feather FHS -5
Soap ~ Enriched Mosavon
Brush ~ Zennith Boar
Post ~ Thayers witch hazel
Scent ~ Spicebomb Extreme - Viktor & Rolf

Not much to take off today after the shave with my Cobra so I thought I would take it easy with the Valet VC4, a good clean and smooth shave was had leaving me with my normal BBS finnish.
A splash of Thayers as an aftershave.
My scent for today is Spicebomb Extreme, wonderful!

Have yourselves a lovely day people. P.
+ 1 on the Monsavon..along with MWF & Tabac, it's my personal favourite soap. Enjoy your day P.;)
 
Wonderful SOTD & first use of Tabac...love it. FarBoy (6-4-4). Astra SP #4. 30mm Tuxedo Set in a Giles Shaving Co pottery handle @Roscotanna

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First time with Tabac ! There's a reason why it's a classic & you've just found out why. Scent is ok for some & awful for others. Personally I love it. Soap is brilliant.
 
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