Friday, 29 March 2013

Shave of the day 29th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Col Conk Bay Rum
Brush: Turkish No7
Razors: Merkur 25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a Trig blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Review: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood Soap

The Crabtree & Evelyn was one of the first soaps I bought after getting into traditional wetshaving, based mostly of the reviews available on the Norwegian webshop I bought it from. Yes, I bought this before I discovered the wide range of inexpensive hobbeist-retailers who shares my passion for a good shave - but I don't regret buying it even at the higher price I paid.

C&E have a fair-to-decent reputation online as far as I can tell - overall good soaps that smells and shaves well. It isn't as moisterinsing as Mike's soaps, but it's somewhat unfair to compare the two - one is machine made with a slightly scary list* of ingridients, the other is made by an artisan. The C&E Sandalwood comes in a nice wooden bowl though, so that's a definite point in it's favor.

The scent of the C&E Sandalwood might not be everyones cup of tea, but I rather like it myself. If you like natural and slightly old-fashoned scents - and lets face it, many wetshavers do - you'll probably like the scent just fine. Building lather is easy with the C&E soap, every single brush I own does a great job of it. Like most other soaps it's important to add enough water, but once that is taken care of the resulting lather does a pretty good job of providing cushion and glide.

Where the C&E Sandalwood fails is providing moisture; it does a better job than some other mass-market soaps I could mention, but falls well short of the Golden Standard**. It is heads and shoulders above anything that comes out of a pressurised can though, andfor those with dry skin a proper moisturising aftershave will fix any lingering dryness.

If you can live with a soap that don't moisturise too well, and you like Sandalwood, you could do a lot worse than picking up a tup of Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood Soap.

*) Sodium palmate, potassium palmate, sodium palm kernelate, water, glycerin, potassium palm kernelate, stearic acid, fragrance, isopropyl myristate, tocopheryl acetate, bisabolol, sodium chloride, BHT, tetrasodium EDTA, tetrasodium etidronate, pentasodium pentetate, linalool, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, limonene, coumarin, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77492), iron oxides (CI 77491), iron oxides (CI 77499), yellow 5 (CI 19140).
**) Also known as Mike's Natural Soaps...

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Shave of the day 27th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender
Lather: C&E Sandalwood
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a Trig blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Someone else made a 3D printed razor

A pretty nice-looking one too, even if I would prefer not having the screw in the top.
More details - and perhaps just as important, the files you need to print one - over at Thingiverse.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Shave of the Day 25th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a fresh Trig blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol


Friday, 22 March 2013

Shave of the day 22nd March

Pre-shave: Warm water rince
Lather: Arko Cool-Mint
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Bakelite Slant with a Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Still toying with 3D printed razors


The handles are rendered from the same parametric file - the inner spirals is an attempt at making make-shift screw threads.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Non-shave of the day 20th March

Gotten a pretty bad cold - not feeling for slicing myself open if I cough, I just have to deal with not shaving...

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Very, very quick review: Mike's Natural Shaving Stick

With my last order from Mike's Natural Soaps, I picked up an Orange & Black Pepper Shave Stick.

Basically, everything I said when I reviewed Mike's soaps holds true for the shave stick, except it being a stick. It is worth noting that Mike's is a fairly thirsty soap, so you might want to pick a brush that holds water well for face lathering.

Bottom line? Mike's great soap in a more portable format - how can I not recommend it?

Monday, 18 March 2013

Shave of the day 18th March


Pre-shave: Warm water rince
Lather: Mike's Orange & Black Pepper Shave Stick
Brush: Vie-Long 14033 mixed horse-badger
Razors: Bakelite Slant with a Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Slightly rushed this morning, but still a DFS.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Shave of the day 15th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Mike's Coconut
Brush:Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger-boar
Razors: Bakelite Slant with a Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Damn, it's nice to shave in my own den again.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

My favorite shave forum

My favorite shave forum - the Shave Nook - is a busy place. So busy they posted more than 10K new posts while I was away for a couple of weeks...

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Shave of the day 13th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: BodyShop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Shaving from the GoBag

Monday, 11 March 2013

Shave of the day 11th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: BodyShop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Shaving from the GoBag

Friday, 8 March 2013

Shave of the day 8th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: BodyShop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Shaving from the GoBag

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Interesting razor

An interesting razor I stumbled over online; the design of the head seems to be an attempt to combine the stiffness of the safety bar with a sort of open comb - looks to me like you could get copious quantities of lather sliding under the blade between the three raised segments.
Also seems to me like a workable suggestion for a 3D-printed razor-head - less fiddly bits to break.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Shave of the day 6th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: BodyShop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Shaving from the GoBag

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Makes you think...

Here is a brain teaser: if 'modern' cartridge razors and canned goo is so convenient, why do so many of my co-workers choose to NOT shave while on deployment?

Monday, 4 March 2013

Shave of the say 4th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: BodyShop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Shaving from the GoBag

Friday, 1 March 2013

Shave of the day 1st march

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: BodyShop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Shaving from the GoBag