Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Shave of the day 30th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Orange EO Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Cadet Model 11 OC TTO with a Lord Platinum blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Very first impression of Cadet Model 11 TTO OC

This week I'm using my new Cadet Model 11 Twist To Open Open Comb razor. After the first shave - using a Lord Platinum blade - this is my key take-aways:
- not aggressive
- well balanced
- a keeper

Monday, 28 October 2013

Shave of the day 28th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Coconut Soap (sample)
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Cadet Model 11 OC TTO with a fresh Lord Platinum blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 25 October 2013

Shave of the day 25th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush: Vie Long #13051M pure horse
Razors: Gillette '58 TV Special and Merkur 25C, both with a Feather blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave

Thursday, 24 October 2013

New razor is here!

My new Cadet Model 11 - Open Comb, Twist To Open - has arrived! Shiny, hefty and looking better than the pictures, I'm looking forward to giving it a test drive next week.



As you can see from the photos, Joe at Shave A Buck also sent me a sleeve of blades - blades that are previously unknown to me. Looking forward to taking those for a spin too.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Shave of the day 23rd October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper Stick
Brush: Vie Long #13051M pure horse
Razors: Gillette '58 TV Special and Merkur 25C, both with a Feather blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Very first impressions of Vie Long 13051M pure horse brush

My impressions after the very first use:
- Lovely coloured handle, a wee bit on the small side but not enough to bother me.
- Scritchy! This is definitely not your silky smooth badger, just as I had hoped.
- A vague smell of 'animal' - not to dissimilar from the scent I catch a whiff of when our cat decides to nest on my chest..

Conclusions so far:
- Money well spent.
- A face latherers brush.
- Will likely smell of soap by the end of the week.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Shave of the day 21st October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper Soap
Brush: Vie Long #13051M pure horse
Razors: Gillette '58 TV Special and Merkur 25C, both with a fresh Feather blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 18 October 2013

Shave of the day 18th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Wilkinson Classic and Racer Razor, both with a Racer blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 17 October 2013

No real post today

I don't often throw in the towel and say 'no post today', but in between work and other obligations I haven't had the time... Had hoped that either my new brush or my new razor would have arrived so I could show them off, but both are caught in postal limbo it seems.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Shave of the day 16th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Unscented (sample)
Brush: Semogue TSH 2012 LE
Razors: Wilkinson Classic and Racer Razor, both with a Racer blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Quick reveiw - Zaza Super / Supreme Stainless Steel

Quite a while ago I bought a couple of sampler packs of blades from my favourite Turkish webshop, and while I tried most of them early I sort of forgot about the rest until recently. Towards the bottom of the bag was a pair of Zaza - blades I could only find meagre information about online.

Bottom line? Not the smoothest in the world, not the sharpest either - but a very nice blend of smoothness, sharpness and longevity. A solid, if uninspired, contender for a fall-back blade... and one that seems like it might be hard to get more of. So far I only seen them for sale in my favourite Turkish webshop, and they are sold out...

Monday, 14 October 2013

Shave of the day 14th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Turkish No 6
Razors: Wilkinson Classic and Racer Razor, both with a fresh Racer blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 11 October 2013

Shave of the day 11th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS Teatree Cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 10 October 2013

New gear on it's way!

It's been a while since I bought shaving gear, for various reasons. Today though I finally got of my bum and ordered the pure horse hair brush I been wanting from Gifts & Care... and then I noticed that Shave A Buck had gotten some new Cadet razors in stock - ones that were both TTO and OC. Just had to put in an order for one of those too.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Shave of the day 9th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Quick review: Mike's Natural Soaps' Shampoo Bar

Finding the right shampoo can be tricky, even more so when I try to avoid the stuff where the list of ingredients sounds like an accident in a chemical factory... For several years I've been using the shampoo from BodyShop but recently I ordered a shampoo bar from Mike's, based on the overall positive reviews over at my favourite shave forum.

After the first week of use I'm quite satisfied - it's easy to use, although different than the liquid shampoo I'm used to, and my hair is clean. The scent is... well, lets say it took me a couple of days to get used to it, but now I find that I rather like it. I suspect it's the combination of tea-tree oil and peppermint that caused me to pause at first. using the bar is simplicity itself - I just wet my hair, rub the bar over my scalp once, put the bar down, and then proceed as with regular shampoo.

As with everything else, shampoos is a case of YMMV - but with my dryish scalp and short hair I find that Mike's shampoo bar do a good job with no mess. I'm happy I also picked up one of the travel bars to go in my GoBag.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Shave of the day 7th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Rose & Cedarwood Soap (sample)
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 4 October 2013

Shave of the day 4th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko Cool Mint Cream
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Shave of the day 2nd October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Nivra Cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Thayer's Witch Hazel

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Ten minutes to a good shave

Note to Europeans and other people used to measuring temperatures in °Celsius: use water between 40.56°C and 48.89°C.