Friday, 30 May 2014

Shave of the day 30th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: Prairie Creation's Walter
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Yuma pot metal razor with a Shark blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Body Shop Maca Root Face Protector

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Shave of the day 28th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave Stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL Open Comb travel razor
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Monday, 26 May 2014

Shave of the day 26th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave Stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL Open Comb travel razor
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 23 May 2014

Shave of the day 23rd May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave Stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL Open Comb travel razor
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Shave of the day 21st May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave Stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL Open Comb travel razor
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

On the go shaving

Out and about - but as I've explained before; a little forward planning, and a well laid out kit... Joy can be had away from the den.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Shave of the day 19th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender
Lather: Mike's Natural Hungarian Lavender soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger-boar
Razors: Yuma pot metal razor with a Shark blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Body Shop Maca Root Face Protector

Friday, 16 May 2014

Shave of the day 16th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Natural Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-boar
Razors: Yuma pot metal razor with a fresh Shark blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Shave of the day 14th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave Stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL Open Comb travel razor
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Alum - not just for the face

Potassium alum - technically known as KAl(SO4)2 - has several interesting abilities and uses; for tanning hides, for clarifying water (settling and removing of particles), making flame retardants and fire extinguishers. as a preservative and spice for pickling, as an alternative for pomade for those sporting a flattop hairstyle, as an astringents and a blood coagulant, and it has antiperspirant and anti bacterial properties.

The later - the antiperspirant and anti bacterial properties - was discovered in antiquity, even if they probably didn't use those terms back then... after all, bacteria wasn't discovered until 1676, and their connection with diseases not understood until the last part of the 1800's. What they did notice back in antiquity was that it would stop you from sweating and stinking up the place... in other words, that alum worked as a deodorant.

For the last year and a half - maybe a bit longer - I've been mainly using a hunk of potassium alum under my arms instead of the mix of chemicals that have become more common to use in the western world. It works well for me, if I observe two basic rules:Put it on when I'm fresh out of the shower - it works best at keeping the stench at bay if my pit's isn't allready stinking - and put it on damp...

I don't use alum in the GoBag - I simply can't guarantee when or if I'll get a shower on the go, so I resort to more common sorts of deodorants which covers the stench with a different smell.I also don't use alum on the warmest, muggiest days in the summertime - at least for me the  antiperspirant properties of an alum block just isn't strong enough when I'm sweating like a pig.

Alum antiperspirants can be found in various forms; sticks, gels, roll-ons... or as I prefer, a hunk of alum crystal. If you're not happy with more common deodorants for whatever reason, I can recommend trying using alum as an antiperspirant instead; it may not be for everybody, but many wetshavers have some already so the cost of trying is near zero.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Shave of the day 12th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Wilkinson Classic and Merkur 25C OC both with a fresh Personna Platinum Chrome blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Friday, 9 May 2014

Shave of the day 9th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave Stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL Open Comb travel razor
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Shaving on the Go

While a well selected, well packed travel shave kit will - normally - allow you to shave on the Go... you still need a suitable place to do the actual shave. A tad of water, decent light and not being stressed out is all I ask for... honestly.

I have pondered solutions to this issue...

  • An electric sounds like an option, until you realize you won't always have the option to plug it in or recharge.
  • Dry shave! Did that once or twice, back when I was still using carts. Results in many, many bumps, nicks and swears.
  • Hammer the stubble in and bite them off on the inside - or maybe not, come to think about it.
  • Let it grow... as much as it galls me.
Shaving on the Go helps normalize the situation a bit for me... but it seems like there will be times I can't do that.

Yes, I'm a little annoyed.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Non-shave of the day 7th May

You know you're on the Go, when you don't even have time to look for a place to shave...

Backdated

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Review of TFS Bergamotto Neroli

A fair while ago, I received a sample of TFS Bergamotto Neroli as part of a PIF from a fellow shaver. Over the last month or so I have sampled my way though the sample, and can give a short review of the soap.

TFS have been hailed online as a soap that is very much like Martin de Candre, a soap I would been more impressed with if it hadn't been so darn expensive. For the most part, the other reviews online are correct; like the MdC the TFS makes lovely lather with plenty of slip and glide, it smells pretty good, don't leave my face feeling dry and is an overall solid performer.

The two things about TFS that - in my eyes - makes it outperform MdC is the longevity and the lower cost of it. A similar sized sample lasted about 50% longer, and the price per gram (excluding shipping) runs to about half.

If you want a high end soap, you can't go much wromg with TFS bergamotto Neroli - even if I personally gonna stick with Mike's Natural Soaps fot the foreable future. Works just as well, and the scent's are better suited for me.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Shave of the day 5th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Natural Pine & Cedarwood Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Cadet 11 TTO OC and Cadet 13 TTO, both with a Ladas Super Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 2 May 2014

Shave of the day 2nd May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, last of sample
Brush: Omega #10048 boar
Razors: Wilkinson Classic and Merkur 25C OC both with a Personna Platinum Chrome blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Mugs, bowls and scuttles

Mark - also known as mantic59 - has written an interesting article on the history of shaving mugs and scuttles.

For instance; did you know that back in the day people though that shaving rash came from using sharing the same soap, so people could buy their own personalised shaving mug for use in the barbershop?

A good read, all told - more so since I'm playing with the idea of buying a scuttle.