Monday, 26 June 2017

Shave of the day 26th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Nivea Shave Cream
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 23 June 2017

Shave of the day 23rd June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: GzD shave stick
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Zen of Shaving

A thread on my favourite web-forum reminded me of this old post from October 2012, and since it's as true now as it was then I decided to repost the post that gave rice to my blog's tagline:

Shaving time is - at least to me - a quiet, reflective moment. It's me-time; the time when I can close the door and just enjoy myself without a worry in the world. It's also a very manly time; if by manly you mean "waving a very sharp blade around millimeters from your jugular veins... heck, spin that right and it sounds like you're cheating death every time you shave...

On a more serious tone, it is the time each morning I can 'let go' of everyday worries and simply enjoy the 'now' - a perfect moment caught between lather and blade as it were. It's a moment that flushes the system, in a manner of speaking, and lets me put things in perspective. I think that traditional wetshaving have helped making me a better man, as well as a better looking man.

I'm far from the first to notice this off course; a quick search on google will reveal a few hundred thousand hits on the subject. But even so it's something worth keeping in mind, especially when the cartridge-and-canned-goo brigade wonders why we prefers the old fashioned, traditional art of wetshaving.

Forget the 'better shave' spiel; they have heard it a million times before - every time one of the huge multinationals adds another blade they promise the consumers a better shave than ever before.

Forget the whole 'saving money' thing too; most of us succumbs to one or more ADs shortly after we pick up a decent brush and a safety razor.

You might want to quickly bypass the 'better for the enviroment' issue as well; yes, traditional shaving is greener and wastes less plastic, but most people honestly don't care as much about the environment as they claim to do.

But do tell them about that perfect moment caught between lather and blade - those precious minutes every time you shave that lets your worries and concerns simply drain away. The little breathing space where it's you, your razor and perfection.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Shave of the day 21st June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap, Peppermint & Rosemary
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

From aftershave to perfume...

...what is the difference?
Concentration is where it's all, really... which means that things towards the right side of the image not only costs more, but also lasts longer once you put it on.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Shave of the day 19th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Crabtree and Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a fresh PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 16 June 2017

Shave of the day 16th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Phillips Philite with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Shave of the day 14th June

Pre-shave: Cool water splash
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood
Brush: N/A
Razor: Phillips Philite with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum
Beard care: Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

How hordes grown - or how I learned to love Acquision Disorder

A repost from 5 years, 1 month, and 26 days ago

When our grandfathers shaved, they used the razor, blades, soap, and brush they could get in their local area. Perhaps they had a choice, perhaps there was just one to pick from. They would use it until they ran out of blades or scraped the last of the soap out of the bowl, and then go back to the same store and buy the same thing again. Efficient, but hardly exciting - even if the products probably were undeniable better than the canned foam and multi blade cartridge razors most stores stock today.

These days many of us live in a place where traditional shaving supplies are near impossible to get in local stores - the products have been squeezed out by the Big Name Multinationals multi blade cartridge system and pressurised dry foam in cans. The downside of that is not only that many of our friends and fellow men don't know the joy of a good shave, but also that we must turn to the Internet to buy what we need for our daily ritual. And the upside of that is that we're no longer restricted to the brands - or even brand, singular - that our local stores carry... the shaving products of the whole wide world is now ours to buy. The selection is staggering, and finding the right one is a daunting task for a newly converted wetshaver - from what I have seen in online discussion forums, it can be a daunting task even for those old hands who never succumbed to the lure of the multi-blade razors in the first place.

We're lucky enough to live in a time when the whole world is easily - almost too easily - accessible from the comfort of our homes: anyone with an internet connection can within minutes find other people across the world who are passionate about the same things - in our case that thing is traditional wetshaving. We can to our hearts content discuss the finer points of making lather, or nitty-gritty details on how one brush compares to another. And - and this is where the danger of hoarding starts raising it's head - you can easily be moved by glowing reviews of shaving products you never heard of before... be it brands from a different continent or something someone has lovingly crafted by hand on their kitchen counter.

Something else happened at (very) roughly the same time as the multi blade razors were pushed onto the marked: there was the growing realization (or perhaps the re-realization) that men - us big, burly, manly men - should be allowed, or even encouraged to be a little vain. Care about our looks a little further than checking for holes in our pants and scraping the stubble off with a bayonet... it is not without reason that the ads for the early multi blade razors emphasised the smoothness of the shave and how much the girls would like it. Suddenly boys growing into men were told that it was okay to use that nice smelling soap, rub some lotion into the cheeks and, y'know - smarten up a bit. Gets you a bit more positive attention from the girls too - or the boys, if you're tastes run that way. Your Mileage May vary, as it does with so many things in shaving and life.

As mentioned, we live in an age of global commerce. Checking out that barbershop in Turkey is just as easy as checking that one in downtown Houston - even if you happen to live in Norway. And the almost scary part is that it's all easy to place and order and have it shipped straight to your door. No more slugging barefoot through snowdrifts higher than your own head to buy a sorry piece of soap at the drugstore (uphill both ways off course, not that the youth of today would believe it), no more having to make do with the same old blade. Instead we can order new soap and new blades from anywhere we like, and while we're at it we might well put that cream the guys at the forum were raving about in the basket... oh, and lets pick up a yet another sampler pack of blades as well...and that brush that I didn't pick up last time...

The result? The box the poor postman has to drag through the snowdrifts (barefoot, uphill, etc) seems pretty huge when you finally receives it, and the contents can barely be fitted into your shave nook. And where did that new razor come from? The mysteries of online shopping is never more impenetrable than when you're unpacking.

Exposed to fellow shavers and tempting shops online, it's easy for a hoard to grow out of all reasonable proportions. Our forefathers are a testament to the fact that we don't really need four razors, five brushes and seven different soaps and creams in order to shave - but it is nice to to be able to mix and match, try something new, select just the right fragrance before we go out and face the world. We can embrace our manliness by picking something that smells of the great outdoors, or get ready to woo the girl (or boy) in our life with a light rose scent... the only limits is the sky and the size of your cupboard. And that is why I have gotten to rather enjoy my Acquision Disorders; while it does cost me a bit of money (but not much more than buying into the latest fad from the Big Name Multinationals would cost) it gives me much pleasure - not just in the morning spa-experience that a good shave is, but also throughout the day - every day.

Embrace your hoard. Reconquer the bathroom and fill it with products that both you and your partner in life will enjoy. Celebrate your ability to be a manly man with clear skin and a pleasant fragrance. Revel in your Acquision Disorders - but don't spend more than you can afford. And Pay It Forward or sell to a fellow wetshaver when you happens to find something in your stash that you can't understand why you got in the first place - after all, that makes room for more new supplies!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Shave of the day 12th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap, Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M
Razor: Phillips Philite with a fresh PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua De Limón
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 9 June 2017

Shave of the day 9th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Turkish No7
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Shave of the day 7th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Rise Shave Gel
Brush: N/A
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Monday, 5 June 2017

Shave of the day 5th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: GzD shave stick
Brush: Omega #10048 boar
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 2 June 2017

Shave of the day 2nd June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Ever-Ready1914 SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Den improvement

A post that is relevant and off topic at the same time. Funny how it works out at times.

If you want something done right, do it yourself... and if you want to be sure, do it twice. Or rather; if you're doing something you haven't done before, in a material you don't want to go to waste, it can be a good idea to make a prototype or full size model.

More details and loads of photos after the jump: