SOTD: Saturday 9th June- Friday 15th June 2018.

Ah OK, the cheapy packaging put me off in the shop - Good to know I'm not missing anything too amazing. I'll use the Friodur a few more times before casting final judgement on it, nothing is a long term keeper in my den so I'll message you when the time comes ;)
It's not very thick as Dan says, but I find it quite cooling. It isn't greasy either.
I bought it on offer at Wilkinsons for £2.50.
I would say that's about it's real price value.
 
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It's not very thick as Dan says, but I find it quite cooling. It isn't greasy either.
I bought it on offer at Wilkinsons for £2.50.
I would say that's out it's real price value.
Yep, Boots frequently run offers on the L'Oreal stuff (which is the reason I have a couple of different ones) for £3 each. Would not buy it at full price (£6 or something??)
 
Wednesday 13th June

Olive Oil Soap
Vitos Pre shave cream
OSP Grapefruit and Menthol Soap
Omega 10051 Boar Brush
Ikon MR-SE Razor on an Ikon Bulldog Handle
Proline -P Blade
Alum Block and Rinse
Aloe Vera Gel
Epsilon Mediterranean Blue AS
Iceberg Twice EDT.

First use of the Grapefruit and Menthol and it confirmed that I may have an 'Olfactory Impairment' as I couldn't detect the Grapefruit in the soap....just Menthol. As usual the performance was exceptional. The MR-SE doesn't seem to get much exposure....but the performance was as good as it gets!

3 passes (just because I could) for a very refreshing BBS shave:)
 
Wed 13th June

RazoRock Plissoft 24mm
Cyril Salter Solid soap
Ever Ready 1924 + longer handle
Gem S/S [ 3 ]
Jaguar Prestige A/S Lotion

After a Super Shave with the Streamline which is a Love/Hate Razor, I moved onto the more forgiving 1924. I find that I prefer it with a longer handle than the original, and I no longer Shim the blade. I find it incredibly smooth and easy to use and it delivers really top class Shaves, in terms of finish quality. I have reached the Stage where I am more confident using Gem/SEs than DE with which I can easily get little nicks and weepers. Today left feeling refreshed and squeaky clean. To finish off the blade it has to be a 1914 and one of the Gem MM family.

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Essentially there are only 2 types of blades, despite the large selection and manufacturers out there. Coated and uncoated blades, that's it. Coated are smoother and become sharper after first use as the coating wears off. Voskhods are especially smooth because of the teflon coating, but Platinum is the most common, as we all know. Uncoated blades start sharp and just get more blunt with each use, thus feel sharper and harsher.

Astra SP (coated) is for daily shaving, not so rough beard, sensitive skin.
Astra SS (uncoated) is for occasional shaving with more growth to cut, rougher whisker, tough skin.
Manufacturers sell the same blade with different coatings, and they do feel and shave differently.

This used to be common knowledge for picking up blades for your needs back in the day, before the Great Cartridgepocalypse. I don't really see it mentioned very much. Everyone is (subjectively) obsessed with sharpness.
Voshkod T.C. are a great blade,(for my Merkur 37C./39C Slants) very reasonably priced too, most importantly they are suited to my skin type, i count myself lucky that 99% of all the blades that i've shaved with have been suitable for my skin type ( Mature Rhino Skin ) & acceptable. The only blade that i've had any real problems with has been the Derby Extra's, which i find very unpredictable, so i now stay clear of them...Sharpness is important in a blade, but equally important is it's smoothness, i find Feather blades overly sharp a little rough, even after hand stropping ,another blade i wouldn't use again. YMMV..My favourite blade at the moment that was passed on to me is the Dorco~Prime Platinum. Smooth, sharp and perform wonderfully with every razor i've paired them up with.
 
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Pre: Cold water face wash
Brush: EJ Medium BB
Soap: CRSW Bergamot & Bay
Razor: ER Streamline/Jewel
Blade: Gem SS
Post: Cold water rinse, @BartsBalm Bergamot & Vanilla ASB

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What a cracking shave that was.
The Streamline requires a bit more concentration than the Cobra but isn't far behind it in the efficiency stakes.
Finished off beautifully by the Bart's Balm.
Happy Shaving one and all.
 
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Evening shave.....

Prep ~ Valbora Glicerlanonlina soap, Shower
Razor ~ Eskimo Adjustable set to 3
Blade ~ Personna 74*
Soap ~ OSP Peppermint & Rosemary
Brush ~ Semouge Owners Club (Taj) Finest two band badger
Post ~ Thayers Rose Petal
Scent ~ Guerlain Jicky EDP

A great close shave from the Eskimo paired with the 74* Blade, the OSP soap was outstanding but of course it was, it's OSP!
My first use of the new line in Semouge Owners Club brushes and it lived up to my expectations, the same great knot with a quality resin handle.
A spray or three of Jicky and I'm done. :)

Have a great evening people ....P.
 

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Evening shave.....

Prep ~ Valbora Glicerlanonlina soap, Shower
Razor ~ Eskimo Ajustable set to 3
Blade ~ Personna 74*
Soap ~ OSP Peppermint & Rosemary
Brush ~ Semouge Owners Club (Taj) Finest two band badger
Post ~ Thayers Rose Petal
Scent ~ Guerlain Jicky EDP

A great close shave from the Eskimo paired with the 74* Blade, the OSP soap was outstanding, but of course it was, it's OSP!
My first use of the new line in Semouge Owners Club brushes and it lived up to my expectations, the same great knot with a quality resin handle.
A spray or three of Jicky and I'm done. :)

Have a great evening people ....P.
Beautiful Brush!
 
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Pre: Shower, Bulldog face wash
Soap: Wickhams 1912 Club Cola sample
Brush: Yaqi Red synthetic
Razor: EJ89 Head, Yaqi handle
Blade: Personna Lab Blue (2)
Post: Cold water rinse, Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel
AS: Myrsol Agua De Limon

Went back to the EJ89 head today after my skin reacted badly to yesterdays shave. I can definitely tell the difference between the EJ89 and Yaqi DOC..... The EJ is a lot milder, but a less close shave was achieved. The audio feedback was far less from the EJ too. A lovely, refreshing shave with the club cola, and myrsol. Made so much lather that my wife used the remaining and commented that the scent was really nice, and lather worked really well - just as long as I don't have to lather it up for her every time!
Enjoy your evening gents
 
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Sotd - Wednesday 13th of June -

Razor - ER 1912 British
blade - ER Corrux (pick a number)
brush - Stirling two-band fan
soap - Williams Ice Menthol cream
post - witch hazel
a/s - Artic Kinesia
balm - Barts Peppermint lotion.

Result - great.

I realised when I set about my menthol shave tonight - that the rain was battering off the window - looks like the weather has finally broken. Storm Hector apparently - can you be truly afraid of anything called Hector? Unless its a reference to the Trojan war - that Hector was a bit hard - perhaps I should be worried? The Williams cream is always a pleasure to use - punches way above its price point - well cold and excellent slickness. I've never seen the Artic Kinesia after shave for sale outside of Spain. Cheap as chips in ECI and it works very well for me. It has algae in it apparently - not entirely sure how that might help - other than making you attractive to whales - no - that's krill isn't it? Even Gemstone don't carry it - ordinarily suppliers of all things good in Spanish shaving porn. Finished off with @BartsBalm Peppermint lotion - any further praise for these products from me is redundant - if you haven't tried them - I would recommend you do so. So job done - bbs - another top end shave off the rank - yours - I.

Oh - today's sotd postcard - I have a dream that I will get to appear on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio Four one day - 'Well Kirsty - my next track is Jimi Hendrix performing 'The Star Spangled Banner' at Woodstock.' That's going to upset a lot of punters waiting for the Archers? It's easy at this remove of time to forget how radical this piece of music was - a young - black - hippy - dressed like a camp pirate - patently out of his face most of the time - unashamedly - taking a core American anthem - something sacral - twisting it, bending it - tearing it up - putting it back together again - reworking it and handing it back to the the 'straights' on wave after wave of deafening, demented feedback. Visceral - I sort of understand the treatment as a response to Vietnam - the auditory equivalent - and every bit as eloquent as Picasso's Guernica - as anti-war statements go. They would never let me on Desert Island Discs - I'd insist on the Bonzo Dog Band next - I'd have to have Ace of Spades in my choices too. Ha ha ha.
 
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Sotd - Wednesday 13th of June -

Razor - ER 1912 British
blade - ER Corrux (pick a number)
brush - Stirling two-band fan
soap - Williams Ice Menthol cream
post - witch hazel
a/s - Artic Kinesia
balm - Barts Peppermint lotion.

Result - great.

I realised when I set about my menthol shave tonight - that the rain was battering off the window - looks like the weather has finally broken. Storm Hector apparently - can you be truly afraid of anything called Hector? Unless its a reference to the Trojan war - that Hector was a bit hard - perhaps I should be worried? The Williams cream is always a pleasure to use - punches way above its price point - well cold and excellent slickness. I've never seen the Artic Kinesia after shave for sale outside of Spain. Cheap as chips in ECI and it works very well for me. It has algae in it apparently - not entirely sure how that might help - other than making you attractive to whales - no - that's krill isn't it? Even Gemstone don't carry it - ordinarily suppliers of all things good in Spanish shaving porn. Finished off with @BartsBalm Peppermint lotion - any further praise for these products from me is redundant - if you haven't tried them - I would recommend you do so. So job done - bbs - another top end shave off the rank - yours - I.

Oh - today's sotd postcard - I have a dream that I will get to appear on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio Four one day - 'Well Kirsty - my next track is Jimi Hendrix performing 'The Star Spangled Banner' at Woodstock.' That's going to upset a lot of punters waiting for the Archers? It's easy at this remove of time to forget how radical this piece of music was - a young - black - hippy - dressed like a camp pirate - patently out of his face most of the time - unashamedly - taking a core American anthem - something sacral - twisting it, bending it - tearing it up - putting it back together again - reworking it and handing it back to the the 'straights' on wave after wave of deafening, demented feedback. Visceral - I sort of understand the treatment as a response to Vietnam - the auditory equivalent - and every bit as eloquent as Picasso's Guernica - as anti-war statements go. They would never let me on Desert Island Discs - I'd insist on the Bonzo Dog Band next - I'd have to have Ace of Spades in my choices too. Ha ha ha.
Which book would you take Iain? And what would be your luxury item?
 
SOTD: 14th June 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.

Pears ~ Transparent Glycerin Soap.

Brush: Frank Shaving ~ Synthetic .

Face Lather.

Soap : Blue's Goat Milk .

Blade: Concord Platinum.(2)

Razor: Bali BD 191.

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

Post:

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

Lucky Tiger ~ A/S Face Tonic .

Greetings,

The performance from the Frank shaving Synthetic brush today was incredible,mixing up a great lather, and holding it well for each pass.

It's been a while since i last used the Blue's goat milk tallow soap, and forgot how good it performs, creating a superb lather for the shave,leaving a great post shave feeling to my face. The Bali BD 191/ Concord Platinum mowed down my stubble effortlessly..The Concorde Platinum has impressed me with it's smooth sharp efficency.I shall be adding them more to my blade rotation.

A very comfortable close 3 pass + pick ups silky smooth shave with no errors to report.

Finishing the shave off with a generous splash of Lucky Tiger~ A/S Face Tonic.

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

Enjoy your day, ladies & gentlemen.:cool:
 
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