SOTD : Saturday 4th August ~ Friday 10th August 2018.

Sotd - Tuesday the 7th of August -

Razor - ATT Calypso - 'Maria' - on loan
blade - Schick Proline (2)
brush - Simpsons Chubby One best
soap - Barrister and Mann - Roam - sample
post - witch hazel
a/s - B&M - Roam tonic - sample
scent - B&M - Roam edt - sample.

Result - top end but weird and getting weirder -

I had commented recently on the experience of walking through a local park as the weather broke - vegetation and earth getting wet for the first time in weeks - an intoxicating event - such an over-overwhelmingly 'natural' smell - fecund - and I wondered out loud if you got shaving products that dallied into this part of the scent range - although I had never used it - Roam - was the only one I could initially imagine - as usual, ask a question here and you shall receive wise and sage guidance - thanks T. - @TomG - for your suggestions and particularly P. - @Blademonkey - who sent me the trio of samples to try. Weird - like no other product I have used - scent wise - it did remind me of my olfactory memory of the event - damp earth, grass, wet vegetation but with added wood smoke and campfires. Strange - to be honest - I didn't know initially whether I liked it or not but by the end of the shave it was rather growing on me - the soap base is superb - lathering, during and post - very good indeed. I think I will need to try it again - regrettably - my other half very much didn't take to it - along the lines of - you smell like you have been sitting with your mates in front of an open fire - at the side of a loch - for three days - not changing your clothes - drinking whisky and talking pish - coming back into my company having not had a shower. You can't please everyone. I will use it again - definitely a marmite smell. Thanks again P. A unique shave.

So the second run out of @Barry Giddens loaner Calypso - I probably don't need to tell you how much I like this razor - given the fact that I decided to call her Maria - cue West Side Story music -

'I've just met a girl named Maria
And suddenly that name
Will never be the same
To me
I've just kissed a girl named Maria
And suddenly I've found
How wonderful a sound
Can be!

I'm - self-evidently - smitten with this razor - I even gave her a name - my smittness - couldn't be deeper. It is the sort of shave you would get from a Cobra if it had a skirt and heels on. So I was thinking - that I would come up with some preposterous story - feigning my own death - in some bizarrely improbable way - so I didn't have to give it back - B. is a sensitive soul and there is no way he would hassle my grieving widow for the return of a razor - surely? Maria and I will never be separated. Then I realised a flaw in my plan - I've just said that all out loud - he's going to be suspicious - he'll read it. HE WILL UNDERSTAND - He's not stupid - WE ARE HIS FRIENDS - NOT LIKE THE OTHER ONES. (Then I came up with the solution - if I write in parenthesis - (like this) - he can't hear me - it will be our secret. Excellent - fool proof solution - let's go for it.) So excellent shave gentlemen - I hope you enjoy........ - what's that crashing sound at the front door of my flat? Someone or somethings are kicking their way in! Hordes of monkeys! (Do monkeys come in hordes? I'm not sure - Mongols come/came in hordes? - a troop, whoop or flange - is that better? A barrel - of course! To be honest I don't think this plan is going to live or die based on one dodgy collective noun.) Monkeys twisted on DANGEROUS DRUGS - they know no mercy - SAVAGE BARBARIAN SIMIANS - they know nothing beyond their next hit - what it is to be HUMAN! - I'm being robbed in my own home! Don't hurt me - take my camera bag - there's twelve grand of gear in there - my watch - take my watch - it cost £500 - you want money - I've got money! Not the face - not the face! They CAN'T BE REASONED WITH! These VILE SWINE are insatiable. It's just as well that I am A FULLY QUALIFIED DOCTOR OF JOURNALISM! - who can touch-type - otherwise this fast flowing narrative would be hard to keep up with in real time. No - please - don't take the razor - not Barry's Calypso - not Maria! Nooooooooooooooo..........

(Job done - he'll fall for that - hook - line and sinker. Yours one and all - I.)
Surely a contender for Post of the Year - Bravo Iain!
Palmolive fox
North East.UK

SOTD : 9th August 2018.


Shaving recipe for today.

Prep: Warm shower:/ L'OREAL~ Hydra Sensitive Birch Sap Shower Gel.


warm wet flannel to my face.

Pears ~ Transparent Lemon Flower Glycerine Soap.

Brush: Omega S10018 Synthetic.

Bowl Lather.

Cream : Arko ~ Hydrate .

Blade: Personna~ Gem PTFE coated.(1)

Razor: Ever Ready 1914.(Brass)

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


Cold Water Face Rinse./ Homemade Lime, Lemon+Peppermint Oil & Menthol Crystals Witch Hazel Mixture./ The Real Shaving Co. ~ Post Shave Soothing Balm.

Brut ~ Sport Style A/S Lotion.


In the last few weeks i've been totally amazed by the Ever-Ready vintage SE razors, today yet again, the 1914 worked together wonderfully with a fresh Gem PTFE blade, performing with smooth efficiency resulting in a very enjoyable 3 pass silky smooth shave with no errors to report...What more can i ask for.

Finishing the shave off with a generous splash of Brut ~ Sport Style A/S lotion.

My face is feeling cool smooth & smelling devine.

Enjoy your day,ladies & gentlemen.
Thursday 9th August

Pears Glycerine Soap
Proraso Green Tea and Oat Preshave
RazoRock Carribean Holiday Soap
Omega 10065 Boar Brush
Parker Variant Razor (3.5, 3.5, 4.5) with a Gillette/Wilkinson Blade.
Witch Hazel
Aloe Vera Gel
Benjamins Bay Rum with Pimento

A perfect 3 pass shave.......and I think I have decided which razor I will be using on my big day next week:)




Prep ~ warm shower, Valbora Tallow soap
Razor ~ Feather Portable
Blade ~ Vintage Polsilver
Soap ~ MWF
Brush ~ SOC Badger & Boar (Bodger)
Post ~ Thayers
Scent ~ Penhaligons Sartorial

A cracking shave from some inexpensive but good gear, just goes to show you don't need to spend a fortune on shave gear........if you don't want to :) BBS finnish and a spray or three of Sartorial to end a perfect shave.

Have a nice day :) P.


Kent UK
Thur 9th Aug

Omega 11137
Cyril Salter Solid soap
Ever Ready 1924
Gem S/S [ 3 ]
Pitralon Classic A/S lotion

I really enjoy the way that the ER 1924 moves when fitted with a modern handle. Unfortunately today I did not get the usual quality finish that I normally get with it, the process felt good and there was no blade drag.Will try the blade in another Razor tomorrow.

The Land of Extra Cheesy
Date: 09 August 2018

Pre-shave:- Cold Water straight from the tap
Brush:- Semogue SOC in Ash Wood Badger/Boar knot 24/53mm
Soap/Cream:- Wickham 1912 ~ English Rose
Razor/Blade:- Karve 'D' / Vintage NOS Gillette Super Stainless (spoiler) #3
Post-shave:- Thayers Witch Hazel & Tea Tree Oil / Lucky Tiger Aftershave & Face Tonic / Lucky Tiger Face Moisturizer
Fragrance:- Hugo Boss (Original)
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