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13th August 2020

Another one-pass shave

Fuar ach snog preshave
Proraso Green cream
Yaqi Brush
Rex Envoy
Gillette Silver Blue

Followed by alum block
Snakebite (love that stuff)
Hyalauronic acid
Myrsol emulsion

For the second day running I decided to give my skin a rest, by doing a single pass, with the grain shave with a few touchups.
In the past I have always thought a good "rest" would be to not shave. But then, I just wind up with more stubble to mow down. A smooth "stubble suppression" one pass shave on the daily seems to agree with me far better than taking a scythe to it every 2/3 days.

I've implemented some suggestions from others and it has really helped me.

@Blademonkey had observed that my muhle mug is too small to build a good lather. I switched to my stainless steel cat bowl (keeping the mug for display) and got much, much better lather out of the proraso green.

@Dcshaves suggested I was maybe using too much pressure in certain areas. This time I went out of my way to use a feather touch.

A very decent shave. Not BBS, but I wasn't aiming for that anyway.
Mr alum barely tingled.
Not a single weeper or nick. Skin felt fantastic afterward.

I think my approach should be to shave as above most times, reserving BBS closeness for when it's really needed.

Where I need to really improve skill wise now, is to manage the BBS without upping the irritation.

Thanks for guiding me through the mists lads, I'm really enjoying this

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In the current UK heat it also tends to 'sweat'
i think possibly - this might be to do with a high glycerin content in the soap - I couldn't find online an exact ingredients list for it - but it looks like it to me - nothing to do with the tallow or goat's milk - which - might well be - just additives in this case - not part of the base level saponification process - probably a glycerin base. I make my own bar soap - and it is a known issue with glycerin bases in humid conditions - that hasn't happened to me in Scotland ever. :) . I.
 
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i think possibly - this might be to do with a high glycerin content in the soap - I couldn't find online an exact ingredients list for it - but it looks like it to me - nothing to do with the tallow or goat's milk - which - might well be - just additives in this case - not part of the base level saponification process - probably a glycerin base. I make my own bar soap - and it is a known issue with glycerin bases in humid conditions - that hasn't happened to me in Scotland ever. :) . I.
I'm sure you're right...my description was based on the opening a fresh tin (that had been sealed and kept in a cooler place) to refill my ceramic pot, but I still had some left in the bottom of an Old Spice mug that hadn't been sealed and shaded from the heat. The stuff in the original tin was solid...like boot polish...but the stuff in the mug was very soft, like butter. Anyway, once I mixed and shaped it all went into the bowl very nicely. The heat didn't effect the effectiveness of the soap, but it's nice to know someone who knows a thing or two about this stuff was paying attention! (y)
One day, even in Scotland, you might actually get a heatwave...maybe even as much as 15C??? (You might not get as much sun but you get a far better class of politician;))
 
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Taps aff!!! - I.
In all seriousness, I envy the Scotts for so many reasons:
  • The sheer glory and beauty of the highlands and the lowlands
  • The level of real national pride
  • Nicola Sturgeon ...I won't even mention her eggs that are supposed to be the finest and rarest of all caviars
  • Billy Connelly, Danny Boyle, Kevin Bridges, Rory Bremner, and...most of all...Ronni Ancona
  • Archie Gemmill's goal against the Dutch in 1978 World Cup
  • Single malt whisky...the only drink that can be called 'scotch'
  • Haggis, neeps and tatties (enjoyed after getting rat-arsed on the banks of Loch Lomond)
  • The West Highland Way
  • Connor McCloud
  • Sean Connery (but he's obviously Spanish so doesn't really count)
I could go on...but then I just remembered the midges and I lost my train of thought...Oh yes...Scotland and the Scots...I envy you everything but your weather...wtf is up with that??????:oops::oops::oops::oops:
 
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Date:- 14 August

Pre-shave:- Cold Water straight from the tap
Bowl/Scuttle:- Captain's Choice
Brush:- RazoRock Plissoft Bruce Synth. 24/57mm knot
Soap/Cream:- Whispers from the Woods (Australian made) ~ All Things Nice "Spiced Sandalwood & Honey"
Razor/Blade:- Gillette Fatboy (7 & 5) G2 1961 / Gillette Stainless (red & white) #13
Post/After-shave:- T.N. Dickinson Witch Hazel Astringent mixed into the 240ml bottle with Natural Glycerin (20 drops) & Tea Tree Antiseptic (5) / The Stray Whisker Aftershave Balm (Australian made)
Fragrance:- Proraso Wood & Spice
 
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Fri 14 SOTD
Soap PAA Cavendish
Brush Yaqi 26mm Orange Black Synthetic
Razor RazoRock German 37 Slant
Blade JAWS 3rd
Post & Aftershave
Ice Water + Special Thayers Mix
Hyaluronic + PAA Cavendish Splash
Re-used yesterday's excellent lather. It was all dried up but just added some water then working with the brush...produce enough lather for 4 passes. Scent still very good.
Shave with razor paired with blade today was a good. Nicely smooth, sharp and comfortable. 3+1 multiple passes without any weepers, creepers nor irritation. BBS to DFS result. Icy water rinse followed by cooling Thayers then soothed by Hyaluronic and the best among all my aftershaves, PAA Cavendish........again!!!!
Sharks circled but no blood today...
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