SOTD: Saturday 9th February - Friday 15th February 2019.

Sunday 10 February 2019

PreShave: Warm water, from the tap
Cream: GFT Rose
Brush: Kent BK8
Bowl: My recycled cream bowl
Razor: The Sledgehammer (Merkur 39C)
Blade Astra Platinum (2)
Post Shave: Alum

Fragrance: Floris 71/72

A good start to Sunday, the cream provided a nice pre-shower scent, a bit of a change from the TOBS Platinum Collection of yesterday (which has a refreshing soapiness to it). I’ll have to wait a while and open a tub of cream from the other “T of St James’s” to do a cream comparison test. (Too many open containers at the moment to justify to myself, and more importantly to SWMBO, opening another,)

Have a greay end to the weekend and a good week, folks.
The Land of Extra Cheesy
Date: 11 February 2019

Pre-shave:- Cold Water straight from the tap
Brush:- RazoRock Plissoft Synth. 24/57mm knot
Soap/Cream:- Arko (4 shaving sticks grated into a 250ml plastic tub)
Bowl/Scuttle:- Captain's Choice
Razor/Blade:- Gillette British Tech attached to iKon Bulldog / Vintage NOS Gillette Super Stainless (spoiler) #7
Post-shave:- Thayers Witch Hazel & Tea Tree Oil / WAHL Bay Rum Aftershave Splash
Fragrance:- L'eau D'issey Pour Homme

11 days down, 17 days to go for the whole month of Arko February shave.
SOTD Sunday 10 February 2019

Pre-shave: Warm shower, Kiehl's Ultra Face Cleanser, followed by cold water splash and Castle Forbes Pre Shave.
Soap: OSP Lavender.
Brush: Shavemac ' The Flat Top' Slivertip.
Bowl: Giles Shaving Co - Spotty Pedstal Wet Shaving Bowl.
Razor: Blackland Dart.
Blade: Wilkinson Sword (2).
Post: Cold water, Bart's Balm Lavender Oil and Bart's Balm Lavender Aftershave Balm.


A 2 pass shave today - a third pass would have been to much, while I had a good shave with the Dart on Saturday, however, my skin felt tight after 3 passes.

I have read more Dart reviews; there seemes to be a mixed camp - some find the razor verry aggressive, with others less so. The thinking on the Dart (according to the reviews) appears to be to shave with the razor handle just off parallal to the face.

Taking the advise from the reviews on board, I went for a steeper shave angle, which felt wierd- very wierd, but that change worked out well.

Its been a while since I used Bart's Balm oil and balm - very good stuff; as ever YMMV.

All the best,

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Sunday 10th February

Pears Glycerine Soap
Proraso Sensitive Pre Shave Cream
Creightons Ultra Rich Shaving Cream
Yaqi Black Marble 24mm Synthetic Brush
Turkish Copper Bowl
Wilkinson Sword TTO with a Gillette Rubie
Simple Facial Toner
Al-Reab Oudy PO

I haven't posted for a few days due to the on going Conjunctivitis which developed into an Opthamology Emergency due to my A&E missing a couple of corneal ulcers. I have been using fragrance and alcohol free products and razors which I could use blindfolded (which you could probably say....I was). The Creighton's cream is very slick and 3 passes gave me an excellent finish.
The Simple facial toner has been a good discovery. Full of lots of goodies like Lucky Tiger....but no fragrance and a fraction of the price!
Briam, hope you are back to full health soon,

Monday 11th February

Pears Glycerine Soap
Body Shop for Men Shaving Cream
Yaqi Rainbow with a 26mm Synthetic Knot
Turkish Copper Bowl
Baili BD177 TTO razor with a Gillette Superthin
Simple Facial Toner.

I found an unopened tub of Body Shop Shaving Cream (from before they started using Maca Root). It lathered perfectly!
3 passes for a great shave to set me up for the day
11 February

TFS Corte Sabauda
Simpson M7 Manchurian
Mühle R41 with iKon bulldog
Feather Hi-stainless
Lucky Tiger face tonic

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Tried the iKon stainless steel bulldog handle on the Mühle head this morning and it felt good. Close shave and happy citrus scented face.
I use the same combination of Head and Handle and find them a great match.