French Pink Clay & Charcoal Face Soap
Wickham Super Smooth
DSC Stem w/Snow White Synthetic 22mm
Yaqi Katana w/Windrose Darwin Handle
Gillette Wilkinson Sword (2) Made in China
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest
Round two with the Gillette Wilkinson Sword blades, India loaded into the Yaqi Katana DLC and China in the chromed Yaqi Katana ...
Tonight, the MIC which is certainly a sharp and close shave, but boy is it a rough 'un! Not even in an exhilarating way like the Shark Stainless, more like the Personna Lab/Med which are pretty dull from the off and sharpen up with use but remain raw throughout.
I was glad for a good splash of the rather alcoholic Russian splash.
After using Wickham's 1902 prototype soap for the last couple of shaves, I dug out another one from Wickham's archives: Super Smooth. This is unscented and from the very first batch in 2014. Ingredients read well! Potassium Stearate, Potassium Cocoate, Potassium Lardate, Potassium Apricot Kernelate, Aqua & Glycerine ... mmmm .... porky goodness!
My brush was long handle from DS Cosmetics which I bought to fit a boar knot but finding the knot too small ordered in a Snow White synthetic. Snow White? Wassat, then?
The fibre looks quite old school and I must confess that when I first got it I wondered whether it would be like those old nylon fibre knots from the '50s, but in use it's like a Cashmere with a good scritch! In some respects, face feel is not a million miles off the Kent Silvertex.
... and yes, it does indeed have that very sterile white glow to it.
• Ach Brito Mogno
• Yaqi Chianti 24mm Synthetic
• Timeless 0.68 SS Scalloped
• PolSilver Lodz Stainless (3) - and out
• Superdrug Forest Fresh Aftershave
Is it just me who only gets 2 smooth shaves from Lodz blades ?
Third use tonight, and it wasn't great. This has been the case with every one I've used
It's a shame, because when they're smooth, they're really smooth.
Pre-shave: Hot shower, Kiehl's Facial Wash, followed by cold water splash. Soap: Gentleman's Groom Room - Essence of Scotland Scottish Heather Traditional Shaving Soap. Brush: Blackland (Signature). Razor: Muhle R41GS Stainless Steel. Blade: Personna (Red) (Day 2). Post: Cold water splash, Musgo Real No.1 Orange Amber Cologne.
A day's growth - gone - BBS in 2 passes - still early days with the R41GS, and I was not chasing a BBS finish. WTG and XTG - no issues to report.
For me this razor demands a very slick lather - at the weekend I shaved with the same set-up, but with the Ariana & Evans Dirty Ginger Shaving Soap - a great soap, but I find it slightly sticky when shaving; more so on the neck. Today with the Gentleman's Groom Room - Essence of Scotland Scottish Heather the razor felt it was gliding on the skin. It is possible that the shave was better as the R41GS had more stubble than normal to shift?
The Musgo Real Orange Amber Cologne was a lovely way to end the shave - great skin feel and scent.
I hope everyone had a great day - stay safe and sane.
Thu 8th SOTD Soap RazoRock Mudder Focker Brush Yaqi 26mm Lucky Dice Tuxedo Razor RazoRock G37 Slant Blade Bolzano Superinox Inossidabile 2nd Post & Aftershaves Ice Water + Stirling Witchhazel BayRum + Hyaluronic
Was able to dial up the soap into a super nice thickly creamy and very slick lather with a scent I like very much but just too mild...!!
Shave with razor paired with the blade was good. Smooth and comfortable in 3+1passes for a bbs to dfs finish. So good was the shave, a half pass performed on the neck and that resulted in 2 creepers...dang! Too greedy...hahaha
Very nice burn and good scent from the BayRum Witchhazel.