Bowl : Vikings Blade Grand Chairman
Preshave : Proraso Green
Soap and Post Shave : Proraso Blue
Razor : Vikings Blade The Emperor Augustus w/Croma Blade
To be honest, when I first started using Proraso Blue its scent is one that didn’t quite grabbed me, it is ok but not something I’d say wowed me, and it stills is kind of underwhelming. I think I first described its amber and musk scent as something that was pleasant but unidentifiable.
And to be honest, if I didn’t read up on it, I’d still think that it had maybe a little green tea, ginger and something else.
Proraso Blue has been more or less been in my evening rotation mostly because of what it was supposed to bring to the shave, namely moisturizing and healing for the skin but after purchasing so many other products and having used them, Proraso Blue is one that I probably will not replace.
Well, maybe the balm but I’ll skip on the soap.
Also you’ll notice that they didn’t have their own line of Preshave so I used Proraso Green’s.
And using the adjustable today, I went the gentle-mild setting 3 with straight bar WTG, setting 4 scalloped bar XTG and setting of 5 with scalloped bar for ATG. Going in up in “aggression” as I complete the shave instead of going down. I have been doing this for several weeks now when I use the adjustable.
The thing that got me thinking of doing this was remembering someone saying that shaving is hair reduction during the passes, not hair elimination.
Shaving that first pass with an aggressive setting or razor will definitely be efficient and will take most of not all your hair off, but from my POV, it will also have a higher chance of catching on your growth and nicking you.
Instead, I let the passes work for me.
Setting 3 with straight bar WTG: First pass is reduction, it doesn’t have to take everything or even most off, setting it milder so that the first pass will take most of your growth off, giving you a mostly smoother, reduced growth areas to work with on the next pass.
Setting 4 with scallop bar XTG: 2nd pass is clean-up removing any remaining growth getting your shaved areas almost smooth, and to be honest I could have stopped at this point. With the higher aggression setting, the pass took almost everything off with most areas already glass smooth.
Setting 5 with scallop bar ATG: Last pass was mainly around “trouble” areas under the chin, and jaw line where its almost smooth but not quite as you run your fingers over the skin.
Without thick growth to hinder the blade, and at a higher setting, that last pass ATG just took whatever is left without the blade catching or tugging.
And it gave a glass BBS without nicks or weepers!