Shave of the day, 15th June 2019 : Van Yulay’s Royal Oud

Bowl : Van Yulay Silicone
Brush : Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’s Atomic Rocket
Soap : Van Yulay Soap of the Gods Royal Oud
Post Shave : Thayer’s Witch Hazel, Van Yulay’s Royal Oud Aftershave Lotion
Razor : Razorock SLOC w/Croma Blade

Other : Paranakan Oud EDT (Oud, Tonka bean, Praline and Green Tobacco) buffered with Safran Oud Attar (Iris, Corcus, safron, Arabian oud – this is a locally made attar by an old-school perfumery artisan)

Package finally arrived while I was at work and the wife picked it up, probably with raised eyebrows and a sigh going “More soaps?!” 😂

The bowl is floppier then I expected, and yes , it performs better on the counter then as a hand bowl (though I already have a “fix” for that) but it does whip up lather in a matter of seconds.

Brush loaded by swirling a damp brush straight from the soap dish and then whipping the lather up with a little water in the bowl.

And yes, Monica’s soap is as good as it looks.
I am not sure if its just the soap or a combination of soap and bowl but … LOOK AT THAT LATHER!
The honeycomb walls really agitated the soap and made the lather smooth yogurt in a hurry.
Even so, I just whipped the stuff around for a bit more. It just felt odd to get that kind of lather in about 30 seconds or so.

So, just for good measure, even though my eyeballs told me that it was already epic, I worked the lather for about half a minute or so more just to get that “lathering time” in.
End result is a lather that’s slick, buffering, really good residual slickness and really good post shave feel.

Scent was good too, 4/10 off the puck and stayed 4/10 lather lathering up. Inspired by Creed’s Royal Oud, its a darker, smookier oud.

Needless to say, it was a glass smooth “I can’t help touching myself” BBS shave.
Completing the shave with Thayers Witch Hazel and Royal Oud Aftershave lotion, then, layering on a combination of Paranakan Oud EDT and Safran Oud Attar, and I gotta say, it smelt and felt awesome!

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