Bowl : Vikings Blade Grand Chairman Brush : Frank Shaving Silvertip Badger Preshave, Soap and Post Shave : Proraso Green Razor : Razorock SLOC w/Croma blade
Back to basics and back to some of my older soaps in the rotation. Proraso green is and will remain one of my favorites, a staple even as I buy and own other “better” artisan soaps. When I don’t know what I want, or feel undecided on which soap to use, reaching for Proraso green, is something that will never feel wrong.
Brush : Frank Shaving Silvertip Badger Soap : Wet The Face’s Grey’s Vetiver (Tallow puck in Frank Shaving apothecary mug) Post Shave : Wet The Face’s Grey Vetiver Aftershave Splash, Prep, Tom Ford’s Grey Vetiver EDP Razor : Rockwell 6S w/Feather Blade (3rd use)
Another work day, another morning shave. Love the smell of Tom Ford’s Grey Vetiver, when I smell vetiver, I think James Bond, and Tom Ford’s Vetiver is Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond. Smart, debonair, a little roguish, but is old school classy and has the competence to do the job needed.
Brush : Frank Shaving Silvertip Badger Soap : G & A Artisan Shaving’s Japanese Dream Post Shave : Prep, Thayers Lemon Witch Hazel Razor : Razorock SLOC w/Feather Blade
From the artisan’s description : A fresh, spicy, fragrance with top notes of cherry , pine needles supported by a middle note of clove, cinnamon and pimento resting on a base of fir balsam and precious woods
Strength of scent off from the cream : 6 – 7/10 Strength of scent after lathering : 5/10
This is a very aromatic soap. Sniffing directly from the container, you get cherry bombed, along with a secondary note that is a melding of cloves, cinnamon and pimento to form a scent profile that reminded me of those salty sweet and sour plum (Umeboshi) snacks you find in Japan.
Once lathered, the scent opens up and you’ll get hints of fir and woods (cedar and cypress?) with Cherry, pimento and spices taking front stage. Lather itself is very good, with good cushioning, glide, residual slickness and post shave feel. I do suggest bowl lathering with this soap, as you want to add less water then more to start and slowly adding more water as you work the lather into that wonderful shiny thick yogurt or sour cream texture we all want.
If you match this soap with its matching Aftershave (Only reason why I am not using the AS, is that I had a batch with some issues and Gismo is sending a replacement, good customer service there), you will smell of cherry with a hint of pimento on a stable pine and fir base fragrance for some time.
All in all, this is a gourmand scent to me. I can’t help but think of mouth watering cherries and sweet and sour plum throughout the shave, that or an Ume spritzer (plum wine, usually Umeshu with cherry soda and garnish).
Now excuse me while I go raid the fridge, I should have some umeboshi somewhere… 🙂
Brush : Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’s Atomic Rocket Soap : Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’s Atomic Age Bay Rum Post Shave : Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’s Atomic Age Bay Rum Aftershave and Cologne, Mysterium Serum Razor : Rockwell 6S w/Shark Super Stainless blade
Haven’t used this in a while since I wanted to pair this with a matching body scent, am considering getting WSP’s EDP or one of the other clones, most likely L’aventure Blanche, I haven’t decided yet.
Regardless, you have to love that that fresh, “I’m breathing fresh mountain air” scent, which I understand to some is a little ozone-ny, a little like spa soap. Though I would have to say that it was more likely spas copied the scent and used it on their soaps.
Though I’ll have to say that I have had some people tell me it smells like spa soap or detergent (WTF?!) so, your mileage will vary and scents are a personal thing, you might love how something smells on someone else but if your body chemistry doesn’t work with the scent, it can go awry. I do sometimes dab a little white musk attar (just a little) to compliment the scent. Regardless, it smells fresh and one of the few that you can really get used to in your morning shave.
Shark blades are pretty good. Cheap and at the price of under US$6.00 before shipping makes it truly value for money even if I just treat them as a one off use. (they can last 4+ shaves) assuming your regular wet shaving supplier has them in stock or you use a shipping forwarder and have other stuff to ship in. Otherwise they go for about S$16 -S$18 on Amazon.
Bowl : Vikings Blade Grand Chairman Brush : Frank Shaving Silvertip Badgers Soap : The Village Soapsmith Old Spice Post shave : Prep, P&G Old Spice (in vacuum spray bottle) Razor : Razorock SLOC w/Shark blade
Evening clean up shave and today being Old Spice day, what else other then another Old Spice soap and post shave. Ending with a glass “I keep touching myself” BBS shave that, yes, I keep touching the chin and face because it’s freaky smooth.
Even after so many months having gone back to traditional shaving, I still can’t get use to the that glass feel of your skin when you achieved a perfect smooth shave.
Brush : Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’s Atomic Rocket Soap : Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’s Cold Spice Post Shave : Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’s Cold Spice Aftershave and Cologne, Prep, Original Shulton Old Spice EDT. Razor : Rockwell 6S w/Derby Extra Blade
The funny thing about scents that smell great and was used by a generation for years only to be avoided by the young because the perception is they didn’t want to smell like someone’s dad, is that it becomes forgotten and scents that used to be immediately placed are now forgotten or memory joggers. “Hey, that smells great, reminds me of somthing…what is it?”
These scents tickles the memory, hopefully of good times, maybe of someone’s grand-dad when they were a child, that fuzzy pleasantness that you just can’t place but in the back of your mind something nags at you, that you should know, that you should be able to remember but can’t because not too many use them anymore.
Preshave : Prep Brush: Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’ Atomic Rocket Soap and Post Shave : Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’s Al Fin Soap and Aftershave, Mysterium Serum Razor : Vikings Blade The Emperor Augustus w/Derby Extra Blade
Another day, another grind to come. At least, we can start the day with a great shave.
Bowl : Vikings Blade Grand Chairman Brush : Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’ Atomic Rocket Post Shave : Thayer’s Witch Hazel, Gabbel’s Bay Rum. Razor : Rockwell 6S-R3 w/Derby Extra Blade
As described by the Artisan: Nirvana is an earthy fragrance it opens with a subtle citrus sparkle which is followed by notes of earthy moss and oriental florals and finished with an amber, vanilla-musk, and Indonesian patchouli dry-down.
Nirvana is the last of the samples I bought from Don, soap performance during and post shave are good, no tight drying of the skin, good cushioning lather, a slick layer that allows for buffing and helps blade glide, all the stuff you look for in an artisan soap. The scent on this one is also quite good, off the container my wife said it smelled like peanut butter …and I am like “What?! No! It smells like…” and my mind froze as her peanut butter comment stuck there. Its the vanilla-musk. But it does smell great.
I do have to say that using WTF’s soaps, if you have to err, err with less water then too much. The soap will happily create a huge volume of lather that actually looks good if you used too much water, except that if try to use it, it’ll spread thin and give little to no protection or glide. Thick yogurt not light, is what you want. You can always wet the brush a little to add moisture but if you go too much water from the start, your lather will be useless.
Shave was damn good. Glass “I touch myself” BBS, and no irritation.