Shave of the day, 21st November 2020, WTF Mr Warlock!

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Bowl : Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
  • Soap : WTF Mr Warlock
  • Razor : Tatara Masamune Base + Nodachi Cap w/Supermax Diamond Edge
  • Post Shave : WTF Mr Warlock Aftershave

Peppermint, Camphor, Eucalyptus and Menthol!
And if you are gonna huff a soap’s and aftershave’s scent, this one will clear your sinuses in a hurry.
Whooooooooo!
Oh man, it’s been a warm balmy night and even with the morning rains, it still feels muggy here in the Tropics.
So, Mr Warlock to the rescue! Love that Peppermine scent, love that menthol hit!

Went with my Zero Zero Masamune with the Supermax Diamond Edge, damn good combo, and while it feels super mild, the shave was super efficient and comfortable for me. Almost zero blade feel, growth gets sheared off with little to no resistance leaving true glass, zero irritation, “I keep touching myself” faceturbation BBS skin.

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Shave of the day, 20th November 2020, PAA Supreme Sandalwood Science

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
  • Soap : PAA Supreme Sandalwood Science
  • Razor : Tatara Nodachi Base + Masamune Cap w/Supermax Diamond Edge Blade
  • Post Shave : PAA Supreme Sandalwood Science Star Jelly Aftershave, Aftershave Cologne
  • Others : PAA Supreme Sandalwood Science Deodorant and Epic Solid Cologne

Hail to the King baby!
Epic blend of different Sandalwoods from the world over, blended into a very warm, very aromatic experience that differentiates itself from other sandalwood scents out there.
For one thing, its top, mid and base notes are essentially, all base notes.
And more importantly, smells fantastic.

Still going with the Gentle Nodachi, though I am clearing up my used blades, this time with the Supermax Diamond Edge, one of the cheapest “Feather Alternatives” that I have found.

Easy, fantastic shave.
Smelling and feeling great!

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Shave of the day, 19th November 2020, Soap Commander Vision

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
  • Soap : Soap Commander Vision
  • Razor : Tatara Nodachi Base + Masamune Cap w/Zaza Blade
  • Post Shave : Soap Commander Vision
  • Others : Menthol in Salt Grinder

One of my favorite scents from Soap Commander is Vision.
Its an aqua fresh scent that is slanted towards the sweet, not salty seaweed.
The only thing that could have made it better is menthol, which you can just grind in to get that mint and amber to pop along with that cooling feel on the skin.
Regardless of whether or not you add your own menthol, it is a joy to use.

Went with my Gentle Nodachi today along with a Zaza Blade.
While the default Nodachi feels smooth even with its positive blade exposure (+0.13mm), this setup with its negative -0.03mm exposure just feels much more comfortable for me.
YMMV of course.
But it is still very efficient and with hardly any blade feel against the skin, for me, a zero irritation shave is practically guaranteed.

Feeling good, smelling great.
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Shave of the day, 18th November 2020, Soap Commander Endurance

  • Pre-shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
  • Soap : Soap Commander Endurance
  • Razor : Blackland Vector w/Feather Professional Blade
  • Post Shave : Soap Commander Endurance Aftershave Splash
  • Others : Vintage Old Spice EDT

Old Spice.
Its no secret this is one of my favorite scents (still) due to a numnber of nostalgic reasons and I have been trying more than a few versions of soaps that is supposed to be based on this scent.

I need to get from a few more artisans but for the moment, Soap Commander is to me, the closest you’ll get if you are looking for a true to the Original Shulton scented soap and splash. (YMMV)
Soap Commander is also one of the most value for money artisans out there.

My own tub that I have been using quite a bit, looks like its barely used.
Part of the reason for that is that Soap Commander’s soaps are essentially hard pucks in a tub.
Darn thing is going to last forever unless I use it every day and load heavy.

Also, quite often I am asked how does Endurance compares to Cold Spices.

I may change my mind in time (when I get around to getting from a few more artisans), but for now, Endurance is holds that top spot if only by a hairline.
PAA’s Cold Spice comes in a very close second only because it does have that very light menthol note and is just a tad more powdery in the opening, so I can’t say it is closer to the scent than SC’s Endurance, though they both dry down to that beautiful Shulton scent.

Having said that, PAA holds top spot for scent longevity, scent strength.
So you have to decide what you want from the shave.
Soap Commander is truly value for money given that its 6oz tub is $15 and the soap in it will last far longer than most (I’d expect to go through 3 bottles of AS to a Tub) and while Endurance’s scent do last a while it won’t be able to hold up against PAA’s Cold Spices, which is for the person who wants to come out of the bathroom smelling of the Old Shulton and stay smelling that way for several hours, more so if you scent layer with PAA’s other complimenting scent products.

Again with the Vector and I just love how it gets that true glass BBS.
Finished up with Soap Commander’s Splash and my old Shulton EDT.
The EDT is down to its last 60ml+/- but it is meant to be used and I rather use it up before it goes rancid.

Felling great, smelling fantastic.
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Shave of the day, 16th November 2020, PAA Diver Down

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
  • Soap : PAA Diver Down
  • Razor : Blackland Vector w/Feather Professional Blade
  • Post Shave : PAA Diver Down Star Jelly Aftershave, Aftershave Cologne
  • Others : PAA Diver Down Epic Solid Cologne

Based on the “Seaforth! Spiced” scent, Diver Down is just freaking epic! What I really like about this release is the inclusion of Jatamansi (Spikenard) giving it that herbal and cooling scent on top of rum (YAY RUM!) and cinnamon mellowed out with lavender and pine.
Definitely one of my favorites at the moment, and given Phoenix Artisan Accouterment’s entire line that’s just amazing.
Especially after applying the aftershaves.
I mean you just want to cup your hands over your nose and breathe in that awesomeness for a few minutes.

The Vector does what it does and given that awesome CK-6 lather to ride on, getting that perfect no irritation, true glass, faceturbation worthy BBS shave is just easy as pie.
Homebaked apple pie with rum and cinnamon ….mmmmnnnnsss!

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Shave of the day, 15th November 2020, PAA Cold Spices

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
  • Soap : PAA Cold Spices
  • Razor : Blackland Vector w/Feather Professional Blade
  • Post Shave : PAA Cold Spices Star Jelly Aftershave and Aftershave Cologne
  • Others : PAA Cold Spices Deodorant, Epic Solid Cologne and EDP

So, I made a boo boo, grabbing the head of the razor to uncap, thinking that the blade was removed, only it wasn’t.
Yeah.
Them Feather blades, yeah, they can cut rather deep.
Surprisingly little pain but a whole lot of blood all over the sink and half an hour of compression and dressing up the wound later (sucks to be on blood thinner), I was ready to shave.

PAA Cold Spices is the my other complete Full Monty set up, and a deserving one for sure.
True to the old Shulton Old Spice Scent, this is always a joy to use.
And its my most used PAA soap judging by the level of AS in the bottle.

Even though its an off day for me, its a Sunday so I’ll be at home with the wife, and yeah, she loves the scent of Old Spice too.

Went slow with the Vector, enjoying that smooth precision shave that I have come to associate with the Vector.
Easy true glass, irritation free, faceturbation worthy BBS Shave.

Feeling great regardless of that little accident, smelling fanfracking awesome.

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Shave of the day, 14th November 2020, PAA St Martin’s Land

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Brush : PAA Peregrino
  • Soap : PAA St Martin’s Land
  • Razor : Tatara Masamune + Nodachi Cap w/Supermax Diamond Edge Blade
  • Post Shave : PAA St Martin’s Land Aftershave Cologne
  • Others : Menthol in Salt Grinder

As per the notes by Douglas:
Jamaican Ginger, Moroccan Chamomile, Lime Peel, Blood Orange, Neroli, Light Patchouli, Indian Sandalwood

My original and immediate reaction to the scent off the puck wasn’t the best to be honest. Probably due to the lime and neroli notes coming off giving me vibes of Arko and a certain floor washing soap that is widely used here in Singapore.
However, given a chance to lather up and allowed its dry down the scent evolves and the neroli thankfully fades off a becoming more a background note allowing the ginger, and sandalwood to come out.
Personally, I’d prefer if the Sandalwood, Ginger and Blood Orange notes were more dominant in the opening and stay dominant going into the mids but that’s my personal biases and YMMV.

In short, this opens very citrusy / citronella-ish, goes into a spicy but very green phase then settles into a herbaceous green and slightly warm scent.

But, for today, I added a good dash of menthol.
Ok, I am a menth-head but hooooo boy!
Yeah, menthol baby!
Pops those scent notes up and off, made the “floor wash” vide less so and amped that fresh, spiced, warm green dry down up a few notches into REALLY FRESH!
Yeah. Menthol just makes a lot of stuff better. 🤣

With the Zero Zero Masamune, CK-6 lather and that Supermax Diamond Edge, it was an extremely comfortable shave, to the point that I had to remind myself to NOT press down as there was hardly any blade feel at all. Just shaved via audio feedback.

It was a essentially a one pass shave and while I didn’t have to do a pickup pass, I did it anyways since I had all this lather. No point wasting it.

Perfect, zero irritation, “I keep touching myself” faceturbation BBS shave.

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Shave of the day, 13th November 2020, PAA’s Big Shave S’West 2020

  • Pre-shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
  • Soap : PAA Big Shave S’West 2020
  • Razor : Rockwell Model T w/Personna Platinum Blade
  • Post Shave : PAA Big Shave S’West Star Jelly Aftershave, Aftershave Cologne
  • Others : PAA Big Shave S’West Epic Solid Cologne

This soap is the definition of “Your Mileage May Very”.
I know that it was supposed to be quite leather centric with smoky mesquite, tobacco and oud balanced by chaparral, lavender, basil and musk. But my first few use of the soap, all I could smell was the chaparral, basil with a the barest touch of tobacco and leather.

Now though, I get a heavy whiff of that suede leather, dark smoky woods with the lighter woods and greens popping out at me.
Goes to show, scents and how you perceive them can change depending on your nose’s sense of smell at the time.

Grabbed the Model T for today along with the Personna Platinum blade.
Took my time, enjoying that CK-6 lather and getting faceturbation worthy BBS Shave.

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Shave of the day, 12th November 2020, Van Yulay Dress Bleus

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
  • Soap : Van Yulay Dress Bleus (Hard Puck)
  • Razor : Tatara Nodachi + RR Stainless Steel UFO Handle w/Gillette Nacet Blade
  • Post Shave : Van Yulay Dress Bleus Aftershave Splash
  • Others : Van Yulay Dress Bleus Deodorant and Cologne

An excerpt from ” For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon

“They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Van Yulay’s Dress Bleus’ scent is a duplication of Chanel’s Bleu De Chanel and is spot on, or close enough that it doesn’t really matter.
And it does smell fantastic.
Also, I have, recently come to prefer the hard pucks and the lather that they generate, which it seems to me, a slightly thicker, more bodied lather.
YMMV.

Going with the Nodachi and Nacet.
Even with the added blade to skin feel, this razor still feels fantastically smooth to me and with the Nacet, all and any growth just melts away like butter to a hot knife.

Finished up with the paired splash and Van Yulay’s Cologne which to be honest is more of a soft EDP as though it doesn’t seem to project much or leave a silage trail, it last really long (8hrs +/- YMMV) and gives you a personal scent bubble.
Meaning someone coming up to you will smell the scent, but is non-intrusive and won’t stink up the whole room. Well, unless you overspray and bathe in the stuff.

Feeling great, smelling fantastic!
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Shave of the day, 11th November 2020, Phoenix Artisan Accouterments’ Al Fin

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
  • Soap : PAA Al Fin
  • Razor : PAA Copper Ascension Twist Adjustable Double Open Comb w/Zaza Blade
  • Post Shave : Phoenix Artisan Accouterments Al Fin Star Jelly Aftershave, Aftershave Cologne
  • Others : PAA Al Fin Deodorant, Epic Solid Cologne and EDP

Going the Full Monty with my first true love from PAA.
Al Fin. (At Last)
One of the most unique scents you’ll come across with that blend of notes, primarily of myrtle, tobacco, bay, cypress and rose makes for one very amazing scent.
YMMV of course.

I really should drill into this soap and get the CK-6 version replacement (or just get it anyways 🤣) but it is reached for more oft than not.

Went with the CATA-DOC today along with a Zaza blade.
If there’s one thing PAA’s soaps has, it’s a ton of slickness and coupled with a razor that is built for buffing, getting that perfect BBS shave was as easy as it could get.

Finished up with the Full Monty of Al Fin’s Scent Layering.
Feeling and smelling fantastic!

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