Month: August 2014

SOTD: August 13th, 2014

Today I had a bit of a show down of razors yesterday I used the HTGAM “Name Taker” a hefty fat handled 92 gram awesome razor very reminiscent to me of the 1914-24’ish Gillette Bulldog. Today I used the HTGAM Symmetry which the previous mentioned razor was half based upon. I found the Symmetry a pleasure to use…. not that one was better that the other as they both have advantage over the other, but the longer handle felt more comfortable in my hand. I paired the Symmetry with a new Personna Med Prep on its first use. I felt the Derby even though on its second use still had life in it I just did not like how the blade looked to be honest.

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Moving forward it is Wet Shaver Review Wednesday ! that means only one thing “Chocolate Bourbon” by Synergy soaps the official soap of the “Wet Shaver Review”. I almost want to laugh or, cry when I say this today, as so much has revolved around this soap, and aftershave over the past two weeks that it has been a roller coaster emotionally. The soap itself is an enormous lathering soap full of white chocolate truffle notes, oak with a hint of bourbon I whipped this all together with my WSP Stubby in Superfine grade badger which has a stiffer backbone… the after shave is a different animal; it is a sweet and alcoholic blend that smells amazing much like the soap, but with a menthol bite that cools and adds another dimension to the finish. I would say that the after shave compliments the soap perfectly, and completes the soap ; your peanut butter to the jelly sandwich if you will . Not that you cannot use a Bay Rum as I find that is a great pairing as well…. but there is no comparison to the actual signature after shave.

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I honestly am humbled that the sales of Chocolate Bourbon have far exceeded both what Synergy and WSR had ever expected selling out in under 10 minutes on both occasions and the soap is in constant demand. Despite the Limited edition nature of the after shave Douglas is bending the rules but this is the last go “for a little while”.  This may make a return at a later date seasonally. On September 1st, 2014 100 more bottles are being released. I will fill everyone in more as time goes on. I used the space I normal close my shave with to share this information. What is there to really say …. I rinsed off and used the matching after shave ! 🙂 – The End now go get your shaves on !

– Aaron

  • Pre: Hot Shower with HTGAM ATG pre shave soap
  • Prep: ATG pre-shave
  • Soap: Synergy “Chocolate Bourbon”
  • Brush: Semogue 1305 boar
  • Razor: HTGAM “Symmetry” open comb
  • Blade: Personna Med Prep (1)
  • Lather: Face and Bowl combination
  • Moustache: English
  • Wax: Pinaud black
  • Pomade: Uppercut Deluxe ( this stuff is just awesome)
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse, RazoRock block alum
  • After shave: HTGAM “Chocolate Bourbon”
  • EDC: HTGAM “Chocolate Bourbon”

SOTD: August 12th, 2014 “Trafalgar Tuesday”

In keeping with my commercial or, big name brands week I moved over to one of my favorite scents. Truefitt & Hill’s Trafalgar; a wonderful mix of lime and a herbal quality meets a modern elegant mature fragrance. It takes barely anything to make a huge lather and the slickness is top-notch. I will give Truefitt & Hill for commercial soaps the seal of approval in my opinion right along side of Castle Forbes, and Trumpers or, even new comers like Baume.BE or Esbjerg (all EU brands) in the performance overall; simply a great cream. I find it is even better in my Robert’s feats of clay and whipped into a luxurious lather with my Vie-Long “Cachurro” Spanish horse hair brush.

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For my razor I mixed it up, and am using for the first time my new Synergy “Name Taker” in  open comb variation ! This razor is a hybrid between the Polywog and the Symmetry; offering the best of both worlds. Weighing in at a hefty 92 grams and a “Stubby” solid handle. This open comb razor delivers the goods without a doubt, and at the affordable  price tag under $30 USD this is a must have if you like a thicker solid handle and a shorter length. I paired this with a Derby Extra on use two….. I bet this razor would shine though with a Bolzano or a Med Prep, but easily delivered a BBS literally not a single touch up and smooth as could be.

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I ended the shave as I would any other; cold water rinse, Shavex alum ( minimal feedback which is great ), and finally Royall Lyme after shave splash and Captains Choice lime at a 50/50 mix, followed by a generous helping of the T&H Trafalgar balm which is featured at the top of this post.

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Overall an excellent shave ! Have a great day everyone and even better shaves. – Aaron

  • Pre: Hot Shower with Anthony Logistics glycolic acid face wash and Dark Angels scrub
  • Prep: Geo  F. Trumpers WIL skin food
  • Cream: Truefitt & Hill “Trafalgar”
  • Brush: Vie-Long “Cachurro” Spanish Horse
  • Razor: HTGAM “Name Taker”
  • Blade: Derby Extra (2)
  • Lather: Scuttle
  • Moustache: English
  • Wax and Pomade
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse, Shavex alum
  • After shave: 50/50 mix Royall Lyme & Captain’s Choice lime
  • Balm: Truefitt & Hill “Trafalgar”
  • EDT: Jean Paul Gautier ” Le Male” original