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.
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.
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 !
- 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”