Day: 10/13/2014

SOTD: October 13th ,2014 “Menthol Monday”

Happy Columbus day everyone ! I had to work, but I hope everyone that had off had a great day. So today is the infamous “Menthol Monday”, and I must say while a great shave; I was utterly disappointed in the menthol aspect. I have learned today a few things …like what not to do again. So this will be a very short post, but hopefully informative none the less.

I decided with all my talk about lather types lately today was an Uber-Lather day or, if you did not read yesterdays posts a combination of a hard soap, cream(s), and liquid glycerin. I went overboard today, I am trying to hold onto the summer. I used Castle Forbes “Lime” which was the dominant scent, I rarely use but thought it was supposed to be cold as it listed menthol, an Indian brand called Dettol cool, and finally for the soap Mitchell’s wool Fat. I added about 5 drops of glycerin. This was an amazing lather that I will give it.. super slick and very protective and if you like lime this was about as good as it gets especially with the added glycerin it brought the lather itself to another level . What made me unhappy was that I used either too many soaps and creams or, Dettol cool is not really all that cool at all. on a scale of 1-10; Ten being the coldest this was maybe a 2. I used my Marting custom silvertip which performed exceptionally well, and for that zero complaints. Like I said great lather and a great shave, but nowhere near a Menthol Monday shave.

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I also decided to kick the week off strong using my favorite Stainless Steel razor, the Above the Tie “Atlas” and I used the R head assembly which is the closed comb design and similar in aggression to a Edwin Jagger DE89 or Muhle R89. Great razor from the handle knurling to the feel and how flexible, and easy it is to use. this razor is always in perfect alignment and encloses the entire blade. What make the ATT even better to me is it is all handmade right here in the USA in Tennessee by skilled artisans ! this is truly an artisan handcrafted piece of mastered engineering in the world of razors. Now here is the second wow moment I am still using that Voskhod now on shave 11, and still no tugging. Not even a weeper or, the slightest irritation or, reddening of my skin.

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Finally I have finished this great yet non-mentholated shave so I did what I could. Cold water rinse, Shavex alum. I then reached for the Proraso splash ! it has menthol and while only a little cold and very short lived it was enough for me… I also used 2 parts Captain’s choice “Lime” after shave. After a nice dry down I added Truefitt & Hills “Trafalgar” balm which has a very lime like aroma and married up to today’s shave perfectly.

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Well all I can say is great shave and super close, but I failed all of you for it being a Menthol Monday, but not for  lack of desire, it just kind of turned out that way. I hope you all had great shaves and way colder than mine. – Aaron

  • Pre: Hot shower w/ Clinique facial wash
  • Prep: None
  • Cream(s): Castle Forbes “Lime” and Dettol “Cool”
  • Soap: Mitchells Wool Fat
  • Brush: Marting custom silvertip
  • Razor: Above the Tie “Atlas” w/R style closed comb head
  • Blade: Voskhod (11)
  • Lather type: Bowl
  • Moustache type: Handlebar
  • Wax and Pomade: Joe Grooming compound wax and Murray’s Superior Pomade (PB)
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse, Shavex alum
  • After shave: Proraso and Captain’s Choice “Lime”
  • Balm: Truefitt & Hill “Trafalgar”

Petal Pusher Fancies Week 2 Raffle

Ladies and Gents ! I am really excited to announce the second Petal Pusher Fancies raffle on the Wet Shaver Review ! This week one lucky winner will be the recipient of 2 awesome prizes ! First off you will win a puck of PPF’s “Speakeasy” which; is one of the “new” offerings from PPF. Petal Pushers Fancies has not released a new scent in a long time and the first reports are amazing for this soap ! The winnings do NOT end there ! You will also win a stick of “Steam River Rum” Deodorant ! I love PPF’s deodorants and they are all I personally use. They all contain live enzymes to eat your stink away and are as always made organically !! This is a great week to enter a raffle if I do say. So what do you have to do ? Between us I think these raffle questions are too easy, but Frances wants you to become educated and to spread the word Petal Pusher Fancies is out with NEW scents ! So here are those questions, and as always answer only to me, Aaron Schecter.  Do NOT post in the comment box in the Facebook site under the pinned post as this will automatically disqualify you. So here are the questions.

Okay 5 simple questions to answer to become entered ! most of which can be found right on the PPF website. http://www.petalpusherfancies.com/

1- What order are the Kokum butter soaps listed on the drop down menu ?

2- How many sizes do PPF soaps come in ? and what sizes are they ?

3- What is used to tint the Dandy Candy Moustache wax ?

4- What are the available colors for the Dandy Candy Moustache wax in the tinted line ?

 

Seriously that is all ! I cant even believe it ! so let the fun begin and again PM me directly this is an International affair and NOT CONUS only !!! so I hope to see some international entry’s. the deadline for submission is Friday October 17th, 2014 and 11:59 PM, and the winner will be announced by Sunday the 19th. Good luck to all that enter.