SOTD: May 5th, 2015 “Cinco de Mayo”

To a traditional wet-shaver, the act of shaving often is much deeper than just a mundane task;  of removing stubble from your chin or, how fast can “I get this over with”. For the great majority, it is a very personal, and unique experience to each of us;  be it the connection to our forefathers, or mothers as the case may be or, as deep as a connection to remember the loved ones;  we have lost over the years. Today I dedicate my shave to my late Great Grandparents that raised me. Today they would have been 100 and 101 years old….I actually have razors older than that……yeah we collect as well 🙂

I of course had a mother and father, but I was so close to my Great Grandparents, and Grandmother I lived with them, I have a penchant for traditional ways, and continuing the “old” ways lest they go the way of the forgotten road.  Now to get to the chase, and also to be a bit personal I lost most of my family by the time I was 28, a mere 10 years ago….this is how I choose to honor them, and remember all they have taught me.

Traditional shaving is not for everyone, but those who connect; it is a intense love for the art. All this said there is no need for me to elaborate on the gear……it is trivial. I would however again say this is dedicated to my family who both were born May 5th, 1914 & 1915 ! one year apart on the same day. What were the chances.

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  • Pre: Clarisonic Aria with normal brush & Hydro gel cleanser
  • Prep: Hot shower with The Body shops Tea Tree face wash
  • Soap: Tabac
  • Brush: Semogue 830 boar (fully splayed and beautiful)
  • Razor: Vintage Dubl Duck “GoldEdge”
  • Lather type: Face and Bowl hybrid
  • Moustache type: Handle bar
  • Wax & Pomade: Lockhart’s & Reuzel Green (medium hold)
  • Post Shave: Cold water rinse, alum
  • After Shave: Tabac splash lotion
  • Balm/Other: RazoRock Zi’ Peppino & Alt Innsbruck Emulsion combination
  • Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Opus 1870

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