SOTD 6 November 2018 – Gillette Tech and TOBS Avocado – Van Yulay Bowl First Use

I know I am late posting this, but just did not have time to upload the photos to my Mac and so on. So here it is…

  • Lather – Taylor’s Of Old Bond Street [TOBS] Avocado
  • Prep – 3P
  • Razor – Gillette Tech
  • Blade – Feather
  • Brush – Alpha T-400 batch #1
  • Knot – 26mm HMW
  • Bowl – Van Yulay Honeycomb type

I prepared properly with a nice face wash, no special soap, and then applied a nice layer of 3P whilst I soaked my brush in tepid tap water (no really cold water here – I am in Thailand on business at the moment). I slapped in about a teaspoon of the TOBS soap into the Van Yulay Bowl and started lathering. I tell you this is going to become one of my regular bowls. I have had it a while, months in fact, and had not used it once. Today was THE day. The bowl not only has the ridges to help lathering but also a repeat of the same honeycomb on the rim at the bottom so there is NO chance you can drop this bowl even with wet hands. It is a resin material too so I am sure almost unbreakable. The honeycombs inside also retain a little water so you don’t have to dip so often and all in all it was a superb bowl and I lathered up with a super thick, teeny-weeny bubbled lather and started shaving. A simple 3-pass – the usual WTG, XTG and ATG.

The Gillette tech and feather blade combo just mashed through the growth – seriously this inexpensive razor just does what it says on the tin – it is superb, just heavy enough, grippy handle – all in all a very satisfying shave. The TOBS Avocado cream soap is one of my go to soaps too – I love the fresh, green, vegetable fragrance which to me smells like cucumber and not avocados although it does have the slickness of an avocado mash.

The story behind the Tech… – I bought a set of two Bakelite shaving stick tubes from a lady in Australia – she not only sent me the tubes but also a leather case to keep them in and nestling inside a little compartment was the Gillette tech, pictured here [I emailed her and told her and she said “good luck, no charge!!” – so this razor was FREE!!!]

2 comments

  1. Love this shave ! Everything about it. Never underestimate the Gillette travel Tech, it will gently remove many day of growth. I’m curious as to that 3P pre shave, educate me my friend 😀

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    1. The 3P Pre-shave is rather like prep but more of a thinner cream rather than a whipped cream like Prep. 3P also can be used for cooling sunburn, treating mosquito bites as an aftershave balm and – well according to the packaging it is a miracle cream!! – I get a menthol kick, nice and cooling sensation with a whiff of ammonia. It is nice. Here is a description of it….

      (3P Prepara – Preserva – Protegge)

      Fresh scent of camphor and peppermint oil.

      3P Cream makes your hair smooth and supple.
      The shave will thus be avoided for the benefit of shaving and skin irritation.

      Provides smoother shaving and prevents irritation.
      Can also be used instead of foam and shaving cream.
      Suitable for all skin types

      Experiences to 3P:

      If you have ever had the pleasure of enjoying a traditional wet razor by an Italian champion Barber, you will surely know the importance of pre and post creams.
      The shaving preparation always starts with a few hot towels, combined with a pre and post cream.

      The three most popular are Proraso Pre and Post Cream, Prep Pre and Post Cream, or 3P Pre and Post Cream.

      Although all three are similar in principle, of course everyone has its fan community.
      3P refreshes a bit more with the camphor and peppermint oil as opposed to the others.
      3P effectively prepares the face for a smooth and sexy shave.

      3P is also an excellent aftershave balsam; Simply massage a little on the finger and into the still moist face.
      3P provides protection, moisture and helps to treat small cuts.

      Thanks to the small and resistant plastic tub, you can also take 3P with you in the hand luggage when traveling or in the gym.

      TIP:
      Many Italian men use 3P as a stand-alone shaving cream, especially with strong or those with heavy and sensitive beard hair. 3P is also a shaving foam, a true all-rounder

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