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Lightweight Travel Shave – SOTD 26th October 2018. Arko, Merkur and a Brush

Hi – on the road again and trying to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid…). This is about as light as I can go and still have a decent shave:

Equipment:

Razor: Merkur Futur c/w Feather Blade
Brush: Alpha T-400 c/w 26mm HMW Knot
Soap: Arko Stick
Preshave: 3P

No bowl with me this time so a pure face lather after a 10 minute prep with the 3P. I tell you what the 3P is a great pres-have and a nice menthol kick too. Get one now!!

The Shave

Two passes on #4 WTG and ATG and a final pass on #1 ATG. Face lathering is the way to go for a lightweight travel shave. I soaked the Arko stick at the same time as soaking my brush. Take the stick and expose a little of the soap and rub it on your face – like this to get a good coating. The take the brush, get rid of the excess water and work that lather. The Arko explodes into a nice slick lather easily. Just keep rubbing and adding water until you get what you want

Arko stick rubbed on face – make a thin layer like the photo

Now, I know many people have opinions on the smell of Arko, to me it is just soap and a nice hint of citrus. Don’t be put off by the opinions of a minority of Arko haters, Arko is one of the great and classic men’s shaving soaps and I urge everyone to try it out. If you don’t like it then bin it – it costs only about 2 bucks a stick so not much to lose eh? You will be surprised I am sure.

After face lathering for 30 seconds

SOTD 14 Oct 2018 OSP 1882, Thiers-Issard Le Dandy, Alpha T-400 Brush

SOTD 14 Oct 2018 OSP 1882, Thiers-Issard Le Dandy, Alpha T-400 Brush

I was inspired by Geo Fatboy @geofatboy to break out the Theirs-Issard. I coupled it up with a beautiful soap from James Riley one at OSP (Obsessive Soap Perfectionist – soaps made on London, UK). A great blade and a great soap. A nice brush with a 26mm High Mountain white knot – I decided not to do a straight video today and instead had my son take a load of photos during the shave – how does this work for you guys?

A nice morning shave in India.

29 August 2018 Travel SOTD Chubbiness

What better way for a gentleman to start his day than a nice leisurely shave?

I found myself in Mumbai, India with a few hours to spare on this fine 29th August morning. Given my new “travel light” policy I had with me only the following:-

  • Razor – DE – Merkur Futur
  • Blade – single Feather Hi-Stainless
  • Brush  – Kent H12
  • Soap – Small pot of TOBS Avocado
  • Bowl – $2 bowl from Franc Franc

First lets look at the razor. There is little doubt that the mercer Futur is one of the best available mass produced DE razors. It is fully adjustable from a full crop trimmer (#6) down to a feather duster (#1) and all points between. I had shaved two days ago so a #3 was my setting of the day. It is a smooth matte finished razor, all stainless and easy to take apart for cleaning. I took the opportunity to take mine apart and give it a thorough wash and dry after I completed my shave. Some say the head on a Merkur Futur is too big to get under the nose properly – personally, I don’t find that at all. Be careful when adjusting the setting that you don’t cut your fingers on the blade – grip the head by the short edges and adjust the handle with your other hand – well away from the blade.

Now the brush (disclaimer: I DO NOT sell this brush and have no association with Kent Brushes) The Kent H12 – is a mock horn handled brush with a massive 31mm knot. It is a beast and lathers like a dream. A good loft, medium backbone and pillowy soft gel tips. It is a fantastic brush to shave with and it went to work on the soap in no time at all. If you can get a Kent brush – do so!! I am lucky this was bought for me by my sister as a Christmas present last year. She lives about a mile from the Kent factory!! One day I am going to have to go in and see if I can get a tour of the workshops.

Blade – Feather Hi-Stainless – what else can I say except that these blades are the bomb – aces high. Don’t buy anything else and give your face a treat. Easily the sharpest and best blades on the block

The soap – TOBS Avocado – brought a blob of the Taylors of Old Bond Street avocado soap in a small container – enough for my week away – 2 shaves worth. This soap is great, has a nice vegetal small with, to my nose, overtones of cucumber. It lathers like a dream and is super slick. When I get a new razor to try this is always my go to soap because it has consistent performance and is super slick.

The bowl – a nice, textured, bowl from a store called Franc Franc in Hong Kong. Nothing fancy, does not matter if I forget or break it and it just works. A serious lather bowl for 2 bucks! What is not to like?

The shave – a nice 2 pass WTG then ATG. A touch up across the wattles as pass # 2.5 and finished. BBS and happy for the day. Hot rinse, cold rinse and out!! No burn, no drama. And light…

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6 shaving tips that changed my life forever- Mark Herro

Just follow the link to a better shave every time ! 

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/6-shaving-tips-that-changed-life-forever.html

Mark Herro Aka Mantic59 again takes your shave to the next level ! Thanks for everything you do Mark 🙏🏽

Aaron’s Pick April 5th,2017: Extro & Bram Van Den Berg

Welcome to the newest feature on the Wet Shaver Review ! Every week one or, more of our team will choose a #sotd that resonates with us, to share with the whole wet shaving community. This week my pick comes from Holland by Bram Van Den Berg; I hope you enjoy this #sotd #review as much as I did ! Thank you Bram for your contributions.

Man, do I have a start of a great day!

The sun is out, temperatures outside are really nice and the dogs are in a very, very good and relaxed mood. What more can I wish for, right?

Well, a good shave would me a nice addition to the day!
And man, did I get one! grin

Yesterday I got a package in with a few new soaps and aftershaves. And one of those was this Extro Bergamotto di Calabria.

When I opened the jar for the first time and gave it it’s first sniff…
I knew this was going to be good!
As you all might know, i am a sucker for good citrus-scented soaps!

Directly out of the jar, you smell a nice blend of citrus fruits where the orange scent is the most dominant one.
So far, a good start.

Lathering is, as with any Extro soap, a really easy task.
The stuff lathers like a beast with my huge Rod Neep brush!
The lather is really nice and thick and really really slick and it smells like….heaven!

If i want to compare the scent to some other Italian soaps that I have used throughout the years, the best comparison is with the TFS Bergamotto Neroli and the TFS Zagara e Gelsomino.

It isn’t as overly sweet as the Bergamotto Neroli, but isn’t as mild as the Zagara either. A very nice middle-ground between those two.

From all the citrus scents, the orange is still the most dominant, even when the stuff is lathered.
A lovely sweet scent with a slight tangy note to it. Love it! grin

Shaving with this stuff is, as expected with the Extro soaps.
A very nice slick and a very nice and protective soap.
Nothing to complain here.

Now, the aftershave is where the whole thing comes together like PB&J.

IMPORTANT!
First, give the bottle a good shake, so you can mix up all the ingredients properly!

The aftershave compliments the soap so good! As with any Extro combo I have tried so far.

The aftershave has the more bitter/tangy citrus scents and the orange moves to the back.

An amazing combo of a sweet soap and a more bitter and tangy aftershave to make a really nicely rounded combo!
Something that really fits the great sunny weather!

And the best part of it all is, I have a pomade that matches this scent profile!

So to compliment this all, I am wearing Nostalgic Handmade Super Waterbased Clean Cut Citrus today!

I’m going to enjoy the sunshine now! Bubaaaaaai!

Have a great day ladies and gentlemen!

-Aaron

SOTD: April 4th, 2015 getting my “Ducks” in a row

Today’s shave; similar to yesterday was with a new soap today from Tiki Bar soaps.  This soap in question is none other than the new “The Kilted Tiki” which was a St. Patrick’s day release with strong accords of Peat moss and a very smooth whisky note that is very unique. Again I am now on use number two, and I will not review a soap before three uses. I will say however I love my Dubl Duck razor ! Today’s “Satin Edge” was bought from none other than Jaime Cobos about a year ago. I did some work to this blade and I must say of all my vintages the Ducks are just excellent shavers !

The Omega 63185 Black badger had the perfect scritch to softness ratio for today’s Face lathered shave and made a wonderful lather to say the least…. this is one of those brushes; you do not have to spend a fortune to get a great brush. Finally, without reviewing the soap I used a very unique combination as this is a very unique soap. Fine Accruements Clean Vetiver, and then Crabtree & Evelyn’s Nomad balm. This all led to such a wonderful shave, what I would consider the entire reason for traditional shaving; pure enjoyment.

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  • Pre: Clarisonic Aria with sensitive head and Nivea face wash
  • Prep: Hot Shower with HTGAM “ATG” pre-shave soap
  • Soap: Tiki Bar Soaps ” The Kilted Tiki”
  • Brush: Omega 63185 black badger brush
  • Razor: Vintage 5/8 Dubl Duck Perlduck “Satin Edge”
  • Lather type: Face
  • Moustache type: Handlebar
  • Wax and Pomade: Got 2 Be Glued & Murray’s Superior
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse, Alum
  • After Shave: Fine “Clean Vetiver”
  • Balm: Crabtree & Evelyn “Nomad”
  • Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Opus 1870

 

 

SOTD: January 18th, 2015 and Thiers-Issard Bison first impressions

Good afternoon everyone ! Just a quick SOTD, and I used my Thiers-Issard Bison in Red Stamina scales for the first time today ! Awesome shave, the guys at Straight Razor Designs out did themselves with the honing of this TI razor ! I wish they actually wrote “honed by” on the invoice etc….as I own a few TI’s, and this was by far the smoothest shave I’ve had in a while.

The Baume.BE is no joke ! I’ve been using it for the last 7 days, and it has been for quite sometime my benchmark cream. All other lathers are held to Baume.BE’s standard. Of course YMMV, and a few others like Esbjerg and Castle Forbes are also darn close, and on any given day I could say those are my benchmark ! They all perform very similarly. Zero hang up and smooth shaving for all passes including the ATG pass.

The biggest part of today’s shave hands down was the Thiers-Issard Bison 6/8 in Red Stamina scales. This is not a full on review, but a glance at my first use. I am not a novice to Thiers-Issard, and own more TI’s than any other straights in my den. The Bison today really brought a smile to my face. I loved the length of the blade ! I did not measure but it is on the shorter side compared to lets say my Spartacus TI. The hand feel and balance was excellent and the gents at SRD where I bought this razor did an amazing job getting it shave ready. The blade as with most TI’s are not “pretty” they are masterfully made, but the gold wash is nothing to write home about, and the etching was somewhat basic, but I use a straight razor to shave not to stare at the artwork. The TI’s IMHO are worth every penny as far as their ability to shave, and to hold a great edge. First shave with the Bison in Red Stamina scales was maybe my best shave this year, in no small way or,  doubt due to whomever honed it up. Last but not least the Red Stamina performed equally as well, doing their job as a water resistant form of scale. The pivot pin was a drop on the tight side but hey this was the first shave, I am sure it will loosen up !

Overall- A great cream with Baume.BE, a sharp and quality blade like the Thiers-Issard Bison in Red Stamina scales, honed by the right person, and finally finishing off with a quality artisan after shave made this guy super happy with his shave, and new razor ! – Aaron

  • Pre: Clarisonic Aria w/ deep pore head and cleanser
  • Prep: Hot Shower with Jack Blacks face wash aloe & sage
  • Cream: Baume.BE
  • Brush: Omega 63185 black badger
  • Razor: Thiers-Issard Bison Red Stamina 6/8
  • Lather type: Scuttle “Mother Earth”
  • After Shave: Gingers Garden “Haight  Asbury”
  • Lotion: HTGAM “Meta Nectar”

SOTD: January 4th, 2015 “Pomander day 2”

I am amazed, I made 3 New Years resolutions. The first was a very strong “No more shave soaps until I use 50% of my den”, the Second was I must use a straight razor 3 times for every DE/SE shave or, a 3-1 ratio, and finally I did NOT have to shave everyday. Last year my resolution was to shave 365 days ! I did it; I was writing more for 365shaves.com as well so it made sense. I am still an author there,  and recommend them as a great resource, as well as they are just great guys.

actual WSR logotop hat 365

Well, I can live with the no new soaps, no problems with using a straight razor….., but I’m emotional messed up ! after 365 shaves in a row;  I can’t stop shaving daily. That in a way is great, but now I feel “naked” if I don’t shave like I forgot an important part of my day. So here I am still shaving daily, though if I miss a day I doubt I’ll beat myself up too bad.

Today’s shave was excellent, I am using Catie’s Bubbles “Pomander” soap every day for a week, and changing all the other variables to see how flexible I can make my shaves. Pomander is a clove/orange scent and I have a pre-sale production version in a mason jar from early 2014; almost a year ago. The soap held up great, and has about a week maybe 2 worth of shaves left. I loved today’s shave and as I said yesterday Pomander delivered a cushioning, slick and fragrant shave. No reservations using this soap with a straight razor even against the grain it has ample glide though I added vegetable glycerin out of habit. I hope you all had excellent shave this weekend as well, details below, shave on everyone ! – Aaron

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** side note- The Lord Randall brush is breaking in amazingly well. Not a single shed hair, a bit more scritch is coming out and the flow through is becoming a lot better, holding the lather inside, but releasing it easily, again I can just tell this brush is something special. **

  • Pre: Clarisonic Aria with sensitive skin head and cleanser
  • Prep: Hot shower with Razorock/HTGAM lime pre-shave soap
  • Soap: Catie’s Bubbles “Pomander” beta version
  • Brush: Vie-Long Lord Randall mixed horse/badger
  • Razor: Ralf Aust 5/8 straight razor in faux ebony scales
  • Lather type: Bowl
  • Moustache type: Natural
  • Wax & Pomade: Ginger’s Garden beard oil & None
  • Post Shave: Cold water rinse, RazoRock alum, Anthony Logistics ingrown hair treatment
  • After Shave: Old Spice
  • Balm/Other: Catie’s Bubbles whipped Shea butter
  • Fragrance: Prada Luna Rossa Extreme EDP

Diary of a Road Warrior: Travel Tips

How do you bring the comforts of home while traveling for business or pleasure? Simple, bring your gear with you! The trick is to pack them in a way that won’t take up space and provide some variety. Why limit yourself, or worse, shave with that ‘Goo & Plastic’ while away. First, decide what you would like to bring and where are you going. If you’re going someplace warm & tropical, perhaps Coconut Cream Soap or something that smells like The Beach (wink wink). For me, there’s nothing better than a nice mentholated freeze when visiting someplace hot & humid. I have tried many travel cases & toiletry bags and found that eBags is the absolute best for traveling with your shaving stuff.  My shaving gear packs nice and flat  without sacrificing space in your luggage.  At only 2-1/4″ thick, you’ll be amazed how much shaving stuff you can pack into it! My travel bag wasn’t cheap, but it works well for me, as I’m able to fit all my gear with room to spare.

Remember, variety is the spice of life and as you can see, I travel with a number of soaps, lotions, splashes and razors. All you need is to find the containers to ‘right-size’ the amount needed for your journey. Let’s start with soaps. My TOBS Sandalwood is always with me and the container tubes work just fine for travel. Tabac is another go-to soap that’s Always with me when on the road. Since the a Tabac jar is glass and very heavy, I simply added shavings that I pressed in a Tupperware container.  I also travel with the matching AS & Cologne, which I placed into miniaturized containers.  By the way, eye dropper containers work great for cologne and AS , as well as little vials pictured. I think vials can easily be found with the local crack dealer (only kidding!).  The eye dropper contains my Tabac AS and the vial has Tabac cologne. Both are secure and have never leaked. Another tip is to bring your favorite AS/Cologne in travel sprayers that can be found in any fragrance specialty store. I found mine in Perfumania in the mall for a few bucks. I have two that I have brought along for my journey. The red sprayer has Al Fin and the clear has Penhaligon’s .  I sometimes travel with more than two razors, but for this trip, decided on just two. Below is a list of what I’m  traveling with this week:

  • Preshave:
    Homemade Oil (in bottle w/ black cap)
    Proraso Green (small round container w/screw top lid)
  • Soaps: 
    TOBS Sandalwood
    TOBS Coconut
    Tabac (in Tupperware)
    Soap Commander Courage (Sample)
    WSP Black Amber Vanilla (Sample)
    Trumpers Eucris (round container w/ screw top lid)
  • Aftershave & Cologne:
    TOBS AS Gel (Sandalwood)
    Soap Commander Balm (Courage)
    Al Fin (Red Travel Sprayer)
    Tabac AS (eye dropper container)
    Tabac Cologne (tiny bottle)
    Penhaligon’s Endymion
    Osage Rub (mouthwash travel bottle)
  • Razors:
    Vintage Gillette Black Handle SS
    EJ DE89L
  • Blades: Voskhod
  • Brush: Plisson Synthetic with Travel Container

 

Written by: Peter Charkalis

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