Horse Hair Brush

SOTD: June 9th, 2015 “Tobacco Tuesday”

What an excellent shave today, I could not have wanted more. Barrister & Mann always delivers top- shelf performance, and unique original scents. 

To most people when they hear “tobacco” the instantly think about cigarettes or, a cigar; well I don’t use either. I do however enjoy the fragrance of both green uncut tobacco leaf and even the aromatic smell of a pipe with that signature Burley or, cavendish scent. Today happened to be that theme day for the tobacco scent in any form. The brand or, what part of the shave that tobacco scent arrived was irrelevant, but I pretty much used it throughout. 

Again a great shave, a wonderful scent, and so far the sun is shinning. The day is looking pretty darn good, shave on !

#sotd June 9th, 2015

#tobaccotuesday #wsr
Pre: Hot shower w/ Jack Blacks Deep Dive

Soap: Barrister&Mann “Roam”

Brush: Vie-Long SE Lord Randall badger/horse

Razor: Dovo 6/8 La Forme

After shave: Barrister & Mann “Roam”
Jams – Strung out Exile in Oblivion

Orange you glad I shaved today ? 4/2/2015

Spring, it’s in the air folks in the north east of the United States of America, and I can’t wait being blunt until spring and summer.  We’ve had one heck of a winter to say the least !  So that brings us up to today, and a unusually warm day perfect for  that citrus aroma to fill the air in anticipation for the real thing, I must say the artisans here did a wonderful job recreating this near 100% Orange accord and shave, and IMHO all these items,  are top shelf ; and worth you taking a look at. Shave on everyone ! -Aaron

 

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  • Pre: Clarisonic Aria with sensitive brush head and hydrogel cleanser
  • Prep: Hot shower with Clinique face bar mixed with Andalou citrus scrub
  • Soap: Tiki Bar “Land Locked”
  • Brush: Vie-Long 12750 65%-35% Mane-Tail ratio
  • Razor: Ralf Aust 6/8 Spanish point in Olive Wood scales
  • Lather type: Face
  • Moustache type: Handlebar
  • Wax & Pomade: Pinaud brown & Joe Grooming Compound
  • Post Shave: Cold water rinse, alum, Anthony Logistics IGHT
  • After Shave: Fine “L’Orange Noir”
  • Balm: TFS Bergamotto Neroli & Andalou Vitamin C cream
  • Fragrance:  Thiery Mugler – A*MEN  “Ultra Zest”

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.

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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

SOTD: October 4th, 2014 and Make Skin food ?

Happy Saturday everyone ! I was not planning on being home today and had my Dopp bag packed and ready to go. Instead of just using what I had packed for the next 5 days, I decided to pull another oldie but great cream into my “reduction” rotation. I want to be clear in case it is not; I am not trying to get rid of soaps, and creams just to get rid of them, it is because of excess. I am also choosing them based on the upcoming seasonal changes with some lateral play to through for example a great summer scent in like D.R. Harris Arlington or, Synergy “Gondolier”, today this was not the case ! here we go and I have a few tips today as well.

I rarely talk about my before shave ritual, today it’s worth talking about. Everyone loves to talk about pre-shaves; love them or, hate them ? use them or, not. Guess what ? I you shower before you shave and wash your face ( I hope you are ) you have done the simplest of pre shaves. The alkaline nature of a pre shave soap helps soften the hair or, the glycerin content helps expand the follicle by up to 30%.  Today I not only washed my face with The Body Shops “Maca Root” face wash but I used my home-made almond skin food pre shave lotion. Here is the recipe and you can use any essential oil, that is known to NOT have any skin reactivity.

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1- Bottle of Corn Huskers Lotion, this old-time product is mostly glycerin and very comparable to GFT skin food.

1- Essential oil of your choice ( do your research about sensitivity and start on the low side ).

3- Add the essential oil of your choice to the desired strength you enjoy. I have used Rose, Lime, Almond, Cedar, Orange and Lavender

4- You just made a pre or post shave skin food and depending on the oil it could have been less than $5 !!!

So today I used my homemade almond skin food which I actually built around the aroma strength of RazoRock’s ‘Classic” scent. I would call it a medium strength. I applied the skin food with a light touch don’t glob the stuff on… a thin layer is more than sufficient. I then got to work bowl lathering my Geo F. Trumpers “Almond” cream. What an amazing cream ! I always wondered why the huge difference in the three T’s (Taylor of old Bond street $14.99, Geo F. Trumpers $30.00, and Truefitt & Hill $30-40 appx. prices) Well the answer is I believe in the aroma as well as the slickness and the amount needed to make a huge protective lather. I used way to much cream today… it’s been a while since I last used this and used a TOBS sized dollop which is about a Brazil nut or half USA dollar coin. Massive is an understatement to what I produced. The smell was amazing ! There IMHO is no better almond cream or, soap on the market. This is well worth the money if you like the scent. I used my Vie-Long 12750 which is great both in bowl or, directly to the face. I had a conversation today on the WSR about horse hair brushes…. I wont mention names as I don’t have their permission, but it was a  “what should I expect” type of conversation. It was a no brainer as to what I was using today, and I’ll repeat it here. I rank generally in softness Synthetic, Badger (HMW Silvertip, Silvertip, superfine or best, 2-Band, best, Pure), Horse, and finally boar. Today was a great pair !

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After yesterday’s insanely close shave with the ATT “Atlas” H2 I brought it down about 100 steps. I decided to use my 1973 Gillette black handle Super Speed. This razor is in mint condition and showroom quality. This is not a super collectible razor so I do use it as a user grade, I may eventually regret that, but whatev ! This is a pretty mild shaver similar in feel; falling between a bluetip Super Speed and the Flair Tip Super Speed. So it’s mild is the bottom line. I paired it with that trusty Voskhod now on use two. This is a very sharp blade falling in the upper tiers of sharpness. The razor tempered the aggressive nature of the blade, don’t get me wrong… a better choice for today would have been a Astra SP and the BH SS , but I don’t like having multiple blades out there. I believe it or not ended even with three passes with a DFS not a BBS I actually had so little of growth from yesterdays uber close shave, I don’t think I hot that optimal blade angle for such low growth. Still no one in the world will be able to see the difference unless they rub my face ATG …. and no one best be rubbing my face 🙂 !

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To end this shave it was a simple no-brainer. I used the last of my Dickinson’s witch hazel toner, and allowed it to dry. After that a simple, but generous application of the RazoRock R-160 sweet almond balm was it. No aftershaves etc…. really a simple ending to a great shave, the only other standard touches where the cold water rinse and actually I switched to RazoRock block alum. I am starting to believe I like the RazoRock alum more than the Shavex, but that’s for another time.

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That was all folks ! I hope that tip for homemade skin food helps all of you out if you decode to take a try with it, and on that note enjoy your days, and I hope you all had great shaves ! – Aaron

  • Pre: Hot shower w/ Maca root facial cleanser
  • Prep: Home-Made almond skin food
  • Cream: Geo F. Trumpers “Almond”
  • Brush: Vie-Long 12750 Horse hair brush
  • Razor: 1973 Gillette Black Handled Super Speed
  • Blade: Voskhod (2)
  • Lather type: Bowl
  • Moustache: Handlebar
  • Wax & Pomade: Pinaud Black & Crew Fiber
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse, RazoRock alum
  • Balm: RazoRock R-160

SOTD: August 12th, 2014 “Trafalgar Tuesday”

In keeping with my commercial or, big name brands week I moved over to one of my favorite scents. Truefitt & Hill’s Trafalgar; a wonderful mix of lime and a herbal quality meets a modern elegant mature fragrance. It takes barely anything to make a huge lather and the slickness is top-notch. I will give Truefitt & Hill for commercial soaps the seal of approval in my opinion right along side of Castle Forbes, and Trumpers or, even new comers like Baume.BE or Esbjerg (all EU brands) in the performance overall; simply a great cream. I find it is even better in my Robert’s feats of clay and whipped into a luxurious lather with my Vie-Long “Cachurro” Spanish horse hair brush.

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For my razor I mixed it up, and am using for the first time my new Synergy “Name Taker” in  open comb variation ! This razor is a hybrid between the Polywog and the Symmetry; offering the best of both worlds. Weighing in at a hefty 92 grams and a “Stubby” solid handle. This open comb razor delivers the goods without a doubt, and at the affordable  price tag under $30 USD this is a must have if you like a thicker solid handle and a shorter length. I paired this with a Derby Extra on use two….. I bet this razor would shine though with a Bolzano or a Med Prep, but easily delivered a BBS literally not a single touch up and smooth as could be.

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I ended the shave as I would any other; cold water rinse, Shavex alum ( minimal feedback which is great ), and finally Royall Lyme after shave splash and Captains Choice lime at a 50/50 mix, followed by a generous helping of the T&H Trafalgar balm which is featured at the top of this post.

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Overall an excellent shave ! Have a great day everyone and even better shaves. – Aaron

  • Pre: Hot Shower with Anthony Logistics glycolic acid face wash and Dark Angels scrub
  • Prep: Geo  F. Trumpers WIL skin food
  • Cream: Truefitt & Hill “Trafalgar”
  • Brush: Vie-Long “Cachurro” Spanish Horse
  • Razor: HTGAM “Name Taker”
  • Blade: Derby Extra (2)
  • Lather: Scuttle
  • Moustache: English
  • Wax and Pomade
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse, Shavex alum
  • After shave: 50/50 mix Royall Lyme & Captain’s Choice lime
  • Balm: Truefitt & Hill “Trafalgar”
  • EDT: Jean Paul Gautier ” Le Male” original