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    Crafting your own wax

    I was out of town most of last week using this version of the wax. Too hard to scrape out, and then was immediately soft. Barely OK. Unfortunately while I was away my lovely bride "cleaned out the residue" at the bottom of the cup and washed it. My fault since I didn't put it away our of...
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    Moustache Wax Recommendations

    At least for me, it isn't unusual to have to touch up later in the day with a little more wax. I have started using just a small amount of Brother's Love on the handle bars as a sort of topcoat. Really strong hold.
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    Crafting your own wax

    The wax is definitely the cheapest part! So after using this for a few days, Iwill say the it works. Barely. It is very hard to scrape out of the tin, but then is soft without any working between fingers. In my experience, that is what I saw when there was castor oil in the mix. I will need...
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    Crafting your own wax

    Over the years I have tried and used many diffident brands of mustache wax, but for the last 3 or 4 I have been mostly using what I can concoct in my kitchen lab. Alway, of course after my wife is in bed. And I always clean up afterwards! AFter getting ready this morning, i figured I had...
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    My Guess... 3017

    Yes, a new one. Performance is top notch, as I would expect from Valobra. Should last into next month.
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    My Guess... 3017

    After 2 months with Cade, I decided to go with Valobra Menthol for the month of July. It's been a few years since I used it, and I forgot how good it really is! Menthol is not as strong as I remember it, but that could be more a problem with my memory! I'll finish this up and then go back to...
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    Rocker Ink Blotter

    Nice blotter! I would bet it was part of a desk set. Wood could be mahogany based on the grain. Get so.e new paper and put it to work!
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    The Empty Glass Bottle

    Aurora has been my go to black for a while. Still have some vintage Skrip that belonged to my father, and barely used bottle of Iroshizuku.
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    Bad shoe polish - need some help

    My favorite, and widely talked about here, is Saphir. Pricey, but IMO noticeably better. The Renovateur is almost enough by istself if you don't go too long between treatments. I've only found one store that carries it so you will probably need to order it online. I learned to polish shoes...
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    My Guess... 3017

    I realized that it's been a while since I updated my posts. I finished the grated stick of Tabac at the end of April, and started back on the puck of Cade. I've kept going and now have about 2 and a half months on it and am not even close to halfway done! This may last 6 months of almost...
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    My Guess... 3017

    The remnants of Tabac just refuse to give up. I didn't think I would get thru the week, but now looks like another week at least.
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    How do YOU hold your shoes while polishing?

    I looked for years for a shine butler, as I remember that my grandfather had one on the wall in his basement. I finally found a vintage NOS one at an antique mall for $20. Will never do it another way now.
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    My Guess... 3017

    Bob, the scent is faint, but I like it. I'm not good at describing scents, so let's just call it light and modern. New month, so started back on Tabac. This is the remains of a grated stick. Doubt it will last the month, and not sure what I will replace it with in my small rotation. Took a...
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    The Converter is Empty

    Filled the Waterman Phileas with Sailor Jentle Blue this AM.
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    My Guess... 3017

    Broke thru the bottom of the puck of Bayolea today. Almost 2 months of use, and probably that much more to go. I have been loading very heavily, more than almost any other soap I've used. Doesn't matter, though, because I won't be sad to see it go. Won't be replaced.