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  1. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Best Face Moisturizer? | Cremo Discontinued Mine | Replacement Suggestions?

    For a number of years I've been very satisfied with Cremo Face Moisturizer. I've finally developed the perfect post shave routine for my skin. To my damp but not wet skin I apply hyaluronic acid. Then, after it dries a bit, I apply Cremo Face Moisturizer. Next, after more drying...
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    Slanted Shave Brush Stand | Thater Makes One | Does Anyone Else?

    I'm looking for options in a shaving brush stand of this sort. Thater makes one in SS but it's kinda pricey. Does anyone know where to get a similar stand at a better price? Seems to me I've seen one somewhere, sometime, but I have no idea where. Thanks and happy shaves, Jim
  3. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Slantember (Used to be September) Is For Slants! | Version 3 | 2020

    It's... During the month of Slantember, which follows August and comes before October, shaving with slants has become somewhat of a tradition for some of us. The first Slantember was in 2018. Last year's Slantember hosted by Fred @Flintstone65 almost but not quite escaped me as I was...
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    Semogue SOC Mistura | Your Impressions & Mine

    My Semogue SOC Mistura arrived yesterday. The SOC is my third brush with a knot which is a mixture of badger and boar. The other two are the little lather monster but very scritchy Omega Mixed Midget, and the 26mm Maggard 70/30 knot which I put in an old Thater beehive handle. I have about...
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    Shavemac D01 Two Band | What's the ideal loft for face lathering?

    I'm considering ordering a Shavemac D01 two band. Probably in the 25 - 28 mm range, but at what loft? 100% of the time face latherer. I have not decided on a handle but am leaning towards the #84 beehive in butterscotch; I'm not totally wild about the Shavemac butterscotch. I'm also...
  6. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Chubby 3 Synthetic | Is There Now or Has There Ever Been One? | AFAF

    Is there now available or has there ever been available a Simpson Chubby 3 Synthetic? Not that I'm in the market. I'm just asking for a friend! Happy shaves, Jim
  7. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Vitos | Extra Super Coco | Extra Super Rosso+ | 1000 ml | Storage Issues

    Most days I've been using a soap I wish I'd known about a long time ago because it's both a truly excellent soap and super inexpensive. It's also readily available. Yes I'm talking about Vitos Red. It's shown here ^ in the 1000 ml container. Out of the box ^ it looks like a brick of soap...
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    Donuts or Doughnuts | Pictures of Brushes with Holes in the Center | Stories

    If you have any brushes with holes in the center (so called Donuts) would you share photos and tell us how the holes got there if you know. I don't have any such brushes and hope I never do, but, since I'm a masher, splayer, and swirler, you never know. Thanks and happy shaves, Jim
  9. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Simpson Brushes | Tell Me True | Is Mashing Bad?

    I'm looking at and considering whether I'm interested in saving up for a Simpson Chubby 2 in Best. My question is about this, from Simpson... I always swirl and mash my brush into my face during my face lathering and have no plans to change what I do. I'm aware that other manufacturers and...
  10. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Very Interesting Gillette | A Giant Old Type | Check It Out

    Just fumbling about I discovered this Gillette Old Type on eBay. Just how giant is this sucker? Well, it measures 16 1/2" tall and weighs 11 lbs 4 ozs. The head measures 7 11/16" long x 4 11/16" wide tooth to tooth. It's brass. A nearly identical example is shown on page 140 of the Krumholz...
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    My First Effort | Thater Beehive Handle | Broken Knot | Seeking Advice

    Some time ago a member generously gave me a broken brush to restore. I've finally decided (I think) on which knot I want to use to replace the broken knot in the brush I was given. I'm seeking advice on how to do it right. The old Thater handle is a nice beehive shape. I believe it's acrylic...
  12. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Oumo Tutorial | Do You Understand Oumo Brushes & Knots | Please Help

    I can't be the only one confused by the Oumo website, products, and ordering process. I can find information like what's below (all photos are thumbnails which can be enlarged)... ...but I'm still not sure what the various knots are, not really. And some are not mentioned. Example: What's...
  13. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Zenith Silvertip | My First | You Have One?

    Not long ago I found an unbleached Zenith boar I wanted to buy and threw into the order my first Zenith silvertip. The thumbnail above pictures both brand new. I already owned a bunch of bleached boar Zeniths + an extra soft Zenith horse + a couple of Zenith Manchurians so I expected a lot from...
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    Your 3 Favorite Omega Boars | & Mine

    What are your three favorite Omega boars? What makes them your favorites? These are mine. That's ^ the Jade handled Premium Boar by Omega & the Proraso Pro (by Omega) & the Might Midget, Omega 40033. The Jade is the boar I regard as the best boar on the market. It has a well made and...
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    Hyaluronic Acid Is Magic For My Post Shave Skin | It's A Game Changer

    I've been using this stuff since late October, long enough to feel like I can recommend hyaluronic acid without reservation. What is it? How did I come across it? How is it used? What does it do? I was told about it by Frank. Apparently it's a component of many high end skin care products...
  16. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Hot Water & Brushes | How Hot Is Too Hot?

    I know everyone says hot water can damage boar and badger brushes. Maybe horse and synthetic as well. Some say the knots are damaged by hot water. Some say the glue can be loosened. None of us want to damage our nice brushes. For a long time I was a cold water shaver. Hot water was not on...
  17. Chan Eil Whiskers

    I'm Thinking of Buying One and Only One Synthetic | Which One Should I Buy?

    The very few synthetics I own or used to own haven't suited me. They were too springy. They flung lather around the shave den. They didn't feel as good as my broken in boars or my better badgers. In spite of what you might have heard I'm not totally closed minded when it comes to synthetic...
  18. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Antica Barbieria Colla | ABC | A Truly Great Soap

    Antica Barbieria Colla is a great soap. It might be the best soap I've used. I have no idea why it's so good, but I'm not a soap maker and don't know jack about soaps other than how they perform for me. Maybe the ingredients list will tell you more than it tells me. I long resisted...
  19. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Help me figure out how to start an ongoing brush contest...

    Help me out with this. I'm trying to come up with an ongoing and perpetual contest thread where we can showcase our favorite brushes and convince enable our B&B brothers. The idea is not really quite firm or formulated just yet but I'll tell you what I'm thinking and ask for advice on how...
  20. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Here to Help | Ambassador for Fun | Talking Shaving Brushes

    The B&B Team has recently asked me to focus more attention on the Shaving Brushes forum, a job right up my alley as I love brushes. "A good lather is half the shave." It usually takes a good brush to build a good lather so everyone has to have at least one good brush. Are you a minimalist with...
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