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September 2021 Gentlemanly Restraint Until Month End (GRUME)

Still in.

Today I was not having a good day. Then I shaved, and thought of nothing but the shave, and came back to the world in a much better frame of mind.

I used a large kamisori. It is still Big Razor Month, after all, even though I used a small kamisori on my trip, because I could not bear to risk the loss of any of my large razors.

Also, I used, for the first time, Aqua di Parma. It says it's a shave cream, but either mine had dried a bit (not likely, the way it was sealed), or it's really a soft shave soap that lathers quickly.


Nice, pleasant scent
Easy to make rich lather

Not so good:

Not a fan of menthol, and either there's some in there, or something else like it to make my skin feel menthol-y, just a little.

Dilute it as I might, I couldn't get it to stop providing a cushion, which is not a good thing when shaving with an SR. Also it was less slick than I wanted. I suspect that both of these were related, and that there is some way to get it to do what I want.

Despite a very comfortable shave, other than a bit of sticking on the cheeks, I've got some redness, not from the action of the razor as far as I can tell. It seems like my skin is voting "no" on this one.
Hope you're doing better and reached a bit of a even ground.

Oh certainly. It was just an off day, no big deal, everyone has them. It sprang from worry about a venerable relative who has moved to my area and is now, to some extent, in my charge. Even though he is well-settled, concerns for him to have the best possible life have kept me up at night. Didn't expect that particular side effect.
Even when I’m busy I can usually give a like to a post. Now I’m crazy busy and I can’t even do that. I miss COVID lockdown.

Still in and have been shaving.

I’m heading to our cabin in the UP of MI. Any Yoopers in this thread…we love your state (specifically the UP) and plan to fully retire there. You’ve been lucky to live there. Trust me, we’ve lived all over the world and the UP is our favorite. It is heaven for us.

Still in


Dug a few things out of the drawer that haven’t seen daylight in awhile. This is my Gillette Heritage, and it had a Spoiler of indeterminate usage in it. I also found one of the two tins of Zartgefühl that I got from TSS last year. This one is the older formula of Prinz Charming (has palm oil) and I’d never used it.

Those of you who have seen this company’s soap know it is a little different. No big lather but very slippery and wants almost no water. So that seemed to call for a synth, and I dug out this travel brush.

Everything went fine until razor touched skin. It tugged. Guess that Spoiler was done. I swapped in the Platinum Plus (3) out of my Slim and that worked much better. Maybe I’ll keep trying those blades with this rather mild razor. Turned into a good shave. Skin is nice and soft.

I hope I actually use up that AV before the end of the month. It’s not actually looking like I’m on schedule for that.
Still in

Pre-Shave: hot water splash
Lather: Simpsons Lime
Brush: Anbbas Synthetic
Bowl: Anbbas
Razor: the Frankenrazor
Blade: Wilkinson sword classic (2)
Post-shave: Cold water, alum block and Fuar Ach Snog
Eau de Toilette: Brut

In the spirit of GRUME I decided to have a go at using my virtually unused bowl, that came with my Anbbas brush. It's a bit too small to ever facilitate a "show your lather" post, but just big enough to load the brush.

The Frankenrazor, a combination of ESC Braveheart head with Razoremporium replica ball end handle, produced a nice bbs finish with a couple of cuts to the mustache area.

So far this GRUME has gone well for me, I'm optimistic about actually finishing this time.

Edit: oh and if anyone is wondering what is in the travel tube, its a 1920 Gillette boar brush that I've not yet worked up the courage to use.

Owen Bawn

"Ask me about a fluffernutter"
Gentleman I’m out!
Fear again got the better of me. With the confirmed news of Speick going tallow free I snatched up a couple of sticks.
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I'll admit that the thread that @old_school posted set off an alarm and sent me Speick shopping, too, as I've only got one unused stick. But when I went into the giant box to retrieve that one Speick stick I saw the 30+ sticks pf Palmolive, the 10 or 12 Arkos, the big blue pile of Wilkie sticks, a few scattered La Tojas, and over a half dozen Valobra and assorted DR Harris sticks and I came to my senses and shut down the browser window, my wallet intact.
Still in almost seeing the finish line.

After 3 shave with an Astra platinum and major post shave irritation, I dumped that still usable blade and grabbed the once use Bic chromium. So far so good, 2 more shave in September ... how many total on that Bic is the question, the voshkod since to be good for 7 shaves

see you all next month
Still in! Saturday morning shave, bowl lathered using TOBS St Jermyn cream, followed by a 3-pass DFS+ shave using the iKon X3 with a new Astra Platinum blade. The iKon is my only DE and a backup to my daily driver, the Vector.

The shave was super smooth, but also inefficient. A lot of buffing during the shave and some clean up post shave, particularly under the nose where the iKon can’t reach.

6 more days to go until I get to pay for a Tatara Masamune, which I hope will be more efficient than the iKon.
Day 25, 83.3% complete.

Preshave: Hot washcloth
Soap: Palmolive
Brush: Men-U boar
Razor: GC.68 OC, Astra SP #2
Post-shave: Nivea Balm.

Loaded a once-used Astra, and got another near-ideal shave.

You really have had extraordinary and consistent success in these GRUMEs. Congratulations. What's your recipe for GRUME success?

I was talking about my winning streak of surprisingly good shaves with this razor (open comb Game Changer .68), but being content with your kit has to help with shopping urges too. Unless there's something pretty radical out there, any improvements for me would be marginal.

I must admit this news about Speick has me seriously thinking of purchasing some Speick sticks, even if it kicks me out of the GRUME and GRUYERE.

Reformulation or discontinuation anxiety does bother me. Is this tallow-removal a trend, or just random lightning that has hit two soaps close together?

I never tried Tabac, and can take or leave Speick (good performance, only so-so post-shave). On the other hand, if de-tallowing is a trend, I'll need to stock up on several current-formula Mitchell's Wool Fat refills, and maybe more Palmolive sticks.
Still in. SOTD - 25 SEP 2021

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Decent shave today with the budget gear, Gillette Super Blue razor. Excellent lather from the Stirling sample and the SHD Badger felt soft with good amount of scrub. Close, comfortable shave

Blue themed SOTD for #Mesoweek
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Still out.

I've been shaving with the same setup as last time as I'm settling down to using the same setup till I discard the blade ie 4-6 shaves.

I haven't used Speick but I've heard good things about it, I've heard good things about a lot of other items as well that doesn't mean ill have to go on a shopping spree for Speick as well; I did that for Tabac and that has shown it's effects on my GRUME commitment.

I planned a break in October as it has some deals that might interest me but since I already defaulted in September, no purchase for October.

Reformulation or discontinuation anxiety does bother me. Is this tallow removal a trend, or just random lightning that has hit two soaps close together?
I think Speick is the third in the trend: Fine soaps lost their supplier (arguably the same formula as Tabac), Tabac, and now Speick.

I hope MWF doesn't follow in their footsteps and surprise us with a formula change, given that Britain is out of Europe and doesn't need to follow the trend.
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Still out.

So far this month I have ordered and paid for:
  • 1 litre Wahl Bay Rum (received)
  • Cadman Bengall ⅝ SR (received)
  • Mini bench vice for restoration work (received)
  • Flush cut pliers for restoration work
  • Diamond file for restoration work
  • Drill vice for restoration work
  • Puma ⅝ SR
That should do me at least until the end of the month.
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