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SOTD "FREE WEEK" February 8th - February 14th, 2021

2/13/21
Tabac
Muhle 21H 220 Rytmo, Black Fiber
5/8 J.A. Henckels #415
Tony Miller 3" Fast Bridle Strop
Osma Alum Block
Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum
Haslinger Sandalwood Balm
Dolce & Gabbana The One
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2/14/21
Haslinger Marigold
H.L. Thater 4376/3 Silver Tip
11/16 Puma #91
Tony Miller 3" Steerhide Strop
Osma Alum Block
Clubman Original
Nivea Sensitive Cool Balm
Montblanc Starwalker
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Jack Black Turbo Wash
Thayers Lemon Astingent on a steamed towel
Fendrihan Bergomot Pre Shave
Castle Forbes Lime Shave Cream
Alum Block
Truefitt and Hill West Indian Lime After Shave Balm and Cologne
Thayers Lavandar Toner
Simpsons Chubby 2 Brush
Rockwell 6S using plate 4 for all passes on the face and head with a 4th use Gillette Silver Blue Blade
Gillette Fusion 5 for tough spots under the nose and on the head

A very nice shave. 2 small weepers on the neck. Overall a 9.2.

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Saturday shave

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Prep: The Body Shop sugar scrub
Soap: Jabonman Mediterraneo
Brush: Omega Mixed Midget
Razor: Gem Junior, #4
Blade: Gem PTFE, #4
Post: Alum -> hyaluronic acid -> Pinaud Citrus Musk

A really nice shave tonight: two-passes WTG and XTG. Tried a different touch up direction on my neck and worked a bit more under my nose. End result: an overall DFS and minimal feedback from the alum.
 
Valentine’s Day shave

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Prep: Curology Cleanser
Soap: TTFFC Sue Moore Memorial Auction Currants and Roses
Brush: Epsilon Spec. Ed. Horse
Razor: Gem Junior, #5
Blade: Gem Stainless, Gem Carbon, Pal Blue Carbon Steel, all fresh, all used for two strokes, all binned; finished with the Gem PTFE, #5
Post: Alum -> hyaluronic acid -> Gillette Cool Wave aftershave

Pretty good shave tonight with an all-around DFS. The angled touch-up strokes appear to do the trick on my neck so I'll continue those. Aftershave was excellent--I'm a big fan of the Cool Wave and it's a nice accompaniment to rose scents. The only downside to the shave was that there is now no doubt that something in the TTFFC formula irritates my face. And that's a bummer because this soap smells great!

As to bladeapalooza, I knew from the last try with these blades in the MMOC that they probably weren't going to work for me in the Junior. I was right. Tried them all for a couple of strokes, binned them all, and it's official: for me the only usable blade for these razors is the Gem PTFE.
 

Vaporstang

Contributor
Sunday's Shave
Prep: Warm shower​
Strop: Tony Miller Premium Steerhide Smooth w/ Linen​
Two pass shave: WTG, ATG/XTG​
Razor: Buck 39 Salient by Caleb Cooper - Matte Black G10​
Pre-Shave Cream: Proraso Red Cream, Sandalwood & Shea Butter​
Brush: Semogue 1305 Pure Bristle Boar​
Soap: Pre de Provence - No. 63 w/ Shea Butter (First time using!)​
Facial Toner: Thayers Original Witch Hazel w/h Aloe Vera​
Aftershave Balm: Every Man Jack Fragrance Free: Menthyl, chamomile, shea butter, vitamin E​

 
Quick Valentines Day shave, using my wife’s absolute favorite set.

Razor: Timeless .95 Titanium SC / Scalloped Top Cap
Blade: Gillette Silver Blue (3)
Brush: Yaqi “Butterscotch” 24mm Tuxedo
Lather: Barrister and Mann Ravish
Aftershave: Barrister and Mann Ravish Aftershave Splash
Additional Care:
Osma Alum Block
Timeless Lather Bowl

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