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SOTD "FREE WEEK" September 28th - October 4th, 2020

10/04/20 Shave of the Day
Face Wash with Wood Box Soap Handcrafted Goat Milk Soap Barber Shop Tobacco and Bay Leaf
Crown King Planet 9 Shampoo/Conditioner Puck with Cider Vinegar, Yucca & Manuka
Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements CUBE Mentholated Preshave Soap
Barrister and Mann Hallows Shaving Soap (Limited Edition)
Badger & Blade 10th Anniversary 22mm Blonde Boar Shaving Brush with Black/Gold Flake Handle
Creative Flame Pottery Stoneware Shaving Scuttle
Crisa Glass Salsa Bowl
Whitmor Water Spray Bottle
Giesen Forsthoff Adoration 295 Hand Forged Steel 5/8” Straight Razor
Freshly honed by me for the first time timing - Shapton Glass 4K/8K/16K
Mountain Mike 3” English Bridle Leather Strop
Laboratoires Osma Pure Potassium Alum Block
Thayers Alcohol Free Cucumber Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera
Barrister and Mann Hallows Aftershave (Limited Edition)
NIVEA Men Sensitive Cooling Post Shave Balm
Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Mineral Enriched Natural Deodorant
Maggard’s Razor Oil​

I tried my hand at honing for the first time this morning and decided to give my refreshed edge a spin. What I learned is that it looks easier than it is. Getting the feel for holding the razor just right while lapping the stone takes a touch that I will need practice developing. Nevertheless, my edge felt improved and it was a pleasure to use. I look forward to practicing this skill further and keeping my edges to my liking.
Steve

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Sunday night shave

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Pre: Noxzema Face Wash
Soap: Zingari Man The Explorer
Brush: La Maison du Barbier synthetic
Razor: Gillette N2 1968 Slim, setting 5
Blade: Astra SP (#5 and banked)
Post: Alum followed by Stirling Sharp Dressed Man aftershave

Tonight's shave was kind of meh. No weepers, but more than the usual alum feedback. Third time with Zingari Man and I still have yet to get good lather. Razor was tugging the whole way through, even after adding more soap and then more water. I suppose soaps vary individually as much as anything else and so far this one doesn't gel with me. Stirling aftershave was nice, though!
 
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03rd October 2020:
Parker Variant (3)
Mitchell's Wool Fat
Simpsons Duke 1
Epsilon Scottish Spirit
Wilkinson Sword blade

04th October 2020:
Fatip OC Classic (Grande)
La Toja
Simpsons Duke 1
Tobs Jermyn Street
Wilkinson Sword blade

MWF is moving from the shave ''den'' to be a body soap. It just does not work for me. It's not that I get bad shaves but my water and it do not get along very well.

I could easily live with La Toja. Lathers effortlessly, sick slick and does not interfere with asl's.
 
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