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SOTD "HALLOWEEN WEEK" October 25th - October 31st, 2021



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SOD Sunday October 31, 2021

Ever wonder how many shaves in each tub or tube of Proraso? See below in the Lather report!
Over the next four days I'll be trying blades I've never used before.
First shave with a Bolzano Blade. It's another winner!
Brush: Simpson T3 Trafalgar
Bowl: Shave Nation
Pre shave: Proraso Red
Lather: Proraso Red (70)
Razor: Henson AL13 Mild
Blade: Bolzano Superinox(1)
Razor: Gillette Styler
Post: Omega Alum Block
Post: Thayers Witch Hazel
Lotion: Proraso Red Dopobarba
Balm: None
As expected Red dominated the month of October as it was on all but four days.

Have a great day!

Sat. Oct, 30. 8:30 AM EST Nuthin' fancy...

Pre shave: warm water and glycerin soap
Lather bowl: Fine Accoutrements
Shave cream: OneBlade Small batch Lavender. Built up a very nice lather
Brush: Van der Hagen boar - i just felt like using it, and it did a nice job!
Razor: Leaf Twig w/included blade - shave #5 (I pitched the blade after this shave)
Post shave: plain which hazel (but i augmented with tea tree oil)
Post shave balm: OneBlade After Shave Balm

Decent shave. Neck a bit irritated - as has been the case last couple of shaves. This time to overly annoying. Will see how it goes with a fresh blade.


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Woke up to a relatively overcast morning on this final day of OC October. The 16 oz 316L SS Rearden Razor Tuxedo Synth built the two kinds of MWF lathers I like for my shaves. I shaved this morning with the razor that launched me into straight shaving, my Dovo Special 5/8. The razor has a fine edge that I’ve maintained on my Naniwa 12k. I gave it a few laps on the Swaty Barber’s hone this morning and had a very pleasant two and a half mug pass shave that left me quite smooth. The following two pass ATG dome shave with the Gillette New LC checked all the boxes and left me velveteen smooth from shoulders to noggin for a fitting capstone shave of the month.

RAZOR: Dovo Special 5/8 (Mug), Gillette New LC (Dome)
BLADE: Feather DE
PREP: Cold water rinse followed by a scrub with Argan Oil
BRUSH: Rearden Razor 316L SS Tuxedo Synth
SOAP: Mitchell’s Wool Fat
POSTSHAVE: Cold water wash with brush squeezings followed by a rinse with Humphreys Lilac WH. Finished with Cremo Cooling Post Shave Balm.
SOTD 31.10.21

Pre-shave: Cube mentholated soap
Razor: Gillette 1963 slim adjustable on setting 6
Brush: Semogue boar
Blade: Gillette 7 o'clock Perma sharp (Indian) 1st shave
Soap:Omega Herbae
Post-shave: Thayers unscented witch hazel,Epsilon Blue med a/s splash, Nivea a/s balm.

Result- very close shave with this combo. Love the Indian blades.
Sunday Schick Shave, OCtober 31, 2021 Halloween theme week

Razor: Schick adjustable injector M3- Mfg 1970-72, excellent injector, well built to last, good adjustment & enjoyably different.
Blade: Personna injector SS PTFE blade(2) very sharp, great longevity, smooths out nicely, predictable.
Soap: Razorock Blue barber, nice scent, excellent lather qualities.( slightly over misted while tinkering, tried to push hydration to the limit, still having a little lathering fun.)
Brush: Yaqi 22mm 2band badger, Excellent lather generator, pillow like soft tips, designed for scrubbing(short loft), good lather painter.
Pre shave: Brush wash whole face with CeraVe hand bar cleanser + a dollop of clear Aloe Vera gel on the cleaned beard area.
Prep: Cold water rinse after each pass of 2 + pickups.
Post shave: Razorock Blue barber with witch hazel + a dollop of CeraVe moisturising lotion balm + scentless :thumbsup:
Results: CCS,DFS,BBS + no irritation + no weepers= :a17:Excellent shave with my Schick adj injector M3 with a Personna injector coated blade.
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Have some great shaves!
Razor: Gillette 1957 (Blue Tip) SuperSpeed
Blade: Personna Super Stainless - Electro-Coated 1968 (10)
Brush: Yaqi - Aqua Tuxedo
Pre-Shave: CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
Lather: Taylor of Old Bond Street - Sandalwood
Aftershave: Taylor of Old Bond Street - Sandalwood Aftershave Lotion
Additional Care:
Taylor of Old Bond Street - Sandalwood Luxury Gel

Re-Bonding with Bond Street
I decided to go all traditional with TOBS sandalwood today. This cream was my second purchase after Proraso Green when I first started my wet shaving journey. Paired up with a tuxedo synthetic the lathering was soft, creamy and luxurious. I didn’t want to stop.
…and yes, I dragged out that immortal vintage Personna again, for its tenth shave. No I’m not frugal! I always toss my blades after three shaves, but this blade is not to be trifled with. I was definitely going to toss it today after it completed ten, but I decided to keep it. It just gets better and better…and I’m using mild razors. My whiskers are not sparse or wispy. They start below my eyes, and a I have to delineate a line that separates my neck from my chest. This is just the most amazing blade I have ever used. I have some other vintage blades to try, but I won’t have a chance until this one is retired.
Today is
31 October, 2021


Razor: RazoRock "Lupo 72"
Blade: Dorco "Prime"
Pre: CeraVe "Moisturizing Bar" + Elegance Plus gel
Brush: PAA 26mm "Atomic Rocket" synth
Lather: Body Shop "Maca Root" cream
Post: GBS Alum bar
Balm: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
Frag: Burberry "London"

Great shave this morning; clearly
the result of loading my Lupo 72
with a fresh Dorco Prime.
BBS all the way.

It's been three hours and I'm
still reaching up to feel my face.

Funny, how important a good
finish is to a great shave, though.

My face felt okay after rinsing,
but felt progressively smoother
after applying alum, rinsing,
then spreading on a light
coat of CeraVe Moisturizer.

Stay healthy,

10/31/21 Halloween Shave of the Day
Face Wash with Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Harvest Moon Moroccan Argan Oil Body Soap
Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Briar Conditioning Shampoo Puck - A True Fall Classic
Barrister and Mann Terrorade
Barrister and Mann Hallows Shaving Soap (Limited Edition)
RazoRock 400 Butterscotch 24 x 57mm Synthetic Noir Plissoft Brush
Creative Flame Pottery Stoneware Shaving Scuttle
SNMIRN Adjustable Double Edge Magnetic Safety Razor - 1st Use
Bolzano Superinox Blade - 1st Shave
Lancaster Razor Works Tangerine Orange Black Sheep Shaving Towel
Phoenix Shaving No Slip Grip Alum Block with Rubber Grip Band
Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Alum Block Dry Dock System
Thayers Alcohol Free Lavender Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera
Barrister and Mann Hallows Aftershave (Limited Edition)
Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Mineral Enriched Natural Deodorant​
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