VDH soap and boar brush found at Walgreens. Still use their soap sometimes. Their boars arnt bad but start losing hair after awhile. Their badger l had was a shedder and never stopped shedding.
Would you mind giving more details on how you perceive it? Why did you find it so different?
Thank you very much for the answer, I really appreciate it. I was not active back then and I don't know much, hence why I was interested to find out more.In 2008, all the standard advice was to either get a Merkur of one kind or another (depending on your budget) or explore eBay for vintage razors.
Today, we have so many manufacturers to choose from across the globe. Just off the top of my head you've got Timeless (my favorite, so I mentioned it first), Blackland, Wolfman, Karve, Haircut & Shave, Rockwell, Razorock, Lambda, Henson, Fatip, etc. Anything you could want, in any style, at any price. That did not exist in 2008.
For soaps (actually creams back then) it was either the traditional British brands of TOBS, GFT, Truefitt & Hill, or, if you were really adventurous, something called (I think) Kiss My Face whose primary scent ingredient was peppermint, which did not work well with my skin.
Today, again off the top of my head, you've got: MdC, SV, B&M, A&E, Grooming Dept, Declaration Grooming, Macduffs, Noble Otter, Mammoth, Pinnacle Grooming, Master Soap Creations, Tallow and Steel, Henri et Victoria, Wickams, Chiseled Face, Ethos, Fine, and soooo many more. Not to mention the old school formulations that are more available today than in 2008 like Tabac (rip), MWF (rip), La Toja, Haslinger, etc. So much more choice today. It's been over a decade since I considered one of the old British standards other than CF Lime. That scent is like no other.
Thank you very much for the answer, I really appreciate it. I was not active back then and I don't know much, hence I was interested to find out more.
In 2008, I was only starting to shave and I got a Gillette Mach 3 and a Tabac set (flagrance, after shave and soap). Tabac was good, but I wanted to keep it cheap, so I used Palmolive and other generic products.
Few years after, I wasn't happy with the results so I did a bit of research and I acquired a Muhle R89. I still have the razor but I don't use it anymore. When I wanted to be fancy, I was using TOBS or GFT.
Another 5 years have passed and then I got into straight razors, where my world opened. Somewhere last year I started to read this forum more and more and I expanded my attention towards soaps and brushes as well, so I found out how much I missed during all this time. I am also missing a bit more than 10k EUR from my account, but I am not gonna blame you guys for this.
By the way, my favorite DE razor is also a (stainless steel) Timeless.
I do have fain memories of 34c being popular. As for the aggressiveness, I found that even the R89 was a bit too much me that time. In my case, it turned out to be due to shaving with poor lather, mostly because I was not spending enough time to get it rich and creamy.I should add that the specific Merkur recommendations in 2008 were either the 34c or Futur. Both of which were rather aggressive for a new convert. I tried both early on and hated both.