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There can be only one

Thanks! Yes I find it strangely liberating. As you say, no hoarding or rotating, everything stripped down and simplified, it’s a good feeling.
My goal is one soap, one aftershave (I’m nearly there my final go to is alum followed by lucky tiger), one straight razor and one cologne.
 
I like alcohol based aftershaves, I love the burn, it seals the deal, makes the shave feel finished.
I have a bottle of lucky tiger which I love but not on its own. I use my alum block first for the sting, then I rinse, dry, then the lucky tiger.
I don’t know what they put in it but it’s the most soothing stuff I’ve ever used.
If I’ve got the time I use the alum and LT combination but when I’m pushed for time it’s an alcohol based splash
But, like my soaps, I’ve also been using up all my alcohol aftershaves.
There was a certain satisfaction as each bottle gradually got lower, and as each one finished so the others got used up all the faster.
And today finally I used the last glug of the last bottle and am again in the unusual position of actually needing to buy an aftershave.
Not sure which one to buy yet but I’ll only buy the one.
So now I’m down to one soap and (soon to be) one aftershave.
I wanted to get down to one cologne but that’s going to take forever and I’ve just been given more for Christmas.
I had an idea to go down to one razor (I have seven at the minute) but I think I’ll keep a minimum of two in case I drop one. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye to five of them.
 
I had maybe 10 different shaving soaps and creams in rotation, until about 18 months ago when I decided to buy no more, to just use up what I had and clean up my shelf.

For a long time very little changed, each day each seemed as full as the last.

Then one by one, all around the same time, I’d see a tiny ring of death appear at the bottom of each tub, and then to grow.

I’d finish one soap, then another and another.

As Each soap was finished so the remaining soaps would see more use until, ever faster, and with a great crescendo, each soap was done.

Finally I’m down to my last one.

It’s my glass jar of Tabac. It’s the last man standing, the warrior that outlasted everything else.

But now that it’s my only soap it’s days are numbered. There are no off days, no friends left to share the load, it will get hit hard every single day.

If it sees me through Christmas I’ll be lucky.

It was hard work getting through all those soaps and it was strangely satisfying when each one was done. I feel almost as if I’ve lost a lot of weight.

I’m going to keep to this minimalist one soap deal for a while.

I don’t know what my next soap will be until I’ve used the Tabac up, but it will be my only one.

I have 2 brushes, 8 straight razors and 4 natural finishing stones also in rotation, I love them all, but this trimming of the fat feels good.
There are times when the Highlander principle works well. Clears the mind and let’s you regroup.
 
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