After the invigorating OJ shave yesterday, I’m going to try for a refined experience with today’s shave. I’ve chosen a few American artisan products that should pair well together to cultivate the continental touch I’m after. My face feels unusually coarse this morning for only one day worth of whisker growth. The skin feels a touch on the dry side and could use some nourishment.
Razor: Merkur 37c Slant Bar Safety Razor
Blade: Polsilver Super Iridium Razor Blade
Soap: Barrister & Mann Cheshire Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Semogue Owners Club Sherry Wood Handle Boar
Aftershave: Folsom & Company Black Powder Aftershave Splash
This Earl Grey shave was fit for a Prime Minister. I began the shave by squeezing out the water from my Semogue Owners Club boar brush that had been soaking in hot tap water for about 10 minutes while I completed my daily shower. I don’t like my brushes to be water-logged when I load them as I prefer to have tight control on the hydration of my lather. I swirled my SOC on a dry puck of Barrister & Mann Cheshire shaving soap for 10-15 seconds as a thick paste accrued between the bristle. Very little foam built on the puck, just the way I prefer. I built a luxuriously creamy face lather with the Barrister & Mann Cheshire soap with a few dips of the tip of my boar brush into a pool of steaming tap water. I had plenty of lather for my first, with the growth, pass and subsequent second, across the stubble, pass and final touch-up. The firm lather was quite creamy, and my face felt healthy and hydrated as it soak up the moisture from the Cheshire.
The Merkur 37c slant bar razor efficiently cut my whiskers and left nothing but smoothness in it’s wake. I really enjoyed the audible shearing sound the razor made as it glided across my face aided by the exquisitely sharp and smooth cutting Polsilver razor blade and slick cushion of Barrister & Mann Cheshire lather. Acquiring the proper angle was simple with the Merkur 37c and the weight and balance of the razor assisted in a close, dexterous shave.
The scent of the Barrister & Mann Cheshire is spot on Earl Grey tea. Off the puck, the bergamot citrus oil was predominant with an earthy tea leaf base. As I built my face lather with the Cheshire, the fragrance blossomed to include a fair amount of sage and lavender in addition to the bergamot. The scent strength was balanced just right to last through the shave, but was not overpowering in any way. If you enjoy the aroma of fresh brewed Early Grey tea, then the Barrister & Mann Cheshire shaving soap is for you. This shaving soap is one of my favorite scents and the performance, like all Barrister & Mann soaps, is top tier.
After completing my typical two pass shave with a some touching-up, I rinsed my face clear. There was no soap residue leftover and my skin’s healthy and hydrated character was owed to the luxuriously creamy nature of the Barrister & Mann Cheshire shaving soap. I collected a few droplets of Folsom & Company Black Powder Aftershave Splash into my palms and rubbed the elixir onto my freshly shaved face and neck. My skin tightened instantly and a cooling tingle built as an aroma of menthol predominated. This cooling sensation lasted for several minutes after application, and I found it soothing and enjoyable. As the cooling tingle subsided, the spicy cardamom fragrance of the Folsom and Company Black Powder aftershave splash filled my nostrils then tapered off to reveal a clean lavender and bergamot aroma. The F&C Black Powder was the perfect pair to the Barrister & Mann Cheshire scent.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 4
Overall – 4.33 One of my favorite shaves ever!
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