As I was lathering up a new brush to promote its break-in last night, my girlfriend told me that she really enjoyed the aroma that was permeating the house. The soap I was using was Maggard Razor’s London Barbershop. So, this morning I think I’m going to shave with the entire London Barbershop suite. My face feels pretty healthy if not somewhat on the dry side. I’m still rocking the chin pimple. Let’s shave.
Preparation: Hot shower
Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89 Kelvin safety razor
Blade: Gillette 7 O’clock Super Platinum “7 O’clock Black” razor blade
Soap: Maggard Razors London Barbershop Shaving Soap
Brush: Omega #S10065 S-Brush synthetic boar bristle brush
Finish: Maggard Razors London Barbershop Aftershave
I feel like that was a classic gentlemen’s shave. The Omega S-Brush loaded off the dry, fairly soft Maggard Razor’s London Barbershop soap puck with ease building a bit of foam in the container. I am finding that I need to spend less time loading the S-Brush in comparison to some of the natural boar bristle brushes I have used. I painted a layer of pasty soap on my damp facial skin. Then, with a few dips of the S-Brush into a pool of hot tap water at the ready, I began the face lather. The lather whipped-up relatively quickly and needed more water than I was anticipating. After a light amount of brush swirling, a good dense lather built-up.
I completed my usual two pass shave, one pass with the stubble growth, then another pass across the whisker pattern. I gave the Edwin Jagger DE89 Kelvin a go this morning due to its British roots, and it delivered as usual. I appreciate the nimbleness of the shorter Kelvin handle. The more mild razor head glided well on the slick Maggard London Barbershop lather. This was the second shave on the Gillette 7 O’clock Black blade, and it continued to cut smartly. There was plenty of London Barbershop lather to last the shave through. As I was completing a bit of touching up, I did notice that the lather began to dry somewhat. I added a touch of water, and that seemed to be the fix. During the touch-up, I pretty much just did a third pass due to the mild shave. The time it took me to complete the “touch-up pass” likely contributed to the lather drying out.
I enjoy the London Barbershop scent as it is a brighter style of barbershop without the heavy powder scent that is common in this style that I often find oppressive. Off the puck, there is a fairly strong green vegetal scent mixed with a bit a citrus. As the lather built, then scent became stronger and somewhat sweeter, but was still pleasing to my nose. As I was rinsing the lather off, I experience a hint of powder that is likely due to the oakmoss component in the fragrance.
I finished the shave off with Maggard Razors London Barbershop Aftershave. This splash is an alcohol free suspension that requires a good shake prior to application. With a shake, the suspension turned white, then I applied a few drops from my palms to my face. There was no stinging or burning at first and the scent strength was very high. As my skin tightened, I felt a warming mild sting that waned quickly. The London Barbershop scent from the shaving soap was strong after the final rinse and with the application of the strongly similarly scented aftershave, I was swimming in the aroma. The aftershave left my face feeling soft and toned, and I think this fragrance will last most of the day. We’ll see what my girlfriend thinks of it again tonight.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 4
Wounds – 4
Overall – 4 This was a good quality fragrant gents shave.
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