This morning I’m excited to try the recently released Wet Shaving Products Rustic Shaving Soap Gaelic Tweed (WSP Gaelic Tweed from here on out). The WSP Gaelic Tweed scent is marketed as similar to Creed’s Green Irish Tweed fragrance, but without the top note. I’ve enjoyed other WSP shaving soaps in the past, especially the Fougere Noir. I’m expecting WSP Gaelic Tweed soap to perform at the usual WSP high standard I’m accustomed to. My face is feeling slightly on the dry side this morning, but otherwise healthy and taught. Let’s give WSP Gaelic Tweed a go.
Preparation: Hot shower
Razor: Merkur 37c Slant Bar Double Edge Safety Razor
Blade: Gillette Silver Blue Razor Blade
Soap: Wet Shaving Product Gaelic Tweed Shaving Soap
Brush: Omega S-Brush Synthetic Boar Bristle Brush
Finish: Fine Accoutrements Fresh Vetiver Aftershave Splash
That was another good shave. This is the fifth day of shaving with my newly acquired Omega S-Brush synthetic, and the brush performed identically to the previous four shaves. Loading from the dry WSP Gaelic Tweed puck with the slightly damp Omega S-Brush was a breeze. After about 10 seconds of loading, a dense paste built between the brush fibers and was ready for lathering. After a few dips of the S-Brush into a pool of hot tap water and some swirling on my face, I had whipped up a dense, slick lather that I’ve grown to appreciate from other WSP Rustic Shave Soaps in the past. There was plenty of thick WSP Gaelic Tweed lather to last the entire shave. While the Omega S-Brush is a lathering machine, if I had to choose a slight, it would be that the fibers feel ever so slightly poky on my face. This bouncy, needle-like characteristic is by no means a show stopper and not irritating at all, but present nonetheless.
I completed a three pass shave this morning, one pass with the grown of my whiskers, then the subsequent two passes across the stubble grown in opposite directions. In usual fashion, the dexterous Merkur 37c slant paired with a Gillette Silver Blue blade (second shave) sliced whiskers with a cool efficient precision while gliding on a fairly slick WSP Gaelic Tweed lather barrier. After three passes, I had accomplished a very close shave that only required some slight touching-up under my nose and around my laryngeal prominence. That said, I did open up a couple weepers, one on my neck and one on my upper lip. It happens.
The scent of WSP Gaelic Tweed is somewhat of a mystery to me. Off the puck, I can easily pick up a flowery/leafy vegetal sweetness. After building a face lather, and throughout the shave, the green leafy scent seemed to lessen and an underlying sweet earthiness strengthened. It does not smell anything like dirt, mind you. But, I’m struggling to describe the sweet strong base in WSP Gaelic Tweed and will have to shave with it more to determine if I like it. The scent strength of WSP Gaelic Tweed is high as I could smell the fragrance throughout the shave and after the final rinse of residual lather from my face.
I finished this shave off with Fine Accoutrements Fresh Vetiver aftershave. In usual fashion, a splash of Mr. Fine’s Fresh Vetiver seared my face upon first application with a burning alcohol sensation that evolved quickly into a cooling mentholated sensation. After a couple of minutes of this invigorating sensation, the alcohol and menthol aroma filling my nostrils lessened as the Fresh Vetiver fragrance was released. I enjoy the clean sweet grassiness of Fresh Vetiver, and the hints of citrus in the aroma are delightful. I think the Fine Accoutrements Fresh Vetiver paired well with WSP Gaelic Tweed, and both left my face feeling soft and supple and ready for the day.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 4
Wounds – 4
Overall – 4 A Cary Grant kinda shave!
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