Maggard Limes & Bergamot – Simply Citrus

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Maggard Limes & Bergamot – Simply Citrus

Pre-shave Thoughts:

I awoke this morning from an uneasy night of rest.  I’m feeling like a little extra pick-me-up this morning.  So, I’m reaching for the bright and fresh Maggard Razors Limes & Bergamot shaving soap and pairing it with the always satisfying Captain’s Choice Lime aftershave.  I think this will be my best bet for an eye-opening shave that I so desperately seek.  My face is feeling on the dry side and could use a little extra exfoliation.  Otherwise, my skin feels healthy and shave ready.  Let’s give this limey shave a go.

 

The Shave:

Preparation:  Hot shower

Razor:  Edwin Jagger DE89 Kelvin Double Edge Safety Razor     

Blade:    Astra Superior Platinum Double Edge Razor Blade   

Soap:      Maggard Razors Limes & Bergamot Artisan Shaving Soap    

Brush:  Semogue Owners Club Cherry Wood Handle Boar Bristle

Finish:    Captain’s Choice Lime Aftershave    

 

Post-shave Thoughts:

That was an uplifting shave.  It had been a little while since I last used my Semogue Owners Club brush, and it really is a delight to whip-up lather.  Loading from the bloomed Maggard Limes & Bergamot puck with the damp Semogue Owners Club brush was quite easy.  Maggard Limes & Bergamot is a softer soap and the pre-shave bloom made it that much softer.  After about 10 seconds of loading, the soap looked nice and pasty between the bristles.  I had already applied the bloom water to my freshly showered face, so I simply began the face lather with a few paintbrush-style strokes to coat followed by swirling.  After about a minute of swirling, the Maggard Limes & Bergamot lather was dense and creamy.  Unlike one wet shaving writer that recently theorized the shaving brush plays no part in the skin exfoliation process, I find from direct experience that face lathering with a boar bristle brush assists in loosening dead skin cells that will later to be picked-up by the razor head.  The combination of face lathering with a boar brush and shaving provides for a more exfoliated skin post-shave than shaving alone or using a soft badger hair or synthetic fiber brush in the process.

I completed my standard three pass shave, one pass with the stubble growth, then two subsequent passes across the whisker pattern in opposing directions.  I really do enjoy shaving with the Edwin Jagger DE89 Kelvin razor.  It glided well on the adequately slick Maggard Limes & Bergamot lather.  I find the the Edwin Jagger DE89 razor head cuts smoothly paired with the Astra Super Platinum blade.  When my face is feeling sensitive, usually from dryness, I routinely reach for my Edwin Jagger razor as I always have an easy time with it on the more irritation prone areas of my face.  I appreciate the shorter, well-knurled handle of the Kelvin model as it allows for a dexterous shave matching my preferred shaving style perfectly.  After three passes, I had a good close shave without any irritation.  I finished off with a few pick-ups on my neck.  After the final rinse, my face felt soft and supple likely due to the nourishing Maggard Limes & Bergamot soap and the exfoliating shaving process.

The scent of Maggard Limes & Bergamot is straight forward.  Off the the puck there is a strong scent of limes.  After the bloom, through face lathering, and during the shave, the strong lime scent remained constant.  Only after the final rinse did I pick-up on a faint hint of an orange earthiness but the strong lime scent remained.  The Maggard Limes & Bergamot scent is not a sweet citrus fragrance.  Rather, it remains true to the tartness of an actual lime.  I appreciate the simple  nature of this scent as I know exactly what I’m going to get from the name.  When I’m feeling like a limey shave, I will have a limey shave with Maggard Limes & Bergamot soap.

I finished off the shave with a healthy dose of Captain’s Choice Lime aftershave.  The usual slow warming burn of the splash felt soothing with a delightful top note of lime that faded into the top-shelf bay rum scent for which Captain’s Choice is well known.  The limey bay rum spice was a perfect ending compliment to this uplifting lime-based shave.  After the dry down, the lime notes from both the soap and splash had dissipated and my face felt soft and tight, ready for the day.

 

Shave Rating System

Closeness – 4

Irritation – 5

Wounds – 4

Overall – 4.33  Simply a great shave.

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