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.
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
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.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 4
Overall – 4.33 Simply a great shave.
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