I think this morning I’m going to reach for the Maggard Razors Lilac shaving soap paired with the classic Pinaud Lilac Vegetal after-shave lotion. This should make for a strong floral shave on this rainy Spring morning. My face is feeling healthy and shave ready. Let’s shave.
Preparation: Hot shower
Razor: Merkur 37c HD Slant Bar Safety Razor
Blade: Voskhod Teflon Coated Razor Blade
Soap: Maggard Razors Lilac Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Plisson La Maison du Barbier Synthetic Brush
Finish: Clubman Pinaud Lilac Vegetal After-Shave Lotion
Woah, that was a strong, flowery shave. Loading with the damp Plisson La Maison du Barbier brush was a breeze from the relatively soft, dry Maggard Razors Lilac puck. While the Plisson brush is very soft, it loads every soap I’ve used with it without issue. After applying a bit of puck foam to my freshly showered face, I painted on a coat of dense soap paste, then began the face lather. With a few dips of the tips of the brush into my hot tap water reserve, and about a minute of swirling, I had whipped-up the usual dense and creamy Maggard Razors lather. Their soaps lather quite easily and with the Plisson synthetic brush it’s a no brainer.
I completed my typical two pass shave, one pass with the stubble growth, then one pass across the whisker pattern. The fine Merkur 37c Slant paired with the adequately sharp Voskhod blade made quick work of my one day worth of facial hair growth. I really do enjoy a Merkur 37c Slant shave. It usually is efficient and quick. The razor glided with ease on the nicely cushioned and slick Maggard Razors Lilac lather. I have no irritation or wounds to write-up. After the final rinse, my face felt nicely smooth and supple.
The scent of Maggard Razors Lilac off the puck is exactly what you would expect, the sweet smell of a lilac tree in bloom. Whipping-up the lather and throughout the shave the floral scent remained strong and sweet. Similar to other Maggard Razors soaps I have used, their Lilac is one dimensional in that what you get off the puck holds true for the entire shave. The scent strength is on the higher side and lingered a bit after the final rinse. While some may consider the lilac scent to be female oriented, I think it can work just fine for men as well that appreciate the smell of Spring. This Spring, if you have a lilac tree blooming nearby, give it a whiff. That is what Maggard Razors Lilac smells like.
I finished the shave off with the venerable Clubman Pinaud Lilac Vegetal Aftershave Lotion. This is a splash with floral authority. In standard Clubman fashion, I received the loving alcohol sting upon initial application that faded rapidly. Immediately, the air was filled with the sweet, dewy, powdery lilac fragrance that Lilac Vegetal is known for. It’s strong and will last the day through. In fact, whenever I wear this, people know… and struggle to avoid it. The splash left my face feeling soft and taut. For lilac lovers, the pairing of Maggard Razors Lilac with Clubman Pinaud Lilac Vegetal is a perfect combination.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 5
Overall – 4.66 A Spring floral shave!
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