After shaving with a variety of individual Edwin Jagger products paired with other manufacturers and artisans, I’m excited this morning to assemble them all together for an all-inclusive Edwin Jagger shave. I’ve enjoyed each of these products in a singular fashion, so I wager that this Edwin Jagger-themed shave will have synergy, creating a great shaving experience. Let’s give these Edwin Jagger shaving tools a go.
Preparation: Hot shower, Edwin Jagger Hydrating Pre-Shave Lotion Sensitive/Normal Skin Formula
Razor: Edwin Jagger DE3D14bl Laser Diamond Knurled Handled Safety Razor
Blade: Polsilver Super Iridium Double Edge Razor Blade
Soap: Edwin Jagger Limes & Pomegranate Traditional Shaving Soap
Brush: Edwin Jagger Imitation Ebony Chatsworth Synthetic Silvertip Shaving Brush
Finish: Thayers Aftershave Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula
That was a lovely shave. I typically do not feel the need for pre-shave products as it is standard that I take a hot shower and wash my face with a high-glycerin soap prior to each shave. That said, I applied a very small dab of the Edwin Jagger Hydrating Pre Shave Lotion to my moist and freshly showered face prior to this shave. In experimenting with this lotion during past shaves, I’ve learned that a little goes a long way. So, I was mindful not to over do the pre-shave lotion as the menthol fumes can overpower other aromas and be a bit harsh and numbing to my facial skin. With just a small amount, think dried pea-sized, mixed with the water already on my face, I achieved good coverage and was able to work the product into my two days of beard growth without issue. I felt a pleasant, mild tingle from the menthol and the measured aroma did not knockout my olfactory senses. There was no scent to the lotion other than the standard synthetic/medicinal menthol fragrance.
Next, I began to load the damp Edwin Jagger Chatsworth Synthetic Silvertip Fibre brush on the dry, hard Edwin Jagger Limes & Pomegranate shaving soap. This is a relatively small puck of soap, but loading was a simple task with a slightly smaller and more focused swirling motion. Due to the small stature of the container, there was a fair amount of puck foam that overflowed in my hand during the loading process. After about 10 seconds of vigorous swirling, a reasonable amount of soapy paste had developed between the brush fibers. I applied the fair amount of puck foam to my face, then coated with a few paintbrush-style strokes of the Edwin Jagger Chatsworth brush. Face lathering with the Edwin Jagger synthetic was quite pleasurable as I found the fibres to be very soft, yet with reasonable stiffness to aid in lather building. I found the loft of the brush to be just right for a face lather and the ergonomic handle fit my hand well. After about 30 seconds of swirling and working the Edwin Jagger Limes & Pomegranate soap into my beard, a reasonably dense and creamy lather developed to my liking. While I would not say that the Edwin Jagger soap is thirsty, it did require a good measure of water to achieve the telltale lather sheen that I aim to produce with all lathers.
I completed a standard three pass shave, one pass with the whisker growth, then one across, and finally one against the stubble pattern. The Edwin Jagger DE3D14bl paired with the renowned Polsilver Super Iridium blade performed brilliantly. As with other Edwin Jagger razors, I consistently achieve a close shave without any irritation with the Edwin Jagger DE3D14bl. The stout knurling on the handle provided a sure grip during the shave and has a lustrous look. The razor glided smoothly atop the high-performing Edwin Jagger Limes & Pomegranate lather which also provided sensible protection during the shave. In between passes, a slight residual slickness remained and my face sensed a mild menthol tingle that lasted the shave through from the Edwin Jagger Hydrating Pre Shave Lotion. I did not particularly feel that the pre shave lotion aided in creating the lather. Additionally, similar shaving results were observed with or without using the lotion. That said, the mentholated lotion allows you to add the menthol experience to your shave at the strength level of your choosing. After the final rinse, the menthol sensation had subsided and my face felt satisfyingly soft and nourished without any oiliness likely due to the soap and lotion combination.
The scent of Edwin Jagger Limes & Pomegranate is straightforward. Off the puck and throughout the shave, the scent is best described as a moderate to mild natural, fresh lime fragrance. I personally enjoy citrus-based fragrances, but often find that some can have a chemical-type smell much like a household cleaning product or furniture polish. In fact, I tend to pick this harsh synthetic aroma up more times than not from citrus shaving soaps. To my delight, Edwin Jagger Limes & Pomegranate shaving soap exhibits a close reproduction of a freshly cut lime aroma. As of this writing, it is one of my favorite citrus-scented shaving soaps. I think that the scent strength is just right to last the shave through without overpowering the shave experience. I look forward to trying other Edwin Jagger shaving soaps in the future.
I finished this shave off with a dash of Thayer’s Aftershave. After a quick, mild alcohol burn, an aloe vera tackiness took hold that lasted for a few minutes along with the woody witch hazel aroma. With the dry down complete, my face felt supple to touch and nicely hydrated. I was ready to face the day.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 5
Overall – 4.67 A proper shave.
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