I’m excited on this crisp, cool morning for an autumn shave. There is just something special about fall that I enjoy more than any other season; the weather, the clothes, the scents, the food. I’m not sure what it is, but I think this shaving soap and aftershave pairing of exceptional artisans should prove a perfect match. My face is feeling healthy and taught this morning. Let’s give this fall shave a go.
Preparation: Hot shower
Razor: Edwin Jagger DE3D14bl Laser Diamond Knurled Handled Safety Razor
Blade: Polsilver Super Iridium Double Edge Razor Blade
Soap: Barrister & Mann Bay Nocturne Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Muhle Rytmo Black Fibre Shaving Brush
Finish: Captain’s Choice Cat O’ Nine Tails Aftershave
Now that was an exceptional shave. Loading with the damp Muhle Rytmo Black Fibre brush from the dry Barrister & Mann Nocturne puck was a breeze. The synthetic fibers of the brush pick-up the soap from the relatively hard puck with ease and I appreciate the hefty weight of the Rytmo handle that is unlike any other brush I’ve experienced. After about ten seconds of swirling, a dense paste accumulated between the fibers for a solid load. I wet my freshly showered face, applied the small amount of puck foam to my chin and cheeks, then began to face lather. I coated my face with a few paintbrush-style strokes, then began to swirl with the firm but pleasantly soft Muhle Black Fibre tips. Barrister & Mann Nocturne is a thirsty soap that requires a substantial amount of water for a proper lather. With several solid dips of the brush tips into my hot water reserve and a good measure of swirling, I whipped-up a wonderfully creamy and slick lather in about a minute’s time. That telltale sheen glistened from the lather, and I knew I was ready for whisker destruction.
I completed a standard two pass shave, one pass straight down my face followed by one pass from neck to cheek. Some minor touching up afterwards was necessary for optional closeness. The Edwin Jagger DE3D14bl razor performed with confidence gliding effortlessly atop the remarkably slick Barrister & Mann Nocturne lather. I appreciate the solid grip offered by the laser diamond knurled handle even while wet. I think this handle really sets the razor design apart from other Edwin Jagger offerings. The Edwin Jagger razor head offers a moderately aggressive shave with a gentle skin touch. Paired with a top-tier blade like the Polsilver Super Iridium, the razor made short work of my two days of stubble. The Edwin Jagger has become my go to razor for moderate to light whisker density shaves (1-2 days of growth) as I routinely achieve close, comfortable, wound free shaves with the razor. As I rinsed the final residual lather from my face, my skin felt exceptionally soft and nourished, a testament to the awesomeness of the Barrister & Mann Nocturne formula.
The scent of Barrister & Mann Nocturne off the puck was initially rather sweet and bubblegum-like. With a couple of deliberate sniffs, I could pick up a bit of apple within the sweetness. After building the lather and throughout the shave, the scent matured into a spiced, crisp apple cider aroma with hints of dry raked leaves. The cured, fallen leaf scent is unique and evokes pleasant memories of a fall day spent outdoors amongst the hardwoods. The spiced apple cider aroma overtook the shave and made for a most enjoyable scent journey. While I was initially unsure about this scent prior to shaving, I’m happy I gave Barrister & Mann Nocturne a chance as I’ve yet to find a better fall-themed scent that I’ve enjoyed more. Unfortunately, it seems that Barrister & Mann will not be producing Nocturne again this fall as it does not appear on there release schedule at the time of this writing.
I finished off the shave with a potent dose of Captain’s Choice Cat O’ Nine Tails aftershave. Cat O’ Nine Tails is bay rum turned up to 11 with a virile spiciness. Upon initial application a searing alcohol sting built into a warming sensation which peaks in intensity after a minute or so. During hte dry down, Cat O’ Nine Tails immerses you in the delightful bay, citrus, cinnamon spice that paired exceptionally well with the Barrister & Mann Nocturne scent. Both Barrister & Mann Nocturne soap and Captain’s Choice Cat O’ Nine Tails left my face feeling soft and supple. My face was moisturized and protected for the crisp autumn day.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 5
Overall – 4.66 A nourishing, slick fall shave.
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