It’s Friday, and I’m gearing up for a fun-filled weekend. My good brother visits this afternoon so, I’m reaching for Mickey Lee Drunken Goat this morning. While somewhat on the dry side, my face is feeling healthy and ready for a close shave. Let’s give the goat a go.
Preparation: Hot shower
Razor: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Double Open Comb Safety Razor
Blade: Shark Super Chrome Razor Blade
Soap: Mickey Lee Soapworks The Drunken Goat Shaving Soap
Brush: The Grooming Co. New Generation Synthetic Badger Shaving Brush (available at BullGoose Shaving Supplies)
Finish: Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum Aftershave
That was a fun and unique shave. Loading with the masterful Grooming Co. synthetic brush from the dry Mickey Lee Drunken Goat puck was a simple task taking a under 10 seconds to achieve a good paste between the brush fibers. Face lathering is a joy with the Grooming Co. brush with what I think is the perfect balance of softness and backbone. After a couple of dips in my hot water reserve and about 45 seconds of swirling, I had a respectable lather on my face and plenty in the brush for subsequent passes.
I completed a typical three pass shave, one pass with the whisker growth, then two passes across the stubble pattern in opposing directions. This is my eighth shave with the Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Double Open Comb safety razor, and I’m pleased that I decided to add it to my collection. This smooth gliding razor provides a mild, but close shave and is easy to nimbly maneuver and handle. For the first time, I used a Shark Super Chrome blade for the shave. While not the sharpest or smoothest shave of my life, the blade accomplished the shaving task nonetheless. These Shark blades are a high value blade and gave me a good above average shave. The Mickey Lee Drunken Goat lather gave a good slick shave and provided a solid barrier for the PAA Double Open Comb razor to glide on. I had plenty of lather for two passes, but as I coated my face from the brush for the third, the lather dissipated quickly but was still fairly slick. For good measure, I swirled the brush a few time on top of the puck, then took a little more time to whip-up that same solid lather I had for the first two passes. I don’t mind returning to the puck especially for such a pleasant shaving lather that Mickey Lee Drunken Goat creates.
The scent of Mickey Lee Drunken Goat off the puck reminded me of a mocha coffee drink. It was sweet and chocolaty with a hint of coffee bitterness. I didn’t know whether to eat it or shave with it. After whipping-up a face lather and throughout the remainder of the shave, the Mickey Lee Drunken Goat scent evolved into a richer oat-like fragrance with the slightly bittersweet roasted barley Guinness scent brought to the forefront. It was a pleasant scent if not a bit sweet for my personal preferences.
After rinsing the final lather remnants from my face, my face felt very soft and nourished. Mickey Lee Drunken Goat gave an outstanding post-shave feel. I finished the shave with a heavy-handed splash of Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum. After the initial searing alcohol burn settled down, a strong spicy clove-heavy aroma filled the air. While Clubman Bay Rum is a little light on the rum and bay fragrances and a little strong on the clove scent, I enjoy it from time-to-time and thought it paired nicely with Mickey Lee Drunken Goat.
Closeness – 3
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 5
Overall – 4.33 A respectable shave. Let’s hope some of that respect holds through the weekend, and I don’t end up the Drunken Goat come Monday morning.
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