We had a wicked Spring storm blow though the area yesterday. So, I feel compelled to reach for Wet Shaving Products Rustic Shaving Soap Spring Rain (WSP Spring Rain from here on out) this morning. I usually enjoy fresh scents and WSP soaps in general. I’m pairing it with the lovely Fine Accoutrements Fresh Vetiver. This should make for a renewing shave. My face is feeling healthy and taught. I do have one minor wound healing under my jaw from this weekend’s shave. Let’s give this Spring shave a go.
Preparation: Hot shower
Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89 Kelvin Double Edge Safety Razor
Blade: Polsilver Super Iridium Razor Blade
Brush: Plisson La Maison du Barbier Synthetic
Finish: Fine Accoutrements Fresh Vetiver Aftershave
That was a clean feeling shave. I was excited to use the new Plisson La Maison du Barbier brush this morning as I enjoyed it for my weekend shaves. It is one of the softest and least stiff brushes that I have experienced to date. I appreciated the gentle face touch of the soft fiber and the delicate pressure required to easily splay the knot. Loading with the damp La Maison du Barbier brush was a simple task from the dry and soft WSP Spring Rain puck. It reminds me of how easy it is to load the Grooming Company brush which uses the same Plisson synthetic fiber as far as I know. After 8-10 sec of delicate swirling, there was adequate paste build-up between the brush fibers. I wet my freshly showered face, applied the small amount of puck foam from loading, then began the face lathers. In usual WSP Rustic Shaving Soap fashion, whipping-up a respectable dense, but not too overly voluminous lather was a breeze. The brush seems to excel in the paintbrush-style stokes that I use to begin and end my face lathers with. Swirling the brush was a little different compared to other brushes I have experience with as it only required a light push of the fibers into my face to splay out the knot. The handle design of sturdy molded acetate. I noticed two mold seams on either side of the handle and a mold scar on the base. None of them were noticeable during use, but under inspection they are present.
I completed the usual three pass shave, one pass with the grain, then two subsequent passes across the grain in opposing directions. Re-applying the WSP Spring Rain lather with the Plisson La Maison du Barbier brush was quick with a few paintbrush-style strokes to coat. The nimble Edwin Jagger DE89 Kelvin razor paired with the highly sharp and smooth Polsilver Super Iridium blade is one of my favorite razor/blade combos. The Edwin Jagger DE89 razor head is so gentle on the face, yet cuts so smoothly with a quality blade. The WSP Spring Rain lather provided adequate glide for the shave, though there was not much residual glide after the razor pass. I completed the cutting process with a bit of touching-up on my neck and there was plenty of WSP Spring Rain lather remaining in the brush to finish.
The scent of WSP Spring Rain off the puck is reminiscent of a dryer sheet similar to may fresh/spring fragrances. Thankfully, the WSP Spring Rain scent matured while whipping-up the face lather to include a bright green, leafy fragrance with a hint of herbal sweetness. Towards the end of the shave, the moderately strong scent evolved further, mixing in a subtle airy, flowery smell before mostly dissipating after the final rinse. I thought all of these scent traces blended well together and set WSP Spring Rain apart from other typical laundry smelling fresh scents. I was hoping that WSP Spring Rain had actually captured the scent of a rain storm. But, alas, that seems to remain an elusive fragrance for artisans to recreate.
After the final rinse of residual lather, my face felt nicely nourished. I finished the shave with the superb Fine Accoutrements Fresh Vetiver aftershave spalsh. Upon initial application, I enjoyed the quick searing alcohol sensation that fades into a cool, soothing menthol feel. After enjoying this sensation for a few minutes, the alcohol and menthol aroma fades to reveal the sweet grassy scent with a hint of bright citrus that makes me so enjoy Fresh Vetiver. Fresh Vetiver is a great pairing for WSP Spring Rain and other fresh scented soaps on the market.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 5
Overall – 4.66 A fresh and green shave for a wet Spring day.
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