07-27-2017, 01:24 PM
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(07-27-2017, 10:47 AM)Gig103 Wrote: Arlington with lanolin?! Awesome!

Indubitably. 

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 07-27-2017, 04:09 PM
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Dang! DRH isn't exactly my #1 soap, but it's a classic with amazing scents. Now I need to be on the lookout for this unobtanium.

Fun fact - I visited the shop in 2014. It was great, I was able to smell all the scents, and see crazy things like 1L aftershave milk containers! The saleslady told me "some Italian guy comes in all the time for [that bottle], he must really love it." Also, DRH will fill out the tax-back forms without minimum purchases (TOBS wanted a £100 order for it).

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 07-28-2017, 07:12 AM
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DRH isn't my favorite either, but it is easily the best of the modern British offerings.  My wife and I have talked about touring Europe, but it's hard to pass up the affordability and ease of access of Central America and the Caribbean.

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 07-29-2017, 09:40 AM
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(07-28-2017, 07:12 AM)blzrfn Wrote: DRH isn't my favorite either, but it is easily the best of the modern British offerings.  My wife and I have talked about touring Europe, but it's hard to pass up the affordability and ease of access of Central America and the Caribbean.

I can't encourage you strongly enough to visit Europe. If the flight is too much to handle all at once, you can look for business class flight deals (we got a vacation package for 8 nights in Vienna + business class for $3000/person), or break up the trip by stopping in NYC for a few night stopover. Visit Pasteur's Pharmacy ;-)

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 07-31-2017, 11:39 AM
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Okay, I ended week #2 of Catie's Bubbles Fouet L'Orange. As I had said earlier I had very good to great shaves (except one). A few spots had a bit of razor burn, not sure if that was user error or slickness problems, I'm leaning towards the former.

Next up - Palmolive cream.

Code:
Acquisition Order Soap A Week (except *)
Week(s) of    Product
11/23/2016    AoS Sandalwood cream
12/02/2016    Proraso Sandalwood
12/10/2016    MW Vetiver & Oakmoss*
12/19/2016    Palmolive stick
12/25/2017    WSP Barbershop*
01/03/2017    TOBS Shaving Shop
01/14/2017    DRH Arlington
01/21/2017    DRH Windsor stick
01/28/2017    TOBS Avocado
02/05/2017    MLS Kraken*
02/13/2017    GFT Eucris
02/21/2017    Trader Joe's Shave Cream*
02/27/2017    B&M Leviathan
03/09/2017    Blades Grim Smolder
03/18/2017    Razorock XXX
03/26/2017    Haslinger Schafmilch
04/18/2017    B&M Latha Oceana* (Cruise)
05/03/2017    N/A - Travel week rotation
05/07/2017    Haslinger Schafmilch
06/04/2017    AoS Sandalwood tallow
06/13/2017    Arko Moist Cream
06/21/2017    Proraso Green
07/04/2017    Haslinger Sandalwood
07/11/2017    Chiseled Face Sherlock
07/18/2017    Catie's Bubbles Foulet L'Orange

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 08-06-2017, 07:46 AM
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Castle Forbes was a bit of a let down. I have read extraordinary reviews about this cream. It is a very good cream but not what I expected. Maybe my expectations were higher than they should have been. I feel T&H creams are a tad better. Of course I am out of T&H to give a direct comparison, but that's just from what I recall. CF seemed to lack slickness. After two weeks of experimenting with water ratios I believe I got the most slickness possible out of the cream. It still wasn't super slick for my straight razor shaves.

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 08-07-2017, 03:33 AM
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CRSW Jeff's Soap this week. The scent is fantastic. A nice light green clean scent with a very slight floral hint. It reminds me of the scent that is caused when you trim the stem a rose. 

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 08-07-2017, 05:52 AM
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(08-07-2017, 03:33 AM)Gabe Wrote: CRSW Jeff's Soap this week. The scent is fantastic. A nice light green clean scent with a very slight floral hint. It reminds me of the scent that is caused when you trim the stem a rose. 

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Gabe, how's the lather?

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 08-07-2017, 06:44 PM
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(08-07-2017, 05:52 AM)kingfisher Wrote:
(08-07-2017, 03:33 AM)Gabe Wrote: CRSW Jeff's Soap this week. The scent is fantastic. A nice light green clean scent with a very slight floral hint. It reminds me of the scent that is caused when you trim the stem a rose. 

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Gabe, how's the lather?

The lather is very good to say the least. To be honest this is my first time using a Oneblade. I've been paying more attention to the razor than the lather. The soap lathered easily and performed well as can be expected from a top quality artisan soap. Next week I will play with the water ratio more and really test the limits of this soap. Not to mention I will go back to my straights to test that slickness.

I only initially mentioned the scent as I feel the performance of Larry's soaps overshadows the scents he creates. Larry is no slouch when it comes to scents. In my very modest opinion, his scents are only rivaled by Michelle of Mystic Waters. Now that is a strong statement and my initial thoughts. I reserve the right to alter this statement after sleeping on it. Even then I may only add one or two more artisans to the mix when it comes to scents.

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 08-08-2017, 08:56 PM
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New week, new soap -- Haslinger Meeresalgen (Seaweed) is up tonight. Both it, and the Palmolive from last week, and the Haslinger Salbei (Sage) that's next week, were purchased on my trip last summer to Vienna.

Full journey to date:
Code:
Purchase order SAW (* for exceptions)
Week(s) of    Product
11/23/2016    AoS Sandalwood cream
12/02/2016    Proraso Sandalwood
12/10/2016    MW Vetiver & Oakmoss*
12/19/2016    Palmolive stick
12/25/2017    WSP Barbershop*
01/03/2017    TOBS Shaving Shop
01/14/2017    DRH Arlington
01/21/2017    DRH Windsor stick
01/28/2017    TOBS Avocado
02/05/2017    MLS Kraken*
02/13/2017    GFT Eucris
02/21/2017    Trader Joe's Shave Cream*
02/27/2017    B&M Leviathan
03/09/2017    Blades Grim Smolder
03/18/2017    Razorock XXX
03/26/2017    Haslinger Schafmilch
04/18/2017    B&M Latha Oceana* (Cruise)
05/03/2017    ** N/A - Travel rotation**
05/07/2017    Haslinger Schafmilch
06/04/2017    AoS Sandalwood tallow
06/13/2017    Arko Moist Cream
06/21/2017    Proraso Green
07/04/2017    Haslinger Sandalwood
07/11/2017    Chiseled Face Sherlock
07/18/2017    Catie's Bubbles Foulet L'Orange
08/02/2017    Palmolive cream
08/08/2017    Haslinger Meeresalgen

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 08-09-2017, 08:30 AM
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I'm past due on my updates and haven't had the chance to get any photos, but enough excuses...

Last week I started a new soap, Saponificio Varesino 70th Anniversary.  This soap has a drop dead gorgeous fragrance and the performance follows suit.  I still believe that SV is the finest non-tallow soap that I have ever had the pleasure of using.  The lather is stable, slick and creamy and leaves my skin very soft aftwerwards.  I haven't tried any of their matching aftershaves, but I should rectify that.  Their new LE Beta 4.3 soaps are awfully tempting and would be a good excuse to get one of the aftershaves to try out. 

This week I am back at work trying to finish of my Mickey Lee Panty Dropper.  It still has a couple of week's worth of shaves left in the donut shaped puck, but I would like to finish off the soap this Summer.  If successful that will be my third soap finished up this year with the other two being I. Coloniali (RIP) and the other being Mike's Barbershop (what a great soap!).  The Mickey Lee leaves nothing to be desired and would be an easy recommendation for others.

I have pulled out a couple of new soaps to add in to the rotation.  In addition to the SV 70th Anniv. soap I have pulled out my vintage Boots soap in ceramic bowl and the CRSW Jefff's Soap will be used to keep that strong man's recovery in my thoughts.

Happy shaving gents!

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 08-09-2017, 09:56 AM
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(08-09-2017, 08:30 AM)blzrfn Wrote: I'm past due on my updates and haven't had the chance to get any photos, but enough excuses...

Last week I started a new soap, Saponificio Varesino 70th Anniversary.  This soap has a drop dead gorgeous fragrance and the performance follows suit.  I still believe that SV is the finest non-tallow soap that I have ever had the pleasure of using.  The lather is stable, slick and creamy and leaves my skin very soft aftwerwards.  I haven't tried any of their matching aftershaves, but I should rectify that.  Their new LE Beta 4.3 soaps are awfully tempting and would be a good excuse to get one of the aftershaves to try out. 

This week I am back at work trying to finish of my Mickey Lee Panty Dropper.  It still has a couple of week's worth of shaves left in the donut shaped puck, but I would like to finish off the soap this Summer.  If successful that will be my third soap finished up this year with the other two being I. Coloniali (RIP) and the other being Mike's Barbershop (what a great soap!).  The Mickey Lee leaves nothing to be desired and would be an easy recommendation for others.

I have pulled out a couple of new soaps to add in to the rotation.  In addition to the SV 70th Anniv. soap I have pulled out my vintage Boots soap in ceramic bowl and the CRSW Jefff's Soap will be used to keep that strong man's recovery in my thoughts.

Happy shaving gents!
Dave, thanks for the update.  

have you tried Dr. Jon's v.2 soaps?  Just curious because if you have I'd like to know how you feel they stack up against the SV soaps.  I love Dr. Jon's v.2 soaps.  Best non-tallow soap I've ever tried.

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 08-09-2017, 10:13 AM
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(08-09-2017, 09:56 AM)kingfisher Wrote: Dave, thanks for the update.  

have you tried Dr. Jon's v.2 soaps?  Just curious because if you have I'd like to know how you feel they stack up against the SV soaps.  I love Dr. Jon's v.2 soaps.  Best non-tallow soap I've ever tried.

I have not tried Dr. Jon's, in fact I haven't tried many new releases at all.  I know I am missing out on some stellar products but I reserve my absurd spending habits for vintage/antique brushes and razors as those tend to hold their value better.  Also, my current soaps that I have on hand are giving me excellent performance so I don't feel like I am totally missing out.

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 08-15-2017, 11:05 AM
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Well the Panty Dropper is always pleasant to use, but it is like an Everlasting Gobstopper from Willy Wanka.  I thought I would be very close to finishing off this soap last week, but taking a realistic look at it, I'm guessing at least a couple more weeks worth of shaves.  I'll probably rotate it in every other week through the end of Summer until it's done.

This week I am using CRSW For Jeff soap.  The scent is very pleasant and the performance is nice.  I'll hold off any further thoughts until I get some more uses under my belt.

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 08-15-2017, 11:29 AM
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(08-07-2017, 03:33 AM)Gabe Wrote: [Image: Q2Qn3MJ.jpg]


Gabe, how do you like the OneBlade?? Is that a v1 or v2?
Thanks!

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 08-15-2017, 10:27 PM
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Wrapped up a week with Haslinger Meeresalgen. Great shaves, nice scent (but mild, I wish it was twice as strong).

Next up is P&B Albion, which is full of fragrance/essential oils. After that, I'll have used everything in my inventory, although to keep my "purchase order" going, I will have four more to go, repeats from earlier in the list but this time in order.

Code:
Purchase order* Shave-a-week
Week(s) of    Product
11/23/2016    AoS Sandalwood cream
12/02/2016    Proraso Sandalwood
12/10/2016    MW Vetiver & Oakmoss*
12/19/2016    Palmolive stick
12/25/2017    WSP Barbershop*
01/03/2017    TOBS Shaving Shop
01/14/2017    DRH Arlington
01/21/2017    DRH Windsor stick
01/28/2017    TOBS Avocado
02/05/2017    MLS Kraken*
02/13/2017    GFT Eucris
02/21/2017    Trader Joe's Shave Cream*
02/27/2017    B&M Leviathan
03/09/2017    Blades Grim Smolder
03/18/2017    Razorock XXX
03/26/2017    Haslinger Schafmilch
04/18/2017    B&M Latha Oceana* (Cruise)
05/03/2017    ** N/A - Travel rotation**
05/07/2017    Haslinger Schafmilch
06/04/2017    AoS Sandalwood tallow
06/13/2017    Arko Moist Cream
06/21/2017    Proraso Green
07/04/2017    Haslinger Sandalwood
07/11/2017    Chiseled Face Sherlock
07/18/2017    Catie's Bubbles Foulet L'Orange
08/02/2017    Palmolive cream
08/08/2017    Haslinger Meeresalgen
08/17/2017    P&B Albion

*Out of order usage

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 08-16-2017, 11:04 AM
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Well, I'm in this week with an oldie but a goodie, Country Club for Men vegan in the orange blossom scent.  I've had this soap forever and have well over a hundred shaves on it, so to be honest I'm kind of tired of it.  There's not much left, though, so I decided to 3017 it.  So far I have used it 4 straight days.  

Rather than SAW it, I may actually completely 3017 it; i.e., use it until it's gone.  It might have anywhere from 6 to about 14 shaves left in it.  It's hard to be sure.  It doesn't take much of this stuff to make a thick lather, that much is sure.  

Anyway, I had another good shave with it this morning, like all 100+ before it.  


(Remind never to buy a 6-oz puck of shaving soap again.)

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 08-16-2017, 11:46 AM
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(08-15-2017, 11:29 AM)Nero Wrote:
(08-07-2017, 03:33 AM)Gabe Wrote: [Image: Q2Qn3MJ.jpg]


Gabe, how do you like the OneBlade?? Is that a v1 or v2?
Thanks!

I enjoyed it. I had it on loan from another member who did a passaround. Not sure which version it was. It feels almost exactly like a cart. The shaves were mild, and comfortable. It was almost too easy to use. I prefer to hold my life on the line with a straight razor at 4am. Lol

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 08-16-2017, 01:25 PM
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(08-16-2017, 11:46 AM)Gabe Wrote:
(08-15-2017, 11:29 AM)Nero Wrote:
(08-07-2017, 03:33 AM)Gabe Wrote: [Image: Q2Qn3MJ.jpg]


Gabe, how do you like the OneBlade?? Is that a v1 or v2?
Thanks!

I enjoyed it. I had it on loan from another member who did a passaround. Not sure which version it was. It feels almost exactly like a cart. The shaves were mild, and comfortable. It was almost too easy to use. I prefer to hold my life on the line with a straight razor at 4am. Lol


Interesting!
I've been getting closer shaves with the CORE than my DE shaves.
I imagine you used a v1, though, by the sound of it... which apparently was very mild... hence they designed v2 to be more efficient.

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 08-16-2017, 06:11 PM
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(08-16-2017, 01:25 PM)Nero Wrote:
(08-16-2017, 11:46 AM)Gabe Wrote:
(08-15-2017, 11:29 AM)Nero Wrote: Gabe, how do you like the OneBlade?? Is that a v1 or v2?
Thanks!

I enjoyed it. I had it on loan from another member who did a passaround. Not sure which version it was. It feels almost exactly like a cart. The shaves were mild, and comfortable. It was almost too easy to use. I prefer to hold my life on the line with a straight razor at 4am. Lol


Interesting!
I've been getting closer shaves with the CORE than my DE shaves.
I imagine you used a v1, though, by the sound of it... which apparently was very mild... hence they designed v2 to be more efficient.

That would definitely be an improvement. I did a side by side comparison with my 1912. The 1912 was closer but not as comfortable. If the Oneblade was closer, it would be ideal. I liked the Feather blade in it too. It didn't sing like the Gem, but it was smooth. Is the core the V2? I also read about a Genisus but I am unsure about the models since I don't follow modern SEs.

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