06-15-2012, 06:57 PM
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  • ben74
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Coates “Fitzwilliam” Shaving Brush

This pot of Coate’s Limited Edition Tea Tree and Rosemary shaving cream came with a Coate’s branded Fitzwilliam shaving brush.

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The shaving cream is glycerine and coconut oil based and contains tea tree and rosemary essential oils.
It's paraben free and contains no artificial colourants or fragrance.

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This beautiful little brush is hand lathe-turned and is filled with pure badger hair.
The graduated handle shape has lamp blacked detail to both sides.
The knot size is 18mm.

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Apparently Simpsons produced this brush.
I believe the Fitzwilliam is modeled on a brush that first appeared during the 1930′s.
The brush is said to date from before the Vulfix take over of the Simpsons brand and was manufactured in Somerset.

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According to historians, James Coate established his first brush works in London in 1847 but moved out to Somerset in 1883.
Coate's opened factories in Axminster and Chard and later amalgamated with Simpsons.

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 06-15-2012, 07:00 PM
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Very nice on both counts! The cream and the brush!

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 06-15-2012, 07:10 PM
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  • Johnny
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I bought one of those brushes last year. I believe I got it from razor blades and more. Seems like it was around $34.00

It was a decent little brush and I gave it to a friend that was getting back in to wet shaving.

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 06-15-2012, 07:16 PM
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i came close to purchasing that gift set a while back. amazon had a couple at rock bottom prices, then after 1 or 2 got purchased, the price went back up.

looks nice, but i'm not a pure badger guy (or at least i don't think i am)

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 06-15-2012, 07:28 PM
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  • Manticore
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I purchased that very set from Razor Blades and More back in January of this year for $36.00.

I love this little brush. I thought the cream was garbage and couldn't throw it away fast enough, but the brush is worth every penny I paid for the set. Great brush for face lathering. Smile

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 06-15-2012, 08:14 PM
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  • ben74
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I haven't tried the cream yet and am in no rush to as rosemary and tea tree isn't really my cup of tea.

The brush however IMO is a real looker. The hair feels quite agreeable for "Pure" and I'm looking forward to giving it a try...

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 06-15-2012, 09:33 PM
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  • Teiste
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I do like that handle a lot.Maybe Simpson would make one handle like that in the future?

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 06-16-2012, 04:09 AM
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I actually like that cream. It seems to work fine, though a lot of people had issues with the amount of Tea Tree oil they put in it. The performance was not spectacular, but was certainly decent.

I've been considering buying one of these brushes. I'll have to get the set, I guess.

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 06-16-2012, 06:36 AM
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  • Manticore
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I was really looking forward to the cream. I love tea tree shampoo and was hoping for the best. The tub I received was void of scent & I could not detect even the slightest trace of tea tree. I'm wondering if the tub I got hadn't gone bad or was passed.

But Like I said, Very Nice Little Brush!

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 06-16-2012, 06:38 AM
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  • ben74
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 06-16-2012, 07:16 AM
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I've been tempted by the brush. It looks really nice.

I've used the tea tree soap, it set my face on fire. The burn was quite intense. The cream I have but it doesn't burn as much, I think this is due it being quite dried out and some of the EO evaporating.

The scent is lovely such a shame about the burn.

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 06-16-2012, 01:16 PM
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Ben, very nice looking brush and soap.

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 06-16-2012, 10:50 PM
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  • tgutc
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West Coast has the cream on sale for $10 right now because it's dehydrated. It's under the scratch and dent section and was regular a $20 list.

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 06-17-2012, 04:46 AM
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(06-16-2012, 10:50 PM)tgutc Wrote: West Coast has the cream on sale for $10 right now because it's dehydrated. It's under the scratch and dent section and was regular a $20 list.

i saw that too last night, as i was ordering something. it was tempting, as i had just picked up the Coates brush yesterday on a brush sale.

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 06-17-2012, 04:56 AM
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  • ben74
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(06-17-2012, 04:46 AM)brucered Wrote: ...i had just picked up the Coates brush yesterday on a brush sale.

Seems like a case of BIOB...

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 06-17-2012, 11:45 AM
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I've been using the Coates SC since I saw this post, and I find that I still like the performance. My face seems to be immune to the Tea Tree oil (still conspicuously present).

I also managed to sell some items and buy the brush. Thanks for the links, Ben.

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 06-17-2012, 11:53 AM
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  • tgutc
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Yohann is yours actually a cream or is it a soap? I have the same pot shown above by Ben but mine is really a soap even though it says cream. Maybe mine was dehydrated like the ones on West Coast and I never realized it wasn't supposed to be that way.

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 06-17-2012, 12:39 PM
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(06-17-2012, 11:53 AM)tgutc Wrote: Yohann is yours actually a cream or is it a soap? I have the same pot shown above by Ben but mine is really a soap even though it says cream. Maybe mine was dehydrated like the ones on West Coast and I never realized it wasn't supposed to be that way.

That sounds like my pot. It's dehydrated for sure. It's like a hard italian soft soap.

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 06-17-2012, 02:49 PM
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I have one of each, actually.

I rehydrated my 'soap' one. For that I used a spatula and some boiling water. I then heated up the whole tub for 5 secs at a time until I was able to get the soap to be more workable. It's now a lot softer than a soap.

The one I've been using lately is the rehydrated soap one.

Just to clarify this: the bona-fide cream one has a different consistency than the rehydrated one.

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 06-17-2012, 03:21 PM
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  • xraygun
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Very nice Ben!

I really like the Pure. It's not as prickly as I expected.

I'm only selling my B4 because of my huge brush fixation and my tab with the French.

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