Shave of the Day Thread - 2017

Discussion started by Mark1966, Jan 1, 2017.

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  1. nav1

    nav1 Member 2018 Sabbatical

    Have you tried pure witch hazel or pure Aloe Vera (as in straight from the plant)?

    My friend was in the same boat as your and found a light splash of witch hazel and a dab of pure Aloe Vera worked great for him.
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  2. RazorPlay

    RazorPlay Member

    I've tried witch hazel followed by a rinse but still got the zits. Although it deserves another go - it wasn't a long run and may have been coincidence. Haven't tried Aloe Vera but it would seem to be more likely to cause issues than WH.

    What works best is a re-lather with whatever I shaved with while I put everything away, followed by a cold rinse. There has never been any issue with that and it's so easy that I stopped experimenting with alternatives...
  3. lerenau

    lerenau a cheeky monkey

    First shave with my new Feather Artist Club SS

    Brush: 1092 Synthetic
    Soap/Cream: APR Mycroft soap
    Razor: Feather Artist Club SS
    Blade: Feather AC Pro (1)
    Post-shave: Thayer's medicated, alum, APR Fougère Bourbon Rose balm
    A/S: APR Mycroft a/s

    I am currently on leave and slept-in this morning.
    When I awoke, I found that a package from Japan had just arrived with my new Feather AC SS shavette.
    Since I was due for a shave anyway, I decided to give it a go.

    First of all, let me just say this: Sweet mother of Tallow, that's a mighty sharp blade!
    I usually complain that DE blades aren't sharp enough. But I swear, this thing could cleave the soul from your flesh!

    I didn't have high expectations of this shave since I was pretty certain it would end in bloody mess and severed limbs... I was not wrong.
    I came out red-raw on about 30% of my face and experienced about 6 small bleeders. But, the piece-de-resistance (pun intended) was the long laceration along my neckline where I slipped slightly and (very easily) broke the skin. Imagine someone coming up behind you and putting a knife to your throat with just enough pressure to show they were mental. Yeah. It looks exactly like that. Just enough blood to ruin whatever you might be wearing and show that they mean business.

    I rinsed my face with ice-cold Canberra water which felt fantastic. Then followed it up with an ample application of alum... Whollykaw did that give an almighty burn! In hindsight I shouldn't have been surprised. But it certainly took my breathe away and I may have shed a tear.

    But, I survived the experience. Sort of. And, in all seriousness, I think things will improve with experience.
    The small patches of my face that came out unscathed look amazing. Baby-smooth and with no irritation. So, I think I just need to practice.
    A feather-light touch is clearly required. As is the time to do it justice as rushing may well cause permanent damage; at least in the early days.

    Overall, I'm looking forward my next attempt. But, it might have to wait until the weekend so I can heal...
  4. thisISjoel

    thisISjoel Member

    YMMV. but I'm finding Stirling balms are leaving my skin as smooth as I can ever remember it being.
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  5. RazorPlay

    RazorPlay Member

    @lerenau congrats on your first Feather shave. You are game starting off with pro blades. I can only tame them after a few shaves. Guarded blades were my learning choice and I think it was a good one although Supers are my fave now. Good luck - don't give up!
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  6. nav1

    nav1 Member 2018 Sabbatical

    I would still recommend getting an actual Aloe plant, not the stuff in the container.
    Just cut a tiny but off, squeeze the gel out and take to face.

    In fact, I'm waiting to move into my own flat where I'll switch over to fresh Aloe gel as my aftershave.
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  7. Benjamin

    Benjamin Member 2018 Sabbatical

    Thanks for the feedback guys (y), I think I'll give it a go. @RazorPlay at least you found what works for you. @SpeedyPC I was thinking to try some, but wanted to check about shininess before buying.
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  8. nav1

    nav1 Member 2018 Sabbatical

    Rockwell R3
    RR Bruce
    DR Harris Arlington
    Nivea sensitive splash

    The Arlington was up in rotation and i was so excited! I just love this scent and all Harris soaps perform great.

    First pass was a bit rough as i didn't add enough water (i find milled soaps take a ton of water). The subsequent 2 passes lead to a fantastic BBS. Just wonderful stuff!!
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  9. Phil

    Phil Member

    Razor: Gillette Fat Boy (5)
    Blade(s): Polsilver (2)
    Brush: Simpsons Super Chubby 2
    Soap/Cream: Truefitt and Hill 1805
    Post: Dickinsons

    The Fat Boy was set to "5" over yesterday's "4" and provided a reliable smooth shave. T&H is a good product, but after being pampered with the likes of Squadron Soap, AP Reserve and Wholly Kaw recently, seems to be a bit below par nowadays. Funny as when I first bought this I thought it was great. All part of looking for the "best shave EVER". You find something incrementally better and fall in love with that.
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  10. Pbgoose

    Pbgoose Member

    Pre: Coconut Oil
    Soap: Washpool Original
    Brush: Zenith Boar
    Razor: Colonial General
    Blade: Feather Pro Super
    Post: Jojoba

    Wow, what can I say, but those of us with the General must look at the shaving world in pity and wonder how they survive running the daily shave gauntlet without this instrument of power. And yet....... it was a bit like @Mark1966 said about injectors the other day, it was all just too easy.
    It was a bit like driving one of those new cars that won't even let you select a song on the stereo without pulling over first. It lacks a little wildness of the DE and rawness of the straight. Yet will I yield my new gained instrument of power...... no, I will not.
  11. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail

    Razor: Vintage Gillette NEW head on TSW Bren Handle
    Blade: Vintage NOS English Wilkinson Sword (8)
    Brush: Vintage butterscotch Simpson 'The Dule'
    Soap/Cream: Australian Private Reserve (APR) Mycroft shaving soap
    Aftershave Splash: Australian Private Reserve (APR) Mycroft splash
    Aftershave Balm: N/A
    Cologne: Australian Private Reserve (APR) Mycroft EDP
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  12. Well Mate, if the worst comes to the worst, you can probably get a bit-part in a vampire movie! :eek::bigtears::arghh::jawdrop:
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  13. todras

    todras est Français pour après-rasage Artisan Producer Menth Dealer


    LA Toja Pre
    Gillette Fatboy
    Barrister & Mann Cologne Russe
    Barrister & Mann Cologne Russe Aftershave

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  14. Director

    Director Member


    OK, nice. First shave with the new Futur clone and got pretty close to my best shave so far. Have been using the Merkur 1904 up until now and struggling to get a really close shave. I started the clone of on setting 1 with 'meh' results but after a couple of passes I cranked her up to 2.5 and suddenly everything was different. :) Seems I might have needed something slightly more aggressive than the Merkur to get the results I was after? Looking forward to tomorrows shave to see if wasn't a fluke. :)
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  15. todras

    todras est Français pour après-rasage Artisan Producer Menth Dealer

  16. SpeedyPC

    SpeedyPC Active Member Grand Society 2017 Sabbatical Fail

    Date: 18 July 2017 is 6:25am in London

    Brush: - RazoRock Plissoft Big Bruce Synthetic 26/63mm
    Lather: - Palmolive Classic Shave Stick (european version grated into a plastic tub)
    Razor: - Parker Variant Adjustable in Satin Chrome (WTG #5, XTG #5, ATG #2)
    Blade: - Astra Superior Platinum #6
    Post: - Thayers Witch Hazel 'Unscented' / Bulldog Original Aftershave Balm
    Fragrance: - YSL L’Homme EDT
  17. todras

    todras est Français pour après-rasage Artisan Producer Menth Dealer

    Wasn't the growth and evolution of some of the characters just epic and they really established major trajectories for the season ahead too :cool:
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