Pre-shave:- Cold Water straight from the tap Brush:- RazoRock Plissoft Synth. 24/57mm knot Soap/Cream:- Arko (4 shaving sticks grated into a 250ml plastic tub) Bowl/Scuttle:- Captain's Choice Razor/Blade:- Rockwell 6C 'R6' / Vintage NOS Wizamet Polsilver Brown #8 Post-shave:- Thayers Witch Hazel & Tea Tree Oil / WAHL Bay Rum Aftershave Splash Fragrance:- L'eau D'issey Pour Homme
I don't normally shave every single day, so why not for the whole month of February Summer Arko shave, I'm glad my skin is holding up for Arko just a tag dryer on my face for everyday shave which is no drama.
Arko shave stick seems fantastic for the whole summer season, so you don't have to worry too much about your skin drying out because we all start sweating again soon, Arko stick is fantastic when using only cold water because the lather explodes very quickly and very slick throughout the whole shave with a tip of water for each pass. I'm glad to have a whole of 12 Arko shave sticks suitable for Spring and Summer shaves, I'm not complaining about the smell of a very light lemon scent which is nowhere to a urinal cake smell.
Personna Lab blue (1)
Re-lather and cold rinse
Not quite BBS today with a new blade. A little disappointing. No balm this time and there is still a very minor tingle / sensation I can't place - not as much as yesterday but still there. I remember getting a similar thing with Cella when I first used it but that has gone. Will have to keep trying the ARKO on consecutive days to see if it either goes away or gets worse. I agree it's a great summer soap otherwise and I do love the scent now that my stick has aged nicely...
... Arko shave stick seems fantastic ...
... Arko stick is fantastic ...
... the lather explodes very quickly and very slick throughout the whole shave ...
... I'm glad to have a whole of 12 Arko shave sticks ...
I bought the 30mm tuxedo as a novelty but it's incredibly practical. The handle doesn't know the meaning of ergonomic but face lathering with this monster knot is wonderful!! (It doesn't fit on my stand)
Soap: Pb Phoenix VI
Brush: Zenith Boar
Razor: Black Hawk
Blade: Feather Pro Super (2)
Post: Jojoba Oil
AS: B&M Seville
Working out west and it's hot. Menthol shaving soap is a good start to a hot day and a XXXX beer a reasonable way to finish it.
Today's shave was long overdue although I have n excuse as I have been ill with Bronchitis and mostly lying on the sofa feeling sorry for myself and coughing hard. I had about 7 days growth so it is time AND a nice shave always makes you feel good no? So I set myself up as follows
Razor: Drew Dick 9/8” In Black Acrylic scales
Soap: Crows Nest Murky Waters
Bowl: Van Yulay blue resin
Pre-shape: Proraso White
Aftershave: Clinique Extreme moisturiser and St. Johns Bay Rum to follow
The shave was awesome - watch the video as it says more than I can ever write. Needless to say I ended up with a DFS and a great fragrance all round.
The one thing I do want to point out specifically is the soap: Crows Nest Murky Waters. This is a soap I picked up very luckily by being online and in a FB shave group at the very moment that the man that makes it started taking orders for a new batch. I think he said he had only 30 of each soap on hand and I snapped up two - Murky waters and Tortuga. That was more than a year ago and I have not seen a batch sold since - he does have a website - crowsnestshaving.com so you might try e-mailing the guy and urge him to start making again. The soap lather easily, is rich and stable. Just look at my pictures and in the video. The fragrance notes are:
“A situation or circumstance that is foreign, unclear, and unfamiliar and altogether dangerous as a result.
Swirling together in a dark pool are tones star anise, cinnamon, wood, and amber.”
It is a very simple combo but my oh my does it work. Spicy but not too much, woody, but not too much - it just works. I am after a Jack Daw soap too in order to complete my trio of Crows nest soaps and I emailed the guy yesterday - no answer yet!!!