Product Review: The Art Of Shaving Unscented After Shave Balm

I rarely use after shaves and when I do I usually end up regretting it.  After shaves, especially after shave balms, tend to make my skin break out and rarely aid in cooling down razor burn or irritation.  Generally speaking I am fine with a simple cold water rinse or, if the irritation is particularly bad, a blue gel ice pack.  On the few occasions when my skin is particularly irritated or feels rough I reach for the one after shave that actually seems to help me without causing severe skin break outs, The Art of Shaving’s Unscented After Shave Balm.

I first encountered The Art of Shaving’s products through free samples that were given to me by a helpful sales person who noticed my extreme irritation following my very first straight razor shave.  I liked the unscented after shave samples so much that I eventually broke down and purchased a full bottle of the unscented A/S balm (although I used an online retailer and a coupon to buy it at about half price).  The Art of Shaving Unscent A/S Balm comes in a 4oz. glass bottle with a nice pump dispenser.  The label is simple, but elegant with the usual TAOS design that works well to draw the eye, but does not attempt to overshadow the quality of the actual product.  The balm requires very little actual product to completely and evenly coat the entire face and does an excellent job of soothing irritation and moisturising the skin without creating a greasy mess.  Even though the balm is labeled as unscented, it does have a faint almond odor to it, but it blends in well with any other scents that you may use following a shave.  This A/S balm is not cheap, it costs more than most high end soaps and can be a little difficult to justify on a budget, but if you only use it sparingly and consider that it requires very little to get the job done, then it becomes a bit easier to stomach the high price tag.

Ratings (1-10, 1 being the absolute lowest and 10 being the absolute best):

Ease of Dispensing: 10
Moisturising Ability: 9
Irritation Reduction: 7
Scent: 8
Absorption: 9
Overall: 9

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Ingredients List:

Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Peg-4 Olivate, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Silica, Sodium Pca, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Cetyl Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Peg-4 Dilaurate, Peg-4 Laurate, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Peg-4, Tetrasodium Edta, Tapioca Starch, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caramel

Product Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Shaving-After-Shave-Unscented-Sensitive/dp/B000FGTTTW

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Product Review: Sik Bay Three Piece Plastic Razor

When I first decided to get into wet shaving I was on a tight budget and made every attempt to keep the costs from spiralling out of control.  Not knowing enough about the products available locally nor about the various ways to cut costs, I basically bought all of my gear online from a single source.  I was buying gear for both my wife and myself and believed that I would not have enough money to purchase everything that I wanted.  I decided that I would have to make do with a single soap, a couple of safety razors, and a small selection of blades.  There was just not enough money in the budget to include a couple of shaving brushes, a wide selection of blades, or any of the other extras that I would have liked.  Then I found Bestshave.net.

Bestshave.net is a web site based out of Turkey that sells shaving gear at rock bottom prices.  One of their big draws is the #6 brush, which they sell for less than $3.  Seeing as one of the pieces of gear that I was having a difficult time working into my budget was a brush bestshave.net seemed like the perfect answer to my problems.  Unfortunately, packages from bestshave.net can take a month or more to arrive, and by the time I received my gear from Turkey I had already managed to get a couple of brushes and a large selection of blades.  When the package finally arrived I eagerly tore it open and noticed that beyond the stuff that I had actually ordered there was also a little something extra added.  The good folks at Bestshave.net had thrown in a plastic three piece razor with my gear at no extra cost.  This razor turned out to be the best part of the whole order.

The Sik Bay razor is a black plastic three piece safety razor that seems pretty unassuming upon an initial examination.  The razor handle has a sort of bumpy texture that makes it easy to grip, even when wet.  The handle threads into the top plate in the usual way and tightens down smoothly and evenly, it seems to have a fairly solid construction which keeps the plastic threads from stripping or becoming easily worn down.  The bottom plate has two notches which work to keep the DE blade evenly and securely in place and also holds the solid guard bar at an optimal angle.  The top plate holds the male portion of the threads and the Sik Bay logo imprinted on the face.  The razor has a fairly aggressive design that allows for a quick and easy shave, even with a good amount of beard growth.  In spite of its aggressiveness the razor head is designed well and shaves smoothly and without the harshness of most other aggressive razors.  The razor is made out of plastic which means that it is very light in weight, but due to its aggressive nature it requires very little pressure in order to shave effectively.  I did not expect much from a plastic safety razor, but after using it several times I can honestly say that some of my closest and most comfortable shaves have come from the Sik Bay, and it has become one of my go to razors.  I find myself reaching for the Sik Bay almost as often as my Edwin Jagger DE86 or my Gillette Super Speed, and at a price of only $1.75 I would recommend this razor as an excellent all around razor equally suited for both travel and home use.

Ratings (1-10, 1 being the absolute lowest and 10 being the absolute best):

Aggressiveness: 8
Shaving Effectiveness: 9
Weight: 2
Grip: 8
Blade Placement: 9
Overall: 8

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Product Link:

http://shop.bestshave.net/plastic-safety-razor-p-171.html

Product Review: De Vergulde Hand Extra Fris Shave Soap

De Vergulde Hand (A.K.A. DVH, which is not to be confused with VDH or Van Der Hagen) is one of those products that gets consistently great reviews, but very little press.  De Vergulde Hand translates into English as The Gilded Hand, and is a Dutch made soap that boasts more than 450 years of existence.  Any product that has been around for that long must be doing something right, but in spite of its long history and good reviews it has been a little difficult to find this soap in the US (at least until recently, now it seems to be enjoying a much more wide spread distribution).  I had finally found a good vendor who stocked this soap and had been considering a purchase of it when an opportunity popped up that allowed me to make a trade for it. I’m always ecstatic when a chance comes along to trade unwanted products, rather than let them linger unused, so I happily swapped out a couple of shave sticks for a nearly new container on DVH Extra Fris.

When I received my puck of DVH in the mail I was eager to try it out as soon as possible, but I still took the time to appreciate the container design.  It comes in a plastic tub with bright blue and yellow coloring that looks nice enough, but is by no means a luxury type container.  There is a thoughtfully placed notch that makes pulling the top off of this soap extremely easy, and when I did so I gazed longingly into the tub and instantly noticed two things.  First is the nifty logo of a hand carved into the surface of the soap, I don’t know why, but I really like this logo.  The second thing is the strong and unpleasant scent that wafts off of this soap.  The scent is extremely sharp and smells something like a combination of Pine Sol and Lemon Pledge.  I instantly disliked this scent, but was willing to give it a try anyway.  I figured that if I couldn’t get past the scent then at last I would know if it was worth it to try the regular version.  In the end I found that I loved DVH Extra Fris and was more than willing to deal with its initial scent in order to get the great results that come with the use of this excellent soap.

I used my Comoy/Vulfix 376S Super Badger brush to do a test lather for the purposes of this review.  As I’ve said, the initial scent of DVH Extra Fris is extremely strong and unpleasant.  The scent does not weaken when it is lathered at all, but after the shave is done and the residue is rinsed off, it leaves a very pleasant after scent that lingers nicely in the background.  In fact, the after scent is so nice that I have come to almost welcome the sharp initial scent and is the one thing that kept me from giving the scent quality a rating of 2. The soap lathers easily and quickly and provides an extremely slick and protective surface.  The tub that it comes in leaves plenty of room to load up the brush and could even hold two pucks in a single container with a little room to spare.  DVH leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, and nicely moisturised and is a great all around choice.  At $8 to $9/puck DVH Extra Fris is an amazing value.

Ratings (1-10, 1 being the absolute lowest and 10 being the absolute best):

Scent Quality: 6
Scent Strength: 9
Lather Quality: 8
Slickness: 8
Skin Care: 8
Overall: 8

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Ingredients List:

Sodium Stearate, Potassium Stearate, Sodium Cocoate Function, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerin, Parfum Scent, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Salicylate, O-Tolyl Biguanide, Amino-Tri, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylproprional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Cl 77891

Product Link:

http://www.westcoastshaving.com/De-Vergulde-Hand-Shaving-Soap-Extra-Fresh-Scent-75g_p_1807.html

Product Review: L’Occitane Cade Shave Soap

I have a slight obsession with French shave soaps.  I dunno if my love of French soaps is due to the fact that they tend to be really great skin care wise, or because they are almost all veggie based soaps rather than animal tallow based, or maybe just because I had a thing for a French foreign exchange student in highschool.  Whatever the reason, I really love French shave soaps and I am much more likely to buy a soap if it was manufactured in France than if it were manufactured anywhere else.  This is what first drew me to the products of L’Occitane En Provence.  This brand has a few stores within a relatively short distance of my home, so I made it a point to stop into their store when I happened to be wandering around The Shops at La Cantera, one of the malls where they are located.

The Shops at La Cantera, located right across from the main UTSA campus, is an outdoor mall that has more in common with a nice touristy down town than an actual mall.  It has park like sitting areas, little mini playgrounds, and tons of cool shops.  I like the place quite a lot and always enjoy a visit there.  They have several places which sell shaving gear including: Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, The Art of Shaving, and L’Occitane En Provence.  On my first visit to The Shops I eagerly made a bee line for L’Occitane to check out their wares.  I had been reading about L’Occitane’s products and could not wait to try some of it out.  When I entered L’Occitane I found that the shop was laid out in a pleasant and easy to navigate way, and in spite of its small size its open and welcoming design created a space that did not feel crowded at all. The sales people were very helpful and offered several suggestions and even allowed me to test some of their products, they had the full line of shaving products in store and I enjoyed playing with them before deciding on my purchases.  My wife ended up racking up quite a bill during our visit, so I took it upon myself to balance things out and stuck with a puck of the Cade shave soap (reasonably priced at $12) and the aluminum soap bowl (a little less reasonably priced at $28).  The sales folks threw in a sample of their after shave balm, just to be nice.

Once I got home from my outing I tore into the plastic wrap keeping me from my new soap and was surprised by the sudden scent explosion.  This plastic wrap is extremely good stuff, because I could smell nothing coming from this soap until I ripped it open.  L’Occitane Cade is a juniper scented soap that is quite strong and very pleasant.  It is a wonderful green scent that reminds me of evergreen forests in winter.  I absolutely love it.  The soap fits nicely in the aluminum bowl, which I am also a fan of.  The bowl is often called the U.F.O. bowl because of its resemblance to a B-Movie flying saucer, but I think it looks really nice (my wife said it reminded her of an unpainted pop can…she can be so cruel sometimes).

I have used my L’Occitane Cade soap several times since buying it, but to do this review I decided to do a test lather just to remind me of its basic qualities.  I used a Comoy/Vulfix 376S Super Badger brush and created a quick and easy lather.  The lather smells just as strongly as the puck its self and lasts faintly, but persistently, following a shave.  The soap creates a nicely protective and slick lather, but does lack some of the insane slickness that soaps with higher glycerin contents have.  After I use this soap my skin feels soft, smooth, and has a pleasant talc like feeling.  I never feel the need to add an after shave following the use of L’Occitane Cade.  The amazing scent, the easy lather, and the overall great skin care that this soap provides all combine to make it one of my absolute favorite shave soaps and my number one French shave soap.  At $12/puck this triple milled shave soap will last a long time and is well worth the price, I highly recommend it.

Ratings (1-10, 1 being the absolute lowest and 10 being the absolute best):

Scent Quality: 10
Scent Strength: 9
Lather Quality: 7
Slickness: 7
Skin Care: 9
Overall: 9

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L’Occitane Cade Ingredients List:

Potassium Palmate – Sodium Palmate – Potassium Palm Kernelate – Aqua/Water – Sodium Palm Kernelate – Glycerin – Parfum/Fragrance – Juniperus Oxycedrus Wood Oil – Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil – Helichrysum Italicum (Flower) Oil – Cera Alba/Beeswax – Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract – Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil – Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – Hordeum Vulgare Extract – Sodium Chloride – Octyldodecanol – Palm Kernel Acid – Cocoglycerides – Pentasodium Pentetate – Tetrasodium Etidronate – Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate – Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate – Tocopheryl Acetate – Magnesium Sulfate – Sodium Benzoate – CI77891/Titanium Dioxide

Product Link:

http://usa.loccitane.com/cade-shaving-soap,82,1,29433,283018.htm

Upcoming Events And Ideas

The last few days have been extremely busy for me.  My birthday was on Friday (May 24th), on Saturday (May 25th) I had to clean up the house for the guests coming to my daughter’s birthday party which was on Sunday (May 26th), her actual birthday as well as Memorial Day was on Monday (May 27th), and I had to do a crazy amount of clean up on Tuesday (May 28th).  All of this has left me with almost no time to write or post.  I have a few short stories and flash fiction pieces in the works, but I need some time to get them polished up before I can post them.

As of right now I am also participating in a “Desert Island” shaving week over at The Shave Den.  This is a week in which you pick one set of products and stick with those products.  It’s an excellent way to really get to know and appreciate a particular combination of products, but it means that my Shave Of The Day posts would be pretty repetitive.  So, instead of regular SOTD post, when the week is over I will post a sort of short story/journal of life on a desert island with only my shaving gear to keep me feeling civilized and connecting me back to reality.  It’ll be a sort of long form J. Peterman catalogue for shaving gear and it should be fairly entertaining.

What all of that means is that right now there is a lot of dead air on this blog and I do not have much to fill the space with.  To help give me a little breathing room and to give you fine folks something informative and entertaining, I will be posting some product reviews.  Shave soaps, shaving creams, after shaves, preshave, etc.  I am hoping to give you folks some insight into the various products that I use as well as a way to keep you coming back until I have more robust offerings.  I hope that you’ll enjoy the reviews and that you will look forward to my upcoming posts and stories.

Local Pig Shaving Cream

When I first heard about the Local Pig butcher shop and their beef tallow based shaving cream I was very interested in trying it out, but I could never really bring myself to buy a tin of the stuff.  After its initial release I waited to see what other folks thought about the product before considering the purchase of some for myself.  What I discovered wasn’t great, I read several reviews of the cream which were less than complimentary and I had some bad experiences with etsy and eBay based sellers of artisan shaving soaps and creams, so I was extremely hesitant to give this stuff a chance.  There HAD been some good reviews of the Local Pig’s shaving cream, and for whatever reason it kept popping up on my radar.  Eventually I was to the point where I absolutely had to try this odd cream out for myself.  Fortunately for me, at the same time that I was agonizing over the possibility of purchasing this cream, a give away drawing was set up by a generous member of The Shave Nook…the prize was a tin of Local Pig shave cream and a nice Comoy badger brush (which is actually a rebranded Vulfix 376S Super Badger brush).  I marveled at the timing of the contest and threw my hat in the ring, hoping that I might get lucky.  When the drawing came about and my name was picked, I was amazed and quite happy that I had actually won.

My prize arrived in the mail yesterday, but since I had already shaved all I could do was give the brush and cream a quick initial try.  I was surprised when I opened the tin of shaving cream, it had the look and consistency of thick petroleum jelly, and had an unusual, but extremely pleasant, scent.  I was afraid that something had happened to cause the cream to gel in transit, but after looking at a few online pictures I decided that this was just how the cream looked.  Setting aside my hesitancy I scooped out a small amount of the cream and gave it a try.  It took a little work to dial in, but after some experimentation it lathered up relatively quickly and easily.  The Comoy/Vulfix brush proved to be extremely soft and capable, I look forward to using it quite frequently in the future.

Today I eagerly jumped into my shave.  I decided to continue with the NOS Dutch made Max Herder Elite blade from yesterday’s shave with the notion that the blade would be a bit less aggressive on its second shave, but as this would only be my second use of this particular brand of blades I was unsure of what to expect.  It’s a rare occasion when I look forward to trying so many new products at once, so to take away some of the unknown factor involved I decided to use my trusty Edwin Jagger DE86 razor.  The DE86 is a fine razor with good balance and a nice heft to it.  As I am very familiar and comfortable with the DE86, it is an excellent tool to use when trying to evaluate new products.  With all of my new stuff gathered up I prepared for my shave.

Following a hot shower (during which my new brush sat soaking) I splashed some warm water onto my face and began to work on the cream.  This time around I had some difficulty getting the lather right.  I ended up with a foam rather than the thick creamy lather that I made when I initially tested this cream, so I washed off the brush and pulled out some more product to make a second attempt.  This time I used much less water and worked the lather a bit longer, which resulted in a usable lather.  The scent of sweet almond and honey remained with the lather and made me smile as I painted it onto my face.  I performed a two pass with the grain/against the grain shave with a touch up pass on my neck and ended with my usual cold water rinse.  The shave left me baby butt smooth with zero nicks and zero irritation, but it also left my skin feeling somewhat dried out.  The brush was a joy to use, it holds a ton of product and applies its load easily and smoothly.  The badger hair is a bit floppy, but not annoyingly so; however, I did have a difficult time judging how well it was loaded up as well as figuring out just how much pressure to use when lathering.  The cream turned out to be very slick and nicely scented, but was difficult to properly dial in and provided little cushion.  I can see why some folks have a difficult time with this stuff, but I think that if it were to be paired with the correct soap that it would create an excellent superlather.  I will continue to work with this cream and have every confidence that I will be able to figure out how to make it sing.  The Max Herder Elite blade paired up with the Edwin Jagger DE86 is the perfect combination, the razor did an excellent job and felt nice and buttery smooth against my skin, although some credit must also go to the incredibly slick Local Pig cream.  In the end my shave was quite close and comfortable, but still not as good as it could be.  The Local Pig shaving cream will take some work to get right and properly using this new badger brush will also take some adjustment.  Given a few more go arounds with this gear I should be able to work all of the bugs out.  That’s part of the joy of new shaving gear, figuring out just how to utilize it properly.

Pre: Hot shower and warm water splash
Razor: Edwin Jagger DE86
Blade: Max Herder Elite
Brush: Comoy Super Badger/Vulfix 376S
Soap: Local Pig shaving cream
Post: Cold water rinse

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Product Links:

Edwin Jagger DE86:

http://www.mensdirect.com/product/Edwin-Jagger-Double-Edge-Safety-Razor-Imitation-Ebony-DE86/Safety_Razors

Vulfix 376S:

http://www.westcoastshaving.com/Vulfix-376S-Super-Badger-Shaving-Brush_p_553.html

Local Pig Shaving Cream:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/123570364/all-natural-traditional-shaving-cream?ref=shop_home_active

Dutch Fever!

I’m from Michigan originally.  I say originally because if I were to just say, “I’m from Michigan.”  it would be inaccurate.  I was born in Michigan and then quickly moved away at the tender age of one year old.  I did end up coming back eventually.  I lived in various towns and cities in Michigan on and off for approximately half of my life.  I have lived in roughly thirty cities all over the world, but Michigan is where I began.  So, while I may not be a true Michigander, I do consider it my de facto home.

Michigan is an odd state, much more diverse than people might believe.  The areas in and around Dearborn and Detroit have the largest Arab population in the world, outside of the Middle East.  You’re just as likely to see signs in Arabic or Farsi as in English or Spanish.  Places with French names like Detroit (originally pronounced: deh-TWAH), Charlevoix (pronounced: SHAR-luh-voy), Mackinac (pronounced: MAC-in-NAW), and Sault Ste Marie (pronounced: SOO-saint-muhree) are common because the French loggers and trappers were the original European settlers in the area.  There is a huge Greek and German population as well.  There are actually towns where German is the more common language and the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan holds an annual Greek festival that literally takes over down town for several days.  The Mennonite and Amish population are pretty well represented as well.  There are an enormous amount of orchards, wineries, vineyards, and fruit markets, all of which attracts a substantial seasonal worker population of various Hispanic folks.  And in west Michigan there is a town called Holland.  This town is, as you might assume, primarily Dutch in ancestry.  They have an annual tulip festival, there is a good portion of the population that speaks at least a little Dutch, and they have phone books filled with names like Voorhees and Van Der This or Van Der That.  The Dutch are actually quite well represented in west Michigan in general, you’re as likely to meet a person with far too many Os or As in their name as you are to meet a guy named Smith.  So, Michigan is a melting pot of sorts and I was lucky enough to interact with many of these different cultures.  One of my good friends in highschool was an Egyptian guy who came to the US via Germany, so he taught me a bit of Arabic and helped me to study German while I taught him how to turn an “independent study” into an ongoing rubber band war with the Spanish teacher.

When I was learning German in highschool I was also learning Dutch on the side, because in a west Michigan town with more Dutch place names than English ones that’s just the way it was.  I was quite fluent in German by the time I left for the military, but I never really took to Dutch.  I liked the Dutch culture, but the language was just too close to German for me to learn both at the same time without mixing things up.  These languages served me well when I dated a Pennsylvania Dutch girl, whose grandparents were ex-Mennonites, but beyond that I haven’t spoken German in nearly ten years and my Dutch is even further away.  It still makes me smile when I’m able to pick up a sentence or two, but I would not claim to be able to speak either language any more.  All of this brings me to my point, in a very round about manner.  I see Germanic cultures and people, especially the Dutch and Germans, as very close cousins to Americans.  I feel a sort of kinship with the Dutch, so when I learned that they had some pretty well thought of shaving gear I was curious, to say the least.  When an opportunity to get my hands on some new old stock, Dutch made, double edge razor blades popped up I jumped on it.

A very kind member of The Shave Den gifted me a package of ten Max Herder Elite blades which, after an unfortunate snafu involving the postal service and what I can only assume was an overzealous sorting machine, have finally landed on my doorstep.  As soon as I had my paws on these blades I knew that I needed to do a Dutch themed shave, so I pulled out my puck of De Vergulde Hand Extra Fris soap, my Van Der Hagen boar brush (yes, I know it’s an American company, but they have Dutch roots), and my Gillette super speed (Ok, I don’t own a Dutch razor, but I’m sure that Mr. Gillette KNEW some Dutch folks…), I loaded up a Max Herder Elite blade, tuned my computer to http://www.nederland.fm, and got down to it.

Following my usual prep I performed a two pass with the grain/against the grain shave followed by a cold water rinse.  The shave left me baby butt smooth and left my skin soft and with zero irritation.  I did manage to get a pretty good nick on the left side of my chin, but that was entirely my own fault.  The DVH Extra Fris soap continues to make me happy, providing an excellent lather and leaving my skin soft and pleasantly scented.  I would love to try either the regular DVH soap or the shave stick.  The VDH boar brush did a passable job with this soap, but was nothing remarkable.  The Max Herder Elite blades were crazy sharp.  These Dutch made Swedish steel blades mowed down my stubble in record time and with zero difficulty.  These blades are so sharp that I could have stopped after one pass and had a damn fine shave.  They are a little bit harsh, but not in an unmanageable way, if you begin with a little bit of respect for the insanely sharp edge on these blades, then you will be rewarded for your caution with an extremely close and comfortable shave.  The one nick that I received happened because my hand slipped on my first pass…it didn’t even begin to bleed until I was rinsing off after my second pass.  I have a feeling that my capillaries were so shocked at how easily and cleanly they were severed that they didn’t know that they were supposed to bleed all over my face until then.  In spite of the nick, my shave was very pleasant and enjoyable.  I’m sad that these blades are not in current production, I would absolutely buy some if they were available.  I am happy to say that the Dutch make some awesome shaving gear and I’ll have to see if I can find a Dutch made straight razor in the near future, but in the mean time I’ll continue to enjoy my Max Herder Elite blades.

Pre: Hot shower and warm water splash
Razor: Gillette black handled super speed
Blade: Max Herder Elite
Brush: Van Der Hagen basic boar
Soap: De Vergulde Hand Extra Fris
Post: Cold water rinse

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Product Links:

De Vergulde Hand Extra Fris:

http://search.westcoastshaving.com/b/q?k=de+vergulde+hand&search=GO&sn=161304780

http://www.royalshave.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SRCH

Van Der Hagen basic boar brush:

http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=155181&catid=288501&aid=338666&aparam=goobase_filler&device=c&network=g&matchtype=

http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=155185&catid=196102&aid=338666&aparam=goobase_filler&device=c&network=g&matchtype=