This will be my last desert island shave for a while. My last week long dedication to one set up. I enjoy getting to know my products by sticking with them, but I like variety too, so I will return to my random product use after this week. I’ve learned a lot about choosing set ups that will last the whole week with becoming boring or irritating, and I now know that if I had to choose just one set up that I could do it without too much difficulty. It’s been fun, but I am ready to wrap it up.
This week I am going with a few easy to use products. For my razor I am using the Fromm hair shaper. I bought this at Sally’s Beauty Supply for $6.19, but haven’t given it much use. It came with a single blade and I also bought some Fromm blades to go with it, but after using it once they have just been sitting there. It’s a nice razor and I look forward to getting to know it better. The longer blade makes it feel more like a traditional straight razor, but the light weight and small scales make certain that there is no mistaking it for anything other than a disposable blade straight razor.
For my brush I will be using my Vulfix 376S Super Badger. It’s soft, it’s fun, and it’s easy to clean. I considered going with a boar because I have been neglecting my boar brushes, but the Vulfix just seemed to call to me.
My first shave soap was William’s Mug Soap. I don’t know how I got it, I’m pretty sure that it was a roommate’s and that I ended up with it in my stuff by accident after a move. The first shave soap that I ever bought was Van Der Hagen Deluxe, it came with the Premium Shave Kit. I still use VDH Deluxe and enjoy it. The first real, non locally available shave soap that I ever used was RazoRock Napoleon’s Violet. I like it a lot. RazoRock Napoleon’s Violet is a soft Italian soap that lathers easily, smells nice, and comes in a big container (I actually used the lid as a lather bowl when I first got it). In honor of my ending the Desert Island month I have decided to go out with the RazoRock, my first ever “real” shaving soap.
I did my usual prep of a hot shower followed by a warm water splash before jumping on in. I performed a three pass with the grain/against the grain/across the grain shave and finished up with a cold water rinse. I also decided to experiment with a recipe that I found online for some home made after shave. Glycerin, witch hazel, and essential oil for scent. The result was a BBS shave with zero nicks, zero irritation, and very little effort. The Fromm was kind of unwieldy the first time I used it, but I seem to have gotten the hang of it. It glided along smoothly and easily and made for an effortless shave. I removed the guard and used it with a bare blade, but I would be curious to see how it shaves with it on. The small scales actually seemed to work in my favor in a few tight spots, but I would still like to see how it does when rescaled with a more traditional set. The RazoRock continues to live up to its lofty reputation and made me happy with excellent lather and a nice clean after scent. The Vulfix is a bit floppy, but good. Its soft hair make it comfortable, even for folks with sensitive skin and it gathers up water and soap like a camel preparing for a long haul. The home brewed A/S splash still stank, but instead of just smelling like witch hazel it smelled like lime scented witch hazel…ugh. it did relax my skin and leave it feeling nice and smooth, but there has got to be a better way. In spite of the witch hazel stink, I was very happy with the shave, and looked forward to continuing with this set up, it is an excellent way to close out the month.
Pre: Hot shower and warm water splash
Razor: Fromm Hair Shaper (minis the guard)
Blade: Fromm Teflon Coated Stainless Steel
Brush: Vulfix 376S Super Badger
Soap: RazoRock Napoleon’s Violet
Post: Cold water rinse and home brewed A/S splash
Fromm Teflon SS Blades:
Vulfix 377S Super Badger:
RazoRock Napoleon’s Violet: