366 & The Shield:

That was one really sweet shave. Today's shave is in honor of Kelly Daugherty half owner of KShave Worx. Happy birthday Kelly. I went with their 366 scented soap which has a phenomenal sweet cherry almond scent to it. And to finish off this shave, I paired it with my usual splash:

The Gillette Shield was epic. I managed to get that sheet of ice post shave feel in 3 passes which is about normal for me. I'm pretty much committed to daily shaving for those wondering. My beard grows way too fast to let it go for about 3 to 4 days.

TTFFC Mixed & The Track 2:

Today's shave was great. I went with my Through The Fire Fine Craft mixed soap made by Maria Arman. I've got a ton of soaps in here but the scent that stands out is the "Play it Again Sam" scent that she does which is citrus & ginger ale. And to finish off this shave, I paired with good old Clubman which seems to work well with this scent:

As suspected the real deal Gillette Track 2 was even better than the blade that came with the razor. No wonder they still make them & I now know why people don't want to give them up either. This was probably the best shave I've ever gotten from this razor.

Honor & The Track 2:

Today's shave was really good. For today's brush, I went with my RazoRock Plissoft 24 mm Synthetic which builds an excellent if not epic lather. And since today is Sunday, that means Soap Commander Sunday is in full effect. I went with their "Honor" scented line today which is their Barbershop scent. To my nose it's like you combined Phoenix Shaving's C.a.D. which is a stronger version of a 1970's & 1980's certain "canned shave foam" scent and Fine's American Blend which is their take on YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme 2003 and both combined smell excellent. Soap Commander nailed the scent on this one. And to finish off today's shave I went the matching aftershave balm which adds a tiny bit of menthol to the already epic post shave feel:

I noticed something today with my 1971 Gillette Track 2 razor. It was the last shave on this specific cartridge that came with the razor which is NOT a Gillette Track 2 cartridge so my initial review may be way off. When I went to install an actual Gillette Track 2 Plus cartridge, it was smaller than the one that came with the razor handle and wasn't easy to install either and the clear plastic cover that came with the 1st cartridge didn't fit. So tomorrow's shave will be interesting. But I still got a really good 2.5 pass shave that I'm more than happy with. And I will be getting a brand new strop. My 3 inch black latigo is too big for a cartridge razor & has seen its better days. When you get a new strop, DO NOT USE LEATHER BALMS AND/OR STROP DRESSINGS. It cuts the life of a strop down by half & once you do use them, YOU CAN'T STOP. If you do the strop will dry out and become very brittle and be extremely easy to nick. Just use CLEAN BUT OILY HANDS ONLY and you will be fine.

Proraso Green & The Turbo:

Man that shave was epic, wow. For today's brush, I went with my RazoRock Plissoft 24 mm synthetic and the lather it builds is awesome & unlike my now retired Boar & Silver Tipped Badger brushes, it doesn't absorb my lather half way through the shave. Plus if you are traveling, synthetics dry faster which is usually around 2 to 3 hours give or take a little & it will also depend on where you are at. For today's shave I was craving menthol again so I went with modern day classic, Proraso Green which has an incredible Menthol & Eucalyptus scent to it. And I finished it off with Pinaud's Osage Rub which is like the icing on a cake:

The Gillette Mach 3 Turbo was absolutely flawless today. My post shave feel resembles a sheet of ice and I got that in just 2.5 passes which is perfect for me. No stinging or burning from any of my aftershave products including the alum block that I use after each shave. I've not been using my witch hazel here lately either mainly because I've not needed it as of late.

Pipe Smoke & The Mach 3:

Man oh man what a great shave 😀. For today's brush, I went with my RazoRock Plissoft 24 mm synthetic which is now my new "go to" brush. I got to craving a tobacco scented soap, so I grabbed a modern day and well loved classic, Uncle Jon's Pipe Smoke. The scent is a premium cherry pipe tobacco, sweet vanilla & aromatic spices and it's nothing short of phenomenal. And to finish off this epic shave, I went with my usual go to splash Aqua Velva classic ice blue :

The Mach 3 was excellent. I got a squeaky clean post shave feel in just 3 passes. No burn from any of my post shave products which is always a good thing. My plissoft brush didn't absorb the lather today either which is definitely what I like as well.

Retiring A Brush:

After much reflection & thought, I've decided to retire my old Omega 10049 Professional Boar brush. The first reason is that it does tend to eat a lot of soap even with just loading the tips. That's why I've only finished off 5 soaps this year as opposed to 2016 where I ended up finishing off 25. I stopped posting about it after I got to #20 last year. The second reason has been due to the last couple of shaves. Even though they were great shaves, my last pass was with almost no lather. The brush had absorbed the lather during the shaves which I don't like at all. The last reason is that I don't need an excessively tall brush which was my only complaint when I first got it 3 years ago:

Now I have been looking at several synthetic brushes including Omega's "S" brushes. I do have 2 silver tipped badger brushes but they shed very badly. My beard also itches pretty bad and I prefer that minor scratchy feeling when I'm face lathering. My RazoRock Plissoft 24 mm is some where in between a boar and badger brush which is what will be replacing my Omega 10049 Boar brush with. It satisfies that itchy beard feeling and yet is as soft as a badger brush is. Plus in terms of lathering, it's the perfect size for me and since it's a synthetic, no soaking is required before use. But I do it any way out of habit while I bloom my soaps. Now the hard part is choosing which brush to buy first. Decisions, decisions. This was and is a great brush but time to move on from it.

#5 of 2017:

Well all good things must come to an end. Say hello to my 5th soap that I've finished off in 2017. This one was really good and I'm currently debating on whether or not to get this one again. They've got more scents that I want to try & I've got enough citrus based scents so I'll see what I can scratch up. My budget is okay but I do have some other expenses to take care of first:

Le Mans & The Quattro:

Today's shave was great. For today's brush, I went with my Omega 10049 Boar which I plan on replacing. It's had it and I'm really getting into the synthetic brushes as of late. For today's soap I went with Deluxe Shaving Company's Le Mans scented soap. The scent to my nose is a fresh but masculine citrus cologne type scent which I think pairs extremely well with good old Pinaud's Clumban Original aftershave splash which is what I finished today's shave off with:

The Schick Quattro was excellent. I managed to get an extremely close & comfortable shave in just 3 passes and once again, I got ZERO burning & stinging from both the alum block & the aftershave which is exactly what I like. You can't beat a sheet of ice for a post shave feel & zero burning & stinging from both the alum block & aftershave splash on top of that. That's what you would call a perfect and enjoyable shave in my opinion.

Optimism & The Track 2:

Today's shave was excellent. Possibly one of my best shaves of all time. For today's brush, I went with my Omega 10049 Professional Boar brush. And I got to craving something sweet, so I went with Soap Commander and their classic "optimism" scented soap which has an incredible Pear, Plum & Bergamot scent to it. And to finish off this shave, I went with the matching aftershave balm which adds a touch of menthol to the already exceptional post shave feel:

The 1971 Gillette Track 2 was epic and just what the doctor ordered. I was squeaky clean after doing 3 passes which is just about where I wanted it. This was the 3rd shave on this specific cartridge and it's NOT showing any signs of slowing down either. Normally about this time I'd have to hit the rough leather side of my strop but I didn't have to which is really cool. 

Proraso Green & The Doc:

Today's shave was pretty good but very satisfying. For today's brush, I went with my RazoRock Plissoft 24 mm synthetic which is an amazing brush. I wasn't planning on shaving today but my beard growth said otherwise which I took some photos of today. I took one before, during & after I had finished the shave. I was craving menthol today so I grabbed good old Proraso Green for today's soap. The scent is menthol & eucalyptus. And to finish off this shave, I went with a nice healthy dose of witch hazel and followed that up with Osage Rub which burned extremely well today:

People have been very supportive of my decision to go back to cartridge razors which is NOT changing. But several people have asked that I use a DE safety razor every now & then which I can consider to be a reasonable request. The photo you see below is before the shave:

The photo below was during my shave in which the menthol had a little extra time to kick in and it was very sweet too. My face had started itching pretty bad this evening and the chill of Proraso green put an end to the itching & was very satisfying:

This last photo was after the shave and I got a couple of weepers but that's to be expected considering that it was a fresh Feather DE blade in the razor:

The doc razor done good but I got a couple of weepers around the corners of my mouth along with a couple in my neck area specifically to the right of my Adam's apple. And I really knew it when I used my Proraso styptic gel & my alum block. The Osage Rub also really stood out today as well. The burning & stinging really was epic after this shave. This is why I prefer cartridge razors. I wouldn't have had ANY of these issues if I used a cartridge razor.

366 & The Shield:

That was one really sweet shave. Today's shave is in honor of Kelly Daugherty  half owner of KShave Worx . Happy birthday Kelly. I went...