Le Petit Chypre & The Proshield:

This morning's shave was great. Today I got to craving Barrister & Mann pretty bad so I grabbed my "Le' Petit Chypre" scented soap which has an incredible "oak moss and Cyprus wood" scent to it. And to finish off this shave, I went with the matching aftershave splash which is witch hazel based. My New York Shaving Company 24 mm silver tipped badger brush was like a sponge, so I ended up re loading the brush and right now I'm doing the old fabric softener trick to keep it from eating my lather like it did this morning:


The Proshield was great but I could tell it needs a bit of a touch up which I will right up here shortly. I ended up getting another "ice rink" post shave feel after 3 passes. Things are looking pretty good in terms of the cartridge shaving detailed blog. It will take me a while but I'm loving it and it has taken my wet shaving hobby to another level. I personally think that the problem has been both the canned goo and foam and the lack of a brush. I also didn't know anything at all about shaving either to be honest about it. The modern day cartridge makers don't mention traditional soaps and/or creams which makes a huge difference. They also don't mention mapping out the direction your beard grows nor do they mention skin stretching. All of these are important to getting a good shave.

High Jump 47 & The Slim:

This morning's shave was great. I was NOT planning on shaving today until I got up and looked in the mirror. So after a nice, hot and relaxing shower, I went with Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements and their classic High Jump 47 scented soap. The scent on this is incredible. Think of walking into Admiral Bird's Barbershop in the 1930's and in one whiff you get a nice and fresh masculine citrus cologne scent with notes of talcum powder. And to finish off this shave, I paired it with good old Clubman aftershave splash which pairs wonderfully with the this soap:


The Gillette slim done good up until I got to my neck area. After doing 2 passes, I grabbed my Gillette Proshield and done a half pass on my neck area and then I went back and done some touch ups which resulted in another "ice rink" post shave feel. Let's face it ladies & gentlemen. Cartridges aren't going away and these Gillette Proshields are great if you use them with a traditional soap and/or cream and a brush which will always be a part of my rotation.

C.O. Bigelow & The Doc:

This morning's shave was fantastic. I went with C.O. Bigelow and their menthol and eucalyptus scented cream (re branded Proraso green ladies & gentlemen) which I'm nearly out of but not for long. I plan on getting a puck of the Proraso green next pay day. And to finish off this shave, I went with a double dose of Skin Bracer Original formula:


The doc was great this morning. I got another "ice rink" post shave feel after 3 passes. My neck area didn't get chewed up too bad this time around but I have a feeling that skipping a day would be in my best interest to give my skin a break. I'm still going to use cartridges on a regular basis and there's a couple that I really want to try with my wet shaving routine. The first one is my old favorite, the Mach 3 turbo then I want to try the Gillette Trac 2, the regular Mach 3 and the Schick Hydro 5 which is more expensive than the Gillette Proshield cartridges are. I'm also planning on getting the ILR water stone here pretty soon as well.

Influence & The Proshield:

This morning's shave was great. Today I am under the influence of Soap Commander and their phenomenal Influence scented soap. The scent is tobacco, cherry and black tea. And to finish off this excellent shave, I paired it with the matching aftershave balm which adds a little hint of menthol to the post shave feel:


The Gillette Proshield was extremely good this morning. I only did 1.5 passes and a couple of touch ups in some of my usual spots and managed to get where I wanted to be this morning. Using a traditional shave soap and/or cream has made a huge difference in the shave quality using these cartridges. The only problems with the carts is the costs & longevity which I have discovered can be changed by borrowing techniques from the straight razor world such as stropping and honing. To hone, you simply shave a water stone of some kind and to strop you usually go in the opposite direction that you shave in. So to answer the question "can the cartridges be re sharpened and/or stropped like a straight razor?" my answer would be yes, absolutely they can be.

Lemon Chill & The Proshield:

This morning's shave was extremely good. I needed a menthol fix so I grabbed Stirling Soap Company's lemon chill scented soap which has an epic amount of menthol. The scent kindly reminds me of a lemon meringue pie or pastry. And to finish off this morning's shave, I went with Stirling's glacial lemon chill aftershave balm which was the icing on the cake:


Putting the Gillette Fusion Proshield on the stones proved to be an excellent decision. There was no tugging or pulling at all like there was yesterday and the razor had no problem going through my barbed wire stubble. I managed to get another "ice rink" post shave feel in my usual 2.5 passes. I don't know how many shaves I've got on this one but it's looking like that I will be getting roughly about the same as I did with the 1st one that came with the razor.

366 & The Proshield:

This morning's shave was great. Today I went with good old KShave Worx and their discontinued anniversary soap, 366. The scent on this soap is a phenomenal cherry almond scent. And to finish off this shave, I paired it with my usual "go to" aftershave splash:


The Gillette Proshield was great this morning. It did start to tug and pull a little bit, so I stropped it on a towel to dry it off and then I put it on both the Apache Strata & Shoubandini with slurry. After I got done doing that, took the razor to both sides of my leather strop so tomorrow's shave should be pretty sweet. I was on cloud 9 when I tried this with my old Gillette Fusion Proshield chill cartridge that came with the razor. The end result was 15 multi pass shaves on a single cartridge. So we will see how it does on these non mentholated Proshield cartridges. I do plan on doing a blog post about honing cartridge razors but I've got to invest in some other razors first for more details. My old favorite before these specific cartridges was the Gillette Mach 3 Turbo cartridges.

Pipe Smoke & The Proshield:

this morning's shave was excellent. Today I decided to go with Uncle Jon's Soap and his phenomenal "pipe smoke" scented soap. The scent is premium cherry pipe tobacco, vanilla and spices. And to finish off this shave, I paired it with good old Aqua Velva ice blue aftershave:


The Gillette Fusion Proshield did great. I got another "ice rink" post shave feel with 2.5 passes. The half pass that I did was from east to west on my neck area which got me the exceptional post shave feel and still no razor burn ladies and gentlemen. I believe that I have met my "go to" razor.

Turkish Bath & The Proshield:

This morning's shave was great. Good old Jeeves of Hudson Street is an amazing soap and should be in every one's shave cave. Right now the only one I have is Bryon's Turkish Bath scent which is phenomenal. It has a "1920's style Barbershop scent" to it with a top note of premium pipe tobacco along with some other notes that you would find in a barbershop in that era. And to add a little sweetness to the scent, I paired it with Stirling Soap's Barbershop scented aftershave splash. In my humble opinion, this pairs best with this soap if you don't have the matching aftershave to this specific soap which Bryon now offers:


The Gillette Proshield had no problem mowing through my barbed wire beard this morning. But I did have to make 2.5 passes due to having a lot of beard left from yesterday. I also have to go east to west and/or west to east on my neck area to get that area cleaned up which I can't do with a straight razor at all and I can only do that with some DE safety razors. I also can't do that with my single edges either. So this is pretty much my "go to" razor now to get a close clean shave.

Le Mans & The German 37:

This morning's shave was pretty good. More on that in a moment. Today I went with Deluxe Shaving Company and their Le Mans scented soap which has an extremely nice yogurt like lather and super slick post shave feel to it. This is the non mentholated version and it has an incredible and masculine fresh citrus cologne scent to it or at least that's what my nose picks up. And to me, it pairs extremely well with good old Clubman aftershave splash which is what I finished this morning's shave off with. I've not been using this one much because I don't have much of it left:


The German 37 along with my other DE safety razors is not getting it done anymore. My straight razor is also not getting it done anymore even after I just finished touching it up. Even with stretching the skin and taking extra time, I still get small weepers and nicks and I'm tired of it. I also get the same results with my single edge razors. So for me, the Gillette Fusion Proshield has won. I get too good of a shave that's extremely comfortable and works well with a traditional soap and/or shave cream and a brush. So my next pay day is going to be interesting. I'll be making a trip to Sam's Club to get these blades in bulk and I'll be getting a custom handle from ZY Razors who makes custom handles for these blades.

Motel Shave:

This morning's shave was great. I would have posted it this morning but the motel's Internet isn't too good. But after a nice hot shower, I went with Soap Commander and their "Honor" scented soap which is somewhere between Fine's American Blend & PAA's C.a.D. scent wise. The RazoRock Plissoft was excellent as well this morning. Only took 2 hours for it to dry this morning:


For those wondering, my annual check up at the University of Virginia went well. My doctor said everything was great and all we need to do is get rid of this and he pointed to my gut. I told him I was on a "see food diet", I see food, I eat it. He shook his head and laughed. I have to go back in a year yet again which is not a problem.

Le Petit Chypre & The Proshield:

This morning's shave was great. Today I got to craving Barrister & Mann  pretty bad so I grabbed my "Le' Petit Chypre"...