It was back to the E. J. Loxley razor today with a fresh Swedish Gillette blade. This after two weeks on the GEM G-Bar and a series of straight-razor close shaves. But the face was starting to take a beating from too much closenes and it was time for a return to a kinder, gentler time (or razor, as it were). The Loxley/Gillette combo performed magnificently paired as it was to a l’Occitane CADE soap and cream superlather, worked up with the Plisson E.W. Badger brush. The “gloss” pass was with the CADE shaving oil, and the final result a solid 9.8 shave, finished off with the alum block (no sign of irritation) and CADE After Shave Balm, plus a splash of l’Occitane cologne. Mmmmmm!