I was in a bit of a hurry so had no time to replace the Treet from last shave. Contrary to what I wrote in “10% and The Law of Diminishing Returns”, I used the same blade again, with the combo outlined in Part 1 earlier today. The result was a very good shave, but once again, the Treet was “almost” like new, but not quite…a bit more stubble than usual…in the usual places!
We are in the midst of Indian Summer (I’m not sure that term is politically correct anymore – maybe it should be First Nation’s Summer), although it is quite late from my recollection – global warming I guess. Despite the warmth, the humidity is very low, evidenced by the fact that my wooden back door now closes with ease and no longer requires the equivalent of an FBI door-kick to shut!
I remember from my early days of traditional shaving in the late 1970’s that the Tabac soap was quite drying after prolonged use, especially in the winter months. The superlather with the Tabac soap and cream is no different and there is a slight but perceptible tightness to my skin, compounded by the alum block and the relatively thin protection of the Trumper’s Skin Food. We’ll see as the week progresses.
An overall very good and pleasant shave…finished off with a splash of Tabac cologne (I didn’t forget this time!).
I really enjoy the daily mix-and-match of new products, especially the soaps, creams, brushes, pre- and post-shave lotions and potions, etc. When it comes to razors and blades though, I find myself narrowing the field more and more to those items that work best for me, namely, the E.J Chatsworth razor (black or ivory) and, increasingly, the Treet Blue Special carbon blade. This doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying new blades, but I can also foresee a time when I will standardize those two components of razor and blade (with maybe occasional forays into something new just to stay “current”).
I have noticed however, that the constant jumping around from product to product every day doesn’t give me much chance to really get to know any given combo over time. So, starting today, I will use a “kit” for one week at a time, reporting on the evolution of its performance under different conditions, e.g. days of beard-growth, skin condition, environmental factors, etc.
Today’s kit is a continuation from last shave – prep with MR GLO, E.J Chatsworth with Treet B.S., Plisson #12 European White badger brush with the antique brass handle, Tabac soap and cream superlather, alum block, and Trumper’s Coral Skin Food.
Results later today.