Ahhhhhh! Despite still feeling like crap, I was committed to starting off the new year right, so got up at 7 A.M. and hit the shower for a thorough scrub-down and a Method shave. To Charles Roberts’ credit, although he is pretty strict about following his method fairly tightly, he does recognize that one may need to “play around” with it in order to meet the realities of YMMV. In my case, my skin just can’t take the full five passes, so I have gone back to three classic passes and a finishing “gloss” cut.
This time my Method armamentarium had grown to include the Hydrolast Activator, which I used as directed, squishing some into the Chubby #2’s breach before loading up on Cube and Paste. The resulting cutting mix was a little slicker, but still characteristically wetter and thinner than “traditional” soaps and creams (a desired state of affairs according to Roberts). Rather than using Cutting Balm for the finishing pass I took Mantic’s advice (from a previous post) and used the Activator. It worked O.K., but I think that straight Cutting Balm works a little better (for me).
The alum block told a tale of zero irritation and I ended by spritzing on the Hydrolast Vetiver Aromatic Tonic and, with the face still wet, working in some After-shave Conditioner. Wonderful feeling…a solid 9.5 shave. A splash of Coty Raw Vanilla and I was ready to start the new year (under my blanket on my Zero Gravity Chair, watching old movies – hey, I’m sick and its snowing!). BTW, the Zero Gravity is an amazing chair even if you don’t suffer from back problems. Takes the weight off your spine – according to the company’s “legend and folklore” it is based on the NASA research for the Space Shuttle seating.