Its pretty hard to beat the superlather from a Palmolive Shave Stick and Shave Cream. One of the best at any price, made even better by the fact that this is some of the least expensive stuff on the market (if you buy it in Europe of course….if you buy it from one of the North American importers it gets mid-range in price pretty quickly). And the smell!!!! This just brings back barbershop memories…one of the most pleasant scents available, IMHO.
The Treet Blue Special cut through the 3-day growth without any tugging or resistance. Despite some very good blades that I’ve been using lately (Tiger, Zorrik), the Treet carbon-steel “Batman” blade remains a cut above both from a performance and aesthetic perspective. And at 11 cents each, I can easily afford to use a fresh one every time.
I have developed a “killer” shave protocol that has begun to really push the edge of excellence…consistent 9.5 to 9.9 shaves:
- First pass with shave soap only;
- Add shave cream to brush for 2nd and 3rd passes with a superlather;
- Finishing pass with TSS or other shave oil.
While the blade remains pretty important from a comfort standpoint, everything else seems to have faded into the background: type of prep, choice of soap, razor, brush, etc., seem to make little difference to the quality of the shave (although they remain important aesthetic and sensual components that can add to or diminish the overall pleasure of the shave).