Van Yulay - Club Humidor
Rubberset 200-4 | Omega Boar
Star 1912 | Gem PTFE (1)
First, a note about the brush and the razor:
In June of 2016, I was in search of a Rubberset 200-4 as a restore host for my beloved Omega PRO48 boar knot (it was well broken-in by me, but I always hated the cheap handle). I had already lined out the restore job to be done by Nate Singleterry. At that point, I just needed a decent host. Fortunately, Jeff Cantrell had one lying around that he'd intended to restore, but never got around to it. He wanted to do a trade instead of cash, so I offered up a few things. He chose a sealed Beaver WoodWright Jolly Roger gift set that I had purchased as backup. After the deal was made, he felt like the deal was lop-sided in his favor, so he threw in the Star 1912 and some blades. His rationale was that after reviewing my SOTD posts, he noted I'd never commented on using a vintage SE. He was correct. They just looked barbaric, and I never thought I'd like one. To my surprise, on the first go, it provided one of the best shaves of my life. As a result, this opened up a new realm of wet shaving for me. Since then I've picked up some Damaskeenes, but they still don't compare to the shaves I consistently get from this unassuming Star. I find it extremely efficient and equally comfortable. I am so grateful to Jeff for introducing me to these "gems" in vintage razors.
Now, on to the shave:
In my den, Van Yulay is one of the easiest soaps to lather, despite my hard water. It's intuitive---boar or badger---such that each time I have mounds of bright white yogurt-y lather. It's also one of my top favorites for residual slickness. This combo of the uncannily smooth Star/Gem PTFE and the protection from Van Yulay means I can get BBS in 2 passes and minimal clean-up.
The fragrance of Club Humidor, specifically, is not really that of a humidor, but rather that of a manly man that probably just walked out of one after a night on the town. While there are some aromatic cedar and cured tobacco notes, there's enough citronella, leather, and amber to round out this cologne-type scent.