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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2190 on: April 07, 2019, 05:21:43 PM »
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Lather Bros. | Howling Winter
Leo Frilot Tru-Stone 322 | AP Shave Co. SilkSmoke 28mm
Phoenix Shaving | Ascension Double Open Comb SS
Triad | Rolling Hex SS
Treet | Platinum Super Stainless Steel

Just a few quick comments on this shave.  "Howling Winter" is Lather Bros.' homage to Cool Water.  Not having experienced the target, I can't speak to its accuracy.  Howling Winter is a crisp aquatic with faint icy green notes by way of spearmint and peppermint.  However, it's not overwhelmingly minty, but rather just enough to "smell" cool without feeling tingly.  Overall, this is a very pleasant clean fragrance.

Now to the shaver. I've spoken about the Ascension SS previously, but I just can't get over the efficiency of this razor.  In my experience, the original DOC was a good daily shaver, but I shave every other day.  The Phoenix couldn't handle my 48-hour growth without a shim.  The Ascension is a different story.  I was approaching 3 day's growth, and this razor yielded a smooth-as-glass dome after a single against-the-grain pass.  Truly an amazing shaver.

If you're wondering about the after-market handle, it's my beloved handle from my DE days.  After becoming enamored with vintage SEs and injectors, I'd all but abandoned my DEs, but I sorely missed this Toby Sooter production.  The Ascension is the only razor that brings me back into the DE realm.  Given that the handle is 316L SS, and weight within a gram of the stock Ascension handle, it's as if it were made for it.


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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2191 on: April 12, 2019, 06:24:13 AM »
Movie Night SOTD
Barrister and Mann | Fougère Gothique
DrivenLegend Red & Black | APShaveCo Tuxedo 30mm
Durham-Enders | Enders Speed Shaver
Schick Proline B-20



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2192 on: April 14, 2019, 06:01:56 AM »
Game of Thrones SOTD
Lather Bros. | Soaring Fire
DrivenLegend Red & Black | APShaveCo Tuxedo 30mm
Durham-Enders | Enders Speed Shaver
Schick Proline B-20



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2193 on: April 15, 2019, 06:26:58 PM »
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Lather Bros. | Flora Colossus
Island Bladeworks | Bullwinkle | TGN Finest
Ever-Ready SE | Gem PTFE



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2194 on: April 17, 2019, 04:23:58 PM »
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Lather Bros. | Hela Bad
APShaveCo. Elegant Emerald | SynBad 24mm
Durham-Enders | Enders Speed Shaver
Schick Proline B-20



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2195 on: April 19, 2019, 07:27:54 PM »
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Lather Bros. | Galaxy Gladiators
Leo Frilot Captain Marvel | AP Shave Co. Cashmere 30mm
Phoenix Shaving - Ascension DOC SS | Triad - Rolling Hex SS
Treet Platinum Super Stainless Steel



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2196 on: April 21, 2019, 05:18:38 PM »
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Lather Bros. | King of Klaws
Kent V8
Phoenix Shaving - Ascension DOC SS | Triad - Rolling Hex SS
Treet Platinum Super Stainless Steel



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2197 on: April 23, 2019, 06:53:05 PM »
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Lather Bros. | Gauntlet
Leo Frilot | Infinity Brush | MAC Metalworks Synthetic 28mm
The New Improved Schick Injector Razor | Personna 74



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2198 on: April 26, 2019, 05:16:25 AM »
Endgame Countdown | Movie Night!
Lather Bros. | Culmination
Leo Frilot Captain Marvel | AP Shave Co. Cashmere 30mm
Phoenix Shaving | Ascension DOC SS | Triad - Rolling Hex SS
Treet Platinum Super Stainless Steel



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2199 on: May 04, 2019, 10:44:31 AM »
Catie's Bubbles | Ruds Suds: The Dark Side
DrivenLegend Red & Black | APShaveCo Tuxedo 30mm
Ever-Ready SE | Delta Echo | Gem PTFE



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2200 on: May 05, 2019, 02:43:51 PM »
Moon Soaps | Amaretto Speciale
DrivenLegend Red & Black | APShaveCo Tuxedo 30mm
Durham-Enders | Enders Speed Shaver | Schick Proline B-20
Phoenix Shaving | Chella Cool



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2201 on: May 08, 2019, 06:05:26 AM »
Wholly Kaw | Pasteur's Alchemy
Leo Frilot Tru-Stone Copper Matrix | AP Shave Co. SynBad 30mm
Phoenix Shaving | Ascension Double Open Comb | Copper
Treet Platinum Super Stainless Steel



I was fortunate enough to have procured the full soap/splash/EdT set of Wholly Kaw's Pasteur's Alchemy.  It didn't arrive such that the next day would be a shave day, so I simply applied the EdT in the morning to enjoy the fragrance throughout the day. The shave would follow in the evening.  The documented notes of Pasteur's Alchemy are: neroli, mandarin, cannabis, rose, amber, sandalwood, oud, and vanilla.

The EdT opens beautifully with a bright and slightly powdery sweet orange floral that very nearly approaches tobacco flower as it transitions to a deep darker ambery rose. After a couple hours this descends to a soft, resin and sandalwood followed by spicy vanilla.  Given the EdT concentration, the dry down is surprisingly protracted, offering a pleasant warm, nondescript amber presence with intermittent vanilla.  Amidst an active work day, the EdT was still detectable, albeit faintly, at the 6 hour mark.  I did search for just a hint of cannabis, particularly in the second act, but I could not detect it.

At the end of the day, it was time for my usual evening head and face shower shave.  The lather shares the profile, but presents it in a very different manner.  The opening neroli/mandarin is present, but brief, muted, and quickly overtaken by a bold herbaceous musk.  This is not dank, but certainly more representative of cannabis and even an exotic hashish note cannot be ruled out.  I suspect the animalic tallows of the soap carry this aspect much better and true than the splash and EdT, and this is probably a good thing. Despite this punchy mid, there is a mitigating floral that tempers this striking, unconventional fragrance.

I finished with the paired splash which revisited the presentation of the EdT I'd just experienced all day.  I will say, this reverse introduction of the Pasteur's Alchemy fragrance provided some unique insight in terms of the unfolding and reveal.  All in all, while the soap is quite exotic and daring, the EdT is---obviously by design---more wearable.

As to the performance of the soap base, coined "Bufala", it is very similar to Wholly Kaw's donkey milk and hops base which I've praised previously.  The lather demands generous amounts of water that should be introduced gradually.  This soap will lather and work quickly, but it you take your time building, you'll have a very different experience.  The pay-off is a medium profile, thick, paintable lather with impressive initial and secondary slickness that interacts with your skin as opposed to making your gear slick and oily.  While there is simply nothing going against this soap's performance, the post-shave is the aspect that sets Bufala above the prior base and its competitors.  It's hard to resist running my hands across my silky smooth scalp following this shave.  Among a crowded field of incredibly high performing artisan soap bases, Bufala may yet offer the best post-shave in the business.

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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2202 on: May 09, 2019, 08:24:02 PM »
Phoenix Shaving | Doppelgänger | Black Label
Leo Frilot Tru-Stone Copper Matrix | AP Shave Co. SynBad 30mm
Phoenix Shaving | Ascension Double Open Comb | Copper
Treet Platinum Super Stainless Steel
Dior | Sauvage





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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2203 on: May 11, 2019, 05:26:06 PM »
Tallow + Steel | Dark Two
Leo Frilot Tru-Stone Hallows | AP Shave Co. SilkSmoke 28mm
Ever-Ready SE | Delta Echo | Gem PTFE



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2204 on: May 13, 2019, 06:57:23 PM »
Australian Private Reserve | Fougère Trois
AP ShaveCo. Elegant Emerald | SynBad 24mm
The New Improved Schick Injector Razor | Personna 74



 



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