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by Brutus
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: "That Lather"
Replies: 135
Views: 4326

Re: "That Lather"

Haslinger recently switched from tallow to non-tallow shaving soaps. Last December I spoke to the owner who told me they had wanted to switch to animal-free products for quite some time, but that it took them a while to get the formulation right. The ultimate test before releasing the new product to...
by Brutus
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams Redux
Replies: 23
Views: 1695

Re: Williams Redux

Adding glycerin? Been there and done that. But why should I, when there are so many perfectly capable soaps available that don’t need any additions except water? Any soap that requires addition of a compound to make it work is for me - by definition - inadequate. As far as Mitchell’s Wool Fat is con...
by Brutus
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Tabac inspired
Replies: 14
Views: 1508

Re: Tabac inspired

I recently finished a small 30ml bottle of Tabac aftershave which I thoroughly enjoyed wearing. Quite "old fashioned" as described above, but very classic and suitable for most occasions I found. Here in the UK it's not terribly easy to find - I actually bought my bottle from a hyper-market in Abu ...
by Brutus
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Tabac inspired
Replies: 14
Views: 1508

Re: Tabac inspired

This one's just a few days of running out. It's been a great run. It passed the long-term fragrance test with flying colors. I swear it smells even better now with just a few grams left. Almost 2 months of constant use. While I would not want to use any shaving soap or aftershave every day for a mo...
by Brutus
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: MDC Rose and Vetyver
Replies: 9
Views: 1059

Re: MDC Rose and Vetyver

...does the MdC in citrus scent actually smell like citrus? Yes, it does. Most definitely. Citrus, but not lemon. It bought mine in June 2017, the previous time Martin de Candre offered the vetiver and citrus limited editions, and like it very much during the warmer months. As Martin de Candre soap...
by Brutus
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Astra vs. Feather
Replies: 8
Views: 1645

Re: Astra vs. Feather

On the occasion when I do not use a straight, I usually use either a Feather or an Astra SP (green packaging) blade in my safety razors. Overall, I prefer Feathers as they give me in my Mühle R41 and Futur the closest and smoothest shave among all the blades I tried. The Astra SP blade comes close b...
by Brutus
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Muhle R41 vs Merkur Futur
Replies: 6
Views: 1164

Re: Muhle R41 vs Merkur Futur

Hi Brutus, yes your reply is very helpful! I think I will try the R41. How do you like your Chinese Futur clone? I bought one and think it's excellent! Steve The Chinese Futur clone is nice enough, but I still prefer the original. The clone is significantly ligher (93 grams clone vs. 121 grams orig...
by Brutus
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: chin - problem with grain direction
Replies: 21
Views: 2439

Re: chin - problem with grain direction

btw: i'm enjoying your multiplicitous "location"! 8) Thanks. Airline pilot in international ops: base, home, and where I usually end in Europe at least once every month - until I have to retire from active flying at then end of the year. BTW, probably the best job on earth for shopping all items “c...
by Brutus
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Muhle R41 vs Merkur Futur
Replies: 6
Views: 1164

Re: Muhle R41 vs Merkur Futur

I own both, but use primarily straights. My Futur is more than 12 years old and I bought my R41 (2013 model) much later to take along on those trips where a straight razor is just not convenient. Recently I had brought the Futur out of semi-retirement to compare it against the Chinese Future clone t...
by Brutus
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: chin - problem with grain direction
Replies: 21
Views: 2439

Re: chin - problem with grain direction

I believe straight shaving is always a work in progress and even after years of straight shaving I sometimes come up with a new tweak that I try. Even if the age of great discoveries and progress in straight shaving may be over for me, I still find from time to time a minor tweak that works better f...
by Brutus
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

Re: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel

As per various descriptions the Futur of it is made of brass, but some head parts could be casted from Zamak, and the entire razor is plated in satin matte, chrome, or gold. My two Futurs (one at home, one overseas) are satin matte, which gives me a good grip at all times. Unlike the picture shown i...
by Brutus
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Horse hair brush
Replies: 17
Views: 1326

Re: Horse hair brush

Experimented with various Vie-Long horse brushes for a while, but ultimately found that they were not for me and that I prefer badger, synthetic, or boar brushes over horse. Historically, horse brushes were associated with anthrax in WWI and I thought I play it safe and buy a brush from a manufactur...
by Brutus
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Horse Hair vs. Boar Hair
Replies: 10
Views: 1195

Re: Horse Hair vs. Boar Hair

Some time ago,I experimented with Vie-Long horse brushes, but determined after a while that they were not for me. Neither the feel nor the initial smelll were the problem, but horse hair has apparently a known tendency to knot and out several brushes I tried the majority (white horse hair seemed to ...
by Brutus
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Suggest a good solid quality DE razor
Replies: 18
Views: 2086

Re: Suggest a good solid quality DE razor

If you are looking for a more aggressive razor, I suggest the Mühle R41 open (Mühle calls it technically more correct "tooth") comb razors. The basic model is the R41 that has been widely discussed, but you can buy other variants with different handles that all have a their own part number. Much has...
by Brutus
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shaving Brush Options?
Replies: 10
Views: 1346

Re: Shaving Brush Options?

Take a look at the various synthetic brushs offered by several vendors. They are a fine alternative to badger and also much cheaper. +1 After all these years, and owning some of the pricier Shavemac, Thäter and British made silvertips, I can still say that a Mühle Silvertip Fibre® synthetic brush w...
by Brutus
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Review - Ingram Shaving Cream (UK)
Replies: 11
Views: 1208

Re: Review - Ingram Shaving Cream (UK)

Quite some time ago, I bought some Ingram shaving cream on a trip to the UK and was quite pleased with it. Never got around to buy a second tube though and my memory has become somewhat hazy and for a moment I even thought it was called Ingram's shaving cream . Since then, my UK trips have become fe...
by Brutus
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Review - Palmolive Shaving Cream
Replies: 6
Views: 1114

Re: Review - Palmolive Shaving Cream

Palmolive cream is goood value and I clearly prefer it over much touted Proraso products. In many European countries, Palmolive cream is inexpensive, available in most drugstores, and I often make it a point to pick some up when I travel there. The packaging can be confusing though. In Germany/Austr...
by Brutus
Wed May 17, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: L'Occitane Shaving Soap (Cade)
Replies: 4
Views: 930

Re: L'Occitane Shaving Soap (Cade)

The OP bought obviously the refill, there is also the already mentioned aluminium shaving bowl for the soap available. Quite nice, but the aluminium tends to oxidize and looses its shiny appearance. The company established in 1976 is not Paris based, they are based in the South of France in Manosque...
by Brutus
Wed May 10, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: What soaps are still good?
Replies: 33
Views: 2674

Re: What soaps are still good?

I would like to add two observations regarding soaps: (1) Water quality. How well or bad a soap performs has much to do with the local water (e.g. hardness) that the shaver finds available. Some soaps seem to perform well with a wide range of water qualities, some are more critical and while I have ...
by Brutus
Sun May 07, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: What soaps are still good?
Replies: 33
Views: 2674

Re: What soaps are still good?

Agree on Valobra, but the shaving stick has apparently been discontinued and is being replaced by Valobra (hard) shaving soaps in four scents (neutral, patchouli, cologne, and fougère). As far as traditional English shaving soaps are concerned; besides Mitchell's Wool Fat, D.R. Harris soaps are stil...