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by blantyre
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: 2019-100yrs since my family started the business
Replies: 12
Views: 454

Re: 2019-100yrs since my family started the business

Very nice idea. My 90th anniversary Astor gets regular use in the rotation - it's a great brush. Perhaps some kind of LE (100 pieces?) to kick things off? My personal sweet spot is ~22 mm fan - I don't like "mega brushes" like the BK12 although they are impressive when bloomed. Which way to go is a ...
by blantyre
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: English Fern tallow soap by Penhaligon's
Replies: 16
Views: 486

Re: English Fern tallow soap by Penhaligon's

That's a great point Gary. I think that some of the artisan makers are producing soaps that are the equal of some vintage classics. Barrister and Mann for example lathers every bit as well as tallow first Pen's IMO. So do some of the other niche makers. I still like the Pen's partly because it is a ...
by blantyre
Fri May 24, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Making perfume bottles
Replies: 0
Views: 228

Making perfume bottles

An interesting article on making perfume bottles. quickly and inexpensively as well!

https://ceramics.org/ceramic-tech-today ... xpensively
by blantyre
Sun May 19, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Review - The Art of Shaving
Replies: 11
Views: 3499

Re: Review - The Art of Shaving

AOS stuff is good but I very rarely bought anything in the store. I used to buy a couple of tubs of unscented cream usually online now and then to mix with high quality rose or sandalwood oil to replenish my old AOS tubs. About a year ago I switched to Xspec unscented for this purpose. Comparable or...
by blantyre
Tue May 14, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Selling & Trading
Topic: SOLD: Sebum Gold Soap/Serum Set
Replies: 10
Views: 409

Re: FS: Sebum Gold Soap/Serum Set - Final Reduction

John, if you decide to split these I’d be interested in the soap but not the balm. If someone else is thinking the opposite it could work for three of us.
by blantyre
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: April 8 - April 14, 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 573

Re: SOTD: April 8 - April 14, 2019

I survived Plague Doctor - actually enjoyed it!
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by blantyre
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: TSA question re shaving gear
Replies: 10
Views: 1165

Re: TSA question re shaving gear

I only travel with carry on to avoid delays problems and increase flexibility with standby, etc. Use sample size creams and tester size (2ML typically) colognes. Put my TTO in a leather case and place it in a bowl so that it can be inspected to check that there is no blade installed.
by blantyre
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Occam's Razor
Replies: 22
Views: 2036

Re: Occam's Razor

Very interesting. I am skeptical that anyone on this forum could shave for $32/year as claimed on the Classic site. I think that I spent more than that in the 1980s when I had a full beard. That’s not really the issue though. It looks like a nice razor.
by blantyre
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Return of the VLB?
Replies: 5
Views: 1353

Re: Return of the VLB?

It is a brilliant idea except for the fact that it would make it hard justify owning lots of brushes with different lofts!
by blantyre
Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Halfeti EdT by Penhaligons
Replies: 3
Views: 1280

Re: Halfeti EdT by Penhaligons

I’ve not tried it but the reviews on basenotes seem encouraging - a dark rose with a rather resinous base.
by blantyre
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Royal Yacht
Replies: 46
Views: 7777

Re: Royal Yacht

Interesting, I always thought that the 3rd T was Taylors (of Old Bond Street), so maybe there were actually 4 Ts? I must say the fluorescent green of that RY cologne does not look very appetizing. It may smell great but it looks a bit scary to me - kind of “radioactive green”! If they do bring it ba...
by blantyre
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: I’m looking for very mild safety razors for sensitive skin. HELP!
Replies: 25
Views: 2882

Re: I’m looking for very mild safety razors for sensitive skin. HELP!

I second the Schick Krona. A relatively mild and well behaved razor. I would recommend using it with a good sharp blade such as a Feather. A sharp blade will help to reduce pulling and excess pressure. The Kronas turn up regularly on eBay for typically less than $20.
by blantyre
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Domenico Caraceni 1913 and XPEC unscented
Replies: 5
Views: 1748

Re: Domenico Caraceni 1913 and XPEC unscented

I saw this post a few days ago. While I couldn’t definitively confirm that Xpec is no longer it did seem to out of stock at most places. Gifts and Care did however have both scented and unscented in stock so I bought a supply. Maybe worth checking if you are keen to get some of what may be the last ...
by blantyre
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Vintage Simpson 12 Pure Badger - Horn handle
Replies: 7
Views: 1514

Re: Vintage Simpson 12 Pure Badger - Horn handle

Very nice! Interesting that it says “London make”. I’ve not seen that version of the sticker before.
by blantyre
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Creed Royal Oud
Replies: 4
Views: 1505

Re: Creed Royal Oud

I guess that your BST post says it all! Based on my one spray, Ther are definitely better Creeds to be had IMO.
by blantyre
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Vintage Hammam - first impression
Replies: 23
Views: 3688

Re: Vintage Hammam - first impression

Is it a full glass stopper or does it have a plastic covering on the stopper part that goes into the neck of the bottle? I have a bottle of the single warrant juice and that has a plastic covering on the stopper so there is no glass to glass contact. If it has the plastic part then try wearing a pai...
by blantyre
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Creed Royal Oud
Replies: 4
Views: 1505

Re: Creed Royal Oud

I’ll be interested to hear your impression John. I tried a spray of it when I was wandering through a local Nieman Marcus. Quite pleasant and with obvious Creed notes. I know nothing about the “oud” part but guess that it might be synthetic since real oud is in short supply and each batch is typical...
by blantyre
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Why sandalwood?
Replies: 23
Views: 5555

Re: Why sandalwood?

Sandalwood as a scent is one of my favourites but unfortunately I’ve had to recently stop wearing it because, for no apparent reason, I’ve started getting very painful headaches. I sold the bottle in the end, it was from Trumper’s. It’s not the first time I’ve had it either - I seem to recall havin...
by blantyre
Sat May 26, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: "That Lather"
Replies: 145
Views: 16753

Re: "That Lather"

About a year ago I picked up a bowl of Morny Chaminade soap on ebay. It turned out that not only was the bowl in excellent condition but so is the soap. I haven't been able to find out much about this soap. The scent is listed on Basenotes as being for women. It's quite old school - lavender with so...
by blantyre
Mon May 21, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Cannibidiol CBD - what's up with this stuff?
Replies: 26
Views: 4747

Re: Cannibidiol CBD - what's up with this stuff?

It seems ironic that one of the listed ailments is "joint pain". It seem guaranteed to work for that. The big question in my mind if I bought some what would be the purity and consistency. Since it is presumably not regulated as a pharma product by the FDA then the purity and potency and any residua...