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by FireDragon76
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pre shave oil
Replies: 13
Views: 700

Re: Pre shave oil

I hate to be a cynic but I fear its a way for vendors to make an extra chunk of change off newbs. Read these forums and count the numbers of recs they get from people not selling them. If you must have some; look at the ingredients: it's easily reproducible in any supermarket. They do seem to have ...
by FireDragon76
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Vetiver
Replies: 36
Views: 7094

Re: Vetiver

Pure vetiver oil is inexpensive, and like patchouli, it doesn't necessarily need anything else with it. Good, quality vetiver has an earthy aroma similar to patchouli without the floral notes. I use it alot in an aromatherapy diffuser, and it's great for creating a meditative atmosphere.
by FireDragon76
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Ambergirs sold for 11,000
Replies: 4
Views: 3906

Re: Ambergirs sold for 11,000

Not really surprising, that stuff has always been highly prized. What is surprising is the EU would still allow it's use. Whales aren't harmed in its production- it's usually nothing more than whale hairballs that wash up on the beach. There's so many synthetic substitutes now days like Ambroxan, t...
by FireDragon76
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Alcohol based aftershave
Replies: 16
Views: 3865

Re: Alcohol based aftershave

Aqua Velva has some glycerin, but the Ice Sport would probably be something you would appreciate I found Adidas aftershaves to be very good for being alcohol based. Also, not all balms are alcohol-free. Afta has a slight alcohol burn to it, but it's mostly a balm. I use it alot just because it's a h...
by FireDragon76
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Does witch hazel expire?
Replies: 7
Views: 14437

Re: Does witch hazel expire?

2 years over the expiration date should still be OK. There's nothing really in there to feed bacteria, and witch hazel doesn't exactly make a happy home for them, anyways.
by FireDragon76
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Superior 70 mentholated
Replies: 14
Views: 5928

Re: Superior 70 mentholated

I live in an Hispanic neighborhood and I can buy this at any market around here for about $3 a bottle.

It's a very simple bay rum, so it won't have alot of silage. It's mostly used for skin irritation or on the hair. It's wonderful stuff, a natural aftershave or hair tonic.
by FireDragon76
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: canoe, revisited
Replies: 1
Views: 44

canoe, revisited

I just tried a bit of an old bottle of Canoe. OMG is this stuff terribly, sickeningly sweet, even though I diluted it first and only used a tiny amount. What was I thinking when I used to wear this stuff years ago? It's very much an unrelenting assault of geraniol and tonquin, like a psychedelic ver...
by FireDragon76
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: The state of the current English Shaving soaps
Replies: 39
Views: 6202

Re: The state of the current English Shaving soaps

I've been underwhelmed by any of them I've tried.

Maybe years ago when there was not much out there besides drugstore offerings like Williams, but today there are so many other choices that cost less. Unless you are an Anglophile, there's no reason to buy them.
by FireDragon76
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: boars for soaps, synthetic/badger for cream?
Replies: 9
Views: 126

boars for soaps, synthetic/badger for cream?

It does seem to be working that way in my experience, as a general rule.
by FireDragon76
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: experience with vintage badger
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: experience with vintage badger

Looks decent enough. I like the handle, it reminds me of the Vulfix line. Good luck with the reknotting. Chris Do you think it needs reknotting? The brush still seems to work OK- it actually lathers very well compared to the brushes I own, better at face lathering than synthetic brushes I have used...
by FireDragon76
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: experience with vintage badger
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: experience with vintage badger

Here's the picture of the brush. It's made in the US, "pure badger".

https://www.dropbox.com/s/04fj7iinowgmc ... 5.jpg?dl=0

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by FireDragon76
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: experience with vintage badger
Replies: 8
Views: 391

experience with vintage badger

I picked up some vintage shaving brushes- I plan to get into refurbishing old brushes with new knots and selling them on eBay. And even though I have ethical objections to badger, I figured it was important to buy a few vintage ones to experiment with, to learn how badger feels. So, I got a beautifu...
by FireDragon76
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Col Conk revisit
Replies: 10
Views: 1062

Re: Col Conk revisit

What's interesting is watching the artisan soap market drift toward detergents (B&M, Saponifico Varesino) and huge amounts of glycerin (many, many examples). The goal seems to be both instantaneous surfactant/foaming effect and huge amounts of slickness, plus replacing the glycerin that occurs natu...
by FireDragon76
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible
Replies: 19
Views: 3043

Re: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible

At the risk of digressing: So many times have I heard, or have I thought to myself, how agreeable the old-fashioned soapy Williams scent is that it is really surprising that no soap maker (e.g. Haslinger) ever seems to have thought of producing a similarly smelling and sized shaving soap that works...
by FireDragon76
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible
Replies: 19
Views: 3043

Re: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible

I've never had that much trouble. The secret is to hydrate a new puck for a long time, quite possibly overnight, ideally with distilled water. Eventually, the cake gets softer and it's easier to lather. As far as soaps go- I've used worse (I actually think Godrej, for instance, is far worse- it lath...
by FireDragon76
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Titanium coated blades?
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Titanium coated blades?

I happened to look at the Qshave adjustable razor (Merkur Futur clone) web page at Ali Express today, and it mentioned that it came with a pack of five US-made titanium coated blades. Does anyone know who would be making these? My educated guess is Personna. And the first page I found when looking ...
by FireDragon76
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Skin Care & Hair Care
Topic: History of Witch Hazel
Replies: 6
Views: 3887

Re: History of Witch Hazel

I use Humphrey's Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel on razor burn and it really does help, it's very cooling. Cucumber water alone is also something I have found refreshing after shaving.
by FireDragon76
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Skin Care & Hair Care
Topic: Facial wash/cleanser and moisturizing for sensitive skin
Replies: 5
Views: 3904

Re: Facial wash/cleanser and moisturizing for sensitive skin

Aveeno products are very calming as they contain colloidal oatmeal. I used to use it because the medicine I used for acne drove my skin nuts.

Also, their shave gel is quite good (it's marketed towards women, but I have used it in the past- it really has no fragrance).
by FireDragon76
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Skin Care & Hair Care
Topic: do gentlemen exfoliate?
Replies: 41
Views: 15046

Re: do gentlemen exfoliate?

Once in a while I find it's necessary. Until you've experienced it regularly, it's hard to qualify the benefit.

Also, if you have acne, it can be useful.

I just use a buff pad, they are very scratchy, and soap and water (I use cetaphil, mostly because I have drier hands and wash them alot).
by FireDragon76
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: I’m looking for very mild safety razors for sensitive skin. HELP!
Replies: 29
Views: 3930

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

You could always try a Gillette Guard. It's mild, provided you don't need the closest shave. It also weighs very little (it's plastic). The cartridges are inexpensive.