Saturday 11 January - Friday 17 January 2020


  • Cold Water Shave
  • Pre Shave - Grooming Dept
  • Brush - Semogue Boar / Badger
  • Shave Soap - A&E L’Orange Verte
  • Razor - Karve SB Brass "C"
  • Blade - Gillette Platinum (1)
  • Post Shave - Thayers Aloe Vera
  • Post Shave - MDC Camomile
  • Aftershave - A&E L’Orange Verte
  • 10/10
Lovely shave using Ariana & Evans - no irritation and great soap properties with fantastic post shave

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2020-01-14, Tuesday

Four months ago I turned 73 and 67 years ago Andrea Doria was leaving for her maiden voyage: my grandad was traveling on that ship.
And the following year my granny joined him: a demanding journey from Milan to Genoa to New York to San Francisco!

My grandfather worked at the City of Paris (he fluently spoke 5 or 6 languages), a beautiful department store that is no longer there, despite being in the National Register of Historical Places: money rules! Everywhere…

I never asked him how he used to shave, but I know you are impatient to know how I did it today and I will reveal it thanks to a beautiful photo.

I wanted to reuse my UK Tech with Personna and the result was better than yesterday: perhaps a more relaxed skin?

However, despite the undeniable satisfaction, the blade does not have the smoothness of those that I prefer!
Soap is perhaps less protective than Cella, but is still excellent.

Someone might point out that the camera can be seen and think of my distraction!
How far they will be from the truth...

My old Lumix wanted to take a selfie (word that I abhor by linking it to self sexual activities!) and... how to deny it to the partner of many adventures and that allowed me to be considered one of the best photographers still living?

Sapone PS: Valobra Glicerolanolina
Sapone: Acca Kappa 1869
Pennello: Zenith, Silvertip, 26 mm
Rasoio: Gillette, Tech, UK
Lametta: Personna, Blue Lab
AS 1: MilMil, Figaro Gel
AS 2: Gandini, Vetiver
EdT: Gandini, Vetiver
ST: The Complete Dreyfus Jazz Recordings, CD # 5


Forum GOD!
Tue 14th Jan

Cyril Salter/MS ED>2band
P & B Pall Mal
Occams Hiram plate 11
Feather Pro [ 3 ]
Floid Vigoroso A/S Lotion

Have reverted to seated Shaves until i am comfortable standing. Rather rushed the Shave today so the finish very patchy. I suspect that i was rather more concerned about the Shower I was hoping to have , as I have not had one for a few days. So glad that we had the foresight to create a downstairs Shower Area and Cloakroom of a good size. Very useful while I am not too mobile. Finished Shaving and then was able to transfer from the Shaving chair into the Shower with the minimum effort.




SOTD 01/14/20

Returned from Pleasant Hill, TN yesterday, and all I can say is it’s nice to be home, and have reliable internet service again. My apologies for being unable to participate as fully as I like. The spotty service from Friday to yesterday was frustrating! In any case, shave #3 continues to reinforce my very positive impressions of the Occam’s DE. I really like the aggressive plate on the razor which actually is quite efficient. The Grooming Dept’s Donkey Milk Soap whipped up beautifully with my Jayaruh Custom Two Band Badger brush. The longer rosewood handle, besides being very attractive, made it easier to soap up the back of my head. In addition the lather combined beautifully with the PAA Cube Preshave soap to again deliver an incredibly close first pass. So close, in fact, that my second pass consisted mostly of some selective buffing in my regular three trouble spots around my face. Using the same double soap prep on the noggin sunk all the balls! The alum block revealed some very slight heat in the middle of the back of my head, but otherwise, DFS all around. I feel clean, smoooth, and refreshed.

RAZOR: Occam’s DE
BLADE: Feather
PREP: Cold water rinse followed by a scrub with PAA’s Charcoal-Menthol Cube Preshave Soap
BRUSH: Jayaruh Custom Two Band Badger with Rosewood Handle
SOAP: Grooming Dept’s Donkey Milk
POSTSHAVE: Cold water wash with brush squeezings followed by Thayers Lavender WH and finished with Aqua Velva (Spanish Version)