Blade: Gillette Rubie
Brush: Spiffo 2 band badger
Soap: Grooming Dept Mallard – Earl Grey Gelato
A little late for the SOTD post but I really wanted to get this guy out. I got a couple massive mail calls this week. A raffle win, a prize draw and a couple most excellent purchases filled my den with some great new goodies.
The soap today was Grooming Dept Mallard – Earl Grey Gelato. This is a duck fat base. I’ve heard many a good thing so I was excited to pick this guy up. The scent off the puck was strange but once lathered it was a nice blend of spice and cream. Very unique. Still not sure if I like it or not. The performance was as advertised. This didn’t give me the big booming lather but it was a very creamy, glossy and slick result. It gave great cushion, glide and post shave. No complaints at all. If you like that type of base, Grooming Dept will be a great option to try.
The brush is another Canadian beauty, a Spiffo 2 band badger. Photos don’t do this guy justice, it is amazing! The knot is 24mm and it set just right. A perfect loft for me giving just the right amount of backbone. It is a tad scritchy but I know that a few uses will soften it up once it breaks in. The handle is very comfortable, although not quite as controlled as the Paragon. A big win on this, and just my luck I won a second one in a raffle as well. Cant wait to see it 🙂 I’m incredibly proud of my fellow Canadian artisans out there. Soaps, aftershaves, razors, brushes, lather bowls, etc. We have you covered up here 🙂
For the razor, I’ve put down the Karve for a few days for this new addition, the Merkur 37c. I was intregued to try a slant again and when this popped up on the local buy and sell I jumped. I really like the performance of this. I find it mid aggression and really efficient. I got a great shave. I prefer a 3 piece razor over a 2, but I can live with that. My only knock in it is the knurling which is inadequate for my taste. I found it to be a bit slick in the hand.
It is super hot on the prairies today and tomorrow expects to be the same. I’ll have to see if I can pull a menthol sample for tomorrow. All for now -J