Razor: Karve CB on C
Blade: Sputnik
Brush: DS Cosmetic Captain synthetic
Soap: Catie’s Bubbles Tonsorial Parlour
Aftershave: Catie’s Bubbles Tonsorium splash
Other: Thirsty Badger lather bowl

Monday…. back to the grind.  A work week ahead and blistering cold temps outside.  I figured I should start the week off with a nice bright Monday morning shave.

Up today is CB’s Tonsorial Parlour.  I was PIFed this a while ago but was waiting to use it until I got the matching splash.    Well, as you can see, there was a small snafu on the order and I ended up with the cousin splash.  Luckily they pair well, so I have that going for me.  Tonsorial Parlour is an old school barbershop scent.  Bergamot, Lavender, Litsea Cubeba, Petitgrain, Citronella, Geranium, Oakmoss.  It is bright citrus, subtle florals and a nice powdery finish.  If you like citrus and powder, this will be for you.  This vegan base is really good, loads easily and gives a really nice protective lather.

The Karve continues to wow me with the quality of shaves I get, but today, the blade let me down.  I’ve used Sputnik in the past and don’t recall having negatives on it but today this new blade felt off.  The shave felt a touch tuggy and not as comfortable as usual.  Needless to say, the blade was one and done today.  I guess the Karve can’t save every blade.

The Tonsorium splash is a close cousin to Tonsorial Parlour.  A shipping mix up meant this is my matching splash for the shave.  (with names so close I expect this has happened to more than one customer).  This scent is described as a familiar fougere topped with citrus.  Compared to Tonsorial Parlour, this has removed the citronella and added benzoin, coumarin and sandalwood.  The rest of the scent notes are the same.  I find the citrus toned down, the powdery note much more subtle and the earthiness comes out a bit more.  I think I prefer this scent over the soap scent today.  This splash is alcohol based but I got no burn at all.  It actually had a nice hydrating feel and the touch of menthol was just right to wake me up for the day.