Razor: Karve CB on D
Blade: Rapira Platinum Lux
Brush: DS Cosmetic Captain Synthetic
Soap: Black Ship Grooming Peg Leg Nichols
Aftershave: Black Ship Grooming Peg Leg Nichols
Other: Thirsty Badger lather bowl

This week was International Talk Like a Pirate Day (yes, this is a real thing) so I wanted to do a pirate themed shave.  Black Ship Grooming definitely fit here.  Black Ship Grooming offers grooming hardware and software that all have that pirate ship theme to them.  I had this set coming from some wheeling and dealing but was unable to get them both in time for the occasion, so here I am, a couple days late.

The scent on Peg Leg Nichols is cedar wood, orange and lavender.  While being simple in the number and type of notes they blend very well into a really nice masculine scent.  I was surprised how much I liked it.  It has the brightness and sweetness of the citrus up front which plays well with the sweet and woody cedar.  The lavender adds just a touch of floral with a bit of a piney woodsiness with it too.  Everything rounds out to a really pleasant blend.  Scent strength would be medium or slightly stronger.  The soap itself is a pretty basic vegan formula using coconut oil, shea butter and stearic acid.  As such, it performs like many in this class.  You get a higher structure lather that will take a lot of water.  Slickness both residual and lathered is average, while post shave is a touch drying.  It does the job but don’t skip a balm.

The razor today, the brass Karve CB (which is starting to show that patina quite well) fit this shave just right.  Still a favourite in the den, it paired perfectly with the Platinum Lux blade for a very smooth shave.  Karve not has a stainless and aluminium option as well so if the patina of brass isn’t your thing, you have a few new options to try.

I didn’t skip the post today and was lucky to have the matching balm in this cool skull aftershave bottle.  Scent on this is a perfect match with a similar scent strength.  This formulation has alcohol and witch hazel along with aloe, vitamin E and a touch of menthol.  I really liked the performance on this, you get that touch of alcohol burn with the skin performance of the witch hazel/aloe/vitamin E and just enough menthol to give a subtle cool without killing the scent.  My skin was left feeling soft and hydrated.  The scent carried longer than a typical citrus scent does for me, which suited me just fine.

‘ave a great day me mateys!