Razor: Boker King Cutter 4/8 Straight
Brush: Yaqi Silvertip
Soap: Mike’s Natural Soaps Coconut
Other: Thirsty Badger lather bowl

Every now and then I just want something simple and uncomplicated for a soap fragrance. Maybe I want something that I can pair with several fragrance options or maybe, like today, I just wanted to hit a home run with one note.

For days like today, I picked up Mike’s Natural Soaps Coconut. I had used a Mike’s Soap quite some time ago and while the scent didn’t really resonate with me I do recall being impressed with the soap base. Mike’s is one of the original artisan soap makers and they have a really great thing going. The packaging is simple and uncomplicated, much like most of their scents. This is a tallow, lanolin and kokum butter formula. Scent on this is the stronger side of medium. It is a straight forward and natural coconut scent. There is a bit of sweetness and that authentic nuttiness to it. I really enjoyed it. The performance is just like I remembered. It lathered quite easily into a medium structure lather with a nice sheen to it. Slickness both lathered and residual were very good. Mike’s doesn’t have any matching post shave products so I’m happy to report the post shave on this soap was also quite good, requiring no additional post. If you like coconut, this would be a big win for you.

I’m trying to commit a bit more to the straight again, so I pulled out one today. I used my family heirloom Boker. I struggled a bit with this, being on the smaller side it is very light and it was having a bit of trouble mowing thru the growth. I wouldn’t say it was tuggy, but I was definitely using more force with the pass and that is a recipe for disaster. I picked up a couple cuts today and wouldn’t say I ended up with the smoothest of shaves. Luckily it was a quiet boys day today, so really the less-than-clean-shaven look was no issue. Better shaves tmrw I’m sure, but still a pretty simple and straightforward offering for the day.