Today marks the end of September, and more importantly to me an end in a 4 soap a month rotation. I ended the month on a high note with an amazing lather from D.R. Harris “Arlington”, which I must add seems to just last forever. I used my WSP Monarch in 2-band, which I have previously reviewed with mixed feelings. I have come to realize that I really do like aspects of this brush as the backbone is second to none but the tips are just not soft at all, very different from what 2-band badger is known for, but functionally this is a great pure badger feel with TONS of scritch with 2-band backbone. Back to “Arlington” for a moment. In almost a month of use, less than .1 ounces has been used ! The lathers have always been rich, protective and exceptional slickness. I just can’t get this soap the move on the scale ! I see that as a double edge sword considering I am trying to use up my soaps.
For my Razor I used my 1929-32 era Gillette NEW which I had restored about a year ago. I rarely use this razor, maybe 5 times a year. I forgot how great this razor shaves for me. I was amazed especially considering I am using the same Sputnik blade now on use 5. Not a single drop of irritation, no weepers cuts or, any tugging at all. This was a great pairing to say the least. Again another wonderful combination for me to write down for later use.
To end my shave normally I would use the D.R. Harris “Arlington” splash, but today I decided to mix things up, I used the HTGAM “Al Fin” after shave / cologne. It worked wonderfully pairing with the soap and gave me a wonderful menthol kick and allowed me to shave a bit of time as there is no need to a balm or lotion as the essential oils in “Al Fin” are more than enough to moisturize my face.
September is over and what a perfect way to end the month. I hope you all also had great days ! – Aaron
- Pre: Hot shower w/ Clinique facial bar
- Prep: Glycerin and lather
- Soap: D.R. Harris “Arlington”
- Brush: WSP “Monarch” 2-Band Superfine
- Razor: !929-32 era Gillette NEW
- Blade: Sputnik (5)
- Lather: Face and Bowl combination
- Moustache: Handlebar
- Wax and Pomade: HTGAM CaD tache’ wax & Old Spice “Spiffy”
- Post shave: Cold water rinse, Shavex alum
- After shave: HTGAM “Al Fin”