I really really really like I Coloniali shave soap cream (yep that's what they categorize it as) and a chubby 3 Manchruian.
I then follow it up with I Coloniali's aftershave balm.
Thread: Gems of the Den
For shaving enthusiasts, your daily choice for what combination of brush, bowl, cream, soap, aftershave, etc can be as daunting as your SOTD.
What is your favorite combination for the Sunday luxury shave?
Preshave: Proraso pre/post sensitive skin (oat and aloe.)
Brush: Omega Boar (loves me some backbone.)
Razor: R89 Grande
Blade: Lord Super Platinum
Cream: Speick lathered on top of...
Soap: TOBS Sandalwood (Uberlather!!)
hopefully don't need my styptic pencil...
I use an alum block for fingertip grip on my face
Aftershave splash: Luckytiger (citrusy goodness.)
Aftershave Balm: Speick
Well, that's what I am going to be doing the next time I have 45 minutes to spare anyway...
Current routine now consists of:
C&S Oxford and Cambridge soap. The creamiest, thickest, slickest,most cushioning and awesome smelling soap I know.
Merkur 34c razor.
No pre-shave stuff, just a hot flannel.
Post-shave I use Liz Earle's toner followed by her moisturiser. After experimenting with countless balms, astringents, etc etc, I find this to be the kindest and most hydrating for my skin.
OK, Hedonist. I'll track some down.
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Just as mentioned on another quite similar thread, some Proraso shaving products are on my upcoming purchase list (considering their shaving soap and their pre-shave cream, but not limited to these buys alone).
Yeah, it is the mango oil I Coloniali. I picked mine up from Connaught a few years ago and now I'm keen to smell Fat Electrician to see if it does smell similar. I Coloniali does smell great, and rather unusual, too.
My luxury shave would probably be:
Prepping my face with a shower, then Proraso Pre/Post
using a Simpsons Chubby 2 in Super
to whip up a lather with AdP shaving cream
then shaving it off with a Merku Futur
loaded with a Red Personna blade.
Then a Bloc Osma
finishing with Musgo Real classic aftershave or if it's warmer Captain's Choice Bay Rum.
That would be a pretty damn good shave for me, but who knows? I've got dozens of items in my collection that I've never even tried :S
So far, only got to purchase the pre-shave cream of the Proraso green line, it has already become an important (and very soothing, cooling and refreshing) part of my daily shaving routine.
I was accidentally shipped a sample of Dr. Harris Marlborough instead of MWF. I now prefer Doc Harris to TOBS.
Other preference alterations...
LEA after shave balsam feels and smells great.
AoS Lavender for shave cream.
The wife likes and uses my otherwise unused Arko stick...
Gem Damaskeene Open Comb razor ( the first produced with the 1912 patd date)
Gem Damaskeene blade made in 1912. ( yes the razor blade im using was made in 1912 )
Ever Ready 100T brush, refurbished by yours truly with a silvertip shortloft knot
Vitos grand reserve soap
Floid Suave aftershave
If you are still using a double edge razor, you havent seen the light yet.
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With the apologies to bumping this more than one year old thread, increasingly glad to have switched to the Mühle R89 (together with Proraso green shaving soap and HJM brushes, either badger or boar, since owning both types). After a rather bloody and tedious learning curve- even mild razors with equally mild blades like Derby can still be quite aggressive at first, due to inexperienced shavers- this razor started to provide consistently thorough yet forgiving shaves and, in the long run, not just the replacement cost of the DE blades but also of soaps as opposed to canned creams and gels are quite significant.
Unsure whether Mühle, HJM, Proraso etc. products are pricey, exclusive and/or elitist enough to qualify as gems, but I would still regard them as such for a different reason- extreme compatibility with my (or perhaps almost any) skin type and thus "added value" to my shaves (thanks to mildness, the ability to be mastered over time, the cost efficiency WITHOUT any proportional diminution of quality etc.).
Simpson Chubby 2 or M7
Pils or Tradere DE razor
Gillette Silver Blues
LA Shaving Soap
Myrsol Agua Balsamica aftershave