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Thursday Tea

Pre: PAA ICE
Brush: Muhle STF 21mm in Horn
Soap: PPF (I think) Black Tea (sample)
Razor: Merkur 37c
Blade: GSB (3)
Post: Alum and PAA Black Tea

For my #sotd I pulled out a sample of Black Tea in honor of +Brian Elswick​​​'s birthday. (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) Man, I had loads of beautiful lather! The scent is pretty unique in my den, but I get different subtle nuances every time I use it - citrus, jam, floral? Wonderful. The scent also hung around through the third pass like a champ. A wonderful, take-my-time shave. I don't feel like I've had one of those recently. Have a great Thursday, shavers! 
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+Todd Molina Thanks, bro! 
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Tabac meet Tamac

Brush: Semogue 1305 LE
Soap: Tabac!!
Razor: Gillette Senator
Blade: GSB (1)
Post: PAA Tamac (sample)

#TobaccoTuesday #sotd featuring TABAC! I've used this soap previously, but I think only twice. I would like to get to know it better. I like the scent. Is it in my top 10? No. But it's nice and unlike anything else I have. And the performance... well, classic for a reason.

When I get a new razor, especially one that might be aggressive, I tend to use an Astra SP or two when I'm getting to know it. I find Astra SP to be sharp, smooth and forgiving. GSB are a step up in sharpness and a step back in forgiveness while still very, very smooth for me. It worked beautifully in the Senator. The more I use this razor the more I think my initial assessment was right: It's a medium aggressive razor very similar to my Short Comb NEW. That's exactly what I hoped it would be!! It shaves as good as it looks!

On to Tamac!! I have to say that I like it more than I thought I would! It's not a super strong scent on me (more like gondolier than Cold Spices) but it is drying down very nicely. If you think of a "blue" scent (Aqua Velva, Floid Blue, etc) then I would describe this as a "green" scent. It's not earthy like vetiver is. It's just a nice, balanced green scent. I did get a bit of distinct "tomato leaf" scent in there, but it's really well polished like we have come to expect from Douglas. Another unique and classy scent with the performance of PAA!!

This was a really nice shave. I only wish I had a few extra minutes to enjoy it!
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+Beau Champion that looks like a fantastic shave all around!
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Easy Like Sunday Afternoon

Pre: PAA ICE
Brush: CK Troubadour Duro
Soap: PPF Amber
Razor: Gillette Senator
Blade: Astra SP (2)
Post: Alum and PAA Amber

This afternoon #sotd was my first full Amber experience and it was delightful! I thought this was my first time using a PPF soap, but then I remembered that the sample of Black Tea I have is PPF as well. The brush loaded easily, the lather appeared quickly and preformed wonderfully. You ever look at your razor to make sure there is a blade in it? I did that today. 😄 I'm glad to finally have a Pre-PAA soap in my den.

I didn't get to post my shave yesterday. I used the same razor/blade with my BSSW brush. I paired CB LMR with Al Fin. While those scents are definitely different, I found they worked very well together. The Al Fin sort of picks up where LMR ends. Attended a lovely wedding yesterday evening with a bunch of dear friends I don't see very often these days. I had a great time and the best part is that it was in my neighborhood!! 😄
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+Beau Champion That Amber scent is so good! I have to thank Mr. +Karl Hildebrand for introducing me to it. Outstanding shave Champ!
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Good Vibrations

Pre: PAA ICE
Brush: Muhle STF 21mm in Horn
Soap: PAA Good Vibrations
Razor: Gillette Senator
Blade: Astra SP (2)
Post: Alum and PAA Good Vibrations

Back to the new stuff for this #sotd! I'm digging these Good Vibrations! The scent is really interesting. I set the soap on my counter this morning but just got around to shaving. I stopped and sniffed it a few times throughout the day and different notes kept jumping out to me. I definitely get the powdery barbershop more in there, but there's also this kind of sweet vanilla/Woody scent. I'm really curious to see what the dry down of the ASC brings.

This was really my first great experience with a PAA 3.0 or CK soap. The previous ones I've tried have cause an unpleasant sensation that caused me to rush through the shave to rinse it off. No such issue this time! The lather felt so good! Another wonderful shave delivered by the Senator.

I'll conclude there since I wrote an anthology yesterday. 😊
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+Beau Champion I know that Senator was feeling good with all those "Good Vibrations"! :-) Love that soap & AS! Nicely done Champ!
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Old Havana meets Little Havana

Pre: Shower and ICE
Brush: Semogue 1305 LE
Soap: MLS Grand Havana
Razor: Gillette SC NEW
Blade: Voskhod (3)
Post: PAA Miami Libre

What a phenomenal #TobaccoTuesday #sotd!! My first time out with any MLS soap and we got along like old friends. Wonderful lather. I got more Black Tea than tobacco for the first two passes, but then the scent started to evolve. I enjoyed it either way. Miami Libre is awesome!! Talk about a great summertime scent.

This little razor is a star in my den. I love the look, the way it shaves and the results. Fantastic little vintage razor. Have a great Tuesday everyone! 
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Little Havana! Buenisimo!
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New Software Monday

Pre: PAA ICE
Brush: BSSW S7 27mm Finest
Soap: Tim's Soap Signature
Razor: Standard
Blade: Voskhod (2)
Post: F&C Shady Past

I'm continuing to work through my recently acquired products with today's #sotd. I was a little concerned at the airy proto lather that appeared when I started loading my brush. When I touched the brush to my face it quickly turned into a beautiful lather. It didn't need much water and lasted beautifully through three passes. I wanted to take a fourth! Wonderful. The scent is a very nice, masculine scent. It isn't super strong, but it's not weak either. I am very pleased with this soap. I've used Shady Past previously through a sample and pounced on it as Folsom and Company inventory started to dwindle. I'm glad I did because I really like this style of aftershave for the summertime. A great shave! Hope y'all are having a great Monday, shavers! 
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Love me some Shady Past and I'm happy to see Tim's soaps being used. I have to take mine out for a spin soon. 
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A Nice B&B

Brush: Muhle STF 21mm in Horn
Soap: CRSW Bergamot & Bay
Razor: Gillette Senator
Blade: GSB (2)
Post: WSP Black Orchid

For today's #HumpBAY #sotd I wanted to take another spin with my lone CRSW soap. I've read wonderful reviews of so many of their soaps, but my previous experience with it was a bit, well, average. I intended to give it a bit of attention come spring time, but so much has been going on lately. I even ran across another soap I haven't used today! 😵

Anyway, it loaded very easily and lathered in a snap. The lather was really nice. It wouldn't make for great pictures or anything, but it was a lovely consistency. It provided a great shave. One of my favorite properties of a soap (I'm still looking for a proper name) is propagation of scent. Does the scent hang around for the entire shave or does it fade into the background. I'm happy to say that this one was spot on. The scent, oddly enough, is quite similar to WSP tobacco, though I'd say this one is a touch brighter. Very nice.

I didn't fully experience the post shave because the weather had turned nasty and I needed to check on my pup. But what I did experience was good. All in all, I'm beginning to see what others have raved about. Hopefully I can return to it soon! 
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B&B's rock!
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I Needed a Little Soap Commander Today

Pre: Shower and PAA ICE
Brush: Semogue 1305 LE
Soap: SC Renewal
Razor: Gillette Senator
Blade: Astra SP (3)
Post: Alum and CC Classic Fougère

A lovely Monday #sotd. I used Soap Commander for over a month straight recently and today I just needed a fix. I really like Renewal. I would describe it as a piney fougère and I feel like it could really be used year round. It doesn't scream "spring" to me. And because it is Soap Commander it performs really well. A little CC Classic Fougère to finish up and I'm smelling and feeling good. Have a Monday, shavers! 😉
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+Beau Champion very true, whereas I had virtually no scent for the whole of march!
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While watching a shaving video this morning, my wife (the engineer) asked an awesome question! "Are all straight razors sharpened on both sides?"

So I explained about western and eastern grinds. She then asked about shaving with an Eastern grind, something I've never done or even seen. I came up empty on YouTube. Can anyone point me to a video showing a shave with an Eastern grind? 
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+Chet Leigh​ My wife is quite proud that she had that very thought! 
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Speick It!

Pre: PAA ICE
Brush: CK Troubadour Duro
Cream: Speick
Razor: Gillette Red Tip
Blade: Astra SP
Post: Alum and Speick splash

I needed a quick shave today, so I pulled out the SPEICK combo. It was just the ticket! I went with the Red Tip just because I was more comfortable shaving with it quickly than with the Senator, though I suspect I will get there with the Senator too. Have a great Friday, shavers!

#sotd
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SPEICK , SPEICK , SPEICK!!!!!
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The Return of Hump Bay

Pre: PAA ICE
Brush: CK Troubadour Duro
Soap: Mike's Bay Rum
Razor: Gillette Senator
Blade: Astra SP (1)
Post: Alum and CC North

Gentlemen, I need your best behavior for a moment. (I'm not worried about the ladies. 😉) Allow me to introduce the newest (and most illustrious) member of my razor collection, the Gillette Senator. 👏

Okay. I couldn't help myself. I've been trying to acquire an open comb TTO Gillette for a month or two. I've watched them on eBay, bid on a few and they all got away. Of course I would have very much liked an open comb Aristocrat but they are a bit pricy for me. A gentleman over in the Dirty South Shavers Facebook group sold this to me for a very reasonable price and it's a beauty! The nickel plating is in great shape, all the teeth are present and straight. Everything looks great. I love it.

Okay, but how does it shave? I'm going to try to temper my enthusiasm l since I've used it precisely once. IT WAS GREAT!!! Dang it. I told myself I wouldn't do that. But it shaved as well as I hoped it would. It is pretty similar to my SC NEW (which I love), but with maybe a tiny bit more blade feel. It was very comfortable both in hand and on my face. And best of all, it delivered a fantastic shave. All right. I'll move on now.

I still have several new software items to use, but I wanted to observe #HumpBAY. I don't use a lot of Bay Rum in the hot months (yes, I know it's a Caribbean thing) because I find the scent a little heavy, so I wanted to use it before it gets too hot. Mike's is a favorite of many shavers and I can see why. Excellent scent that lasts well through the shave and great performance. Finished off with a little North. (my wife told me I smell like Christmas 😊) This was a wonderful #sotd.

One final note - I finished off my supply of Voskhod blades yesterday. I used them exclusively for the last few weeks in all of my razors. They are good blades, but they don't make the cut for my den. I found them a little inconsistent. They are well packaged, they are well priced and I understand why folks like them, but GSB and Astra SP cover a lot of my needs and outperform Voskhod for me. I'm probably going to use my go to blades for a couple of weeks and then work my way through some other blades I have. Polsilver, Bolzano, Rapira Stainless, Gillette 7 o'clock Black and Green will all get a turn. 
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Congrats on the new razor, looks great! 
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#SeibertStrong update! I'm going to file this under good news. 🙂
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Beau; Thanks again for the update...  Praying for Luke and family, Blessings..
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I have used this place several times for packaging/mailing and printing (usually invitations). I have been very happy with the level of service and quality of the work. Their prices are fair and their staff is great to work with. I have a friend who does my custom design work, but their staff seems very knowledgeable and I would use them if I didn't have a personal connection.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I stopped in here with my wife and two year old while sightseeing on 16th street. My expectations weren't very high, but I was definitely impressed. My dish (chicken bacon Mac and cheese) and my wife's (steak taco appetizer) were delicious and generous portions. I smoked several beers and all were good. The waitress did a very good job. The only thing preventing five stars is the prices. They aren't bad for downtown Denver, but they aren't a bargain.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I have been wanting to try this place for a while. I thought it would be a fun place to take visitors from Houston since they always take us to interesting and delicious restaurants there. When I saw on Facebook that they were participating in Restaurant Week, I made reservations. Side note: I ended up needing to alter the reservations and the employee who answered the phone was very nice and welcoming. They had a small but nice selection of beers on tap, highlighting the local microbrews. I was happy about that. I ordered a three course meal from the Restaurant Week selections. My cane salad was nice. The ingredients were fresh and well balanced. Little did I know that my experience had just peaked. My entree, shrimp and grits, was unimpressive. It didn't taste bad, but it was very underwhelming. The shrimp were small and had been frozen. For a restaurant in South Louisiana that shouts about LOCAL, this was very surprising. They garnished the dish with rosemary which led to an overwhelming flavor of rosemary in the food that it had touched. The grits were okay, but a little on the stiff side. For dessert I had the fried cheesecake. I'm not sure if this was a restaurant week special, but it was a little on the small side. I also found it to be a little lacking in flavor. I wiped all of the sauce off of my plate in order to get some flavor into the dish. When the bill arrived, my beer had cost me $6.75! I'm glad I only had one! The most that beer would cost you anywhere else in town is $5, which is inflated. Most places have it for $4. I had high expectation for this place and maybe that was my mistake. I won't say that I'll never go back, but I'm going to want some evidence that things have changed.
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I emailed Allied (and a few others) about tires for my wife's car. Their responses were great and speedy. They emailed me when the tires arrived so that I could get them installed. It took about an hour. I will definitely use them again.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
My favorite Mexican restaurant in Baton Rouge. The food is not your typical "tex-mex." The tortilla and bean soups are very good. The alambres is amazing.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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