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Second impression, same as the first

This #sotd was the second shave on my first kai blade and my second use of SC Endurance. The kai is still a solid if not excellent blade and the SC Endurance is fantastic. I love the scent almost as much as the performance. Really, really good shave.

I've got some AS splashes on order and I can't wait to get them into rotation. AV isn't bad, but I want something more. 
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Great choices +Beau Champion!
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Let's try again

This #sotd  was a revisiting of products that I haven't had much luck with in the past.  You can't see the Bluebird blade, but it's there.  I really didn't care for it the first time I used it, but I wanted to give it another go because I know there was some user error the first time round.  It went better this time, but I'm quite certain it isn't for me.  I have found other blades to be sharper and smoother, not to mention cheaper.  It's just not good enough to keep in the mix.

The RazoRock is something I want to like.  The scent is almond and it's a pleasant evening scent.  It's mellow and fades quickly post shave.  It's not something I really like though.  I bloomed and then loaded this soap like I hated it because I'd never been pleased with the lather I got from it.  It has a really good slickness, but not nearly enough cushion for me.  The lather never gets beyond the yogurt stage, so maybe it is better suited to straight shaving.   I would love to know if this is something to expect from all RazoRock soaps or if it's particular to this one.

So this revisit was worthwhile but it didn't really change my mind.  
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+Beau Champion Those are all great products! It should have been a very smooth SOTD. Love the Aqua Velva! :-{D-
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Due to working in TV, mine's always on silent when I loose it... Though fortunately this thing overrides the volume, unlike calling it from a friend's phone.
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+Douglas Smythe I was just perusing Phoenixartisanaccoutrements.com (did I spell that right?) and noticed that the Reef Point Soaps page doesn't list the particulars (amount of products, size of container, etc.).  I figured it was an oversight since it is a new product and wanted to bring it to your attention. 
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You guys with your eagle eyes! I appreciate it +Beau Champion!
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NEW to me
#SOTD  

I'm finally changing things up a little for y'all.  The only product I used that you can't see is a Personna Blue (3).  That vintage Gillette LC New is an item I picked up off of Ebay a few weeks ago.  While I love many things about my EJ DE89L, I know that I will need a more aggressive razor and I got that for under $20 shipped.  Of course it will need replating (and there's a very small crack in the handle exactly where one would expect), but otherwise it's in great shape.

I know I wasn't ready for the New, but I've been sitting on it and wanted to give it a try.  It was a wonderful learning experience.  I feel that I now know better what I need to do to improve my technique.  Even though it wasn't close and left me a little razor burned, I'm calling this a great shave!

I'm still totally unsure on the Anne Bonny.  It's my first foray into Bay Rum and I have no idea how typical it is.  I feel like it's missing a little sweetness or earthiness or something.  
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Beau, I sent you a pm so you can see the difference between old comb, new comb, and straight bar and what type of handles they came with.
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Old School

SC Endurance (Old Spice)
EJ Shaving mug
Escali (Tweezerman) Badger Brush
EJ DE89L - Personna Lab Blue (1)
AV Ice Blue

You getting bored of my #SOTD  yet?  Same razor, same two after shaves.  Same two brushes. :)  Well, at least there is a new soap!  SC commander (to the surprise of no one) lived up to its reputation.  I bloomed it for about a minute and it lathered easily and beautifully.  I liked Endurance and the wife liked her first sniff of it yesterday.  "Mmm, it smells like old man."

My shave was really good on my face (aside from one tiny weeper) but I struggle to get the shave I want on my neck.  My jawline was a challenge but I'm getting consistently better at that.  Suggestions welcome.
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They get a good bit of love. Definitely worth a couple of bucks to add a 5 pack to your next order. 
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Mail Call!

This more than doubles my collection. I'm all over the map here, and for good reason! I'm trying to figure out what I like. Today (and I think generally) in my mail call I will post "first sniff" impressions. I hope everyone knows how inaccurate these can be as the soap will change when lathered, over time and as it gets used.

WSP Black Amber Vanille - it smells like I thought it would, sweet. This was my 3.5 year old son's favorite - because it reminds both of us of cookies.

WSP Fougere Noir - I have no idea how typical this is, but it smells like I feel good soap should. It's nice and clean while still being interesting. Son approved.

WSP Mahogany - interesting. Yeah, it does smell like wood, but not as much as I thought. This one will be interesting to try - I might love it or I might be eh about it. Son approved.

Dr. Jon Anne Bonny - I love the packaging every bit as much as I thought I would. This is a bay rum and I didn't love the first sniff, but I'm completely undeterred. Son didn't like.

Dr. Jon Classic - That packaging. Smells actually really good. I definitely caught the rosemary, lime and bergamot. I'm almost positive I'm going to like this one. I'm not sure it screams barber shop to me (not more than proraso green anyway) but I like it. Son approved.

SC Endurance - I don't remember what this is supposed to be. I wanted to try their stuff and pulled up their scent chart. I stopped as soon as I saw this one. I knew immediately it was the one I wanted. I was right! I love the space in the container and the smell! I'm not really sure whether my son liked this one or not.

LPV - Wow. I've heard so many good things about this one and it was a little hard to find, so I pounced when I found it in stock. Every review says basically "I can't describe it, but it's complex, unique and one of my favorites!" Boy, were they right. I was completely unable to wrap my nose mind around it. Can't wait to try it! Son did not like.
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Definitely talented!  I really like the Hydra label.  At some point I might break down and check out the Savannah Sunrise soap.
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This afternoon's #sotd featured a new blade, one I have not seen much about - Kai. I liked it. I would say it is comparable to a Personna Blue. It's relatively sharp, reasonably smooth. I don't think it's something I'll buy 100 of just due to price and availability, but I could live with it.

The Fougere Noir has a very pleasant scent and I was much more pleased with its lather this time (second use). I think Deja Fougere will be my next Fougere purchase, but this one is a great introduction for me.

I like this brush a little more each time I use it. I can understand why Semogue has so many fans.

Any tips on getting that one ounce puck out of that tin? I'd like to avoid heating it. 
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+Todd Molina even better! 
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Overload

Today's #SOTD (Astra SP not pictured) is one of my favorites. I really enjoy Jermyn Street. I might have used a little too much product as I didn't intend to do a 14 pass shave. Nonetheless, it was definitely a good shave. I'm enjoying my first boar brush much sooner and more than I thought I would.
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Amen +Beau Champion all me boars be un-dyed!
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Out of Season

Today's #SOTD  featured the debut of Catie's Bubbles LPV and my inaugural #TotemTuesday .  This is one soap I just had to order based on the near-universal glowing reviews.  The scent is definitely a unique one.  Unfortunately, I think this scent is much better suited to fall/winter so I think I'm going to let it dry and stash it as the back of the cabinet.  Good lather, good performance overall.

Semogue 2012 LE ItalianBarber (undyed 1305)
EJ DE89L with Astra SP (1)
AV Ice Blue

Interesting update on my progress in wet shaving technique: I'm right handed and the right side of my face usually gets a closer shave than the left, particularly the jaw line.  I'm going to have to work on that.
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The force is strong with this one!
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Fougere me not

Brush: Semogue 2012 LE ItalianBarber
Soap: WSP Fourgere Noir
Razor: EJ DE89L
Blade:Gillette SB (3)
AS: AV Ice Blue

I would rate this as probably an SAS.  Not a really close shave.  BUT I got to use one of my new soaps!  I went with the Fougere Noir to start with.  The first impression was accurate on this one.  It has a lovely fresh, clean smell about it.  I really like it.  As for performance (bear with me, I'm new to soaps), it lathered very easily.  The lather seemed pretty good.  I think it could be slicker, could leave a better face feel, could provide a little more protection.  I'm under the impression there are lots of really good soaps out there.  My initial impression is that this might just be a good one, but it isn't really good.  That said, there is no doubt this smell will have me coming back.

Feel free to check out my Mail Call post earlier and suggest a soap for tomorrow! #SOTD
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+Mr. Ace Cavendish  thank you kind sir!
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Shave Cream: TOBS Jermyn Street
Brush: Semogue 2012 LE ItalianBarber
Razor: DE89L
Blade: Gillette Silver Blue (2)
Post Shave: RazoRock Alum stick, Nivea Sensitive PSB

Decent shave with my current favorite products.  The alum was for two tiny weepers on my chin.  My "collection" is tiny right now, but it will grow over the coming days so stay tuned to see if I have a new favorite.

Today's sad of the day: I dropped my brush last night and managed to chip the paint in two places. :(
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+Beau Champion All good stuff on that shave! :-{D
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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