I took the wet shaving plunge about a month ago, buying some overpriced stuff from AOS. I've since begun upgrading my gear, and every single day I'm able to shave is sheer pleasure (I NEVER thought I'd ever say something like that).
I'm pleased with my Merkur 38C, paired with Iridiums and Feathers. I recently paid Thirdeye a visit at his store, and bought a boatload of soaps to try, including Trumper's Coconut, Speick, Tabac, and his own Gentlemen's Best soap (which is amazing!).
I picked up a bottle of Gentlemen's Refinery Standard ASB, and I'm blown away by how well it works. No need for anything else--and it was quite an upgrade over my AOS Lavender gel.
My brush isn't as stiff as I would like, and I feel that it doesn't exfoliate as well as I'd like it to. Does anybody have a brush recommendation that would fit the bill? I'm thinking along the lines of a Semogue 1305.
Cheers, and glad to be here!