Well, as a relative newbie to the site (though not to wetshaving), I have been following the various threads on the site with great interest and pleasure. It's quite enjoyable being able to vicariously share in each member's experience with a product, technique, etc.
Anyway, a couple of days ago, I received some soaps from Paulette at Chelsea's Soap Garden. (I'd also ordered from Bubble Sue, Mama Bear Sue and Honeybee Sue, but Pauline's were the first to arrive out of the bunch). For the last couple of days, I've been using the Chelsea's Soap Garden Burberry scent -- I'd also ordered the Ginger Lime and Bay Rum scents, but Burberry had intrigued me enough to gamble the US$3.75 on it. The scent rocks -- on her site, Paulette describes it as "Woodsy and Citrus" and that's a much better description than I can come up with.
Anyway, my first shave with the Burberry was using a Gillette Sensor (used the same Sensor with eShave Lavender soap the day before). It rocked, even with the Sensor. Now, don't get me wrong, I like the Sensor and the Mach3, but then if one's never had anything else...
Well, last night, my Parker 84 arrived. I also have a Gillette SuperSpeed (date code B2), a 1959 Gillette Fat Boy (sorry to those who I sniped this from) and a Merkur travel razor on their way -- but, the Parker 84 arrived first out of the bunch. This morning, I loaded it with a Derby blade (from LetterK's sample pack -- wanted to try the Derby over the 7 a.m. blades that were included with the razor), prepped my Savile Row B3 badger brush (I'm eyeing the silvertips these days, but the B3 Pure is what I'm using at the moment), lathered up the Chelsea's Soap Garden Burberry soap (LOVE that scent!), whispered a quick prayer, and started shaving with the Parker 84.
My first impression was, "eh? Nothing's happening!" It felt as though I'd forgotten to remove some plastic cover off the head of the razor as I didn't feel the scraping sensation that I was used to. It seemed as though I was merely squeegeeing the cream off my face. I shrugged, took a few more passes, and then realized that something was happening all along! Holy badger poop , that was the smoothest sensation that I've ever felt on my face! (er, from a razor, that is) Didn't quite get BBS, a lot closer to BBS than I've gotten in a long time with the Sensor or Mach3! And nary a nick, either!
Anyway, dunno if I should credit Chelsea's Soap Garden soap, the Derby blade, the Savile Row brush, the Parker 84, or my beginner's luck, but it sure did rock! I love it all!
Jimmy, who will try one of the other soaps and razors next chance he gets!