My SOTD this morning:
Proraso pre in the shower
QED Bay Rum shave stick
Merkur HD w/Feather
QED Da Vinci Water
The shave itself went fine, with the exception of one huge problem: the shave stick burned like a...well, let's just say that it burned a lot when I rubbed it on and lathered it on my face.
After the first pass and a warm rinse, the second lathering (from the pile I had created in the bowl after lathering on my face) didn't sting at all. Either I had simply paralyzed my facial nerves and couldn't feel the second heat wave, or I have discovered one of three things:
A. I cannot use Proraso Pre before lathering with any QED stick because the concentration of EO is just too much for my skin to handle (N.B. the only other time I tried a stick, I hadn't used the Pre)
B. I cannot use Proraso Pre with the Bay Rum stick, but other sticks are fine because the clove oil is the problem
C. It's OK to use Proraso Pre with a Bay Rum stick as long as I lather in the bowl and not on my face, defeating the purpose of the stick
I'll have to test all of these scenarios out over the next few weeks.
Has anyone else experienced this? I haven't had a problem using Proraso Pre with two of Charles's soaps in the bowl, and Taylor's Avocado and Proraso cream (well, duh) haven't caused any problems to date.