As Mark Twain never said, “Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.” What he really said was “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Of course he’s dead now so it’s all moot. I, on the other hand, am not dead…I think. Do zombies think? Let’s just agree that I’m ambulatory.
You may be wondering what has kept me from being here to astound and confuse you. Go ahead, wonder. Hmmm..what could it be? When you figure it out let me know what it was. I’ll bet it’s pretty interesting.
If you’ve spent any amount of time perusing this site you might know that I hold Petal Pusher Fancies in very high regard. Moustache wax, great. kokum butter shaving soap, great, moustache wax remover, great! Anyway, during one of our correspondence, Hodges from PPF (as the hip kids are want to say) asked if I “wet shave” and, if I did, he had a shaving soap for me to try. My shaving, to this point, had been all over-priced electric razors and gimmicky 37 blade battery powered vibrating ridiculousness. Shaving soap was a mystery, I didn’t know a shaving brush from a toothbrush and I was, and still am, scared of straight razors…so I told him I did and thus my romance with wet shaving began.
At its most basic wet shaving encompasses manual (e.g. non-electric) razors and some sort of lather. However when most people ask if you wet shave they want to know if you’re using a safety or straight razor with a brush and shaving soap. Not knowing what I was doing I just began Googling things. Lots of reading later I felt I was ready to make some educated guesses for the hardware I would use to indoctrinate myself into the brotherhood (and sisterhood for legs) of wet shavers.
This one is a little awkward for me. I have only recently discovered the manly art of wet shaving. I’m not talking about a can of Barbasol and a disposable Bic. I’m talking about an expensive badger hair brush, an expensive safety razor, an expensive stand for the brush and razor, an expensive shaving bowl, cheap razor blades and affordable shaving soap. Keep in mind that all the expensive things are only expensive to me. Compared to the rest of the brushes and razors available they were pretty cheap.
Pucks! Not just for hockey anymore.
Hodges at Petal Pusher Fancies was kind enough to send me a puck of their Kokum Butter Shaving Soap. This is a vegan shaving soap. The primary ingredient of which is Kokum Butter. Kokum Butter is a very hard butter made from the seed of the garcinia indica tree which is native to India. Kokum butter is an excellent moisturizer and is especially good for use on inflamed and damaged skin. It’s almost as if it was designed by nature to be used in a shave soap. I’m not going to go into detail with the rest of the ingredients, they’re listed on the web page and are the high quality fare I’ve come to expect from Petal Pusher Fancies.
When I grew my mustache, my eye was a twinkle with the thought of dapper waxes and mustache snoods. In my dream, I would leap from my bed, heroically tossing my snood to one side and burst from my sleeping car into the lounge car. The train whistle would blow as we built speed and I would confidently point at the guilty party!…ahem, sorry. Continue reading →
Vegan Dandy Candy comes in one of those rectangular tins where the top slides back. It’s shrink wrapped so you can be sure the mailman hasn’t been waxing his ‘stache on your dime. I love and hate these little slide tins. I hate them because I like to keep my wax in my pocket for warming and I worry that it will slide open and get full of lint and cookie crumbs…yes, cookie crumbs. Don’t judge me. Continue reading →