Well, it is Spring according to my calendar. However, its Winter if you look outside my window. So what better way to will Spring to start than with a highly mentholated shave!!!!!
I absolutely love menthol in the warmer months and on occasion in the cooler ones as well. I know some guys add menthol crystals and stuff to their software, but I am not that guy. My three favorite MENTHOLATED SOAPS are Queen Charlotte Soaps Vostok, Stirling Margaritas in the Arctic(MITA), and Queen Charlotte Soaps Iced Key Lime! Today I went with QCS Iced Key Lime shave soap and the matching balm……she’s gonna be a cold one!
Blade : Gillette 7 O’clock Black
Soap : QCS Iced Key Lime
Brush : Wolf Whiskers Custom – ‘WHALER’
Toner : Thayer’s Rose
Aftershave : QCS Iced Key Lime Aftershave Balm
I feel ALIVE!!! Sure fresh snow was on the ground this morning, but that couldn’t stop me from getting my MENTHOL fix. It has been a while since I used a highly mentholated soap. Our winter has been brutal both snow-wise and temperature wise. Everyday on my way to work I get a free face freeze courtesy of mother nature. NO MENTHOL NEEDED. I must digress though. The Iced Key Lime soap was as awesome as I remember. This stuff has a lot of menthol in it. I will compare it to a soap that most are familiar with: Proraso Green. The menthol in Proraso green would be like a poke in the cheek from a 2 year old girl. The Menthol in Iced Key Lime would be like a slap in the face from a Grizzly bear. Yeah, its pretty darn cold. And it’s not all menthol and no substance. This soap performs with the other top notch artisan soaps. Great slickness and cushion, and a pretty nice post shave. The topper was using the Iced Key Lime balm. This stuff is also highly mentholated and is like getting slapped on your already frost-bitten face!! I kid it is not painful unless you are really not a fan of menthol. I find it very invigorating to be honest. Using this stuff today is just making me want the warmer weather to arrive quicker.
The Black Beauty worked awesome with the 7 O’clock Blacks. I dialed the Black beauty down to 3 as my shave from yesterday was so good I didn’t have much stubble to eliminate. These blades are fantastic in my opinion and could easily become my daily blades……If I hadn’t just gotten 100 Rapira Swedes(which are great). Something about using the Black Beauty is comforting to me. It was my first antique store find and it reminds me of why I love this hobby. It’s also my top adjustable that I have used.
The WHALER brush was soft and produced a nice lather. I learned that I should ring out almost all the water when loading this brush as the knot tends to hold a ton of water. On a down note the knot is shedding a lot and I am not sure if The Golden Nib has a warranty or what I should do. I think this may just be a bad knot.
Overall a fantastic and invigorating shave! DFS and almost BBS besides my usual trouble spot on my neck…..but zero irritation, so I am very happy.
Whats your TOP MENTHOL SOAP???