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Aromatherapy in shaving and aftershaves.

Facebook reminder timeline stuff. This bit I wrote came up on Facebook uploaded a few years ago. Situation…..Up in the Llyn  Peninsula isolating in a remote cottage. 
 
As the 1980s band ABC sang from the album Beauty Stab:
 
“That was then………….
 
 
“The ceremonial act of preparing for the day ahead…..bloke fashion. 
 
Love the old fashion way of shaving with aromatic solid soap, soft brush and double edged blades. Can’t do a cutthroat no way, no how. It’s a small ceremony of sorts. Built up thick creamy lather and hot as you can stand it water on yer face to warm up the chill of morning time. 
 
A subsequent 3 stage pass. And warm to hot water to splash over and over and all over your face. A synergy of my considered aromatherapy essential oil hand blend of Frankincense, Myrrh, Clary Sage, Geranium Bourbon, Patchouli, Rosewood, Rosemary and Rose Otto (steam distilled) in a base paraben free cream as an after shaving protection on the scraped, wrinkly, old skin. 
 
Then applied? Choice of eau de cologne or aftershave to splash and bring a soreness shudder. Choices? Lagerfeld Classic (memory-1970s guitar playing and songwriting), Lochranza (memory-Trentham Gardens at Christmas), Booze and Baccy (memory-Bohemian second hand clothe shops)”. 
 
The combination aroma of any of these three with the aromatherapy skin cream is pretty awesome to be honest. As we as nurses say…..No contra-indications!”
 
And as the band ABC continued to sing:
 
“……..but This is Now!”
 
Reading this Facebook inclusion from way back. Poetic, aromatic and therapeutic events can exist in the act of simply shaving. However. No more after having extended to a raggety beard of sorts after starting one Movember moustache off a fair few years ago. Didn’t get rid but extended to goatee type thing on my face. Even the ‘goatee’ needed to be monitored in order to get a tight fitting ward mask around it so to avoid COVID beasties getting access. Could get a bit of a ‘cheeks only’ shave. But I can still use the aromas from back then. Beard oil and skin creams.
 
Man oh man oh man! No using the Badger and Blade scenario though. Ceremonial shave dumped.
 
Tempted? Back to shaving? Nah! Keep the beard. Hides the 65 years old jowl sag.