Pinaud Clubman Reserve AS Series #2 – Gent’s Gin review

The second AS in our three-part series about Pinaud Clubman Reserve products is Gent’s Gin. Like the name suggests, the dominant accord is Gin. I’m not an expert of gins at all, but from time to time I like to enjoy a good Gin Tonic 🙂 So when I first smelled this, I knew I was in familiar territory.

The bottle is, for all the three new entries, the classic plastic Pinaud bottle. This gives the product an old, classic Barbershop feel. That said, presentation is very nice, in pure Clubman style, with the classic gentleman clearly visible and a nice presentation which reads “The Gent’s Gin scent combines Lime and Red Cedar with Fresh Juniper and a Gin accord to finish each shave on a smooth masculine note. ” The color is a light blue, similar to the one of Pinaud Lime Sec aftershave. But while the Lime Sec is probably one of the worst AS I tried (smelled very synthetic to me), Gent’s Gin is not. Indeed, it’s definitely a very good aftershave!

I find the description on the bottle to be spot-on; the notes of lime are there, and so are the woodsy notes from the Red Cedar. But the dominant scent is the one of Juniper, and I like it very much! Combined together, all these notes provide a light, fresh and masculine scent. My only complaint is that the longevity is on the short side. After the 45 minutes / 1 hour mark the scent is gone.

Suggested season: Spring/Summer. I think it goes well with citrusy and fresh colognes.

The first soap which came to my mind when I thought about a suitable combo was, of course, Stirling Gin & Tonic. However, my sample of this soap run out weeks ago, so I tried different products and I found out that Edwin Jagger Lime and Pomegranate cream appears to match quite well with this aftershave. I’m not saying the scents are similar, not at all; but I think there’s a common “mildness” in scent between these two products which make them a great pairing.

Speaking of Gin-themed products, I can’t help mentioning Captain’s Choice North, which, despite being described as “North will bring to mind those deep coniferous forests of the Canadian wilderness. It has a full-bodied evergreen scent with top notes of juniper and a hint of vanilla.” is, at least in the bottle I ordered sometime ago, a very very strong Gin-like aftershave, where the Juniper note prevails by a long margin.

Gent’s Gin is a gentler product, while I like to define North as “Gin in your face”, very straightforward (and very good, if you like Gin, of course). I think both of them are worth a try, if you like Juniper and anything related to Gin.

Links:

Pinaud Clubman website

Edwin Jagger website

Stirling Soap Company website

Captain’s Choice website

SOTD 14 Oct 2018 OSP 1882, Thiers-Issard Le Dandy, Alpha T-400 Brush

SOTD 14 Oct 2018 OSP 1882, Thiers-Issard Le Dandy, Alpha T-400 Brush

I was inspired by Geo Fatboy @geofatboy to break out the Theirs-Issard. I coupled it up with a beautiful soap from James Riley one at OSP (Obsessive Soap Perfectionist – soaps made on London, UK). A great blade and a great soap. A nice brush with a 26mm High Mountain white knot – I decided not to do a straight video today and instead had my son take a load of photos during the shave – how does this work for you guys?

SOTD 12 Oct 2018 Jayarauh #215, Saphiro Fuego & Custom Kamisori

A quick and lovely cold water shave this evening. My lads are back from a trip to Mongolia so nice to have them home. No Yaks milk soaps so far….

Tonight’s shave was a nice one. A custom prototype Kamisori by Tony Milton, a Nice Polish soap called Fuego by Saphiro and my new friend the jayaruh #215 26mm boar – chub alert!!

Check out the video and of course I have to have a quick plug for my own YouTube channel – Click here to see it and please subscribe: There Will Be Blood…

SOTD 8-10-2018 the Spice

As they say, he who controls the spice controls…….. okay, enough Dune references. Today’s shave was fantastic. Everything from the New Forest Tubby-2 to the Oxblood Bakelite slant razor from PAA was superb. Not shown, but I’ve come to love the Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Star Jelly. It really has an additive effect to the overall shave leaving your face smooth and subtle. More in depth reviews on each of these products, are to come. For now here’s to staying smooth my friends ! Cheers 🍻

    Pre: Hot shower w/ Jack Blacks Face Buff
    Soap: Phoenix Arizona Accoutrements Atomic Pumpkin 🎃
    Blade: Gillette made Wilkinson Sword (1)
    Brush: New Forest Tubby-2
    Aftershave: PAA Atomic Pumpkin Star Jelly
  • Fragrance: Viktor & Rolf SpiceBomb
  • Pinaud Clubman Reserve AS Series #1 – Whiskey Woods review

    When I read that Pinaud Clubman had released three new aftershaves, Whiskey Woods was the one which tickled my fancy the most. I like Whisky (with or without ‘e’) very much, so this aftershave looked very promising.

    The bottle is, for all the three new entries, the classic plastic Pinaud bottle. This gives the product an old, classic Barbershop feel, but personally I’d prefer glass instead. That said, presentation is very nice, in pure Clubman style, with the classic gentleman clearly visible and a nice presentation which reads “The Whiskey Woods scent combines Tobacco Leaf and Bergamot with Whiskey and Woods to finish each shave on a smooth smokey note.” The color, despite the image featured on the website being orange, is brown, a brown reminiscent of tobacco rather than whiskey.

    Since there are no matching soaps to use with these series of aftershaves, I had an intense look at my den and finally opted for Mickey Lee Soapworks Grand Havana, one of my favorite US scents in the Tobacco department. Tobacco notes are combined with tea and vanilla, for an overall results which is classy and, IMHO, matches well with the Pinaud Whiskey Woods aftershave.

    So, what about the aftershave itself? I have to be honest here and I’ll immediately tell you that this is my least favorite of the three new entries 🙂 Probably my expectations were too high on this and too low on the other two products (more about this in the next articles). Don’t get me wrong, Whiskey Woods is a very nice aftershave, with a manly character which will please many of us. The Whiskey and Tobacco notes are there, the post-shave effect is good, the alchool burn is not too strong. The only (minor) drawback is that it reminds me of Pinaud Clubman Virgin Islands Bay Rum, a product I have a love-hate relationship with (I use it rarely). To my nose, the two products are related, somehow.

    That said, Whiskey Woods is a good product which, however, struggles to stand out in the ocean of aftershave the market is full of. Worth trying? Yes. Unique? No.

    Spoiler: the matter is completely different for the other two entries.

    Links:

    Pinaud Clubman website

    Mickey Lee Soapworks website

     

    A Wet Shaver PReview

    This 2018 has been a tough year for me. Hence the few posts here on the website, as well as on the various Facebook groups. Nonetheless, Wet Shaving remained one of my favorite hobbies, helping me to relieve the pains of my personal life.

    Moreover, this has been a year in which my wallet told me “Thank you Roberto!”, since my purchases have been few and selected ones.

    Among these, there are the new Pinaud Clubman aftershaves: Whiskey Woods, Gents Gin and Brandy Spice.

    New Pinaud AS

    This short post is just a preview of a series of three articles in which I’ll try to give my thoughts about these three new products by the glorious American brand. In doing this, I will propose some (IMHO) good Soap/AS pairings featuring these products.

    Are they as good as their classic line brothers? Do they really add value to the whole range of products of Clubman? Stay tuned!

    The 3 day crisis of 2018

    Wow rarely do I go 3 days without shaving, when I say rarely I mean never. This happened, and yes I feel the shame; yet the interest of a certain product made me excited to shave.

    So earlier this year we had a group razor and soap made, it was a phenomenal deal. The razor made by Riccardo Tonarini, is fully custom 8/8 set in Olive wood with a T10 bolt 1/4 hollow and French tip. The grade steel escapes me, but something like “awesome” comes to mind.

    So the 3 day challenge; I was ready to go like a kid on Christmas morning. Soap 70th Anniversary Saponifico Varesino… Check. Totally rocking Alpha Shaving & Brush co.’s T-400 Silvertip Badger brush…check. WSR Custom 2018 LE razor… BIG CHECK. So when your dealing with a razor this large being careful is sage advice. Luckily I made it though the shave with zero effort. Riccardo Tonarini my hat is off to you Prego Mille !

    Now I’m as they say BBS smooth, made it through the 3 day crisis of 2018′ and have gained more experience using large blades. This is where I leave all of you for now so as always thank you, and stay smooth !

    -Aaron

    Tips for Straight Razor Beginners

    1. Watch lots of videos on how it is done. Read lots of information. BEFORE you start. I recommend the “geofatboy” and “mantic59” videos on YouTube
    2. Take your time – enjoy it. Waving around a surgically sharp blade in the bathroom is NOT for the times you are in a hurry.
    3. Soap dilution matters – don’t make the lather to pasty or the razor will skip. Slick is the trick.
    4. Shave prep matters – use a pre-shave. I use a number of different ones – Prep, 3P and Proraso. Sometimes I use a pre-shave oil
    5. TAKE NOTE – it is very very important to stretch your skin in order to get a good result.
    6. Did I say stretch your skin….
    7. Don’t get too caught up on which hand you use for which side of the face. I use both hands but it is not a hard and fast rule of left for left and right for right. Getting the razor positioned is far more important. Being able to both position the razor and also stretch the skin properly means, to me at least, that I use a combination of hands/sides that may seem unorthodox but hey it is MSMY!! as they say (My Shave My Way)
    8. Don’t get caught on the trap of thinking that pressing the razor to your face will mean a closer shave – it only means you cut yourself. A closer shave takes only a sharp razor, good soap and a good technique
    9. Don’t think you are going to get BBS straight away. Don’t make the mistake of shaving again and again to try and get it… on my second shave I did 5 passes and boy oh boy when I alum blocked did I suffer. I must have taken off way too many layers of skin and was sore for a day or more after. The mantra is be patient and gentle. No matter what you do the shave will be more satisfying and closer than with your cart.

    YOU WILL ENJOY IT MORE!!

    The HeirComb-Beard and Hair Comb

    When you think of the different aspect of Beard care what first comes to mind? Moisturizing? beard oil or balm? Today I’m going to talk about the grooming aspect of beard care more specifically, I want to talk about beard combs. If you google beard combs online you’re gonna find a lot of brands that sell their own version of beard combs and what they claim is that their beard comb is the only comb you need to buy. I don’t necessarily believe that, not because I think their product is over rated or because it’s not worth buying, but rather a beardsman may need a different comb to fill different needs. I have several wooden beard combs all different sizes that get the job done. I like all my wooden combs for different reasons, but, I don’t use even one of them to comb the hair on my head. The wooden beard comb is not really meant to accomplish that. I also have a couple of handmade combs that I’ve tried using for moustache styling but get really warm when I’m using my wife’s blow dryer to warm the wax spreading it throughout my stache. I have a whole drawer full of beard combs that I use throughout the week. Why so many beard combs you might ask? The simple answer is, because I want to! I love beard combs and I can’t seem to get enough of them. I recently had a chance to try a comb from Heircomb.com If you read the about section it tells the story about how their company was founded when he came across the metal comb passed down to him from his grandfather. His grandfather used this metal comb everyday. Through thick and thin with all of life’s ups and downs, good time and bad times he always carried his comb. Years of living life day in and out and learning from your mistakes helps you grow as a person and gain wisdom. Eventually his grandfather passed his metal comb full of wisdom and glory down to him to carry on passionately throughout life gaining his own wisdom until one day passing it on again.

    Obviously I’m referring to the comb in more of a symbolic and not organic manner. His grandfather used his comb during the AH-HA and OH-NO moments in life. Passing his comb down is his way of saying without words, this is what I used everyday as I was becoming the man I am today, now it’s your turn. I get it 100% and I’m along the same train of thought when it comes to passing things down to my children. My eye glasses, watch and wallet are all small items to me but are the things I want to pass down to my children. My wallet represents my passion and strength in providing for my family and the sacrifices I made along the way. My watch represents all the minutes I’ve counted until the time I can be home with my family. My glasses represents trying to see the obstacles in my way of raising a family with good morals and judgement. They also represent seeing visions of the future when I retire so I can spend more of my time with my wife. I can add a comb to my list that represents pretty much what I described above. Heircomb states on their website, “Restoring American Pride…..Pride in our Family, Pride in Ourselves, Pride in our Country, Pride in our Products” and I think that’s a powerful statement. Our children today are living in a society that provides whatever they want when they want and tells them that they don’t have to work hard to get the things that they want. The pride of craftmanship, stewardship and just making a living through hard work and pride for what you do is slowly slipping away. Heircomb is simply saying, let’s make America great again even if it’s through smaller increments at a time so lets start with a smaller token that is useful in everyday life that you can take pride in, Enough about emotional stuff!……..let’s talk about the Heircomb shall we?

    I was very excited for the chance to try their ‘THE HEIR’ beard and hair comb. The comb came packaged in a sturdy cardboard box. The comb itself was sealed in soft plastic resting against a foam insert with the American flag printed right on the front. The first thing I noticed when unpackaging was the weight of the comb. It was neither to heavy or to light. The ‘THE HEIR’ comb is laser cut from T304 stainless steel. T304 is the most common used stainless steel in a lot of products including forks, knives, steel wires, medical and personal care instruments, automobiles, machine parts, so on and so on. The T304 steel comes from the family of 300 steel grades. The T304 is very soft and durable with a lot of long time reliability, better finish and durability, as soon as I held the comb in my hand I knew I was holding something special and one day could be passed on to my son or daughter. Measuring in at 5″ x 1 1/4″ ‘THE HEIR’ fits perfectly inside your pocket and is just the right size for beard management. The signature ‘H’ cutout located at the top gives this comb its own flair. The comb is dipped in their premium “Satin Black” polyester coating creating an effortless glide through your beard and the hair on your head. I used this comb every day for seven days straight and loved every minute of it. Every time I got a chance to I was in the bathroom combing my hair and beard. The polyester coating provides a static free ultra smooth glide that’s very important. The last thing you want is to be out and about or at work with your hair sticking up from static cling. That’s just no good for anyone! Each stroke of this comb through my hair and beard felt good on my skin, like a mini massage for my scalp and face. This increases circulation helping to promote hair growth. I really enjoyed using ‘THE HEIR’ beard and hair comb and I know you will to, all you have to do is try it for yourself and you will be happy you did. Thanks for reading!

    -TheNaturalBeardsman-

    You can also find me on Thebaldnation.com and my new website Thenaturalbeardsman.com

    You can find Heircomb.com on these other social media platforms.

    (1.) Instagram
    (2.) Facebook
    (3.) Heircomb.com

     

     

     

    The maiden Voyage of Jayaruh #215 c/w Delfts Donderslag

    SOTN 29/SEP/2018

    The maiden shave for Jayaruh #215 – it was superb. I spent three days breaking in the boar before this first shave:

    • JMG Steelworks Kamisori
    • Delfts Donderslag
    • 3p Preshave

    The brush worked its magic – look at the pics. The soap is ACES – that very special smell you only get after a summer thunderstorm, captured beautifully. 2-pass BBS.

    Aromas – like I said that sweet summer smell that only comes after a thunderstorm has passed. Just like being on summer vacation. It is rich, heady and I just want to keep sniffing it. The lather was awesome too. The flavor notes are quoted as the fragrance of Parisian Lavender and Black Amber. Combined with these main scents is a mysterious Black Myrrh, Dulcet Vanilla, Tonka Bean and a splash of Egyptian Musk and Clary Sage. I get the sage notes and the amber as well. It is overall a wonderful soap.

    I have two others from the same artisan and have not tried them yet – Soek and Wit. Soek – myrrh and orange with middle notes of ginger, cinnamon and cloves. It is then rounded out with caraway seed and vanilla to give it a warm, soothing feeling. This scent is a fine balance of spice, warmth and sweetness. Wit – woody scent that has notes of Italian bergamot, apple wood, tonka bean, patchouli, cedarwood, and oakmoss. And if that isn’t enough, it’s finished with cardamom, vanilla bourbon and allspice!

    I cannot wait to try those two. Buy them while you can guys as when they are gone they are gone forever as Scheermonnik will no longer make shaving soap!