Day: 10/01/2014

October 2014 Vendor of the Month “Petal Pusher Fancies”

Ladies and Gents gather around ! Fall is upon us, and I am very happy to have this months Vendor of the Month with us as this is an exclusive for Petal Pusher Fancies and the Wet Shaver Review ! Frances Towle has been in the artisan scene longer than most by a long margin and makes some of the best organic soaps, moustache waxes, removers, deodorants as well as other products ! A little about this dynamic woman behind one of the best artisan companies around In her own words ” Somewhere in the Western Deserts of the United States a mild mannered acupuncturist found herself, up till this point, chasing mirages, and never finding that oasis.

I had been looking all over the world for products like the ones you will find here. Handmade, carefully crafted products, good for your body, mind and spirit!

I grew up in a family where the kitchen was a place of crafty inspiration! My father created a lotion specifically to help heal and protect horses hooves. I remember wanting to help out in any way I could as I watched my dad cook lotion on the kitchen stove. Little did I know these early experiences would someday help me create Petal Pusher Fancies.

I had been practicing acupuncture for many years until I finally needed to give into my creative side and try my hand at soap making. The rest is history.

Welcome to Petal Pusher Fancies, I am at your service!



Let’s welcome a wonderful lady, and an amazing artisan for many products Frances from Petal Pusher Fancies !!


SOTD: October 1st, 2014 “Chocolate Bourbon” WOW !

Great shave today ! I am really enjoying revisiting a lot of my vintage razors and playing around with new combinations of blades. Today is Chocolate Bourbon day for me as Wednesday is WSR Wednesday’s, and today was no different though I’ll be honest, with the colder weather, the changing leaves, and autumn in swing; every inch of my being wanted to roll with a pumpkin soap ! I don’t think I have the will power not to jump on that very soon. So here we go.

Today I used my 1921 Gillette Single ring old type. I love most everything about this razor, and despite that I reviewed my records going back to January of this year, and this is only my second use this year of this razor. I am trying to keep this razor in as good of condition as possible, as I have the full set. Razor, blade banks and case fully in very good condition, but every now and again I like to indulge in these great older design razors of which this is the #466A set with seal skin case and silver plating. I used for the last time the Sputnik I have been hanging on to. The blade had a very good run at 6 uses with no issue at all. Honestly I could have continued with this blade, but as I have said before there is no reason to tempt the fates.


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On to Synergy Chocolate Bourbon soap ! I have never heard more people wanting to eat a soap than this one. I am very proud that it is the official soap of the Wet Shaver Review and hence why as a group day have set Wednesdays up for a group shave day with this decadent chocolate and a splash of Bourbon soap. As is VERY normal with Synergy soaps the lather was explosive as can be I know I can literally do 2 swirls on this puck and get enough lather for 3-4 passes that are more than protective. That is what everyone I have ever met talks about; the efficacy of Synergy, but the double edge sword is it last forever ! I have yet to complete a full Synergy tin in over a year. I used one of my favorite brushes as well ! My custom Bukaty Silvertip ! Raymond Bukaty was commissioned over the summer to make me this brush, and what a fine artisan he is to work with don to the finest of details…. The funniest part is when I called him an artisan he was taken aback… he never considered himself an artisan, though anyone who has used his brushes…..well you know what I mean the guy has some serious skill !


Three passes later and not a nic, weeper, or surprise to be had. An uneventful yet amazing shave reminding me why I love this sport as the Honemeister calls it…. I finished off with really just a good cold rinse and the matching HTGAM Chocolate Bourbon aftershave. I did not need it, but I did use a balm, Proraso blue. Proraso blue is the newest in the Proraso line and contains vitamin E which aside from vitamin A and C is great for skin health. There is a slight aroma of a woodsy scent, but very mild similar to a sandalwood but extremely mil and did not conflict at all with the aroma of the Chocolate Bourbon goodness !


Great shave and start to October, but I really feel there will be some pumpkin goodness in my near future. Hope you all had great shaves as well ! – Aaron

  • Pre: Hot shower w/ Clinique facial bar
  • Prep: HTGAM pre-shave butter
  • Soap: Synergy ” Chocolate Bourbon”
  • Brush: Custom Bukaty silvertip badger
  • Razor: 1921 Gillette single ring #466A series old type style #102
  • Blade: Sputnik (6)
  • Lather: Bowl
  • Moustache: Handlebar
  • Wax and Pomade: JG compound and Axe smooth WB
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse, Shavex alum
  • After shave: HTGAM “Chocolate Bourbon” splash
  • Balm: Proraso blue lotion