Day: 10/04/2014

10/04/2014 SOTD & REVIEW WSP SANDALWOOD SHAVING SOAP

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Shaving Soap- WSP Rustic Shaving Soap Sandalwood

Razor- Muhle R89

After Shave- HTGAM Tombstone

Brush- Pav Brushworks Pav 7 Custom

Razor Blade- Shark Super Chrome (1)

Bowl- Van Der Hagen Shaving Bowl

Yesterday my son received the WSP Sandalwood, and after smelling it, I had to try it. So after a nice shower tonight I borrowed it. To start I really liked the scent, pure Sandalwood. I covered the puck while I was showering with hot water to bloom the scent. this brought out a slightly smoky Sandalwood scent which was nice but not really strong. I tend to gravitate stronger scents so I was a little bummed but not put off at all. I achieved a great lather very quickly loading my brush, and commenced to face lather. I achieved a nice thick cushioning lather right away. The scent was very pleasant throughout but only slightly increased in strength. Using my Muhle R89 with a fresh Shark Super Chrome blade I started shaving.

The R89 is a great mild razor that never fails to give a great shave. I’m re-visiting the Shark blades as I was not impressed with them in the past. They were ok, better than I remember but nothing special. Not going in the rotation as I have plenty of other blades, but I wouldn’t bypass them either. The Pav7 as you know is my absolute favorite and I will do a full review in the near future. Just going to say it is awesome!

All in all I’m very happy with this soap. A bit dry post shave but I need to get the water to soap ratio dialed in better. But it is slick. I’ve heard so much about this soap lately due to price point and performance. The price point is phenomenal and the performance is great. I hope Craig doesn’t want it back too soon or I will have to buy it. Along with Vetiver. You can not go wrong with this soap and I found it paired very well with the HTGAM Tombstone one of my favorite aftershaves. I won’t bore you by going into it as Aaron has a great review on it on wetshaverreview.com

Thanks for reading.

Pete S

SOTD: October 4th, 2014 and Make Skin food ?

Happy Saturday everyone ! I was not planning on being home today and had my Dopp bag packed and ready to go. Instead of just using what I had packed for the next 5 days, I decided to pull another oldie but great cream into my “reduction” rotation. I want to be clear in case it is not; I am not trying to get rid of soaps, and creams just to get rid of them, it is because of excess. I am also choosing them based on the upcoming seasonal changes with some lateral play to through for example a great summer scent in like D.R. Harris Arlington or, Synergy “Gondolier”, today this was not the case ! here we go and I have a few tips today as well.

I rarely talk about my before shave ritual, today it’s worth talking about. Everyone loves to talk about pre-shaves; love them or, hate them ? use them or, not. Guess what ? I you shower before you shave and wash your face ( I hope you are ) you have done the simplest of pre shaves. The alkaline nature of a pre shave soap helps soften the hair or, the glycerin content helps expand the follicle by up to 30%.  Today I not only washed my face with The Body Shops “Maca Root” face wash but I used my home-made almond skin food pre shave lotion. Here is the recipe and you can use any essential oil, that is known to NOT have any skin reactivity.

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1- Bottle of Corn Huskers Lotion, this old-time product is mostly glycerin and very comparable to GFT skin food.

1- Essential oil of your choice ( do your research about sensitivity and start on the low side ).

3- Add the essential oil of your choice to the desired strength you enjoy. I have used Rose, Lime, Almond, Cedar, Orange and Lavender

4- You just made a pre or post shave skin food and depending on the oil it could have been less than $5 !!!

So today I used my homemade almond skin food which I actually built around the aroma strength of RazoRock’s ‘Classic” scent. I would call it a medium strength. I applied the skin food with a light touch don’t glob the stuff on… a thin layer is more than sufficient. I then got to work bowl lathering my Geo F. Trumpers “Almond” cream. What an amazing cream ! I always wondered why the huge difference in the three T’s (Taylor of old Bond street $14.99, Geo F. Trumpers $30.00, and Truefitt & Hill $30-40 appx. prices) Well the answer is I believe in the aroma as well as the slickness and the amount needed to make a huge protective lather. I used way to much cream today… it’s been a while since I last used this and used a TOBS sized dollop which is about a Brazil nut or half USA dollar coin. Massive is an understatement to what I produced. The smell was amazing ! There IMHO is no better almond cream or, soap on the market. This is well worth the money if you like the scent. I used my Vie-Long 12750 which is great both in bowl or, directly to the face. I had a conversation today on the WSR about horse hair brushes…. I wont mention names as I don’t have their permission, but it was a  “what should I expect” type of conversation. It was a no brainer as to what I was using today, and I’ll repeat it here. I rank generally in softness Synthetic, Badger (HMW Silvertip, Silvertip, superfine or best, 2-Band, best, Pure), Horse, and finally boar. Today was a great pair !

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After yesterday’s insanely close shave with the ATT “Atlas” H2 I brought it down about 100 steps. I decided to use my 1973 Gillette black handle Super Speed. This razor is in mint condition and showroom quality. This is not a super collectible razor so I do use it as a user grade, I may eventually regret that, but whatev ! This is a pretty mild shaver similar in feel; falling between a bluetip Super Speed and the Flair Tip Super Speed. So it’s mild is the bottom line. I paired it with that trusty Voskhod now on use two. This is a very sharp blade falling in the upper tiers of sharpness. The razor tempered the aggressive nature of the blade, don’t get me wrong… a better choice for today would have been a Astra SP and the BH SS , but I don’t like having multiple blades out there. I believe it or not ended even with three passes with a DFS not a BBS I actually had so little of growth from yesterdays uber close shave, I don’t think I hot that optimal blade angle for such low growth. Still no one in the world will be able to see the difference unless they rub my face ATG …. and no one best be rubbing my face 🙂 !

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To end this shave it was a simple no-brainer. I used the last of my Dickinson’s witch hazel toner, and allowed it to dry. After that a simple, but generous application of the RazoRock R-160 sweet almond balm was it. No aftershaves etc…. really a simple ending to a great shave, the only other standard touches where the cold water rinse and actually I switched to RazoRock block alum. I am starting to believe I like the RazoRock alum more than the Shavex, but that’s for another time.

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That was all folks ! I hope that tip for homemade skin food helps all of you out if you decode to take a try with it, and on that note enjoy your days, and I hope you all had great shaves ! – Aaron

  • Pre: Hot shower w/ Maca root facial cleanser
  • Prep: Home-Made almond skin food
  • Cream: Geo F. Trumpers “Almond”
  • Brush: Vie-Long 12750 Horse hair brush
  • Razor: 1973 Gillette Black Handled Super Speed
  • Blade: Voskhod (2)
  • Lather type: Bowl
  • Moustache: Handlebar
  • Wax & Pomade: Pinaud Black & Crew Fiber
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse, RazoRock alum
  • Balm: RazoRock R-160

Madame Scodioli Soap & Aftershave Review

What does a bearded lady do during her spare time while traveling with the carnival? Well, she makes shaving soaps, creams, aftershaves and colognes. Riley Fouts, aka Madame Scodioli (the Bearded Lady) has created a unique persona and even more unique products. First, I’ll tell you that I find this scent intoxicatingly exotic and mysterious. Friends, this is among the best I have ever used. This soap scent is unlike anything I have tried thus far. As soon as you open the package the fragrance fills the room with this sweet, yet masculine scent of  cedar, patchouli, saffron and vetyver. The ingredient list didn’t mention whiskey, but I understand Madame Scodioli likes her whiskey and may have added a few drops. I believe I caught some tobacco as well. Needless to say, this is one heck-of-a fragrance! I was home alone during my testing and evaluation. Upon my wife’s arrival, she asked “what smells so good”? I told her it was this new soap and aftershave that I’m reviewing. She said the house smells wonderful and that she loves the fragrance. Therefore, I think your significant other may love this as well.

The Step Right Up Soap
The ‘Step Right Up’ soap is available on Etsy and comes in a square or round puck.  As mentioned, this Glycerin based soap has an amazing fragrance. I was able to create a nice lather, but it took a little time to dial-in on the amount of water to use. The lather was luxurious, fragrant and had a decent slickness to it. A nice shave and will definitely be in my rotation. The scent had nice staying power and was evident throughout the shave. I definitely was sniffing my brush throughout the shave and ended up with an exceptional experience. By the way, I used my Gillete Red Tip with a Voskhod blade and my new Nathan Clark Silver Tip brush for this review. Now to the aftershave….

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The Aftershave
The ‘Step Right Up’ aftershave is a perfect match to the soap.  The AS comes in a wonderful old time 5.0 oz. amber glass jar with screwtop lid.  Like some of our other favorite vendors, it comes with a useful reducer in the neck for reducing spillage.  It has a woodsy-exotic masculine fragrance that consists of cedar, smoky patchouli, sandalwood, musky saffron and finished with a touch of vetyver. I just love this lotion. It goes on smooth and is just soothing. No sting from alcohol, no alum, just a real nice lotion with an intoxicating fragrance.
The aftershave can be found here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/203362201/madames-aftershave-select-your-scent

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The Madame Scodioli Scents are as Follows:
Aged Bourbon: Kentucky Single Barrel
Dust Shaker: Mahogany + Sandalwood
Fiji Mermaid: The Briny Deep
Fortunato: Pine, Smoke + Whiskey
Gray Skies: Nag Champa
Hierophant: Sage + Sweetgrass
Laudanum: Tobacco + Black Tea
Sentinel: Leather
Step Right Up: Cedar, Saffron + Vetyver
Timshel: Tobacco + Vanilla
Widdershins: Frankincense + Myrrh

Thank you for taking the time to look at my review. Hope this was helpful.
Peter Charkalis