Grooming

The Diary of a week with The Outlaw All Stainless safety Razor

Now available for purchase HERE

 

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Hi All – as part of the testing for Outlaw all stainless safety razor we gave it to an independent third party – Richard Black of Glasgow, Scotland. Richard is a shaving enthusiast who has a fine collection or razors, soaps and all things shaving related. I would say he is a shave addict… like me… Anyway – enough. As part of the prototyping stage for the final production candidate we gave Richard an Outlaw to test drive for a week.

Executive Shaving The Outlaw All Stainless Steel RazorThis is a guest blog by Richard Black a big fan of Alpha Shaving Company. Richard asked to be the first customer to try out The Outlaw Razor. Below are his thoughts following his five-day test period.

 

 


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Over to Richard:

For this review I am extremely excited as I have managed to get my hands on a prototype V3 of the the All stainless steel Outlaw Safety Razor. I have been watching this razor since it’s early announcement that it was being made and knew right away this was a razor I wanted to try out and finally here is my chance. I’m going to cover the main aspects that I feel most wet shavers will base their decision on as to buy this razor as I know these are the points that I personally would look at anyway.

I am going to go into quite a few details as I this razor is well designed and I want to point out these details as I know many wet shavers will want to look at them, but if you just want to know overall how good this Razor shaves then jump ahead to the last paragraph when you can get my final thoughts on the razor.

The areas I’ll cover are the more common ones like the weight, blade gap, build quality and of course the price. This will make it easier to compare to other razor reviews out there as I have stuck to a similar review structure. This razor has been taken on a 5 day test drive and on each day I have used a different blade to test how the razor blades effect the use of this razor as a daily shave. The 5 blades I have chosen are:-

  • Feather platinum
  • Personna Platinum
  • Tiger Platinum
  • Gillette Platinum
  • Gillette Wilkinson sword

Below you’ll find how each blade performed on my daily shave and how it left my skin feeling afterwards. I will use the same Pre Shave, Shaving Cream and Post shave balm each day and the one I have chosen is Castle Forbes 1445 for the Cream and Balm and preshave with some Executive Shaving Natural Pre shave oil. I used these alongside my trusted Alpha Titanium Shaving Brush that gets the cream lathered perfect for this type of Test drive with this razor being aimed at a medium aggressive range. I wanted my sensitive skin to have that extra cushion.

Next I want to look at the build quality. Now I only have the prototype but this is a thing of beauty to look at. It’s made from 316L marine grade stainless steel so will probably outlast me and when you pick it up you can tell it’s completely solid and got a nice weight to it. It measures in at 100mm from top cap to base of the handle. On my scales it comes in at 115g. Now that a nice weight for me. On the handle it’s knurling really does add character to the overall design with 5 of these points along the handle. In between these points is a fantastic diamond grip patterned design that I personally love. I tested out the grip by lathering my hand with some shaving soap and then doing a few passes and also just another few general movements you would when your shaving to see how the grip preformed and I must say I was impressed, no slip or slide what so ever as it just stays secure in your hand. The handle is also nice and thick but not too chubby, probably closer to the thickness of the Rex Ambassador and it makes it feel safe and secure in the hand when shaving. There’s even the logo on the bottom of the handle which is a nice touch as it’s finished with a nice smooth but subtle edge at the base of the handle. The balance point I found was at the second knurling point from the top which gives it a good bit of space between the fingers and the top cap to be able to keep an eye on where your going next with the razor. Some razors the balance point is so high that my big fingers are touching the top cap like my Mühle 106 so there’s no room to see the face below the head. There is also a lovely more squared off feel to the top of the handle that screws into the head rather than the standard curved where it narrows at the top. Just a beauty to look at. The top cap on this is really nice and comes with a highly polished finish. It’s a standard 2 piece head with the blade going in the middle. The base plate had 2 walls running the width of the plate that have a fair height on them which Is what will lead to the mid-aggressive blade gap. When the head and the top cap are out together everything aligns perfectly leading to in my opinion a very well designed head with a low profile. The screw on the top cap is of good length too allowing for a secure connection between handle and head. There’s also 2 long holes underneath on the base plate which are of good size preventing the razor head from getting clogged up while shaving. So just like the handle a very well designed head and when put together one beautiful looking razor that’s extremely functional and designed that well, all the little things have been thought off to accommodate us fussy wet shavers.

Day 1 – Feather Platinum

Ok, so day one with the Feather blade was a huge success, on the face I only had to shave with 2 passes and then and extra we half pass on my neck as my hairs grow in about 5 different directions. This razor cut through my coarse 2 day growth with absolutely no issues and no cuts or weepers. The feedback you hear when the blade cuts the through is outstanding and really does deliver a super close shave. As KenSurfs would say the closer the shave the harder the burn, and this was a extremely close shave. There’s also no blade overhang at the end of the top cap and there is a low enough profile on the top cap to get right in there under the nose. For me to get BBS even with my Feather it’s a 3 and a half pass so this razor saved me that extra pass and I was super impressed with how much the razor takes off in the first pass. The size of the chin bar is great for adjusting your angle, like majority of safety razors I found the 30 degree angle the best but the blade feedback is so much so you’ll know if your doing it wrong. It also doesn’t clog which is important. So a extremely successful day 1 with the feather blade and probably my closest shave to date.

Day 2 – Personna PlatinumPersonna Platinum Chrome Double Edge Razor Blade (Pack of 10 Blades)

On my second shave I moved on to the persona blades and again they preformed extremely well. The difference in the blade was just enough to have the razor a bit more comfortable in the hand without the fear of any cuts or weepers but still delivering that extremely close shave. 2 passes with a tidy up around the chin and neck areas but saved that third pass.

 

Day 3 – Gillette Wilkinson Sword

1000 X GILLETTE WILKINSON SWORD RAZOR BLADES Double Edge Safety Razor BladeFor the 3rd shave, I tried one of my favourites, the Gillette Wilkinson Sword that for my skin delivered the most comfortable shave yet. Now I was in a hurry this morning and time was limited and for mornings like that I normally go to my trusted Oneblade core but I though, just crack on with the Outlaw and I was so please I did. It was a full 3 passes for BBS but I had zero post shave irritation with this blade, not that there was much with the others. Again an outstanding shave and a blade I would recommend if your using this razor as a daily shave and have sensitive skin. I loved the glide and the closeness of this and again the feedback when shaving was top notch. So that’s 3 blades so far and this razor has preformed every time with each of them. This razor is definitely living up to my expectations and is just in my opinion outstanding and can compete with the very best.

 

Day 4 – Tiger Platinum

Tiger Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades (x5)Now moving on to the Tiger, another favourite of mine, this provided for me a great balance between sharpness and comfort. I felt the cutting power of the feather was very comparable to this blade it terms of sharpness taking the majority away in the first pass leaving very little for the second. It was also very smooth as it cut through my hairs and again left little to no irritation. I preformed the second pass and then just had a little tidy up at the end around the problem areas but a very comfortable and satisfying shave with this blade. A great pairing with the outlaw razor.

Day 5 – Gillette Platinum

My 5th and final blade on this test drive was the Gillette platinum and this was another good shave. It wasn’t up there for me with the likes of a feather or Tiger but it done the job in 3 passes only leaving a little irritation but still achieving BBS none the less. I did enjoy using this blade but it just want the same as shaving with a feather blade or my go to Gillette Wilkinson Swords but it did preform and do it’s job.Gillette Platinum Safety Razor Blades - 5 Pack

So 5 blades over 5 shaves and what a week of shaving, it was like going back and picking up a DE for the first time and gave a great comfortable shave each day regardless of the blade. If I had to rank the blades in order and I know you will probably want to know and this is only my choices based on my experience and how the shave left be feeling afterwards. Firstly it has to be the Feather, the most aggressive of them all but a wonderful close shave in 2 and a half passes that just delivers that perfect shave. Next would be the Gillette Wilkinson Sword, it’s a full 3 passes but the most comfortable of the lot given zero post shave irritation and that was followed closely by the Tiger because just like the feather 2 and a half passes and your done but the feather just gives it that perfect shave. Then in fourth is the Personna, similar again to the feather but not as aggressive but a very satisfying shave. Finally the Gillette Platinum comes fifth, not because it’s a bad blade but simply, the others out preformed it.

For me this is an absolutely stunning razor from start to finish and each day I shaved using it was fantastic. The build of the razor is outstanding from the deep knurling in the handle and the diamond pattern grip, the weight is fantastic and the materials of the highest quality. There also going to be I believe another 2 handles for it, ones that’s the same as the high polished one I had in design but finished matte and sandblasted and the other I have only seen a render but it look very nice and based on the Executive Shaving Company Braveheart razor handle which of it look anything like the drawings it will be stunning.

The razor delivers that mid-aggressive shave that it was designed to deliver and with the number of blades out there you can have a lot of fun changing things up as you really do get some fantastic feedback from the razor when shaving. This razor would suit daily shavers and occasional shavers a like, maybe a Feather when preparing for work and not shaving during your holiday for the full week or something like the Tiger for the daily shave or even the Gillette Wilkinson Swords for those with sensitive skin. Either way the blade pairing with this razor can make a big difference depending on the desired outcome. I found The first pass take all the work out of the shave leaving only a second pass and my a tidy up of the awkward areas require saving you that vital time when shaving and also cutting down on the post shave irritation.

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So from build quality to shave this razor really does deliver, so the fact it’s launching at £100 is just an absolute steel for a razor of this quality. For me this razor is better compared to a Rex simply because it gives you that same satisfying feeling in your hand when you pick it up as the others do. These special razors and I found this one really special too. I really have enjoyed taking this razor out on a test drive for a week and I think this might be new daily shaver as I know I will definitely be adding one to my collection very soon. Well as soon as they are in stock !!

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Executive Shaving The Outlaw All Stainless Steel Razor

Introducing The Outlaw DE All Stainless Safety Razor

Launching Alpha Outlaw, a razor design collaboration between Alpha and Executive Shaving. I have an expected delivery date of mid-February for the first 100 Alpha razors – these are offered at a very special price.

Link HERE: https://mailchi.mp/d424bb7f6cd7/alpha-outlaw-stainless-steel-safety-razor

Outlaw is a close shaving razor but not as close as the Muhle R41. It is definitely a step up in closeness compared to the ever popular Muhle and Jagger R89 and the Merkur 34C. Most shavers will get a lovely close shave with only two passes. I have two-passed my shaves since I got the first production Outlaw in my hands 2 weeks ago and it gives close, irritation free, performance. I used Feather & Supernova and both blades gave me trouble and irritation free shaves. Two passes and a little touch up and I was done.

This DE razor has been a long time in the making and has had me tearing my hair out with the drawings and prototypes but now we are ready to launch. Orders are in at the machine shop and I have a tentative delivery of mid-Febuary.

I am inviting pre-orders on this razor on a first come first served basis.

Outlaw will come with a choice of two handles and an optional polished stainless steel Bullet Stand.

By now, the Pre-launch interest has been very positive. Pre-order Outlaw now

Alpha Outlaw Safety Razor – Now Open For Pre-Order

We are only a few short weeks away from launching Alpha Outlaw, a razor design collaboration between Alpha and Executive Shaving. I have an expected delivery date of mid-February for the first 100 Alpha razors – these are offered at a very special price.

Outlaw is a close shaving razor but not as close as the Muhle R41. It is definitely a step up in closeness compared to the ever popular Muhle and Jagger R89 and the Merkur 34C. Most shavers will get a lovely close shave with only two passes. I have two-passed my shaves since I got the first production Outlaw in my hands 2 weeks ago and it gives close, irritation free, performance. I used Feather & Supernova and both blades gave me trouble and irritation free shaves. Two passes and a little touch up and I was done.

This DE razor has been a long time in the making and has had me tearing my hair out with the drawings and prototypes but now we are ready to launch. Orders are in at the machine shop and I have a tentative delivery of mid-Febuary.

I am inviting pre-orders on this razor on a first come first served basis.

 

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Cologne Review: Geo F. Trumper – Havana

December 2019: Geo F. Trumper announces its latest addition to its colognes range: Havana.

January 2020: your Italian reviewer, Robykeys82, goes to London with wifey and friends.

Given these initial conditions, the reader must answer the following question: did your reviewer miss the chance to grab a bottle of Havana?

If you answered “Yes”, probably you’re not interested in this article and can skip it. Otherwise, if you gave the correct answer, I suppose you’re curious about this new fragrance, which sounds interesting just reading the description:

This intoxicating fragrance has been formulated to evoke the swaying and rustling of Cuba’s one hundred different species of palm trees.

With layers of pink pepper, grapefruit, white mariposa, cinnamon, a dash of paprika, and a hint of vetiver; all of which enhances this exquisitely strong modern and vibrant cologne.

As I approached the 1 Duke of York Street shop, part of me almost wished to find it meh and save 55£. Needless to say, that was not the case. As soon as the haughty shop assistant sprayed it onto a sample paper, I knew I’d end spending those 55£.

So, is this stuff any good? The answer is: yes, it is really good!!!

  • Presentation: classic Geo F. Trumper’s, which means classy and awesome, a real pleasure to see. The cologne label art consists of a palm branch which spans from left to right. Simple but effective!
  • Packaging: the classic Trumper’s 50ml bottle with atomiser. Works well.
  • Scent: the main reason we buy a cologne, isn’t it? My relationship with Trumper’s colognes is a love-it-or-hate-it. I love their Eucris, Spanish Leather and Lime (although this one lasts about 20 minutes and then it’s gone), while I don’t care for some of their other offerings (Skye, Bay Rum and their Sandalwood, despite it being their signature scent). I have to say that I was surprised by how classy and good Havana is. The layers mentioned in the description provided by Trumper’s  all blend perfectly together, giving an overall sense of a top-class product. I can detect the grapefruit, the cinnamon, the vetiver and the pink pepper for sure. Not declared by the House, the overall note reminds me of a hint of cocoa. What struck me the most is that, differently from what happens with other Trumper’s scents, this one is at the same time light and with a great persistence. Eucris, for example, is a very strong masculine scent, as well as Spanish Leather. Havana is subtler, relying on the strong interplay between its various components. I think the main goal declared by the producer (i.e. to evoke the swaying and rustling of Cuba’s one hundred different species of palm trees ) has been met! Don’t expect this cologne to smell like rum and cigars. Instead, expect a journey to a distant and exotic land, where the main scent is the one of unspoiled Nature
  • Persistence: another plus of Havana is its persistence. I can detect it on my skin after 8 hours of work (plus 1 of commuting).
  • Price: 55£. Not cheap, but worth it.

Overall, I’d assign a 9/10 to this new fragrance by one of the most iconic UK’s perfumers. Highly recommended!

Spanish purchases

Recently I spent a whole week in Madrid on holiday. Between a tapa and another, between a glass of Sangria and a huge paella for two, I was able to try and purchase some Myrsol aftershaves as well as Spanish Floid in the two main versions: Mentolado Vigoroso and Mentolado Suave.

Regarding the Floids:

  • The Mentolado Vigoroso, as the name suggests, is strong on menthol and provides the greatest cooling effect.
  • The Mentolado Suave is softer and gentler, but most of all is the one which is closest to the old, dear and unfortunately gone Italian Floid, the Genuine, which recently changed its formulation, becoming a cheap version of an Old Classic. The Suave has that talcum note which thousands of us loved and love so much!

Regarding the Myrsol AS, unfortunately I did not find the highly praised Agua De Limon, but nonetheless I purchased some really good stuff:

  • Agua Balsamica: to soothe the skin after the shave, with rosemary, thyme and lavender.
  • Antesol: a pre-post shave lotion. Has a wonderful old barbershop feeling, with elegant powdery and citrusy notes. My favourite of the bunch.
  • Formula F/Extra: I suspect the F stands for “Floid” here, since this resembles the iconic Spanish AS very much, a bit more elegant and refined. I remember seeing an advert saying: if you like Floid, try this!
  • Plastic Shave: the pink transparent fluid is flowery with top notes of rose. Still have to try this one, but smells promising.

Strikegold ‘Clinton’ Shave Soap


What are the qualities you look for in each shave soap that you use? What are your standards you follow before buying a product? In other words what determines whether or not you buy it? Does television and radio influence you? Do you see products in the store, research and then buy? or do you just buy and hope for the best? If you have answered yes to all of these questions than you’re not wrong. What product you use to shave with and why Is strictly up to you. I know I say this every time, but that’s because it’s true. Some shavers use the same products religiously because they are familiar and these products work for them, they know what to expect and they know where to buy them from. There is no thought to how this product will work for them, they already know how it works. If you fall into this category and your perfectly happy I say God speed to you Sir! I get to review lots of shaving products and I feel very fortunate to be in this position. I can review a product and relay the important information to you (my readers). I try to be as in formative as I can, I want my readers to basically know the product before they buy. More than half of the products I review you can only order online. There are shave shops located in different states that carry these items and if you are close to one count your self lucky that you can probably find and purchase the items there. Lets talk more specific shall we? I research products all the time. I also have a couple of trusted sources that I follow online through different social media platforms and what these sources review and talk about plays a big role in what kind of influence they have on me.

Social media is a great tool if you know how to use it. When I decide I want to try a shaving soap I look for different things but there are three main attributes that are at the core of my decision. These core attributes are quality, comfort and cushion. These three work together as well as overlap each other. Quality as in what ingredients are used in the production of the soap? Are they all natural or organic? How big are the batches, usually small artisan brands take pride in producing smaller batches because they can control how much and what ingredients they use. Comfort as in do any of these ingredients cause skin irritation? Usually natural and organic ingredients do not lead to skin irritation but its always good to do your research first. When reading the list of ingredients do any words look funny to you? if the answer is yes then look them up, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad ingredient, it just doesn’t look familiar to you. Cushion as in what kind of lather does this soap produce and what kind of slickness and cushion does it offer. There is a difference between slickness and cushion. I’ve used lots of soap that do not produce a lot of lather but offer an over the top slickness. The same goes for cushion, I’ve used soaps that don’t have a lot of slickness but make up for it with a slick lather that cushions the trauma from shaving. Just know that slickness and cushion mean less irritation after shaving.

I recently had a chance to try a soap that met and exceeded the three main attributes quality, comfort and cushion, that I always look for in any soap. the ‘Clinton’ shave soap from Strikegoldshave.etsy.com is from the C.I.C series which stands for ‘Commander In Chief’. Hand made in small batches in Massapequa NY this soap contains several all natural ingredients with many skin care benefits. Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Glycerin helps moisturizes dry skin, Treat acne and blemishes, Reduces skin inflammation, Has anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E and A slowing down the aging process, Is anti-irritant providing relief to itchy and peeling skin-Reduces razor irritation and bumps, Restores and can increase the elasticity and collagen production of the skin while improving cell maturation, Reduces stretch marks and can tone your skin. I couldn’t wait to try this soap for myself. I’ve read several great online reviews for strike gold soap, more specifically on social media and every review has been positive and after the first use of this soap I can definitely see why. I received in the mail a sample size of the ‘Clinton’ soap so I decided to test it in two ways. The first way by pressing a small portion of soap into the bottom of my shave scuttle and the second way by just rotating my saturated brush over the surface of the soap. Both ways produced a great lather but the first way for me worked much better. The process was more manageable. I pressed a small amount of soap into the bottom of my scuttle and started rotating my brush with force across the top of it. It didn’t take long to produce a thick and creamy lather that filled my scuttle from top to bottom. I then filled the scuttles reservoir with warm water and set it aside to wait for the lather to warm.

After I completed my skin prep on my head and face I dipped my saturated shave brush into the full scuttle of lather making rotations filling the bristles of my brush with warm and soothing lather. The lather spread across my skin evenly in a nice thick manner. The weight and warmth of the lather felt very soothing and luxurious. Its consistency was creamy and thick not dry and fluffy. The glycerin and tallow created a creamy/thick lather with a lot of slickness providing my razor with a lot of cushion that lead to a close and comfortable shave. I could feel the razor glide across my skin with the razor blade cutting my hair with no left over irritation cuts or nicks. The quality of shave on my face followed suite with the head shave, nice and comfortable with no left over irritation. Overall I really enjoyed shaving with the ‘Clinton’ shave soap from Strikegoldshave.etsy.com it has the three main attributes that I talked about above. The quality of soap is above the mark containing some natural ingredients such as Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Glycerin. Comfort from this soap containing some natural ingredients that help clean your skin without clogging the pores, increasing hydration and moisture at skin level while hydrating at an even deeper level. Last but not least cushion from the thick, rich and creamy lather this soap produces providing a nice cushion for your razor taking razor burn, cuts and nicks out of your shaving routine.

The second way I tested this soaps lathering abilities was by merely saturating the bristles of my shave brush and rotating them over the surface of the soap with minimal pressure. After this creates a thin pre-shave lather you continue to turn it into a full blown shave ready lather by rotating the bristles of the brush on your skin with a small amount of pressure. This method works up a lather in no time and takes less product compared to creating a full blown bowl of lather. This method is also a little more messier since your not using a bowl to catch the rest of the lather. This method is great if your in a hurry and you still want to practice wet shaving. This method is also useful for traveling light. Both methods of lathering this soap were great and your gonna love this soap no matter how you decide to lather it. Would I recommend this soap to another wet shaver? Absolutely! Thanks for reading!

-Jon Wogoman-

You can find Strike Gold on these other social media platforms

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

 

Taconic Shave Products

Eucalyptus Mint

I’m back! From were you might ask, I’m back from the land of the hair and it’s good to be back. If you are still confused let me explain. I was on social media at one point as Thebaldnation. I reviewed shaving products for bald men for a couple of years. Then I participated in no shave November one year and it totally threw me for a loop. I decided to grow some hair and a beard for about a year and a half. The whole experience was perfect and also awakening I guess you could say. Change always comes at different times in your life and its amazing how one change can spark so many other changes at the same time. So I changed my whole social media presence and revolved around beard products. Then, just like that, I decided to go back to the bald lifestyle and once again I had to change everything around. I learned a couple of valuable lessons. One of those lessons is to just be yourself and speak from the heart, people will respect you for it. Another lesson I learned along the way is that changing your online presence can be tough. It’s hard to start all over again. So now I’m back but I rebranded myself under my own name. I figure, you can’t be more original than that right?

What do you look for in shaving products before you buy? What kind of consumer are you? Do you fall into the category of you need to know all you can about a product before you buy? or, are you a fly by the seat of your pants kind of consumer that buys something if it looks good? Honestly there’s no wrong answer because the choice is really up to you. I lean more towards shaving products that have either all natural and organic ingredients or products that have partial natural and organic ingredients. To be honest with you I have used a lot of products in the past that were all chemical based, but that was before I started researching shaving products with more natural ingredients. I also look for products that have more bang for your buck such as shave soap that comes in a container that you can also build the lather in. I’m a big fan of those soaps, that saves you time in the bathroom. I also look for soap that has a reputation for a lot of lather. Soaps that make a lot of lather typically take less time to initiate a pre-lather either in your shave bowl or brush. I recently had a chance to try the ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ shave soap and aftershave splash along with the unscented pre-shave oil and a pack of 5 Parkers DE blades from Taconicshave.com which are also the proud owners of Supersafetyrazors.com

The ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ shave soap came packaged in a 4 oz. tin. The soap puck was in a clear package inside of the tin for protection. This also means that the puck can be taken out of the tin and put in a shave bowl for blooming or just to build a lot of lather. If you have never bloomed your shave soap I suggest you try it. Blooming your shave soap makes for a fantastic shave like no other. I have not bloomed this soap yet, the key word is yet! The ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ soap is made by artisan soap makers in New York’s Hudson Valley. They handcraft this soap in small batches to ensure you get a product with the highest quality possible. When a soap is handcrafted in small batches the artisan or artisans making the soap have more control over what and how much of what goes into the soap. Glycerin-Coconut-Palm-Safflower-Olive-Castor & Essential Oils-Bentonite clay-Soybean & Wheat Protein are some of the natural ingredients found in the ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ offering many skin care benefits such as Treats oily skin and removes dirt, helps prevent dry and rough skin, Helps treat Eczema-Psoriasis & Acne-skin infections-wrinkles & fine lines, Acts as an Humectant attracts water from the air trapping it in your skin, Acts as an emollient that keeps your skin not only moist but soft and supple to touch promoting elasticity, Contains Vitamins A-C & E, Antimicrobial-Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties protecting the skin from harmful bacteria killing off free radicals that can lead to premature aging. Bentonite clay is one of my favorite ingredients you can find in a soap.

Bentonite Clay has so many benefits such as all the ones I listed above plus many other benefits as well. Bentonite Clay has a very special ability, it produces an strong negative charge when hydrated bonding to the positive charge carried by toxins. It draws toxins out of your body! So yes I definitely get excited when I see soaps that contain Bentonite clay. The unscented pre-shave oil came in a 2 fl. oz plastic bottle with a pump style lid. This pre-shave oil is also handcrafted with all natural and organic oils consisting of Vitamin E, organic safflower, organic castor and grape seed oil. Not only do these oils have lots of skin care benefits such as attracting moisture and keeping your skin hydrated and moist, they also have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help sooth dry and irritated skin. The list goes on and on. The unscented pre-shave oil also is designed to provide a barrier of protection between your skin and razor while creating a smoother shaving surface increasing the glide for your razor. More glide means less irritation with less chances of cuts and nicks. The alcohol free Eucalyptus Mint aftershave splash came in a 4 fl. oz amber tinted bottle. The amber tint helps prevent the break down of the organic and natural oils found in this aftershave splash. To much direct sunlight or exposure can and will start to break down the oils found inside changing the consistency and functionality of the aftershave splash. The Organic Herbal Extract, Glycerin, Allantoin, Essential Oils, Menthol eucalyptus, spearmint and added witch hazel have anti-inflammatory, toning and antiseptic properties that help moisturizing and heal your skin after shaving. The menthol will leave your skin with a lasting cooling sensation adding comfort to the long list of benefits.

After I prepped my skin for my nightly shave I first applied the unscented pre-shave oil. I only needed 2-3 pumps of oil to coat my head. The consistency of the oil was thick but not to thick. I always add a couple drops of water to dilute the oil a little bit making it easier to spread evenly across my head. The added water did not change the effectiveness of the oil. It was still thick and provided a nice glide for my razor. While the oil was soaking into my scalp and working its magic I started working on getting my lather ready. I decided to go with my shave scuttle for building a good lather. I saturated my brush prior to my shaving routine opening up the bristles getting them ready to soak up some lather. I tilted the container of soap on its side and started rotating my brush across the surface creating a thin pre-shave lather that dripped into my scuttle. After I reached the desired amount I then continued to rotate my brush inside my bowl with a little force turning the thin mixture into a thick and rich shave ready lather. I filled the outside reservoir of the scuttle with hot water to keep my lather warm. The warm lather applied evenly across the top, sides and back of my head. Next I changed the DE blade of my pre-selected safety razor and started shaving. The pre-shave oil created a slick surface that made my razor glide across the surface of the skin. The head shave was close and comfortable with no irritation cuts or nicks. The warm and thick lather provided a lot of cushion for my razor and felt very luxurious on my skin. I was very impressed. The aroma of the soap was very minty and pleasant. The face shave had the same results as the head shave did. I washed the remaining soap off of my head and face noticing right away the fantastic post shave feel the soap provided. the water increased the cooling sensation from the soap as well as the level of slickness. My skin felt very slick. I patted my skin dry waiting a couple of minutes before moving on. After my nightly was completed I finished it off with the ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ after shave splash. I turned the bottle upside down over the palm of my hand a retrieved 6-8 drops and lightly patted it on the top of my head working my way down to my neck and over my face. The menthol added a nice tingling sensation that increased the intensity from the shave soap. My skin felt cool and refreshed. I followed it up with an aftershave balm and lotion to keep my skin soft and smooth.

I wanted to test this soap in regards to building lather in two ways. The first way and always my favorite way is with a shaving bowl. The second way by just rotating my brush over the surface of the soap. What I found out was that I liked both methods and with both methods you could preserve product, let me break it down for you. My fist test was by way of shave bowl, actually it was my shaving scuttle. If you are not familiar with a scuttle its basically a shave bowl that keeps your lather warm. You can research it on google for more details. I started with a saturated shave brush making rotations on the surface of the soap creating a thin pre-shave lather. I tilted the tin of soap on its side over my scuttle as I was rotating the brush so my pre-shave lather would fall into the scuttle. Then I started the process of creating a shave ready lather by continuous brush rotations with minimal force adding small amounts of water if needed until I reach the consistency I’m looking for. The second method was merely just rotating my wet brush across the surface of the soap until it formed a thin pre-shave lather. Instead of transferring it to a bowl like last time I decided to work it into a shave ready lather by rotating the brush across my skin turning the once thin lather into a thicker lather.

The truth is I like both methods, there are pros and cons to each one. The scuttle method takes more product to achieve and allows lots of thick shave soap left over in your bowl that you can save until the following night. The next night I added a little more water to re-work the lather back into its former glory. The later strategy works more on the side of preserving product. It only takes a small portion on your shave brush to turn into a brush full of lather. The downfall is you have no way of saving the left over lather on your brush, so the remaining lather goes down the drain. No matter how you choose to create lather with the ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ your going to have a fantastic experience. Would I suggest this soap to other shavers? Yes absolutely! Thanks for reading.

-Jon Wogoman-

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The Alpha Brush & Shaving Company Titanium Brush Group Buy

Right guys – those of you sitting on the fence there are about 10 places left. I am limiting this to 100 places. The counter is currently at 94 but a handful dropped out – so it is 10 more places… come on what you waiting for?

This is the Group Buy You Have Waited All Your Life For

Bringing you and affordable, beautiful and functional Titanium Shaving brush with a choice of great knots at a price that everyone will gasp at…

Sign up here to show your interest and make your knotting choices – https://app.waitwhile.com/welcome/alphatitanium

Product renders are shown below but those of you who have seen my real life Outlaws will know – they are the best. Here is what an Outlaw V1 looks like in real life – in REAL Titanium

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The time has come. The Alpha Brush & Shaving Company is pleased to announce a Titanium Group Buy with prices as follows:-
Note: No money changes hands until I am ready to ship.
Four Options

  1. Bare Titanium Handle – Outlaw style with 27mm diameter knot hole – $115.00 Shipping included
  2. Titanium Handle – Outlaw style + Quality High End generation 4 (G4) Synthetic Knot manufactured by Frank Shaving – $130.00 – Shipping included
  3. Titanium Handle – Outlaw style + Quality Super High Density 2 band Fan SHD Manchurian – $160.00 – Shipping included
  4. Titanium Handle – Outlaw style + mail in your own knot (ie knotting service) – $127.50 – ship back included

If you choose the knotting service please specify the loft and how you want it glued in – ie epoxy or silicone. I won’t modify the brush to fit the knot so please make sure you mail in a 24-26mm knot

These prices are unheard of and will probably never be seen again.

Each brush will be beautifully packaged in an eco-friendly bamboo tube with the Alpha logo. The brushes will have the Alpha logo on the base and another marking yet to be determined – maybe the chemical symbol for Titanium. Each brush will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by me!!

The brush will be made in titanium and precision machined on a CNC lathe. The finish will be a hand polish – beautiful and lustrous – like a jewel to behold. The handles overall height is approximately 65 mm, 38mm wide at its widest point. The weight will come in at about 90g once the handle is filled with resin and knot fitted.

The Outlaw is a super ergonomic handle and is designed to be palmed and not held with the finger tips. The “belly” sits nicely in your hand and your fingers are drawn, as if magnetically, to The Outlaws neck. A superb hand feel and easy to grip featuring 7 nice deep flutes.

It is going to be a relatively slow burn – I will gather the orders, make the PO and wait around 6 weeks before the handles are ready, the knots are ready and the packaging is ready. Only then will I ask you for money.

Come on what are you waiting for? By now you know the details. By now you know my reputation for customer service and quality. By now you should have already signed up!! 

The Synth…

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  • This is the synth knotting choice – a beautiful 4th generation synth by Frank Shaving


The Badger…

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  • A wonderful Super High Density 2-Band Badger Manchurian Fan

Limited numbers available – sign up NOW!! Come on what are you waiting for? By now you know the details. By now
you know my reputation for customer service and quality. By now you
should have already signed up!! 

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Be Sharp, be an Alpha.

Steve T. (Alpha Brush & Shaving Company)

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Dichotomy Beard Products

Caramel Nut Mocha!

Ok so lets get down to the nitty gritty! we all know what beard products are for and what the do right? If not then here is a very quick run-down. Beard oil and balm keeps your skin and beard soft and healthy. Beard balm also contains bees wax which provides a holding power needed to help manage and maintain those fly away whiskers. Who/where and why you buy these beard products is up to you. Do you want to buy products that use all natural butters and essential oils? or products that use all chemicals? The choice is up to you, that’s the only right or wrong answer when it comes to buying beard products. What’s most important to me when I look for something new is, how natural are the products? and what kind of scent do they have or what’s available? To be honest, I do have some products that are not 100% all natural and I’m fine with that, it doesn’t keep me up at night. I try to stay on the all natural side but stray every once in a while. The scent of a product and the strength of the aroma is also important to me. My wife is sensitive to strong aromas so I have to be careful. I also don’t want to knock people over when I walk past them so the strength of the aroma really matters to me. I had a chance not long ago to review the Caramel Nut Mocha beard oil and balm from Dichotomygrooming.com They sell beard care products and also shaving products. They have several choices to choose from. One of the things I liked right away when visiting their website is how the shaving and beard products were tied together by scent. Yes men with beards do shave. Some men shave their neck/cheek lines while others shave more than that.

I on the other hand have opted to put down the razor and let my beard grow in with the natural look. I am shaving my neck line just until my beard gets long enough to hide my neck. I don’t bother with using shave soap because I only have to shave a very small area but if the area was bigger I would definitely check out the shaving cream selection from Dichotomy Grooming as well. Like I previously stated their beard care and shaving products work together through matching scents. They also carry after shave lotions in the same scents so you can match all of your grooming products with the same scent. I like that, it’s unified grooming, you can take care of your beard and shave with the same scented products and follow suite finishing it off with an aftershave lotion to help prevent razor burn. I received in the mail a 1 oz. fluid bottle of the ‘Caramel Nut Mocha beard oil’. The beard oil bottle is amber tinted to preserve and protect the natural oils used to make the beard oil. To much exposure to light can cause the natural oils to beak down and weaken. The dropper style lid helps you conserve oil by only allowing one drop at a time. Along with the oil came the pairing ‘Carmel Nut Mocha Beard Balm’ in a rounded 2 oz. jar. The rounded jar was also amber tinted preserving the natural and essential oils used to make this balm. The first thing I did before anything else was open each container so I could smell the product. The caramel nut mocha aroma is fantastic, if these products tasted the same way they smelled I would have eaten them by now, but unfortunately these products are just for beard care and should not be eaten.

I washed and towel patted my beard to dry in anticipation of trying these new products. I applied 3-4 drops of oil to my hands and rubbed them together thoroughly coating my hands with oil. I worked the oil into my whiskers and waited a couple of minutes to let my skin and beard soak up the oil. The ‘Caramel Nut Mocha’ beard oil contains a lot of natural and essential oils such as Jojoba-Argan-Apricot Kernel-Sweet Almond-Avocado-Grapeseed & Vitamin E Oil that have a lot of skin care benefit. These oils have Vitamin E and antioxidants that help restore and balance your skin keeping it looking supple and glowing, Moisturizes Skin, Prevents Razor Burn, Promotes Skin Health, Wont clog your pores, protects and cleanses the skin, Soothes fines lines and wrinkles, Fights the early signs of aging, helps treat eczema and psoriasis, helps stimulate hair growth, makes hair more pliable and soft, keeps moisture in the scalp, protects your skin from harmful UV rays, helps keep your skin looking smooth and healthy, helps sooth chapped and irritated skin. With all those benefits I think the question you should ask yourself is why am I not using this beard oil on an every day basis.

I let the oil work its magic for a few minutes and then decided it was time to apply the balm. I can’t say enough good things about the ‘Caramel Nut Mocha’ beard balm, but here are a few. First it has a softer consistency but yet provides a light hold. A dime sized amount of balm in the palms of my hands with a little friction and its ready to coat your whiskers and provide all the management you need for the day. The fragrance follows suite with the oil only a little more milder. I noticed this is the case with every oil/balm combo I have reviewed in the past. The aroma is fantastic just like the oil. Last but not least its full of all natural and essential oils and butters that are good for you and the environment. The Apricot Kernal-Jojoba-Grapeseed and Vitamin E Oil, Mango and shea butter along Beeswax offers the same skin care benefits as the oil consisting of containing antioxidants that help restore and balance your skin keeping it looking supple and glowing, Moisturizes Skin, Prevents Razor Burn, Promotes Skin Health, Wont clog your pores, protects and cleanses the skin, Soothes fines lines and wrinkles, Fights the early signs of aging, helps treat eczema and psoriasis, helps stimulate hair growth, makes hair more pliable and soft, keeps moisture in the scalp, protects your skin from harmful UV rays, helps keep your skin looking smooth and healthy, helps sooth chapped and irritated skin. The Mango and Shea Butter also help to moisturize and reduce beard itch, prevent beard dandruff, eliminates split ends and locks in moisture.

Once the balm was worked thoroughly into my beard I ran my beard comb through my whiskers a couple of times evenly spreading the balm out. Next I grabbed my boar bristle beard brush and starting on the right side working my way over to the left side I stroked my beard downward. After reaching the end of the left side I did the same motion towards the right side. Next I started underneath my beard on the right side stroking my whiskers upward working my way to the left side again and then back to the right side. I always end my comb/brush ritual with one last stroke on the outside of my beard starting from the top with a downward stroke to bring my beard back into a resting position. The ‘Caramel Nut Mocha’ beard balm held strong all day long and helped manage any fly away strands of hair there might be. Would I recommend the ‘Caramel Nut Mocha’ to other beardsman? Absolutely! Thanks for reading.

-Jon Wogoman-

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Petal Pushing like New!

As I look through my shave gear for the days start, I’m drawn to a familiar scent unidimensional and soft. Long before PAA we had Petal Pushers Fancies Run by Fran Towle and Douglas Smythe. I still have a bit of that Petal Pushers Fancies “Sandalwood”; today I am going to use it ! I still feel it’s one of the best Sandalwood scents made by artisan hands. So I grab my WSP 2-band Monarch , start soaking my brush, and anxiously wait for what I knew would be a great shave.

WSP 2-band Superfine Monarch

While I am on this line of thought, I said to myself, why not keep everything uniform, and most of all enjoyable. So I grab my Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Prismatic which is a modern take on the vintage Kirby razor made by Leresche. I absolutely love this razors performance. The angle of the blade even while fully tightened, leaves a true open blade experience, while the continuous solid guard bar is a rest or, a pivot to find the proper angle of attack. This razor also has perpendicular grooves on the top cap as all Kirby vintage razor have, that serve either as an indicator of proper angle, as all lather and hair will be gathered if the angle is correct; if you leave behind lather, and it smears around that indicates the blade is at the incorrect angle. I also find it helps those of us who “buff” their shave, as it moves the lather quite effectively. I must also mention as well the PAA DOC or, Double open comb. I did not use this today, but for those who really love to buff their shaves, that is your razor of choice. Both of these razors do not have any equal and are only available from Phoenix Artisan

The PAA Prismatic

The PAA DOC

The shave was finished with what is possibly my favorite Sandalwood aftershave lotion by Fine Accoutrements “Santal Absolut. This is a replica of the original “Art of Shaving” Sandalwood which is not only an amazing scent, but can be used as an all day fragrance. The lotion screams that you love Sandalwood, and has no apologies in its performance.

Fine “Santal Absolut”

What can I say it was so enjoyable to use everything I’ve written about. If all shaves could be like this I’d be in Wet Shaving Heaven. I hope everyone has had a great weekend, and as always shave on.

What is your Shaving Heaven ? Be sure to leave a comment below.