Review

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

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.

 

 


By the way you can pre-order HERE

https://mailchi.mp/03dd2807059b/alpha-outlaw-stainless-steel-safety-razor-4037931

 

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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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!

Imagine yourself in a saddlery. Imagine yourself in a BIG saddlery…

… surrounded by freshly made harnesses, beautifully burnished saddles, leather straps, highly polished boots. The smell of cleanliness, the smell of manliness, the smell of Russian leather. Well – I was transformed to such a place today. Here is the story – I was contacted on Instagram by a gentlemen called Evgeny, from Chelyabinsk – this is IN Russia dudes.. he  asked would I like to try a Russian soap called Fenomeno Cuir De Russie which translates as Phenomonon – Russian Leather. Now I know Russian Leather soaps and indeed I have one from another Artisan maker made in UK – but having a Russian leather soap, made IN Russia – how could I resist? I paid the price and Evgeny got the soap to me in less than 10 days. By the way if you want to contact Evgeny here he is: https://www.instagram.com/evgeny13doc/.

Here is the soap:

Now  know that Chanel originated the Russian Leather fragrance in an aftershave. I have never had that frag but I looked up the notes for it – listed as: “Cuir de Russie is of “wild cavalcades, wafts of blond tobacco and the smell of boots tanned by birch bark, which the Russian soldiers would wear”. The scent contains frankincense, juniper wood, mandarin orange, bergamot, rose, jasmine and ylang-ylang.” I can not say that I smell all of them in this soap but it just shouts LEATHER to me. If you like Russian Leather soaps or indeed the aftershave then you NEED this. You simply need it.

The soap lather readily and is super super slick. Quite thirsty but just superb and that Russian leather fragrance stays with you all day. I splashed a teeny bit of the rather mild D R Harris Bay Rum to layer it up.

The rest of my shave was using a Feather Kamisori shavette, Feather professional blade and my own travel brush “The Imp” with a synthetic knot – Artic Fox. Here are the rest of the shots from the shave including some lather porn!!

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Steve Tinter, Alpha Shaving

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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

 

A touch of Italy

What a great day for a shave, what a great scent that captures “summer”, and the essence of Italy. Bergamotto di Calabria is a wonderful citrus scent with underlying florals and white musk in the base note. The lather like all of the offerings from Extrò made by Donato Ciniello are very easy to dial in, and have both great cushion and glide. I used my New Forest “Tubby 2” Brush which is an all around great face lathering brush with gel tipped Silvertip badger 🦡. The Tubby 2 is a beast of a lathering brush, pretty even in loft and handle (which is quite large in diameter). Unfortunately these brushes were discontinued back in appx. 2015-16. I’m very blessed to have been able to get a few of these artisan brushes.

As an overall statement and a minimal review, I’ll finish with just saying the small pleasures in life are embodied in this shave. I also need to thank Jeff Conrad as well for his generosity and love for wet shaving. Shave on my friends !

A blast from the past

Today’s shave was very enjoyable ! I went with a floral fougère today, made a few years back; from none other than Soap Commander “Renewal”.Being this soap has a few years on it the bouquet has changed a little bit, in my opinion I like it now. The reason being is the bottom notes of oak moss and Lavender are more prominent, and the “floral” scents are present, but they do not overpower the “fougère” base. This is not a review as much as a revisit of a great LE soap. I felt that the lather was exceptional, as all of Soap Commander’s products are in this department. Totally lush, protective, purely slick, and not a worry at all anywhere during the 3 pass shave that led to a superb shave. As they say sometimes things get better with age, and “Renewal” has aged very nicely indeed.

Shave on my friends, and have a great weekend !

Razor: Merkur Progress adjustable (4)

Blade: BIC Chrome Platinum (1)

Brush: Omega Pura Setolla Ovangkol wood

Soap: Soap Commander “Renewal”

Post Shave: Thayer’s Lavender Witch Hazel & Soap Commander “Renewal” balm

Fragrance: JPG “Le Male”

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.

SOTD: May 6th, 2019

What an awesome shave today ! I absolutely love Extrò products. Today I used the famous “Pirata”. Pirata is a pretty complex aroma that opens very green with notes of Rose and Bergamot but leads into a more spice like aroma with hints of light wood.

The Third-Issard 5/8 Spartacus is a no hassle great everyday shaver. I really like their semi-new C135 steel as it takes, and holds an edge like a champ. Theirs-Issard for me is the best straights before you get into custom and artisan made blades. This is just my opinion, i have many other shelf brands that are also great straight razors.

Lastly the 2016 Wet Shaver Review Aluminati by EnvyShave just kills most other brushes. With a great Silvertip Badger knot that holds ample water and lather. Combine that with the ergonomic handle and laser etching, it’s a treat to use every time. For those that also have it, you know exactly what I mean.

So May 6th has turned out to be another great shave both in a fulfilled type of way as well as simply a BBS with some of my favorite hardware and software.

Happy shaves my friends !

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Scheermonnik Soek – a soap well worth trying. Review and SOTD 27th March 2019

Ladies & Gents,

Today I used a soap I have had for a while and never used – too scared that I would not like it. I originally bought three of the Scheermonnik range, Soek, Delftes Donderslag and Delfts Wit. I have used all of them except the Soek. Today was the day. The fragrance notes on the Scheermonnik website state:

“A blend of 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.”

I think it was the cinnamon that kept putting me off using it as I am not a fan of the scent or flavour of cinnamon in large amounts – it can tend to be overpowering. Think shopping mall and the cloying smell of a Cinnabbon baking shop – tooooo much.

So while I bloomed the soap, it is a little hard to use without a little bloom water on top for a few minutes, I readied my other shave gear. Here is the line up

  • Razor: Gillette Tech. with Feather blade on shave #1
  • Bowl: Van Yulay Black Resin 5″ Bowl
  • Brush: Alpha T-400 in two tone red/silver with a long boar knot

I soaked the brush for 5 minutes in a nice bowl of plain tap water then I was ready to start. A new lathering technique today from mantic59 – HERE Look at the results!!

Lathering was easy and before long I was looking like Santa Claus – the soap was a super latherer and a super slick result. As you can see I has such a massive load of cream it was easily enough for 6 passes or more, of course I only did a three pass. Uneventful shave but that fragrance – I get the Orange and myrrh and a nice clove hit but the cinnamon is a background note only. It was lovey and I can only describe the smell as that of a nice spiced bun (think Hot Cross Bun)

Note: Scheermonnik soaps were on the verge of being lost to shave-world as the original guy was shuttering production. This would have been awful as they are top class soaps and top class fragrances. Luckily he handed his soaps and business to a new owner who has not only continued to supply the original 4 frags but also introduced a scentless soap called “Puur” with no perfume. Perfect for those of us with allergies or sensitive skin.

I need to complete my collection by buying a 1778 beau Brummell and a Puur. if you have not got a Scheermonnik in your den – buy one now. You won’t regret it.

Here are the rest of today’s shave photos for your viewing pleasure and for those of us who missed the last article about Jayaruh brushes here is a LINK to his brush adoption page. This is the original ARTICLE.

 

Shave Photos!!

Jayaruh Brushes and how to get one!!

Click HERE to adopt a Jayaruh Brush

I am still in Mexico on a business trip and it is a national holiday today – the birthday of Benito Juárez – it is not time for a history lesson so if you want to know more then follow the link.

The line up:

  • Soap – Crows Nest Murky Waters
  • Razor – Merkur Futur
  • Brush – Jayaruh #215

Today’s shave was nice apart from me cutting myself again… but that is not the point of the post. The lather was super, the bowl was great and the blade cut me – shave over!! The point of this post is to introduce to a wider audience the brushes made by Jim Roe, otherwise known as Jayaruh on The Shave Den forum.

I came across Jayaruh by chance. You know that in forums people have signatures and some of them have clubs – ie sub-groupings of like minded people who have the same taste in brushes, or soaps or whatever – for example The Chub Club. I began to notice a few people had one called the Jayaruh Owners Club – intrigued, I started to look up this mysterious Jayaruh. It seems his brushes were sought after. I MUST have one and become a member I thought… so what I did was a bit naughty. I found Jayaruh and contacted Jim in a PM. I asked him about his brushes, I wanted a Rubberset 400 style if possible, with a boar knot. He had just the brush – Jararuh #215. So behold, JR #215 fitted with a lovely Omega 10098 boar knot. Tt is beautifully turned by hand in some exotic wood [Bocote] or other and an aluminium ferrule is threaded on to the handle. The boar knot is aces.

I did not pay for my brush – I swapped him for an Alpha T-400!! – he’s happy, I’m happy!!

If you don’t have a Jayaruh brush then you need one. Visit his blog at THIS SPOT and contact him about “adopting” one of his brushes. There is even a worldwide Google Map HERE to show you where the brushes are currently living!! You might see mine in Hong Kong has a special icon – because I made the map for him and showed him how to update it dynamically

Jim is a great guy and an easy bloke to deal with – come on, what are you waiting for – lets get a Jayaruh brush on every continent!!

 

Here are the rest of the shave pics from today

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