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SOTD: Razorock The Dead Sea

I bought this set, as well as some other shaving gear during a short vacation in Viareggio, Tuscany. It has been a long time since I’ve last used a Razorock product (mainly Zi Peppino, bought in NYC in 2013… sweet memories 🙂). The Dead Sea comes in a large glass jar and the look of the label is quite fascinating. The formula includes Dead Sea salt, lanolin and aloe vera. The scent is a complex and cleverly done blend of lemon, rosemary, cannabis, saffron and sandalwood.

I used my Vulcano badger brush and my loved 5/8 Jaguar straight razor. Two passes and a perfect shave with no irritation, nicks or cuts.

The matching aftershave was a great ending to a great shave! Regarding the scent, while the soap, when lathered, is mainly citrusy with hints of rosemary and sandalwood emerging from time to time, the AS is a bit different, with the sandalwood as the main character. It reminded me of Geo F. Trumper’s Sandalwood, which is their signature scent: while I don’t like Trumper’s rendition (way too strong for my taste, and “old-smelling”), The Dead Sea smells nicer and not overpowering; my beloved one also liked it very much (something which should always been taken into account 🤣).

The glass jar contains 200ml of cream which will last for months, and the price of 19,90€ is a good one for such a quality product. The AS cost is 15€.

Barrister & Mann – Le Grand Cyphre. First impressions.

I’m taking advantage of some days off to try, at last, some samples my lovely wife brought me from her last trip to the US. One of these sample was Barrister and Mann – Le Grand Cyphre. Even if I have only a limited bunch of their soaps, I’m a huge fan of the brand and I consider it one of the top 3 US brands in the Wet Shaving world.

I was intrigued by this scent, which is described as

Inspired by smells indigenous to the island nation of Cyprus, Le Grand Chypre (“Leh Grond SHEEP-ruh”) combines notes of bergamot, lime, labdanum, oakmoss, and a touch of patchouli to produce an elegant, citrusy heart. We wrapped it in notes of peach, rose, frankincense, cedar, cinnamon, and other supporting smells to create an elegant, slightly fruity, freshly floral design perfectly suited to the refined shaver.

Indeed, it is quite a complex scent. Personally I get the erbacious notes first and then a strong citrusy component (bergamot and lime).

For the first test shave I used my custom Don Donato 8/8 straight razor, a small Pure Badger brush by TOBS and my shaving bowl courtesy of Rocco Contini.

The lather is easy to obtain, as it always happens with B&M soaps, and provides all the protection needed when you shave with such a razor.  My 3-passes shave was a real treat, leaving my skin really soft and smooth.

The only part of the shave I liked a bit less was related to the Aftershave. I don’t know if this is due to the fact I’m using a sample, but the AS scent smells quite different from the soap and it’s darker and earthier, while the herbacious and citrusy notes seems to be lacking. Nothing terrible, but overall this ruins the overall experience with this combo. I’m not saying these aren’t good products, it’s just a matter of personal taste related to the AS.

So far, Cologne Russe remains my favourite B&M product by a long margin! 🙂

Quick info

I am aware I have not been posting here for a while, but life became a bit busier than it used to be. However, I did not forget the articles I announced months ago. Just a little more patience, and I’ll be back! 😉In the meantime, have a look at the other great articles and reviews from the other guys here at WSR!

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 !

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!! 

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

Be Sharp, be an Alpha.

Steve T. (Alpha Brush & Shaving Company)

P.S. If you do have a moment please sign up for the Alpha Brush & Shaving Company Newsletter – NO SPAM guaranteed

Sign up HERE

You can also join the dedicated Facebook Group for this group buy – just follow this link:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/AlphaTitanium/

Renders:

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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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Enjoy these links, there are lots of great gear on all these links.

I am having a giveaway over on Instagram – look at this link:

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It is giveaway time!! Simply share this photo and tag 5 (five) of your friends and add the hashtags:

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The lucky winner will get one of my new 1-piece Rubberset 400 tribute brushes with a nice YAQI synthetic knot – what are you waiting for!! Please also take a moment to register at my new website for opening day discounts and offers:

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Classic Proraso Red

prorasoProraso Red is a well known classic shaving soap. The red version of the soap is often described as one of the best pure sandalwood scents of any shaving soap. I have been using Proraso Red for several months now in my regular rotation and have gotten a good familiarity with it’s characteristics.  Over the cold winter months and for my daily shave I have to say that I have enjoyed the experience.  So let’s get into some details.

Lather

My first attempts at lathering the soap were a bit frustrating.  I found it to be a bit frothy with many bubbles.  But after about 4 or 5 brush loads and whipping in the bowl, I was able to get it to a good working yogurt like consistency although with some bubbles remaining.  But I will say that the frothiness has seemed to dissipate over time as I have gotten deeper into the container.  This is not a thirsty soap and does much better if I try to wring out as much water from my boar brush as possible before I start loading.

Scent

It is fairly close to the pure sandalwood scent that you might be used to if you are familiar with sandalwood oil or incense.  I do use Australian Sandalwood oil on my hair on occasion when it is very dry outside in the winter so I have some familiarity with the scent.  But if you are not familiar with Sandalwood, I would describe the Proraso scent as a mild, somewhat medicated and woodsy smell.  You might say sweet but I would say more woodsy than sweet.

Performance

The cushioning and slickness is average.  But I would say the lather tends to be good at cushioning as long as you don’t use too much water (which can be easy to do).  The post shave feel is quite good and post shave scent is very mild.

Economy

What I mean by economy is how long the soap lasts and how much soap you get for the price.  On this parameter, Proraso Red is quite excellent and one of the best buys of any  shaving soap.  5.2 ounces for $10 is pretty much unparalleled for a good shaving soap.  But even better is that this soap lasts a long time.  Even with my typical 4 to 5 brush loads to create the amount of lather in the bowl which I prefer, those loads seem to barely dent the container.  If you want to enjoy a wet shave with a good quality soap that will last a long time and not empty your wallet, Proraso Red has to be one of your considerations.

Conclusion

Proraso Red is a good soap.  Perhaps the lather is not on the same level as many of the well known artisan brands but it is good enough for daily use and I have yet to find a sandalwood scented shaving soap that is as natural and having the essence of sandalwood that Proraso Red has.  And for the price it is difficult to find something better.

Misc.