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Welcome to the newest feature on the Wet Shaver Review ! Every week one or, more of our team will choose a #sotd that resonates with us, to share with the whole wet shaving community. This week my pick comes from Holland by Bram Van Den Berg; I hope you enjoy this #sotd #review as much as I did ! Thank you Bram for your contributions.
Man, do I have a start of a great day!
The sun is out, temperatures outside are really nice and the dogs are in a very, very good and relaxed mood. What more can I wish for, right?
Well, a good shave would me a nice addition to the day!
And man, did I get one! grin
Yesterday I got a package in with a few new soaps and aftershaves. And one of those was this Extro Bergamotto di Calabria.
When I opened the jar for the first time and gave it it’s first sniff…
I knew this was going to be good!
As you all might know, i am a sucker for good citrus-scented soaps!
Directly out of the jar, you smell a nice blend of citrus fruits where the orange scent is the most dominant one.
So far, a good start.
Lathering is, as with any Extro soap, a really easy task.
The stuff lathers like a beast with my huge Rod Neep brush!
The lather is really nice and thick and really really slick and it smells like….heaven!
If i want to compare the scent to some other Italian soaps that I have used throughout the years, the best comparison is with the TFS Bergamotto Neroli and the TFS Zagara e Gelsomino.
It isn’t as overly sweet as the Bergamotto Neroli, but isn’t as mild as the Zagara either. A very nice middle-ground between those two.
From all the citrus scents, the orange is still the most dominant, even when the stuff is lathered.
A lovely sweet scent with a slight tangy note to it. Love it! grin
Shaving with this stuff is, as expected with the Extro soaps.
A very nice slick and a very nice and protective soap.
Nothing to complain here.
Now, the aftershave is where the whole thing comes together like PB&J.
First, give the bottle a good shake, so you can mix up all the ingredients properly!
The aftershave compliments the soap so good! As with any Extro combo I have tried so far.
The aftershave has the more bitter/tangy citrus scents and the orange moves to the back.
An amazing combo of a sweet soap and a more bitter and tangy aftershave to make a really nicely rounded combo!
Something that really fits the great sunny weather!
And the best part of it all is, I have a pomade that matches this scent profile!
So to compliment this all, I am wearing Nostalgic Handmade Super Waterbased Clean Cut Citrus today!
I’m going to enjoy the sunshine now! Bubaaaaaai!
Have a great day ladies and gentlemen!
Today is always a day of reflection for me, the title alone of this post gives away this has to do with my father. This will not be a long or drawn out post, but a glimpse into my life, and a remembrance of a life taken way too soon. I have said countless times I was raised by my grandparents and great grandparents, which is accurate….my great grandfather taught me to shave, and started my journey in this amazing community. My Father was an officer, and thus was not around as much as he or, I would have liked. So instead of moving constantly as is the norm, I stayed with family. What I did learn from my father as ironically when his time was up my tenure began, I never achieved nor, wanted to become an officer, but I was very close to say the least. My father taught me what it was to be a man, a father, to have respect for myself and to put others before myself always and in everyway. To love my God, my country, and to listen to those much wiser than myself.
Fast Forward to 8 years ago; my father passed away from Cancer, something I wish even I could just remove from anyone and everyone. Renal cell carcinoma to be exact or, cancer of the Kidney, there is no cure, and it’s a highly aggressive cancer. He was just 51 by a few days when he passed surrounded by family and friends and even brothers in arms acting full bird Colonel’s and those he served with by his side. My fathers life was measured by accomplishment not by years….I find it hard to think most people to achieve what he did in 40 something years, to be reached by those living double his time here. Driven is a understatement, and I cannot overstate he was my best friend, and I miss him dearly. Today he would have turned 59, but his time had come now near a decade ago. Well I guess I lied this is turning a bit to the longer side.
To the point, I choose to remember those both living and not, by using birth year razors, of which I have nearly one for every person in my family going back to the early 1900’s. I did NOT use my father’s birth year razor today. His razor is a B-2 Gillette Super Speed Red-Tip replated in Rhodium by Razor Emporium. It is an amazing razor and Matt Pisarcik did nothing less then a stellar job. Razor Emporium was much smaller when they did this job so me and Matt spoke throughout the process of this revamp. Instead of that razor I decided to honor my father a different way, I used his favorite after shave and cologne ! I am a straight razor shaver, and to that point even my father would tell me be true to myself not a razor in his memory. Brut was his favorite scent…plain and simple he used disposable razors, canned goo, but at least he used Brut, which was better than the razor idea as the aroma of this Fougere scent reminded me of him all day long, combined with Paco Rabanne pour homme another wonderful, and fitting EDT to go with Brut. Finally before I sign off to answer the question of “what razor did I use” ? it was a vintage 1875 Abraham Brookebank 13/16 near wedge with original horn scales and a great example of a traditional barbers notch. I choose this razor not only because it’s a stellar razor even after 140 appx year ! this razor has seen more history than any of us, and in my mind shows that nothing is ever really gone, but should be cherished and treated with care, and loved like it was your last day to ever see it again, on that note I thank you all for sticking with me through this story, and while I miss my father I do find solace by dedicating this shave today in the memory of my father, and what he instilled upon me to this day.
- Pre: Hot shower w/ Clarisonic Aria deep pore head and cleanser
- Soap: Barrister & Mann “Beaudelaire” Fougere
- Brush: Thater 4292/4 set in cocobolowood handle and 2-band
- Razor: 1875 Abraham Brookebank 13/16 near wedge with barbers notch and dark horn scales
- Lather type: American Stonecraft bowl
- Moustache type:Handlebar
- Wax & Pomade: Pinaud black & Murray’s Superior
- Post shave: Cold water rinse
- After shave: Classic Brut
- Balm/Other: Brut balm with Shea butter and aloe
- Fragrance: Paco Rabanne pour homme
Happy Monday everyone ! Unlike many things in this world straight razors; are one of those things, when properly cared for get better with age. I’d add wooden stringed instruments, and paintings to that list as well. There is just something to the feel of a vintage straight razor that is nearly 100 years old, and delivers a close and comfortable shave. The old time construction just lasts and they had pride in their craft; My Vintage Boker 1056 is no exception.
Our Vendor of the month St. James of London is another one of those products that takes pride in their craft since 1953 ! A Creighton’s made brand, this cream whilst brushless; when you use a brush excels and even IMHO creates an exceptional lather that left me with a ample cushion and tons of glide. I find the aroma unique as it is called Cedarwood and Clary Sage; which is very obvious, but there is a citrus note that really brightens things up, as well as a grounding fragrance that is masculine and exudes confidence.
Great shave today, Enjoy your days all, and of course Shave On ! – Aaron
- Pre: Clarisonic Aria with deep pore brush and cleanser
- Prep: Hot Shower with Jack Black’s “Face Buff” fine grit face scrub
- Cream: St. James of London “Cedarwood & Clary Sage”
- Brush: Marting custom silver tip badger
- Razor: Vintage Boker 1056 straight razor
- Lather type: Scuttle
- Moustache type: Handlebar
- Wax & Pomade: PPF original & Murray’s Xtra Heavy
- Post Shave: Cold water rinse
- After Shave: Ogallala bay rum, sage, and cedar (great compliment to the cream)
- Balm: Aveeno fragrance free after shave lotion
- Fragrance: L’Occitane Bavx
Happy Sunday everyone ! That’s the good news, the bad is tomorrow is Monday; so let’s make the best of the day. Today’s shave was excellent, I’ll be the first to admit I find French point razors to be the most unforgiving blade for me, but today not a single problem, and simply a smooth shave.
As far as artisan soap makers I’ve made no question I love Barrister & Mann as they truly have unique fragrance as well as outstanding performance, and this is rare as usually artisan soaps while some are great are “safe” and fall into that “safe” Bay Rum, fruit, mint, or very recognizable fragrances. Barrister & Mann is not that soap they do NOT play it safe William Carius the owner/soaper behind B&M soaps is aside from a excellent soap maker, a true artisan perfumer that creates unique blends that push that envelope, I consider B&M a “true” artisan soap in every sense.
Combined with that Thater 4292/4 2-band brush set in a beautiful Cocobolo wood handle I had an effortless shave and great face feel and cushion. Thater brushes are hard to beat unless you have a custom brush made, but factory made Thater sits pretty much at the top 3 brush makers in the world, of course YMMV, and this is my opinion though I know many a traditional shaver that also set Thater as the bar to compare all others.
Everyone thanks for spending a few moments with me, so enjoy your Sunday, and as always Shave On !
- Pre: Clarisonic Aria with normal head and cleanser
- Prep: Hot shower with Musgo Glyce “Amber” pre-shave soap
- Croap: Barrister & Mann “Cheshire”
- Brush: Thater 4292/4 2-band silvertip set in Cocobolo wood
- Razor: Ralf Aust 6/8 Shoulderless French point straight razor with ornate spine work
- Lather type: Bowl
- Moustache style: Handlebar
- Wax & Pomade: Fire House Dark & O’Douds Heavy Hold Vegan all natural
- Post Shave: Cold water rinse
- After shave: Barrister & Mann “Cheshire” Kyovu
- Balm/Other: Anthony Logistics ingrown hair treatment
- Fragrance: Dark aged Patchouli applied to pulse points
Great shave today ! I’ve used a lot of soaps and creams throughout my 24 year tenure as a traditional shaver, and as far as “artisan” or, in this instance sub-contracted soaps RazoRock has never once let me down. Today’s choice; going with that unique Captain’s Choice bay rum scent made by RazoRock I had nothing less then a completely smooth shave with one of the best bay rums on the market (discounted as of 5/2/015), and literally sealed the deal with Captain’s Choice Cat O’ Nine Tails after shave: Feel The Burn ! None of this would be possible without great hardware like my Boker 6/8 Silver Steel honed by the true Honemeister himself Lynn Abrams, and of course one of my favorite brush’s of all time the Simpson’s X2L “Colonel” this was the brush that changed it all for me; Thanks a lot Simpson’s/Vulfix now I have Brush Acquisition disorder 🙂 ! Great way to start the weekend, Shave on everyone ! – Aaron
Pre: Clarisonic Aria with normal brush and hydrogel cleanser
Prep: Hot Shower with Clinique face bar for oily skin
Croap: RazoRock “Captain’s Choice” Bay Rum
Brush: Simpson’s X2L “Colonel”
Razor: 6/8 Boker Silver Steel
Lather type: American Stonecraft bowl from Smith’s Cheese farm
Moustache type: Handlebar
Wax & Pomade: Joe Grooming compound & Shiner Gold WB Heavy Hold
After shave: Captain’s Choice “Cat O’ Nine Tails”
Balm: Viktor & Rolf ” Spice Bomb” milk
Fragrance: Viktor & Rolf “Spice Bomb”
Let the Fun Begin ! SOTD: May 1st, 2015
Pre: Hot Shower with Clarisonic Aria with Deep Pore head and cleanser
Cream: St. James of London “Black Pepper & Lime”
Brush: Custom Raymond Bukaty silvertip brush
Razor: RazoRock Stealth V3
Blade: Gillette 7 O’clock black Super Platinum (4)
Lather: Direct face lather
Moustache type: Handlebar
Wax & Pomade: Proraso moustache wax & Reuzel Pink Heavy Hold
Post shave: Cold water rinse
After Shave: Captain’s Choice “Lime”
Balm/Other: St. James of London “Black Pepper & Lime” gel
Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet (Perfect Pairing !)
Such a GREAT shave today ! of course there will be full reviews of ALL (SJOL) creams and even pomade this month, but in a few words, The “Black Pepper and Lime” cream was like being in the Caribbean ! So many great memories from this scent; not to mention slick as can be; Shave on everyone
Today’s shave; similar to yesterday was with a new soap today from Tiki Bar soaps. This soap in question is none other than the new “The Kilted Tiki” which was a St. Patrick’s day release with strong accords of Peat moss and a very smooth whisky note that is very unique. Again I am now on use number two, and I will not review a soap before three uses. I will say however I love my Dubl Duck razor ! Today’s “Satin Edge” was bought from none other than Jaime Cobos about a year ago. I did some work to this blade and I must say of all my vintages the Ducks are just excellent shavers !
The Omega 63185 Black badger had the perfect scritch to softness ratio for today’s Face lathered shave and made a wonderful lather to say the least…. this is one of those brushes; you do not have to spend a fortune to get a great brush. Finally, without reviewing the soap I used a very unique combination as this is a very unique soap. Fine Accruements Clean Vetiver, and then Crabtree & Evelyn’s Nomad balm. This all led to such a wonderful shave, what I would consider the entire reason for traditional shaving; pure enjoyment.
- Pre: Clarisonic Aria with sensitive head and Nivea face wash
- Prep: Hot Shower with HTGAM “ATG” pre-shave soap
- Soap: Tiki Bar Soaps ” The Kilted Tiki”
- Brush: Omega 63185 black badger brush
- Razor: Vintage 5/8 Dubl Duck Perlduck “Satin Edge”
- Lather type: Face
- Moustache type: Handlebar
- Wax and Pomade: Got 2 Be Glued & Murray’s Superior
- Post shave: Cold water rinse, Alum
- After Shave: Fine “Clean Vetiver”
- Balm: Crabtree & Evelyn “Nomad”
- Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Opus 1870
I recently bought 3 new soaps, I also have a rule about reviewing anything especially a soap; that I must use it at least 3 times before I’ll even give an initial impression. Today’s shave made the second shave for Soap Commander’s “Renewal” fougere. The rest of this shave was great my Dubl Duck “Goldedge” is just amazing, the Mother Earth scuttle kept my lather warm, and the more I use a scuttle the more I learn temperatures really do make a difference (read this as don’t use too hot of water; warm is more than sufficient). Lastly the Plisson synthetic is IMO at best adequate….many people love this brush as the brush of the “Gods” which I have issue calling anything. Instead of focusing on what I don’t like I’d rather say the brush is super soft and despite other adversity does make a very nice lather. Enjoy the photo I hope my picture speaks more than I wrote, and one more use and Soap Commander’s “Renewal” is getting its review just in time for spring !
- Pre: Clarisonic Aria with Deep pore cleaning brush and cleanser
- Prep: Hot shower with HTGAM “ATG” pre-shave soap & HTGAM Butter pre-shave balm
- Soap: Soap Commander “Renewal” Fougere
- Brush: Plisson synthetic
- Razor: Vintage Dubl Duck Perlduck 5/8 “GoldEdge”
- Lather type: Scuttle “Mother Earth”
- Moustache type: natural handlebar
- Wax & Pomade: Pinaud Brown & Joe Grooming compound
- Post shave: Cold water rinse & Alum
- After Shave: Thayer’s Witch Hazel & glycerin mix
- Balm/Other: Soap Commander “Renewal” menthol balm
- Fragrance: Gucci Guilty Black in the A.M. & Azzaro- Azzaro Pour Homme aromatic fougere