Aftershave

SOTD 8-10-2018 the Spice

As they say, he who controls the spice controls…….. okay, enough Dune references. Today’s shave was fantastic. Everything from the New Forest Tubby-2 to the Oxblood Bakelite slant razor from PAA was superb. Not shown, but I’ve come to love the Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Star Jelly. It really has an additive effect to the overall shave leaving your face smooth and subtle. More in depth reviews on each of these products, are to come. For now here’s to staying smooth my friends ! Cheers šŸ»

    Pre: Hot shower w/ Jack Blacks Face Buff
    Soap: Phoenix Arizona Accoutrements Atomic Pumpkin šŸŽƒ
    Blade: Gillette made Wilkinson Sword (1)
    Brush: New Forest Tubby-2
    Aftershave: PAA Atomic Pumpkin Star Jelly
  • Fragrance: Viktor & Rolf SpiceBomb
  • Love those Almonds !

    Today’s shave reminded me of a few general rules of traditional shaving. Firstly a great soap does not have to be ultra expensive. The second is that you need to enjoy every part of your shave, from the soap to the method of hair removal. Lastly your shave should be memorable !

    Today’s shave hit every one of those three simple criteria. Natura Essenziale alla Mandorla is a modest Italian soft soap that cost around ā‚¬5 and has a wonderful sweet almond aroma, and ample glide and cushion. This is also a vegetable based soap.

    I enjoyed literally every moment of today’s shave, from the prep using hot towels infused with almond essential oil to my 6/8 Thiers-Issard Bison Straight razor, to my post shave of Chella Cool by Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements. I took my time, and overall I’d say the experience lasted one and a half hours.

    Finally yes it was memorable on many levels. The soap reminded me of my friendship with a great friend I proudly call my brother. About a half hour before I was able to add another wonderful author to our page, and to the shave itself the individual components of soap, brush, razor and post shave delivered a close, no super close shave that made me proud that I stuck with using a proven soap, a freshly honed razor, and a vigorous aftershave that left my face feeling great, and smelling like I was going to conquer the world.

    What I suppose I am getting at, is make your personal shave count. The art of traditional shaving is so much more than one part, but the sum of all the parts combined. On this wonderful Saturday I wish you all happy shaves, and as always stay smooth.

    Orange šŸŠ & Amber Delight

    I look forward to different days of the week; I usually have a theme for the day. Today happens to be Thursday so it’s from a “Tube”. Tubes ROCK ! They are usually compact, slick, and easy to travel with, compared to their rigid tub counterparts.

    Today was going to be great as I had chose Musgo Real “Orange Amber”. This is a great transition scent as we move between summertime, and autumn. So let’s get a closer look at this classic. Musgo Real was originally made in 1920 by the Portuguese Musgo Real co. the clock has turned, and the Claus Porto Co founded in 1887, acquired Musgo Real and is now formulated by Ach. Brito

    Appearance: 5/5

    Musgo Real no.1 Orange Amber is a 100ml tube of shave cream. The tube utilizes a aluminum based orange packaging, that seems to be of a little thicker wall. The Orange is bold with the Musgo Real logo; a crown šŸ‘‘ and a very utilitarian no.1 Orange Amber embossment. Simple and to the point making this a humble visual to the cream inside. This is a higher end cream despite its packaging and falls into that price point of $22 for 100ml or, 3.5 ounces.

    Performance: 4/5

    This mini review can be finished in two words; Lanolin and Glycerin. This is the base of this top shelf cream. This allows the cream to have amazing glide, as well as being moisturizing, and to leave your face feeling not only healthy, but smooth as we say a baby’s bottom. The only detraction in my experience is the moderate lather it produces; many would argue this is not an issue, but I like a little thicker lather. Brush used: Envy Shave custom Silver tip Badger.

    Fragrance: 5/5

    This is a subjective topic as always YMMV, and one person wonderful is another’s awful (Lilac Vegetal for instance). The aroma wafted up to me as I lathered the cream with my brush. A combination of orange and musk along with a pronounced Amber, benzoin smell. I don’t usually pick up on the aroma that quickly, but this was well formulated.

    Post Shave: 5/5

    Wonderful as the lanolin has done its job perfectly. My face felt like a dream with a BBS outcome, but no redness or, irritation anywhere after 3 passes, and a mild touch up. I really debated if a post shave splash or, balm was needed. I ended up using Fine Accoutrements Italian Citrus, with a drop of Aqua Velva musk.

    I hope this little overview of Musgo Real’s no.1 Orange Amber cream in the tube was somewhat helpful. I purchased this cream from Straight Razor Designs Musgo Real Orange Amber Happy shaves my friends, and stay smooth.

    • My daily driver- SS 303Phoenix Bomb Tip handle with a Merkur 41C OC
    • Blade: Gillette Silver Blue (1)
    • Soap: Musgo Real no.1 Orange Amber
    • Brush: Custom Envy Shave Silver tip Badger
    • Post Shave: Fine Accoutrements Italian Citrus & Aqua Velva Musk
    • Fragrance: Bvlgari Aqua Amara

    Iā€™m going to the ClubGuy !

    Okay who loves the classic Pinaud Clubman clean scent ? The only problem I have had was matching that scent to any other soaps than the scentless or, mildly scented like the original Arko stick or, to Ingram cream. Such a great scent over 100 years old and as time passed, well it stayed relevant, but harder to pair leading up until today in 2018. Well the folks at Phoenix Arizona Accoutrements about 5 years ago made made a tribute soap, aftershave, Star Jelly, and sport deodorant to pay homage to this classic ! Really you only need is the soap, and use your original Clubman aftershave. To bring your shave to the next level though I would alternate with the ClubGuy aftershave which has rose water, aloe, and menthol; if your looking for the modern feel of a classic aftershave.

    This is also part of a GIVEAWAY ! Watch the linked video, to know the easy way to get entered into winning this great set ! Stay smooth my friends – Aaron

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    Solstice from Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements

    This awesome homage to the South West with what I’d call the aroma of the locale is back, and ready for your shave dens. Available individually, A great Bundle Package (link below) to save some money, Royal Star Jelly !, an EDT, body soap, and bar shampoo, to name a few, Absolutely, take a moment to read about Solstice, and watch the product spotlight video’s from Douglas, and find out for yourself why Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements, and Crown King rule ! Shave on my friends, and stay smooth.

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    -Aaron

    SOTD: 7/27/2018 Octavia Noir

    Today’s shave was one of those shaves you didn’t expect, but you were damn happy afterwards. I love Gingers Garden soaps, and Irena couldn’t be a better person or, for that matter soap maker. Today I used for the first time Octavia Noir that was a Glycerin soap. That said a lot of traditional shavers, have been taught Glycerin based soaps don’t shave as well as tallow or, butter based soaps. In this case Irena knows what she is doing, the lather that ensued was not only dense, and protective, but had a wonderful aroma of deep amber and darker floral scents, while still being very approachable in these warmer months. Octavia Noir to say the least is a winner by a long shot. I used a vintage 1909 Gillette ABC Pocket Edition scroll razor, with a Wilkinson Sword by Gillette blade, as well as my favorite brush my 2016 WSR group brush with an ultra premium silver tip badger knot, by Envy Shave. This made quick work of my stubble, which always makes me happy. The glide, from the soap made for a simple true BBS shave. I finished off with not an exact match to the soap, but a favorite Floid Menthalado Vigoroso. When it’s 95 degrees out; this is the after shave you want to cool you down. To that I wish you all happy shaves, and a wonderful weekend. Here is a link to Ginger Garden which I highly recommend for any products she offers. Gingers Garden

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    6 shaving tips that changed my life forever- Mark Herro

    Just follow the link to a better shave every time ! 

    http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/6-shaving-tips-that-changed-life-forever.html

    Mark Herro Aka Mantic59 again takes your shave to the next level ! Thanks for everything you do Mark šŸ™šŸ½

    Aaron’s Pick April 5th,2017: Extro & Bram Van Den Berg

    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 itā€™s first sniffā€¦
    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 likeā€¦.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 isnā€™t as overly sweet as the Bergamotto Neroli, but isnā€™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.

    IMPORTANT!
    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!

    Iā€™m going to enjoy the sunshine now! Bubaaaaaai!

    Have a great day ladies and gentlemen!

    -Aaron

    In memory of June 5th, 1956 “For my Father”

    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 wayĀ too soon. I have said countless times I was raised by my grandparents andĀ great grandparents, which is accurate….my great grandfather taught me to shave, and started my journey in this amazing community. My Father was anĀ 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 didĀ learn from my father asĀ 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 thoseĀ much wiser than myself.

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    Fast Forward to 8 years ago; my father passed away from Cancer, something I wish even I could justĀ remove fromĀ anyone and everyone.Ā Renal cell carcinoma to be exact or, cancer of the Kidney, there is no cure, and it’s a highly aggressive cancer. He wasĀ justĀ 51 by a few days when he passed surrounded by family and friends and evenĀ brothers in arms actingĀ full birdĀ 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 thinkĀ 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 hisĀ time had come now near a decade ago.Ā  Well I guess I lied this is turning a bit to the longer side.

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    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 GilletteĀ SuperĀ Speed Red-Tip replated in Rhodium by Razor Emporium. It is an amazing razor and Matt Pisarcik didĀ nothing less then a stellar job. RazorĀ 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 toĀ  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 aĀ razor in his memory. Brut was his favorite scent…plain and simple he used disposable razors,Ā canned goo, but at least he used Brut, which was better than the razor idea as the aroma of this Fougere scent reminded me ofĀ him all day long, combined with Paco Rabanne pour homme another wonderful, and fitting EDT toĀ go with Brut. Finally before I sign off to answer the question ofĀ  “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 toĀ 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 memoryĀ of my father, and what he instilled upon me to this day.

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    • 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
    • MoustacheĀ 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