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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’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
Good afternoon everyone ! Just a quick SOTD, and I used my Thiers-Issard Bison in Red Stamina scales for the first time today ! Awesome shave, the guys at Straight Razor Designs out did themselves with the honing of this TI razor ! I wish they actually wrote “honed by” on the invoice etc….as I own a few TI’s, and this was by far the smoothest shave I’ve had in a while.
The Baume.BE is no joke ! I’ve been using it for the last 7 days, and it has been for quite sometime my benchmark cream. All other lathers are held to Baume.BE’s standard. Of course YMMV, and a few others like Esbjerg and Castle Forbes are also darn close, and on any given day I could say those are my benchmark ! They all perform very similarly. Zero hang up and smooth shaving for all passes including the ATG pass.
The biggest part of today’s shave hands down was the Thiers-Issard Bison 6/8 in Red Stamina scales. This is not a full on review, but a glance at my first use. I am not a novice to Thiers-Issard, and own more TI’s than any other straights in my den. The Bison today really brought a smile to my face. I loved the length of the blade ! I did not measure but it is on the shorter side compared to lets say my Spartacus TI. The hand feel and balance was excellent and the gents at SRD where I bought this razor did an amazing job getting it shave ready. The blade as with most TI’s are not “pretty” they are masterfully made, but the gold wash is nothing to write home about, and the etching was somewhat basic, but I use a straight razor to shave not to stare at the artwork. The TI’s IMHO are worth every penny as far as their ability to shave, and to hold a great edge. First shave with the Bison in Red Stamina scales was maybe my best shave this year, in no small way or, doubt due to whomever honed it up. Last but not least the Red Stamina performed equally as well, doing their job as a water resistant form of scale. The pivot pin was a drop on the tight side but hey this was the first shave, I am sure it will loosen up !
Overall- A great cream with Baume.BE, a sharp and quality blade like the Thiers-Issard Bison in Red Stamina scales, honed by the right person, and finally finishing off with a quality artisan after shave made this guy super happy with his shave, and new razor ! – Aaron
- Pre: Clarisonic Aria w/ deep pore head and cleanser
- Prep: Hot Shower with Jack Blacks face wash aloe & sage
- Cream: Baume.BE
- Brush: Omega 63185 black badger
- Razor: Thiers-Issard Bison Red Stamina 6/8
- Lather type: Scuttle “Mother Earth”
- After Shave: Gingers Garden “Haight Asbury”
- Lotion: HTGAM “Meta Nectar”
I am amazed, I made 3 New Years resolutions. The first was a very strong “No more shave soaps until I use 50% of my den”, the Second was I must use a straight razor 3 times for every DE/SE shave or, a 3-1 ratio, and finally I did NOT have to shave everyday. Last year my resolution was to shave 365 days ! I did it; I was writing more for 365shaves.com as well so it made sense. I am still an author there, and recommend them as a great resource, as well as they are just great guys.
Well, I can live with the no new soaps, no problems with using a straight razor….., but I’m emotional messed up ! after 365 shaves in a row; I can’t stop shaving daily. That in a way is great, but now I feel “naked” if I don’t shave like I forgot an important part of my day. So here I am still shaving daily, though if I miss a day I doubt I’ll beat myself up too bad.
Today’s shave was excellent, I am using Catie’s Bubbles “Pomander” soap every day for a week, and changing all the other variables to see how flexible I can make my shaves. Pomander is a clove/orange scent and I have a pre-sale production version in a mason jar from early 2014; almost a year ago. The soap held up great, and has about a week maybe 2 worth of shaves left. I loved today’s shave and as I said yesterday Pomander delivered a cushioning, slick and fragrant shave. No reservations using this soap with a straight razor even against the grain it has ample glide though I added vegetable glycerin out of habit. I hope you all had excellent shave this weekend as well, details below, shave on everyone ! – Aaron
** side note- The Lord Randall brush is breaking in amazingly well. Not a single shed hair, a bit more scritch is coming out and the flow through is becoming a lot better, holding the lather inside, but releasing it easily, again I can just tell this brush is something special. **
- Pre: Clarisonic Aria with sensitive skin head and cleanser
- Prep: Hot shower with Razorock/HTGAM lime pre-shave soap
- Soap: Catie’s Bubbles “Pomander” beta version
- Brush: Vie-Long Lord Randall mixed horse/badger
- Razor: Ralf Aust 5/8 straight razor in faux ebony scales
- Lather type: Bowl
- Moustache type: Natural
- Wax & Pomade: Ginger’s Garden beard oil & None
- Post Shave: Cold water rinse, RazoRock alum, Anthony Logistics ingrown hair treatment
- After Shave: Old Spice
- Balm/Other: Catie’s Bubbles whipped Shea butter
- Fragrance: Prada Luna Rossa Extreme EDP
How do you bring the comforts of home while traveling for business or pleasure? Simple, bring your gear with you! The trick is to pack them in a way that won’t take up space and provide some variety. Why limit yourself, or worse, shave with that ‘Goo & Plastic’ while away. First, decide what you would like to bring and where are you going. If you’re going someplace warm & tropical, perhaps Coconut Cream Soap or something that smells like The Beach (wink wink). For me, there’s nothing better than a nice mentholated freeze when visiting someplace hot & humid. I have tried many travel cases & toiletry bags and found that eBags is the absolute best for traveling with your shaving stuff. My shaving gear packs nice and flat without sacrificing space in your luggage. At only 2-1/4″ thick, you’ll be amazed how much shaving stuff you can pack into it! My travel bag wasn’t cheap, but it works well for me, as I’m able to fit all my gear with room to spare.
Remember, variety is the spice of life and as you can see, I travel with a number of soaps, lotions, splashes and razors. All you need is to find the containers to ‘right-size’ the amount needed for your journey. Let’s start with soaps. My TOBS Sandalwood is always with me and the container tubes work just fine for travel. Tabac is another go-to soap that’s Always with me when on the road. Since the a Tabac jar is glass and very heavy, I simply added shavings that I pressed in a Tupperware container. I also travel with the matching AS & Cologne, which I placed into miniaturized containers. By the way, eye dropper containers work great for cologne and AS , as well as little vials pictured. I think vials can easily be found with the local crack dealer (only kidding!). The eye dropper contains my Tabac AS and the vial has Tabac cologne. Both are secure and have never leaked. Another tip is to bring your favorite AS/Cologne in travel sprayers that can be found in any fragrance specialty store. I found mine in Perfumania in the mall for a few bucks. I have two that I have brought along for my journey. The red sprayer has Al Fin and the clear has Penhaligon’s . I sometimes travel with more than two razors, but for this trip, decided on just two. Below is a list of what I’m traveling with this week:
Homemade Oil (in bottle w/ black cap)
Proraso Green (small round container w/screw top lid)
Tabac (in Tupperware)
Soap Commander Courage (Sample)
WSP Black Amber Vanilla (Sample)
Trumpers Eucris (round container w/ screw top lid)
- Aftershave & Cologne:
TOBS AS Gel (Sandalwood)
Soap Commander Balm (Courage)
Al Fin (Red Travel Sprayer)
Tabac AS (eye dropper container)
Tabac Cologne (tiny bottle)
Osage Rub (mouthwash travel bottle)
Vintage Gillette Black Handle SS
- Blades: Voskhod
- Brush: Plisson Synthetic with Travel Container
Written by: Peter Charkalis
Shaving Soap- WSP Rustic Shaving Soap Sandalwood
Razor- Muhle R89
After Shave- HTGAM Tombstone
Brush- Pav Brushworks Pav 7 Custom
Razor Blade- Shark Super Chrome (1)
Bowl- Van Der Hagen Shaving Bowl
Yesterday my son received the WSP Sandalwood, and after smelling it, I had to try it. So after a nice shower tonight I borrowed it. To start I really liked the scent, pure Sandalwood. I covered the puck while I was showering with hot water to bloom the scent. this brought out a slightly smoky Sandalwood scent which was nice but not really strong. I tend to gravitate stronger scents so I was a little bummed but not put off at all. I achieved a great lather very quickly loading my brush, and commenced to face lather. I achieved a nice thick cushioning lather right away. The scent was very pleasant throughout but only slightly increased in strength. Using my Muhle R89 with a fresh Shark Super Chrome blade I started shaving.
The R89 is a great mild razor that never fails to give a great shave. I’m re-visiting the Shark blades as I was not impressed with them in the past. They were ok, better than I remember but nothing special. Not going in the rotation as I have plenty of other blades, but I wouldn’t bypass them either. The Pav7 as you know is my absolute favorite and I will do a full review in the near future. Just going to say it is awesome!
All in all I’m very happy with this soap. A bit dry post shave but I need to get the water to soap ratio dialed in better. But it is slick. I’ve heard so much about this soap lately due to price point and performance. The price point is phenomenal and the performance is great. I hope Craig doesn’t want it back too soon or I will have to buy it. Along with Vetiver. You can not go wrong with this soap and I found it paired very well with the HTGAM Tombstone one of my favorite aftershaves. I won’t bore you by going into it as Aaron has a great review on it on wetshaverreview.com
Thanks for reading.
What does a bearded lady do during her spare time while traveling with the carnival? Well, she makes shaving soaps, creams, aftershaves and colognes. Riley Fouts, aka Madame Scodioli (the Bearded Lady) has created a unique persona and even more unique products. First, I’ll tell you that I find this scent intoxicatingly exotic and mysterious. Friends, this is among the best I have ever used. This soap scent is unlike anything I have tried thus far. As soon as you open the package the fragrance fills the room with this sweet, yet masculine scent of cedar, patchouli, saffron and vetyver. The ingredient list didn’t mention whiskey, but I understand Madame Scodioli likes her whiskey and may have added a few drops. I believe I caught some tobacco as well. Needless to say, this is one heck-of-a fragrance! I was home alone during my testing and evaluation. Upon my wife’s arrival, she asked “what smells so good”? I told her it was this new soap and aftershave that I’m reviewing. She said the house smells wonderful and that she loves the fragrance. Therefore, I think your significant other may love this as well.
The Step Right Up Soap
The ‘Step Right Up’ soap is available on Etsy and comes in a square or round puck. As mentioned, this Glycerin based soap has an amazing fragrance. I was able to create a nice lather, but it took a little time to dial-in on the amount of water to use. The lather was luxurious, fragrant and had a decent slickness to it. A nice shave and will definitely be in my rotation. The scent had nice staying power and was evident throughout the shave. I definitely was sniffing my brush throughout the shave and ended up with an exceptional experience. By the way, I used my Gillete Red Tip with a Voskhod blade and my new Nathan Clark Silver Tip brush for this review. Now to the aftershave….
The ‘Step Right Up’ aftershave is a perfect match to the soap. The AS comes in a wonderful old time 5.0 oz. amber glass jar with screwtop lid. Like some of our other favorite vendors, it comes with a useful reducer in the neck for reducing spillage. It has a woodsy-exotic masculine fragrance that consists of cedar, smoky patchouli, sandalwood, musky saffron and finished with a touch of vetyver. I just love this lotion. It goes on smooth and is just soothing. No sting from alcohol, no alum, just a real nice lotion with an intoxicating fragrance.
The aftershave can be found here:
The Madame Scodioli Scents are as Follows:
Aged Bourbon: Kentucky Single Barrel
Dust Shaker: Mahogany + Sandalwood
Fiji Mermaid: The Briny Deep
Fortunato: Pine, Smoke + Whiskey
Gray Skies: Nag Champa
Hierophant: Sage + Sweetgrass
Laudanum: Tobacco + Black Tea
Step Right Up: Cedar, Saffron + Vetyver
Timshel: Tobacco + Vanilla
Widdershins: Frankincense + Myrrh
Thank you for taking the time to look at my review. Hope this was helpful.
Bowl: Captain’s Choice Sea Foam Lather Bowl
Brush:Edwin Jagger Pure Badger
Shaving Cream: Taylor of Old Bond Street Mr. Taylor’s
Even though I am a face latherer, I do enjoy taking out my bowl and whipping up a killer lather. When I do I grab my Captain’s Choice Lathering bowl. This is a palm sized bowl that measures approximately 4 1/4 inches in diameter and 1 1/2 inches deep. It does bow in slightly at the top to keep the lather inside. I chose the Sea Foam colored bowl that’s a teal color. It has a prominent star on it that you put your thumb on for stability. I has large grooves inside to help produce lather and they perform as advertised. It is a ceramic bowl that I would recommend not dropping. Being ceramic it holds heat well but definitely not scuttle-like.
I took out my Edwin Jagger Pure Badger brush with a 50mm loft as I do think this brush is great on creams. For this review I pulled my Taylor’s of Old Bond Street Mr. Taylor’s cream off of the shelf.
As you can see it whipped up a nice creamy lather-in about 45 seconds.
To say I love using this bowl is an understatement, it’s so easy that it’s almost like cheating. But the great part is the price point being only $18.75 on the Captain’s Choice website. You will not be disappointed with this bowl.
Thanks for reading.