Croap

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 ūüôŹūüŹĹ

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 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.

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!

I’m going to enjoy the sunshine now! Bubaaaaaai!

Have a great day ladies and gentlemen!

-Aaron

Extro’ Tabacco Shaving soap and After Shave Review

An in depth video review of Tabacco by Extro’ Cosmesi. We will discuss both the soap & after shave created by Donato Cinniello, brought to me from Paolo Tondi of TVB Shaving. If you love Tobacco scents and top end European artisan shaving look no further than Italy and Extro’

  • Soap (croap) – Extro’ Tabacco
  • Brush: Marfin no.69 custom Italian Briar Silver tip badger
  • Razor: Vintage Dubl Duck GoldEdge straight razor
  • After Shave / EDT: Extro’ Tabacco

SOTD: May 3rd, 2015 “My Sunday Shave”

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.

007

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.

001

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.

003002

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

SOTD: May 2nd, 2015 “RazoRockin’ with my Boker SS”

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 ūüôā ! Great way to start the weekend, Shave on everyone ! – Aaron

002001003

 

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”

 

 

SOTD: April 4th, 2015 getting my “Ducks” in a row

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.

606002002

  • 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

 

 

Orange you glad I shaved today ? 4/2/2015

Spring,¬†it’s in the air folks¬†in the north east of the United States of America, and I can’t wait¬†being blunt until spring and summer.¬†¬†We’ve had one heck of a winter to say the least !¬† So that brings us up to today, and a unusually warm day perfect for¬† that citrus aroma to fill the air in anticipation for the real thing, I must say the artisans here did a wonderful job recreating this near 100% Orange¬†accord and shave, and IMHO all these items, ¬†are top shelf¬†; and worth you taking a look at. Shave on everyone ! -Aaron

 

001002Thiery Mugler Ultra Zest

  • Pre: Clarisonic Aria with sensitive brush head and hydrogel cleanser
  • Prep: Hot shower with Clinique face bar mixed with Andalou citrus scrub
  • Soap: Tiki Bar “Land Locked”
  • Brush: Vie-Long 12750 65%-35% Mane-Tail ratio
  • Razor:¬†Ralf Aust 6/8 Spanish point in Olive Wood scales
  • Lather type: Face
  • Moustache type: Handlebar
  • Wax & Pomade: Pinaud brown & Joe Grooming Compound
  • Post Shave: Cold water rinse, alum, Anthony Logistics IGHT
  • After Shave: Fine “L’Orange Noir”
  • Balm: TFS Bergamotto Neroli & Andalou Vitamin C cream
  • Fragrance:¬† Thiery Mugler – A*MEN¬† “Ultra Zest”

Off the bench and back into the……..

Hey out there ! Yes I am still alive, and shaving everyday. I don’t believe in excuses, but I do in explanations. Obviously people that know me realize I run this blog, am sole administrator for the Facebook group of the same name, and am very active with vendors, both commercial and artisan.¬† A lot has happened since November of last year, that effected me both professionally, and personally with everything from Family losses to kids in school. To sum it up I never lost the fire to continue, but did loose the drive to kindle the flame. I am again obviously an open person, and do not hold back my feelings or, why things “are” the way things “are”. I’m here today to say that I hope that spark is back, ¬†and I want to start sharing my world of traditional shaving, and grooming a bit more again if you’ll allow me.

I have not been as active on the Facebook group either which will be changing again, more events, more new vendors to bring to the group, and of course more content here. I have come to the conclusion “reviews” are no more than opinions which are wonderful things, but as such must be treated as exactly that opinion not fact. I will be reviewing, and I encourage anyone that wants to author here on this site to let me know…..I’ll set you up in a heartbeat to review in your opinion any product, but let it be known there is only fact to the author….caveat emptor and I will always disclose when a item is gifted or, PIF’d that I review compared to the 99.9% that I spend copious amounts of money on quality gear¬†to bring to peoples attention again based on my opinion. ¬†Finally as I’ve already bored everyone enough first day back ! I plan on making more educational posts both written and video geared toward education for all levels of shavers; from new to veteran alike….there is no point in the years I’ve spent doing this if not to pass some knowledge on.

I leave you for today, a simple SOTD post……that was a near perfect shave.

  • Pre: Clarisonic Aria with acne head and Salicylic acid wash
  • Prep: Andalou enzymatic exfoliant peel & Lush Dark Angels scrub
  • Soap: Tiki Bar Soaps “Set Sail” Vegan
  • Brush: Nathan Clark custom 2-band badger
  • Razor: Thiers-Issard “5/8 round point Spartacus
  • Lather type: Bowl
  • Moustache type: Handlebar
  • Wax¬†& Pomade: JG compound & Royall Crown
  • Post Shave: Cold water rinse and RazoRock¬†alum
  • After Shave: Agua Lavanda Puig …(Lavender splash)
  • Balm: Every Man Jack “Signature Mint”
  • EDT: (maybe a bad combo here, but)….. Dolce & Gabanna Pour Homme Intenso…… I could do a entire review just on this EDP.

 

SOTD: January 4th, 2015 “Pomander day 2”

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.

actual WSR logotop hat 365

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

003003006001

** 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

SOTD: January 1st, 2015

Here we are 2015 ! Happy New Year everyone. Today’s shave I dedicate to Anthony Esposito aka, the “Stallion”. Anthony¬†educates¬†daily on¬†the use of straight razors, and really took the style and ran with it ! I can’t think of a better person to start off 2015 honoring.

003014001002001

I also use for the first time a Vie-Long “Lord Randall” mixed Horse/Badger brush for the first time, the video says it all WOW ! The video is a complete shave, and a bit long, but I really hope you enjoy and take something away from how I use a straight razor while navigating my facial hair.¬† – Aaron

  • Pre: Clarisonic with normal head and hydrogel
  • Prep: Hot Shower and Water
  • Soap: Barrister & Mann “Vetyver Santal”
  • Brush: Vie-Long “Lord Randall” mixed Horse/Badger
  • Razor: Dovo “La Forme” 6/8 shoulderless straight razor
  • Lather type: Face
  • Moustache type: Handlebar
  • Wax and Pomade:¬†Pinaud Brown and Layrite Super Hold WB
  • Post Shave: Cold water rinse, RazoRock alum, Anthony Logistics IGHT
  • After Shave: Fine “Clean Vetiver”
  • Balm/Other: Alt Innsbruck Emulsion with a little Cremo balm
  • EDT: L’Occitane “Vetyver”