#wetshaverreview

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 โ‚ฌ5 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 ๐Ÿ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 Musgo Real was originally made in 1920 by the Portuguese Musgo Real co.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 ๐Ÿ‘‘ 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

Through the Fine Fire Craft: Cut Throat

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     Today I bring to you one of my favorite new soaps from 2015: Maria Arman’s Through the Fine Fire Craft Cut Throat. It’s a fougere in the classic barbershop style of Dana Canoe, Pinaud Clubman, Avon Wild Country, etc.
     The scent is very simple. Lemon, lavender, oakmoss. Simple, clean, and fresh. To me, I find that it combines the vibrant “green” of Clubman, softened by the powder note in Canoe. Excellent smell to wake up to. While it may not be anything “groundbreaking”, it’s comfortably familiar, and sure to be a hit. Here’s how it’s described on their site:

     Cut Throat shaves are straight razor, old school, shave like your grandfather kind of shaves. Cut Throat soap is a vintage take on a barbershop scent. We took our inspiration from a cologne from the 1930’s to combine a light fougere with powdery barbershop. Lavender, Lemon, Clary Sage and Cedarwood mix with Vanilla, Musk, and Oak Moss. 4oz of soap in a low profile 6oz jar will provide you plenty of room to load your brush in. This soap will provide plenty of slickness and cushion for your straight razor shave with our new hand ground razors. Pair it with the matching aftershave too!

    Now performance. This is always subjective. But I think you’ll be hard pressed to find a soap that performs this well at this price point. Word to the wise. This soap is soft. Very soft. Essentially a cream. Do NOT go willy-nilly with your brush like I did, otherwise you’ll have WAY too much product on your brush, and end up wasting a bunch of really good soap. As for the lathering? Divine. Very thick, slick, and rich lather.
     The post shave feel is second to none. The tussah (sp?) silk is most likely the contributing factor to this. The silk also adds a “fibrous” texture to the lather as well (any users of a fiber hair product will understand what I’m trying to get at). And as for aftershave? Well, you could always go for the matched set, but, Clubman, Canoe, or any of that ilk will match perfectly.
    In short, we have a traditionally scented, lather rich, protective soap, that easily outperforms most at its price point, and is on par with many costing more. Check ’em out for yourselves at Through the Fine Fire Craft.