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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 ūüôŹūüŹĹ

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

Dax Wave and Groom: The Icon

    

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     When I was younger, I was immediately taken by O Brother, Where Art Thou. One of my favorite adaptations, Coen films, and movies in general. The music really killed it for me. Up until then, I had never really listened to any kind of Americana; be it blues, country, bluegrass, what have you. That movie changed my life, musically speaking. However, the other bit that caught me was Everett’s undying love for his hair.
¬†¬†¬† After that, I immediately needed pomade. I was, and still am, a huge Clooney fan, so emulation was a must. I spoke to my hairdresser and she plopped a tub of American Crew in my hand, and away I went. For years, that was my go to. It was only until much later that I realized, “holy shit, that was the Thirties! There’s no way they had a washable product back then!” So, with my trusty internets and a feeling of superiority (I was in college, out of the house, A MAN), I got to researching.
¬†¬†¬† In my surfing, I learned that most old timey products were essentially petroleum jelly, oils, and a bit of something for the pleasing aroma, and were the same products used in the Zuko era. They’re still made by companies today, and can most often be found in the ethnic sections of most stores. So I headed down to the store, on foot, in the cold, determined to get me some.
    Once there, a bright red can immediately popped. I grabbed it. Popped the lid off. The pleasing aroma hit me. A dark, waxy, spiced scent wafted. Yes. This was it.
¬†¬†¬† I RAN back to campus, and immediately applied it.¬† Hmm. This is sticky. And pull-y. This is not what I remembered. Hmm. Oh well, I’ll go wash it off. Uh oh. It’s not coming out. Let’s repeat. Oh shit. It’s still in there! What the hell is going on?
¬†¬†¬†¬† Yes, I panicked. I flew into town this time, and ran right into the salon, and lamented my hair. The hair dresser said, “Honey, that stuff never comes out. It’s quicker to buzz it.” FML. Well, with a heavy heart, I left the shop. There was no way I was going to pay hairdresser prices for a buzz cut, so I moped to the town barber. And this, my friends, is where the story gets good.
¬†¬†¬†¬† I walk in. Barber nods to the chair. I hop in. “Jesus, son. What did you do to yourself?” I explained what I did, why I did it, and why I was there. He commenced to laugh. Asked if I wanted to keep my hair or buzz it. I obviously wanted to keep it. He told me to go buy some dishwashing detergent, “y’know, that blue gunk they pour on animals in oil spills”, and pour some of that on my head, let it sit for a bit, and proceed to wash. He let me know it won’t all come out at once, “…but it should knock most of that shit out.” He reminisced about similar products he used when he was my age, and how hard it was then to remove. He said he used bar laundry soap for the task. He also gave me tips on how to apply it (warm up the can on a hot plate, really work it in your hands, make damn sure that you start at the root and go up, etc.).
¬†¬†¬† I don’t remember his name. I never walked in his shop again. But to this day, I’ll be grateful for that guy. And to this day, I still use that product in the red can. Dax Wave & Groom. A great hair pomade. To those who regularly use traditional oil based pomade, I know you’ve had a can at some point. Who hasn’t? Well, ain’t that a thing. Some of you haven’t? Well now, here’s what you do. Go to my delightful Instagram page to find the details. To those of you who haven’t yet tried an oil based product, but were considering it, give this a go. You won’t be disappointed. If you want to skip the contest, check out Dax and buy direct. Good luck, and I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane.
  

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Week 3 Petal Pusher Fancies Raffle !

Welcome one and all ! Gather round as week 3 of the Wet Shaver Reviews Vendor of the Month has graciously offered yet another amazing week of fun trivia, and a prize that is truly one to strive for ! This week we all have the opportunity to win a tin of Ciderhouse-5 ! This 2014 release will be available at the end of this week so the winner will be among the first to have this amazing soap. In my opinion this soap defines the season, and living in the north east I can attest this is the smell of apple orchards, and the smell of autumn. A top performer not only by my standards but in competitions ! Which leads me to how do you get entered ! Again Frances has made this raffle very accessible, and easy to enter. Please as always only reply to me Aaron Schecter and there are to be no comments on the pinned post itself or, unfortunately this will disqualify you from the drawing. The drawing is open until 11:59 PM Saturday the 25th of October one day more than normal with the drawing on the 26th of October in the evening. Good luck to all !!

 

  1. What kind of “Flower” is the PPF man on their homepage and on some of the soap ?
  2. What “kind” of Bicycle does the “Flower” ride ?
  3. Who invented that “type” of Bicycle ?
  4. This is a two part question. Both questions are regarding the Soap off in 2013. What score did PPF get with Ciderhouse-5 both overall and secondly in Performance ? This is a two part answer. To find the answer you must visit our friend Mantic59’s website the Sharpologist and the answers are there.

I wish EVERYONE good luck again this is open to ALL members of the WSR and is international and CONUS so everyone may enter just please do so by the raffles deadline.  Enjoy !!! and have fun. РAaron

SOTD: October 10th, 2014 “TFS Cinnamon Therapy”

I am amazed, to the point of almost speechless, can you imagine that¬†? I being speechless ! I say this as today’s shave was such a difference from yesterday. Yesterday while a close shave, it was absolutely uncomfortable, and at my own fault for using untried gear. I sharpened up overnight. I used gear I knew would work, and even took a slight chance, but on a very educated guess. So onto the shave as it was just that good there’s not much to say aside from what worked for me today.

It is no secret I love the Merkur Progress in its original iteration, while I think the Mergress or other variations of altering and fine tuning this razor look great, it does not change the shave itself. I may down the road by another Progress just to “trick” it out, but for functional use; there in my book is no better adjustable than the long-handled Merkur Progress. Just my opinion YMMV but I always get close shaves today at a milder 3,2,2 three pass setting. I also threw caution to the wind, That Voskhod is now on use Eight ! I knew I had about a 99% chance I would be fine as I always get 10 close shaves with a Voskhod, never any less and in theory maybe more….. I just haven’t pushed them. I think this may be the blade to really see how many shaves I can get. Just¬†a great pairing nothing else to say here.

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For my soap as it is COLD here ! and I knew that before I left home I packed wisely. I brought my Tcheon Fung Sing “Cannella Arancio Amaro Aroma Intensio” croap. I was told by my Italian friends on the WSR Facebook group that it is a name, but also a description ! it just simply put means Bitter orange with Cinnamon with an intense aroma…. TFS is awesome the name describes the soap¬†! Talk about straight forward marketing. Great lather which I face lathered with a “test” brush I am reviewing though I will say it is a boar brush that I would put in the travel / starter category. This brush and soap did not disappoint at all, on the contrary I was very impressed with how well the brush is breaking in, the scritch, backbone and how well the lather generated into an easy three passes and I lost about another 1-2 passes down he drain. Perfect in the lather department !

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Now into the travel lab I went ! I don’t care where in the world go I will always travel with my “lab” today it paid off very well. As stated above today’s flavor was bitter orange and Cinnamon. So after a great cold water rinse, Shavex alum, and some more cold water…..zero feedback and super smooth btw. I decided on a very unique combination…..this was GREAT ! I mixed Fine L’Orange Noir with Masters Bay rum a bit heavier on the Bay Rum, I’d say a 3 to 1 ratio, but it did not end there I then after a great dry down applied a very underused, and ultra moisturizing Baume.BE after shave balm which has a citrus like aroma in the vein of orange meets lemon and Verbena. This combination not only felt great but smells wonderful.

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Todays shave proved to me the old saying tomorrows a new day could not be truer. I would have to say this was the best shave I’ve had all week…… If you’ve made it this far, and you have a Mergress or, modified Progress leave a comment I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have great days everyone and great shaves ! – Aaron

 

  • Pre: Hot shower w/ Clinique facial bar
  • Prep: Lather and hot towel
  • Croap: Tcheon Fung Sing ” Cannella Arancio Amaro Aroma Intensio”
  • Brush: “Test” brush in boar
  • Razor: Merkur Progress 3,2,2 for three passes
  • Blade: Voskhod (8)
  • Lather type: Face (and a wonderful feel to it also)
  • Moustache: Double turned handlebar
  • Wax and Pomade: Pinaud natural and a combination of Crew Fiber and Royal Crown
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse and Shavex alum
  • After shave: Masters bay rum and Fine L’Orange Noir 3 to 1 ratio
  • Balm: Baume.BE lotion
  • EDT: Viktor and Rolf “Spice Bomb”

SOTD: October 8th, 2014 “Chocolate Bourbon Pancakes”

Chocolate chip pancakes anyone ? Today’s shave was pretty aromatic and I was pretty sure by the end of my shave I was in an IHOP Pancake house. I went a bit untraditional for the day while staying in the theme and spirit of todays event day. It was an extremely comfortable shave and very simple so let’s get to it.

In Lieu of using the “Chocolate Bourbon” soap from Synergy which is traditional for the WSR themed day as it is our groups official scent, I decided to go with EH+ , also by Synergy soaps. Now this is where blending becomes in my opinion art. Douglas has said many times he does not want to be known for his Gourmand fragrances…. or, food like decadent scents. Well….. I hate to say it he does it too good not to be known for it. EH+ is Maple syrup, Nutmeg, and Vanilla scented and very decadent and aromatic. Upon opening the puck your hit with vanilla…. after blooming the soap or, allowing it to heat and the oils to release their aroma; the dominant scents are Nutmeg, Syrup, and then Vanilla it switches up on you. I used my New Forest 2401 in Briar and face lathered a perfect 3 pass shave with a few touch ups. This was the canvas, and part of the picture so far.

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Next up again I used the HTGAM “Name Taker”, this is a great razor. Very hefty, and I have the open comb version so it is on the medium aggressive side. If I had one complaint; the handle may be a drop short for me, but this is preference, and it by no means bothers me enough that I avoid its use. I paired this heavy short beauty with that long living Voskhod ! Still not a DROP of irritation, tugging, or discomfort. As I said above three passes, and a few touch ups and I was very smooth.

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Now the magic happens ! Like most things in life it’s not how you start about but where you end up. I did my standard cold water rinse, RazoRock alum; a small homage to RazoRoctober, and then I did it the magic moment. I used Chocolate Bourbon after shave ! So here we have the maple syrup, nutmeg, and Vanilla from the soap, and then I slapped on some Chocolate, Vanilla and a hint of oak and bourbon. It was Gourmand heaven !! I swore I was in a pancake house.¬† This aftershave matches EH+ just as well as the after shaves name sake “Chocolate Bourbon”, so there is now to options for this great scent !

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This concludes my breakfast style shave ūüôā I hope you all have great shaves, and wonderful days. – Aaron

  • Pre: Hot shower w/ Anthony Logistics glycolic cleanser
  • Prep: Glycerin
  • Croap: Synergy “EH+”
  • Brush: New Forest 2401 in Briar
  • Razor: HTGAM “Name Taker” open comb
  • Blade: Voskhod (7)
  • Lather type: Face
  • Moustache type: Handlebar
  • Wax and Pomade: Pinaud natural and A/G Style “Stucco”
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse, RazoRock alum block
  • After shave: HTGAM “Chocolate Bourbon”
  • EDC: HTGAM “Chocolate Bourbon”

 

SOTD: October 6th, 2014 “Menthol Monday”

It’s cold outside, and it’s cold on my face ! This is a scenario where 1 and 1 don’t cancel each other out… actually it makes it even colder. I love the cold as I am as general statement a pretty bodily hot guy as my wife calls me a “heater”.¬† I wish she meant like Brad Pitt “Hot” but no she means like temperature. So I love these cool shaves even when the thermometer starts to fall.

So let’s keep it simple and relatively straight forward, I Super Lather on Monday’s as well. If you’re not familiar with this term it is when you mix a cream with a soap or, sometimes a croap.¬† Today I went with Ginger’s Garden “Arctic Mud” which I loaded very heavily, and Proraso green.¬† I know this combination, and it is slick, fragrant, and cold as ice ! This is a super lather dream combo as you really do get the best of both, in this instance the Ginger’s Garden “Arctic Mud” was the dominant scent.¬† Together it produced well more lather than needed for my 3 passes, I used my Simpsons X2L “Colonel” and bowl lathered; I almost overflowed the bowl it lathered so well.

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It was an easy choice for my razor as well, I went with my Merkur 37C Slant. There has been a bit of talk about slants on the forum, and I don’t use a slant everyday, but I bet I could; especially this one. The Merkur 37C is very intuitive and has a medium aggressive nature while never being unwieldy. This is a hands down great razor. I paired it with my Voskhod blade now on use number five ! I expect based on others to get in the neighborhood of 10 uses. These Russian Teflon coated blades, at least for me tend to last longer YMMV of course.

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Finishing off was as easy as the ice-cold shave was ! of course I did my cold water rinse, which intensified the cold from the menthol¬†in the lather ! and I used my Shavex alum which I refrigerated over-night. COLD ! Next up was some more cold water a dry down and the famous Osage Rub ! I was on the fence with Snake Bite by Fine, but I have shown Fine a lot¬†of love as of late; it was time for the¬†Osage to shine ! ¬†My hands are actually still cold as I type this.¬†I received a very close shave that slants are known for…. this is a good thing, but I get nervous about ingrown at this point and this closeness….. this is like super glide smooth on my face. So I used my Anthony Logistics Ingrown hair treatment, I actually use this fairly often though don’t usually mention it.¬† Finally while absolutely not labeled as a methylated balm, truth told it says it’s scent-free HAHAHA ! I used a combination of Anthony Logistics balm mixed with Everyman Jacks Signature mint. EMJ is a great, affordable brand that if you haven’t; you really should give a go.

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That was that my friends ! I am solidly frozen as I hope you are too ! I mean that in the nicest of ways ūüôā enjoy the day folks. – Aaron

  • Pre: Hot Shower with HTGAM/RR Lime Menthol pre-shave soap
  • Prep: Proraso Pre shave lotion
  • Croap: Ginger’s Garden “Arctic Mud”
  • Cream: Proraso green
  • Brush: Simpson’s X2L “Colonel”
  • Razor: Merkur 37C slant
  • Blade: Voskhod (5)
  • Lather type: Bowl/Face hybrid
  • Moustache: Double turned down Handlebar curled
  • Wax and Pomade: Firehouse Dark & Layrite Super Hold
  • Post shave: Cold water rinse, frozen Shavex alum
  • After shave: Osage Rub
  • Additional: Anthony Logistics Ingrown hair treatment
  • Balm: A mixture of Everyman Jack’s Signature mint and Anthony Logistics balm