Saturday, July 11, 2020

Strike Gold Shave - Honest Abe

Company: Strike Gold Shave
Product: Honest Abe

Two weeks ago way before the holiday, Frank from Strike Gold Shave informed me he had a new shaving soap he wanted me to review and explained he was sending it out but unfortunately it never arrived and we missed the opportunity to review this on July 4th. So today I’m happy to say its finally here and we're taking a look at Honest Abe the new release from Strike Gold Shave.

This is a standard 5oz tube with a screw-on lid but you have to love the great picture of Abraham Lincoln that was used for the label and something I never noticed before was the addition of the side label which most likely had been on other tubs before.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Crowne & Crane - Deep Ellum

Company: Crowne & Crane
Product: Deep Ellum

For this review, we select the last sample from Crowne & Crane this one is called Deep Ellum. Now, I had no idea what was meant by Deep Ellum so I looked for an understanding the origins of and found it here at

Here's just a little sample of the article:
The history of Deep Ellum can be traced back to the late 19th century when it was settled by former slaves as a freedman’s town after the Civil War. Though the area was originally called Deep Elm in reference to Elm Street, it was pronounced “Ellum” by residents, and the name eventually stuck.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Frozen Lemon Ice - Wet The Face Release

Company: Wet The Face
Product: Frozen Lemon Ice

With the summer upon us, I thought it would be a great idea to move up the release date a bit on our new Frozen Lemon Ice. Heaven knows we could all use a break from everything going on not to mention the sweltering heat.

I have to say, I enjoyed the process of creating this packaging design I even tried to create a little something from the movie Frozen which I hope you noticed. It was just a fun way to get the point across.

For this scent, I took the essence of tart lemons and mix it to perfection with a menthol. This tart lemon scent is spot on if you have lemons at home just cut one open and compare.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

King C. Gillette Safety Razor

Company: Gillette
Product: King C. Gillette Safety Razor

To be honest I didn’t even know it was released until I was asked to review it. I’m talking about the King C Gillette Safety Razor. Maybe 50 youtube subscribers asked if I could do a review of it. So after the requests kept mounting I took a ride down to my local Walgreens which is the only place that is selling them. As far as I can tell you can’t get them from Target or CVS or any other place other than Walgreens which is fine by me because we have one about nine miles away. Once at the store I found it right away due to the big display they had showing them off.

The packaging is stunning and well thought out. It instantly told you something special is in the box. The design seemed to capture the period of the first razor and yet look modern at the same time. It even had a signature of King C. Gillette on the side but after looking at his real signature this was not the same as what was on the box. Inside you find a package of 5 blades and the 3 piece razor. Cap, Base, Steam all perfectly chromed. I found no instructions for the first time user on how to load or explaining proper usage of the razor which I think was an oversight on Gillette’s part. It seemed they had a target audience in mind which was the established wet shaver and knows what a safety razor is and how to use it.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Barbus Sports Shaving Cream / Prestige Aftershave

Company: Barbus
Product: Sports Shaving Cream / Prestige Aftershave

About 8 months ago I reviewed a few products from Barbus they had been sent to me by a friend in N.J. who represents the product line. I’m reaching back into the box and pulling out the last few products I will be reviewing. Today we are going to be using Barbus Sport Original Shaving Cream and the aftershave Prestige.

The packaging for the shaving cream is the typical tube but not having a flip top is a drawback for me. The Prestige aftershave comes in a beautiful 100ml black mat finish bottle. It reminds me of Dakar, not the scent just the finish.

The sport scent of the shaving cream reminds me of sport scents on the market today. fresh clean with nothing new to talk about. The scent of the aftershave smell nice but has a strange dry down but still smells nice.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Baron’s Choice - Pereira Shavery

Pereira Shavery
Product: Baron’s Choice

Last week a surprise package arrived with something so out of the blue it caught me off guard. This product from Pereira Shavery is currently not available as of this writing. It was delivered to me for comments and reviews. This was not just a new bowl or brush this was a completely new brand for the company with its first offering being a new shaving soap and I’m sure more things to come in the future. The thing that sets this one apart is it has no charcoal which has been the key selling point to Pereira Shavery's original brand for years. The name of this brand is called Baron’s Choice and if it sounds like something you’ve heard before well it is, think Captains Choice.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Lodge 49 - Wet The Face Release

Company: Wet The Face
Product: Lodge 49

I’m not one on watching tons of TV you can count the shows I watch on one hand but when I find something I like I'll tell people about it. Lodge 49 was one of those shows. AMC describes the show as follows: "A modern fable set in Long Beach, California about a disarmingly optimistic local ex-surfer, Dud (Wyatt Russell), who's drifting after the death of his father and collapse of the family business." In the first season, Dud joins a fraternal order known as the Order of the Lynx, hoping the Lodge can put him "on the path to recover the idyllic life he's lost." I just got hooked on the first episode and never stopped watching. Then after the second season, it was announced it was not coming back for a third. Each episode in this series is a step into what the big picture is all about but now I’ll never get that answered. Hopefully, another network will pick it up so we can continue the journey but until that happens I created this complete set of products in honor of the show which includes shaving soap, aftershave, bar soap, and aftershave balm.