Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review - Dr Bronner's Peppermint Organic Shaving Soap

Company: Dr. Bronner
Product: Dr. Bronner Peppermint Organic Shaving Soap
Founder: Dr. Bronner
Location: Vista, CA
WebSite - Dr. Bronner

If you ever had the pleasure of using Dr. Bronner’s pure castile liquid soap, then you know the experience to be amazing. Especially when you use the peppermint it’s what I use all summer. Dr. Bronner has been around since 1858 and making soap in the USA since 1948. They pride themselves on being organic and I mean truly organic. But as I found out being great at soap making doesn’t always translate into being a great shaving soap maker and this is true with Dr. Bronner Organic Shaving Soap.

I purchased the 16-ounce tube and when opened I was real surprised at how runny it was. This dark brown liquid runs out so fast that you have to tilt it ever so slightly into the palm of your hand in order to control the flow.   

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review - Alluvian - Norwegian Spear / Aftershave Serum

Company: Alluvian
Product: Norwegian Spear / Aftershave Serum
Founder: John Cowan
Location: Peoria, IL
Website - Alluvian

Back in May John Cowan the owner of Alluvian announced on Facebook that he wanted to give out some samples of his products so I sent him a message expressing my interest and requested to try the Norwegian Spear shaving soap. After waiting a week without a reply I sent the message again but still no answer. So I thought I missed my chance and didn’t pursue it any further . Then on August 27th almost 4 months later John accepted my message request. It turns out a message filter had prevented my request from getting through to him. I told him it was ok and no worries I figured after 4 months the samples must have been gone but he really wanted to send me something so last week a package arrived.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Review - Strike Gold Shave / Madison

Company: Strike Gold Shave
Product: Madison Shaving Soap
Founder: Frank Misa
Website – Strike Gold Shave

If your into wet shaving or honing razors I’m sure you’ve come across Frank Misa.  Besides his contributions to other forums Frank runs his own Facebook group called Culinary Institute of Shaving. I first met Frank in person a few years back as part of a honing group which gathered in Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon on an overcast summer's day. Also in that group was Billy T, Peter Charkalis and 10 other wet shaver’s eager to learn this new craft. The day flew by as we learned and practice our new skills. By the end of that day we all had a good time and I was eager to try out what I’ve learned and meeting everyone was a blast. It wasn’t long after that when Frank opened his ETSY store featuring shave ready straight razors, minon inspired shaving brushes and what this review will be based on his Madison Shaving Soap.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Review - Mcstachio & Co. / Frankincense

Company: Mcstachio & Co.
Product: Frankincense Shaving Soap
Founder: Jeannie & Alexander MCGeehan
Location: Baltimore MD
Website - Mcstachio & Co.

I’ve been reviewing shaving products for over a year now and in that time I’ve come across a few gems one of them is Jeannie and Alexander McGeehan the owners of Mcstachio & Co. pronounced Mick-stash-ee-o a husband and wife team from Baltimore, MD. Jeannie’s motivation for creating shaving products came from her husband's love for straight razor shaving. He became disappointed in what was commercially available so Jeannie stepped in and after some research wiped up some shaving cream for him. About the same time Alex discovered his skin’s intolerance of traditional oil and wax based grooming product so Jeannie started developing oil-free alternatives for him and formulated a solid shave soap that was oil-free which could deliver the same level of lather and lubrication without any greasy after feel. Now as wet shavers we get to experience these great shaving products as well.   

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review - Clubman Pinaud Brilliantine

Company: Clubman Pinaud
Product: Brilliantine
Founder: France 1810
Website - Clubmanonline 

I was so thrilled when it was announced they were adding to the Clubman Pinaud product line last year. Amongst the additional shaving products was the pomade called Clubman Pinaud Brilliantine so I quickly placed an order. Unfortunately, it started to go downhill from here. I waited over 4 months to receive my order even after contacting them on twitter they just didn’t seem have their act together. Regardless of this I was still happy to see the products arrive and was eager to try them.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Review - FuzzyFace Soaps / Cold Water

Company: FuzzyFace Soaps
Product: Cold Water Shaving Soap
Founder: James Presley
Location: Washington, MO
Website - FuzzyFace Soaps

I first reached out to James about a week ago. I was asked to do a review on his shaving soap from one of our community members who saw a posting of it. When I emailed James to ask if he would be interested he told me he’s been a member of Wet The Face on google+ including my other social media outlets for about 8 to 9 months and would be happy to send me a sample. After our conversation I took a look at his ETSY store. Its jam packed with amazing shaving products not to mention face & body, skin moisturizers and gift sets.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review - Dapper Dan Pomade Medium Hold & Shine

Company: Dapper Dan
Product: Dapper Dan Medium Hold Deluxe Pomade
Location: Sheffield, England 

I don’t have to tell you how hot the summers can get in New York and last week was one for the books. When I turned my car on the dashboard read 108° degrees and with the humidity it felt more like 120°. To top it off I needed to attend an outdoor engagement party that afternoon. Just the thought of it was stressing me out. Knowing that I would need to rely on a pomade strong enough for this kind of day I went with Dapper Dan a water based pomade from the UK.