Saturday, December 10, 2016

Review - Soap ERA / Patchouli Classic Shave & Shampoo Bar

Company: Soap E.R.A.Product
Patchouli Classic Shave & Shampoo Bar
Founder: Maxi Crow
Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Website - Soap ERA

I love sharing something new that I’ve found with our shaving community and today I have the pleasure of introducing a shaving soap called Soap ERA. They hail out of Australia and run by founder Maxi Crow. Maxi believes that soap can be fun by using only natural ingredients.  In our soaps you will find only the finest essential oils, clays, herbs, spices, and botanicals to impart scent, colour, and texture. They use all natural ingredients with finest oils and butters blended in a traditional old-fashioned cold process method in small quality controlled batches. Each is hand cut and allowed to cure for 4-6 weeks.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Review - Col. Ichabod Conk & Luxury Barber Box 2015

Company: Col. Ichabod Conk
Product: Rio Grande Lavender Shave Cream

This will be my last words on Luxury Barber Box for now. I’ve come to the end of what I had on the shelf. Yesterday they just released a reconfigured set of boxes instead of just having one they now have 4 which are Classic, Shave, Skin and Hair. The classic and shave boxes are close to what wet shavers would like.  The classic is $32.00 a month compared to the shave box which is only $20.00. I’m waiting for the day when I can start this up again. I’m hoping soon.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review - Maximo Gomez, Cuba

Company: First Canadian Soap Co.
Product: Maximo Gomez, Cuba
Founder: Brian Hoffman
Location: Canada

Today I have the pleasure of introducing a new shaving soap from Brian Hoffman of First Canadian Soap Co. This Cuban inspired soap is called Maximo Gomez, Cuba named after Maximo Gomez, a Major General in Cuba's Ten Year War (1868–1878) against Spain. He was also Cuba's military commander in that country's War of Independence (1895–1898).

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review - The Blades Grim / The Shave Soap Solution

Company: The Blades Grim
Product: Shave Scents - The Shave Soap Solution
Founder: Luke Webster  
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Website - TheBladesGrim

When the kickstarter was first announced back on August 23 it only took 30 days to achieve its mission. 172 backers raised $13,173. Luke started to ship on the 28th but when he did he upgraded everyone. $5.00 pledges upgraded to include a soap, the $8.00 pledges upgraded them to include a Brush and the $15.00 pledges upgraded them to include a Black DE Razor!

So what is this kickstarter all about? Did you ever want to make your own signature scent for a shaving soap? Well the time has come. Luke explains his creation as an alchemist kit. It allows the user to experiment with different scents using an unscented shaving soap or cream as the base. My kit includes 12 1oz scents, Straight Razor, Purist Synthetic brush, Unscented Shaving Soap & Shaving Cream, Plastic mixing bowl and a wonderful how to guide for the care and use of a straight razor and let's not forget the alchemist card recording all your creations so you can save and share them with other alchemists.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review - Baxter Shaving Cream

Company: Baxter
Founder: Baxter Finley
Location: California 
Product: Super Close Shaving Formula - Shaving Cream
Website - Baxter

I've been a happy recipient of the Luxury Barber Box for some time until last year when unforeseen events accrued. I absolutely enjoyed them. I even involved my wife in the process of opening the boxes each month and commenting on each product. If she found something that she liked it was hers to keep. I still have a few around and recently came across one which has never been touched. Each box has an index card denoting what year and month it was issued along with it’s content information. The one I’ve found was from Nov 2015.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Review - PC Beauty / Three Kings

Company: PC Beauty
Product: Three Kings
Founder: Pat Costello
Location: Brampton, Ontario Canada
Website - PC Beauty

Today I bring you another great shaving soap from Canada the company goes by the name PC Beauty which stands for Pat Costello. Pat has passion for what he’s does and it shows in all of his products. Only the finest ingredients are used here but you wont find them pushing the “ORGANIC” pitch. Pat explains it this way. “We have too many holes in the process to give it any validity. It’s just not worth paying for it anymore.” His soaps are all vegan and after using the Three Kings last week I can say it speaks volumes to quality. Unfortunately, the tin could use a little TLC. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Review - Dr. Jon's Anne Bonny

Company: Dr. Jon’s
Product: Anne Bonny
Founder: Jon
Location: Delaware, Ohio
Web Site - Dr. Jon's

Today I’ll be talking about a great shaving soap from Dr. Jon’s called Anne Bonny.
She is regarded as the first woman pirate but little is known about her. What we do know is she was one tuff woman for sure.

This two-ounce tin has a screw on lid with labels showing the product name and scent notes on top and ingredients information along with website URL on the bottom. No side labels.