Saturday, March 17, 2018

Review - Vicco Turmeric Shaving Cream

Company: Vicco
Product: Vicco Turmeric Shaving Cream
Location: India
Website: Google Search

A few months ago, I was asked by one of my YouTube subscribers to give Vicco Turmeric Shaving Cream a try. He explained that he uses it all the time and wanted to know what I thought about it. So, after searching the internet I found the product and ordered the with sandalwood scent. It took 3 weeks to get to me and now its finally here. The purchase price was around $3.00 for what I think is smaller than the average amount. On the front of the box, it reads buy two get one free if this was pointed out to me at the time of purchase I definitely would have because this stuff is fantastic!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Wet The Face - Into the Mystic Shaving Soap

 Company: Wet The Face
Product: Into the Mystic Shaving Soap
Founder: Donald Youngner
Location: Huntington N.Y.

During the course of one’s journey in this world music can play a part in pinpointing a time and place in your life. For me when I was in my early teens I was allowed to hang out with my dad when he went bowling. (this was a big deal for me back then). We didn’t get home until really late because it was a Friday Night league. My dad would always spend more time at the bar with his friend that I really liked but that's another story for a later time. It was here that I heard for the very first time Moon Dance when someone played on the jukebox and right then I was hooked on Van Morrison. It was amazing to me how I connect with these songs now. Recently I asked google home to play something as background music for a group of friends we had over and Into the Mystic came on. The room went silent as soon as they heard the first few cords from the guitar all they did was listen until it was over. I understood how powerful this song can be and wanted to produce a shaving soap using the title of the song but what sent should I pick? Then it came to me Cool Water by Davidoff and so last month I set out to create the soap and aftershave and here it is.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

RazoRock P.160

Company: RazoRock
Product: P. 160
Location: Italy

Years ago, when I was new to wet shaving I was buying up just about anything I could get my hands on. I saw so much stuff and wanted to be part of that crowd. Some products I was disappointed with even though the reviewer had raved about it. Others were so expensive that I couldn't justify the purchase. Then everything changed when I was introduced to Razorock and the Italian Barber website. In my experience, if your new to wet shaving this is an excellent place to start.  Here you'll find all sorts of items under one roof from shaving soaps to razors and the best part it won't break the bank. Here is where I came across P.160 a strange name for a shaving soap but it was getting rave reviews so I purchased it. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Colgate Shaving Mug Soap

Company: Colgate
Product: Colgate Shaving Mug Soap

This week was full of surprises. I thought I lost something that was found when rearranging my office, the other day. There it was a small square red and white box and the name Colgate Shaving Mug Soap. I thought for sure it was gone. I had lost it years ago, I had no time to hunt for it back then but there it was. Don't let this little shaving soap fool you. If I could find another one I'd grab it up because I did a quick google search and if you can find one you're going to be spending a lot more than I did.

I purchased mine on eBay and without any other bidders jacking up the price I was able to get two of them at 4 dollars I still don't know where the other one is. At the time I was into vintage straight and DE razors, soaps, creams anything. I was buying up so much crap I had to just stop and take note at what I was doing but that was a long time ago and after my stay at I still get the bug every now and then. I think I need Wet Shavers Rehab.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Black Ship Grooming / Captain Joe

Company: Black Ship Grooming
Product: Captain Joe
Founder: Kelly Hogan
Location: Beaver, PA

Sometimes a hobby is so much fun you just have to tell someone and that's what I hope to do here with my experience using Black Ship Grooming Captain Joe a coffee scented shaving soap. Now I've had a few of them before but not one of them came with a coffee bean right in the soap. You have to love the sense of humor of artisan Kelly Hogan.

The soap comes in a white tub with a black screw on lid. The label is where the fun starts I like the cartoon styles of Black Ship's labels like Captain Joe's and I'm always waiting to see what they will come up with next.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Proraso Red / Sandalwood

Company: Proraso Since 1908          
Product: Proraso Red Sandalwood
Founder: Ludovico Martelli
Location: Italy

If you're new to wet shaving and you’ve never heard of Proraso Red just go online and order yourself a tube you’ll thank me later. The reason I tell you this is Proraso no matter what color you purchase is basically flawless when it comes to performance and scent. Why not start out with one of the best shaving creams around so you can judge the rest of them with.

Proraso has wonderful products but not everything from them I like, for example, the aftershave balm I just didn’t like the feeling of it and this, of course, is a personal thing. They have a product line which is pretty simple to understand. We have Red (Sandalwood), White (Lime & Apple), Green (Evergreen), and Blue (Amber Musk). Each line includes Pre Shaving Cream, Shaving Soap Jar, Shaving Cream Tube, Shaving Foam Can, Aftershave Lotion, and Aftershave Balm. For this review, I’ll just concentrate on the shaving cream tube.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Mama Bear Soaps / Sea Moss

Company: Mama Bear Soaps Inc.     
Product: Sea Moss Shaving Soap Puck
Location:  Northern, WI

I’ve been looking closely at glycerin soaps lately and when you look at what’s available you must include Mama Bear they come very close to the top in popularity. This well-known company has been around for some time making handmade 100% natural shaving soaps which are available in over 100 different fragrances from Bath bar soaps to shaving soaps they have it all.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Palmolive for Men (Sensitive Skin)

Company: Colgate-Palmolive
Product: Palmolive for Men (Sensitive Skin)
Location: UK
Website: Do a Google Search for best price

I'm back again testing another Palmolive for Men product. This time we look at Sensitive with Aloe Vera. As the name implies the shaving cream was designed with men who have sensitive skin while shaving. For me, Palmolive has never let me down. Always at the ready with consistent performance and that goes for this one as well but what makes this product good for sensitive skin?

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Review - Arko Shave Stick

Company: Arko
Product: Arko Shave Stick

Today we take another look at shaving sticks. The one that comes to mind we have seen in just about every shave of the day posting at a few dozen times a year and that would be the Arko shaving stick.  The packaging is unmistakably ARKO in its iconic red wrapping. I received mine from a friend overseas along with some other fantastic products to try. I kept picking it up but then pushing it to the side because I didn't really enjoy the scent. I've avoided this product for as long as I possibly could and now is the time for seeing what this little stick is made of.

Since 1957 the Arko shaving stick hasn't changed much and some say this is a good thing because they like the nostalgic look and feel of the product. You have to peel away it's wrapping in order to use this product which then leaves it exposed to the elements and there is no way of really closing it back up. I'm ok with it but I see so much room for improvement on that and having a redesign for the packaging could increase awareness which leads to more sales.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Wet The Face / Nirvana

Company: Wet the Face
Product: Nirvana
Founder Don Youngner
Location: Huntington N.Y.

Recently I took another giant step into wet shaving when I decided to learn how to create my own products. The process for me is getting easier now that I’ve created a few of them. This leads me to this week’s article about my new shaving soap called Nirvana.

The soap comes in our standard 4oz tub. The label background was created by a Mandelbrot application and fit so nicely to what I wanted to express.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Ultra Slick Shave Stick

Company: Pacific Shaving Company
Product: Ultra-Slick Shave Stick
Founder: Stan Ades
Location: San Francisco

I’ve never been interested in shaving sticks before in fact, I have an Arko shaving stick that I’ve never opened since 2015. Last month I was contacted by Stan Ades the founder of Pacific Shaving Co. He’s seen some of my videos particularly the one I did on the newly designed Pacific shaving cream and aftershave with caffeine. He sent me the Ultra Slick Shave Stick and told me to just review it and whatever I find please report back because they will use the information to make changes to the product. The following are my results.