Saturday, July 14, 2018

Barrister and Mann - Reserve Cool

Company: Barrister and Mann
Product: Reserve Cool
Location: Cooperstown N.Y.

One of my first purchases of samples soaps was Barrister and Mann from the way of Maggards Shaving Supplies. Everyone was abuzz over them and I wanted to join in on the frenzy. This was a few years ago and I was able to order all of them at once to see what I liked. When they arrived I was taken back by some of the scents and I experienced first hand what the fuss was about then I picked up ROAM. This was really not my cup of tea. I guess they all can’t appeal to everyone. On that day 7 out of the 5, I order I really liked. So when I received the Reserve Cool for me to try I was very happy to report how fantastic this one truly is.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Laniess & Le Pere Lucien Shaving Soap - Honey

Company: Laniess & Le Pere Lucien Shaving Soap 
Product: Lainess Barber Soap Honey

Having a YouTube channel can be draining at times but once in a while when you least expect it someone sends you a package with some wonderful products like last week. I received two items from Pierre Palmolive Shaving Cream and also a sample of a French artisan’s shaving soap called Lainess made with fresh donkey milk. What comes to mind was the La Savonniere Du Moulin review and how that hard puck caused such a ruckus in the wet shaving community mostly it was the packaging that was puzzling people. We don’t have that silliness here with Lainess but what we do have is a solid performing shaving soap with an amazing scent and post shave feel.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Pereira Shavery - Shaving Soap, Cream, Bore Brush, Shavette, Comb

Company: Pereira Shavery
Product: Shaving Soap, Cream, Bore Brush, Shavette, Comb
Location: Portugal
Website: https://pereirashavery.com

About two weeks ago I was contacted from Pereira Shavery to see if I would do a review on some of there new products. I had just finished a very difficult review and was in no mood to do anything new but I needed something to fill this void so I agreed and let me tell you I’m glad I did.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Parthenon Adjustable Razor Followup

Parthenon Adjustable Razor Followup - As requested by the subscribers I did a followup review and gave the Parthenon Razor another chance. This time I used a Personna Blue blade the one that in all of my razors. Let's see how this new razor performs now.



Thursday, June 21, 2018

My Creality Reality

My Creality Reality
 By Donald Youngner

Wouldn’t it be great if you could think of something and just print it out like you do on inkjet printers but actually have the item in your hand? Well, you can it’s called 3D printing.  The way I got into this was the need to create something for my side business called Wet the Face. I make shaving soaps and aftershaves for the wet shaving community. I wanted to create molds for making Bars of soap. I do this now by going to Home Depot getting the wood cutting it to length and bolting them together. I wanted to see if 3D printing would let me make one whenever I wanted and explore other things like custom stamps and shapes for bar soaps. So I began to research.

The 3D printing community is growing every day with more printers and accessories coming to market all the time.  YouTube has a vast number of Makers as they are called toting everything from Printers to filament reviews. I happen to like a few of them namely Joel Teller of 3D Printing Nerd and Angus Deveson of Makers Muse. With the help of both of these guys, I was able to get through some of the trials and tribulation of being a Newbie as it were.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Parthenon Adjustable Razor - QShave & WEISHI


Company: QShave & WEISHI
Product: Parthenon Adjustable Razor
Kickstarter

When I saw this Kickstarter from QShave in early March of 2018 I was actually very excited about it. QSHAVE is a leading brand of men’s grooming and provides shaving supplies and service to over 100,000 customers worldwide every year. Partnering with them on this venture is WEISHI a manufactured of razors since 1988, and has produced millions of razors for big brands in US and European markets as an OEM vendor. They both have worked together on the creation of Parthenon which you think would yield a great result but sadly this is not the case.

My Kickstarter offering was at $49.00 this included a Razor and 1 Tin full of 5 blade pack for a total of 50 Feather blades. I was the 520th backer of this project on March 29th, 2018. I felt like I had entered into something that was really different a razor that would make some changes. The project was totally funded on April 2, 2018, with a total of 532 backers. As I waited for the day when I would have this in my hands it wasn’t long before the first email came telling us how things are going. April 11th it read “We just got the first sample out of the tooling. Better than we expected, just a few minor things need to be fixed. I think one design change we have made needs to be mentioned here. We found the adjustable dial is a little bit slippery, so we add a pattern on it. Now you can easily turn it even when your fingers are wet or with shaving soap lather.”

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Razorock - Son of Zeus

Company: Razorock
Product: Son of Zeus
Founder: Razorock Joe

If you’re a wet shaver, then you already know about RazorRock products and how amazing they can be. The price of performance will get you scratching your head as to how they make such a great product but only charge $5.00 to $10.00 for it. We are all glad they can because some of the best-known shaving soap around have come from this company. I’ve reviewed a few of them in the past and the one for today will be Son of Zeus.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Summer Break - Picture Day

Company: Summer Break
Product: Picture Day
Founder: Kyle & April

Every so often someone sends me a box full of shaving products to try and I’m always thankful. It allows me to bring to light products that I’ve missed or not available in the U.S.A. I recently received one from our WTF members and today I’m going to be talking about Summer Break and the tallow based shaving soap called Picture Day.

This is a sample size so I can’t talk much about it packaging but the sample itself had a good amount inside and allowed me to really try the product out.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Wet The Face - Vintage BarberShop

Company: Wet The Face
Product: Vintage Barbershop
Founder: Don Youngner
Location: Huntington N.Y.

When it comes to releasing a new product one must be careful to select the proper time.
Holidays are very tricky to do I always struggle with which one? I didn’t want to be another pumpkin spice on Octobers shaving soap line up. I wanted something a wet shaver could use at any time but yet remember back on how he or she received it. So I never really set my sights for releasing anything until a few months ago when I came across an article explaining how barbers operated shops back in the 30,40, and 50. It went on to explain how they operated and what were the interesting variety of fragrances back then.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Georgetown Pottery - G20 Scuttle

Review 
Product: Shaving Scuttle 
Inventor: Dr. Chris Moss
First Ever: Sara Bonnyman Pottery

When I first saw one it was a “Shave of the Day” (SOTD) picture. I was really trying to figure out what it was. The guy was so excited; it had arrived in the mail that day. After a few minutes, I said to myself what’s the big deal. Well as it turns out it’s a very big deal. This amazing piece of pottery can change the way you wet shave. It’s a clever design, which allows you to heat your shaving soap or cream as you lather. If you’ve ever sat down for a hot shave from your local barber then you know how great this feels. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Light Foot’s Shaving Cream Soap

Product: LightFoot’s Shaving Cream Soap
Location: Chester, England
Website: Do a Google Search


Well. I knew it would happen again at some point and it did this week with LightFoot’s Shaving Cream Soap. One of the worst shaving experiences I’ve encountered in a long time. This soap came in a subscription box a few years ago and I avoided using this until it was one of the last things left I didn’t try. I wish I would have just thrown it out. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Jeeves of Hudson St. - Fougere

Company: Jeeves of Hudson
Product: Fougere
Founder: Bryon Postlethwait
Location: Buckner, Missouri

A few years ago I remembered a package sent to me from Jeeves of Hudson St asking to check out this new scented shaving soap he was working on. I remember talking to him about the soap and thanking him for sending it to me but nothing ever became of it. I came across that very package and nested inside was the fougere shaving soap for testing.  I rushed to see if this was on the website but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I contacted Bryon and explained that I had revisited this product and if he had any problems or concerns with me doing a review. I just wanted to make sure with him first and of course, it was perfectly fine with him so here’s that long overdue review. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Moon Soaps - Havana

Company: Moon Soaps
Product: Havana
Location: Aptos, CA
Founder: Melody & Zachary Kent
Website: http://moonsoaps.com

Today I have the pleasure of testing the second soap in what I hope will be a long line of tallow-based shaving soaps. I’m referring to Moon Soaps with their new release called Havana. I was very impressed with the first one which I’ve tested about 6 months ago. The focus was on getting the tallow formulation just right for the slickest shave you can have. They still use the finest quality ingredients like natural plant oils, locally sourced tallow (rendered in-house), exotic butter, local essential oils and premium fragrances.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Clubman - Shaving Pinaud Shaving Soap

Company: Clubman
Product: Shaving Pinaud Shaving Soap


When I started this hobby I was testing out what I liked I ran across many wet shavers using Clubman products. I was already using the aftershaves but never venture to anything else. Then along came the holidays and Clubman sent out an email blast with an offer I could not refuse. So I picked up a couple of things Shaving Cream, Shaving Soap even pomade all kinds of goodies.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Jeff’s Soap - No One Fights Alone / CRSW

Company: Cold River Soap Works
Product: Jeff’s Soap - No One Fights Alone


A release of a new shaving soap is always something that gets my attention and this time it was for a very good cause. Larry from Cold River Soap Works created a very special soap for someone in need. Jeff was diagnosed with cancer and needs an extremely expensive operation. Larry working with what he does best put together a shaving soap to help Jeff in this trying time of his life. As soon as Larry posted this I purchased one right away because I know first hand what can happen to a family when they go through this kind of thing. I’ve been down this road many times before caring for my wife (2x Strokes, Brain Surgery) and I can tell you first hand it the hardest thing I've ever done in my life and the expense could bankrupt you instantly.

Instead of going into lots of detail I refer you to the video which will support my findings on the performance of the soap. Due to the nature of why this soap was created, I just don’t feel it right to give any feedback of any kind here. I’m not sure you can still purchase this today but I do know I did my part in helping out someone in need because God knows we can all use help every now and then.

Don - Wet The face


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Catie’s Bubbles Le Piment de la Vie

Company: Catie’s Bubbles
Product: Le Piment de la Vie
Founder: Chris Cullen
Location: Forked River, NJ 
Website: http://catiesbubbles.com/

I think one would be hard-pressed to find a seasoned wet shaver who doesn’t have at least one of these products in their den. I’m talking about Catie’s Bubbles. The amazing success story that has not stopped since they started years ago. Hailing out of Forked River N.J. Chris took a hobby and made into something that even Forbes took notices of. I’ve always enjoyed the scents that Chris comes up with but I have noticed over the years that one particular scent seems to shine over most of the others and that one would be Le Piment de la Vie or “The Spice of Life” which is what this review will be based on.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements -Solstice



Company: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements
Product: Solstice
Location: Arizona
Founder: Douglas Smythe
Website: https://phoenixartisanaccoutrements.com/


One has to marvel at the workings of Fran and Douglas the creative team behind the company Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements and now Crown King. A perfect union to create some of the most interesting shaving products around. Who would have guessed that shaving could be so much fun!

Today we look at one of PAA’s products but not for its flashy packaging or product storyline but rather just for its performance and scent. This one is called Solstice. I had asked Douglas if he wanted to participate in our Wet The Face giveaway for January of 2018 and without hesitation, he agreed. He thought about it a bit and then said he was going to send me Solstice.

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 one 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.
Website: http://www.wettheface.com

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.