Saturday, July 13, 2019

Parthenon Razor V2.0 - QShave

V2.0
Company: Shave
Product: Parthenon Razor V2.0

Today we take another look at the Parthenon Razor. But you say, Don, didn’t you already do one review and a follow-up? Yes and if you can recall I had a conversation with the owner taking in my comments along with other You tubers and he assured me that they would go back to the drawing board and fix all the issues and send me a new one once it was done. I was waiting for the revised razor it took 4 months but it did finally arrive. Not knowing when this was going to happen I placed it on the back burner so now almost to the day of the last review, I will do the final one of the product.

The packaging seemed the same as the last one but I didn’t remember having the small brush included I most likely wrong about it but I thought I would mention it. It also included two booklets a product booklet and a simple manual explaining the operation of loading and setting the shave comfort levels.

The shape has not changed it's still an extremely attractive razor. The turn to open knob at the bottom had no resistance whatsoever and they still have the bottom of the razor act as a magnet.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Hawaiian Tropics From Wet the Face

We’ve been busy at Wet the Face. Our focus has been to give our customers a unique experience using all of our products. I wanted Wet The face to stand out, to be something special, and since I can't do everything myself we needed to reach out to other artisans like Alford Wayman of Creek Road Pottery. He helped us in creating our WTF Shaving Bowl and now he is tackling another hardware project the WTF Coffee mug. We like working with Alford and hope to do more in the future when he's not playing his new 12 string guitar. 

This leads us into software and this year we’ve been working hard delivering some amazing shaving soaps including our new line of Tallow pucks or as we like to call them WTF Pucks. We also have some big hits with our customers like “The Perfect Cup”, Grey’s Vetiver and one of our most popular COLD FUSION but we have just one more release for you this summer and that’s Hawaiian Tropics. This is very close to the sun tanning oil. Truth be told I used to wear it when I was young like a cologne. I’m excited to be releasing this today for all of you to enjoy. I encourage you to get the aftershave it’s just amazing. 

This will end our summer releases for this year but we have some new fall and holiday releases coming up so stay tuned don’t go away!

Don
Wet The Face


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Nancy Boy Shaving Cream / Sandalwood


Company: Nancy Boy
Product: Sandalwood Shaving Cream
Founders: Eric Roos
Location: San Francisco CA
WebSite: http://www.nancyboy.com

Last week a surprise came in the mail a package containing the new release of Nancy Boy’s shaving cream Sandalwood. If you don’t know anything about Nancy boy I would advise you to put down what you are doing and focus on this amazing company which has produced (under the radar to me) one of the best shaving creams on the market today. If you haven’t used the Signature Shave Cream then you missing out on something truly amazing. Let see if the second times a charm with the sandalwood.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Pereira Shavery / Oud Shaving Soap


Company: Pereira Shavery
Product: Oud Shaving Soap

About a week or so ago I received a letter from Pereira Shavery asking me to review a new shaving soap they said it was about to be released. Knowing what I already know about this company I immediately said yes. When the letter arrived inside you could see a sample size version about 1oz of the new soap. 

The soap seemed darker then I remember the first one I tried which might translate to more charcoal in the formula but the thing that got my attention the most was the scent it was amazing. 

They call this new one Pereira Shavery Oud Shaving Soap I asked for the notes but they never replied so here is the actual definition: “Oud or agarwood is one of the most popular scents on the market today. Oud is said to be the most expensive wood in the world; oud oil's value is estimated to be 1.5 times the value of gold, and it is sometimes referred to as 'liquid gold'. Rich and powerful, oud's sweet, woody scent is instantly recognizable. For me, this was something I would love to create in my own soaps its that good. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Dr. Jon's - Flowers In The Dark


Company: Dr. Jon
Product: Flowers In The Dark


Last week Jon from Dr. Jon’s asked me to review one of his new soaps called Flowers In The Dark. This new soap is Vol 3 which is the 3rd revision of his formula to date and lets me tell you I found nothing really wrong with the first one and now this is beyond my expectations as a wet shaver.

Normally I would go right into how the scent is but not just yet because I want to point out the end of the shave first. What an amazing post shave feel this shaving soap has truly one that stands out in my mind as some of the best I’ve had.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Cold Fusion from Wet The Face

Company: Wet The Face
Product Cold Fusion

Attention all menthol heads it’s finally here Cold Fusion my latest release from Wet the Face.

Cold Fusion has the maximum amount of menthol for the coldest shave you'll ever experience and we feel we have reached that goal in bringing this to you. In addition, this formula has pure peppermint oil which is the source of menthol crystals. Next, we added camphor not only to boost this to a new level but it's known to help with irritation and finally, we added on an additional top layer of menthol crystals to push this to critical mass.

In our testing, we have found Cold Fusion to be stronger than Snake Bite, Kronos, Frostbyte and Denali but equal to or if using the aftershave surpassing Cryogenics. We want you to have a great experience with your shave. If you use both the shaving soap and aftershave this will take you well over the limit of Cryogenics but skipping the aftershave allows you a way to control the strength. You can also shake off any additional top layer crystals into the lid of the tub and place them back before your next shave but over time these will dissolve into the soap.

Please test Cold Fusion before committing to a complete shave. We strongly suggest doing the same with the accompanying aftershave as well. Just use a little on your cheek to see if you have a reaction.

Enjoy Menthol Heads!
Don - Wet The Face

Cold Fusion 4oz $12.95
Tallow Puck Version 3.5oz 13.95



Saturday, June 1, 2019

Barbus Classic Shaving Soap

Company: Barbus WareHouse
Product: Barbus Classic Shaving Soap

When you think of shaving soap does Slovakia come to mind? Well, it should after reading this article you’ll understand what I’m talking about. I was introduced to the amazing shaving soap by a friend Lubomir Grujoski who is part of my Facebook group Wet The Face. We had a very hard time communicating because this N.J. resident came from Slovakia and we had a language barrier that was hard to bridge. We would go back and forth trying to make sense out of what each other was trying to say until I found Google translator. This made our communications possible and since then we pretty much have meaningful conversations and can get our ideas across to one another but every now and then I still scratch my head. Now that I understand him and what his company is all about I then explained I give a review that is honest and sometimes not in favor of the product and if he understood this could happen but he was not worried he agreed and sent me products to review.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Campbell's Shaving Cream



Company: Campbell’s
Product: Shaving Cream 

Looking at the typical Barber's station you can get a sense of just how many things a barber must have at his or her fingertips to do the job correctly. Razors of all kinds, Sisters, combs mirrors, the list goes on and on but the one things people miss is that little machine that makes the lather. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen them use and I’ve been going to the barber for over 50 years. 

The one I’m talking about is simply called the lather machine but it uses a liquid shaving soap from the company called Campbell’s and no its, not the soup company. So how does one make a lather like the one that the machine produces at home? First, we have to order the liquid shaving cream and that can be done online using Amazon. For $9.00 you can get yourself an 8oz bottle. Then all you need to do is lather it up yourself using a shaving bowl or scuttle. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Wet The Face / Grey's Vetiver

Company: Wet The Face
Product: Grey’s Vetiver

Today I would like to introduce a new product in our Wet The Face lineup called Grey’s Vetiver. This shaving soap comes in two forms our regular shaving formula and our new tallow pucks. The scent is based on Tom Fords Grey Vetiver and is one of my favorite fragrances from his collection.

I always wanted to bring this incredible scent to shaving soap and now after much testing, it's here! This is a fragrance that must be experienced guaranteed to turn some heads your way. I would love this to become another favorite for fathers day.

Wet The Face Tallow Pucks

Company: Wet The Face
Product: Tallow Pucks

There seem to be one thing most wet shavers agree upon and that’s tallow. This is the end all be all ingredient that makes the difference in having a great shave. Tallow seems to enhance the shaving experience in many ways but mostly it provides slickness and glide that is unsurpassed just ask any straight razor shaver.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Artemis For Men Shaving Cream

Company: Artemis Of Switzerland 
Product: Artemis For Men Shaving Cream 
Location: Switzerland
Website: Do a Google Search for the best price

A few weeks back I received an email from Ryan asking me for my address he wanted to send me something to review. This was not an artisan company but a subscriber who wanted my opinion on a certain product he uses from Switzerland called Artemis For Men. He explained this product is really hard to find and I believe him It took me a while to find anything about it on the internet.

 I find the packaging to be very appealing. A silver tube with a red flip-up top which most modern shaving creams have these days but this was very smart pulling color from Switzerland's red flag to make a bold statement and it works against the silver body it's just stunning.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Duke Cannon Superior Grade Shaving Cream

Company: Duke Cannon
Product: Duke Cannon Superior Grade Shaving Cream

Today I’m giving the Duke another visit no not John Wayne I’m talking about Duke Cannon line of products. If anyone remembers my last encounter with there Hot Shaving Gel they know it didn’t go very well, in fact, it was tossed into the trash at the end of my YouTube Video review.  I’m hoping for a better experience with Duke Cannon Superior Grade Shaving Cream I was told by many to give this one a try.

The packaging is typical of modern day shaving creams plastic tube with a flip-up easy open top. Also, the branding of Duke Cannon is all over the packaging the kind of stuff like he grows a full beard in 3 hours, etc.. its all over the outside of the package. 

The scent of this cream is something I’m not fond of its a heavy aloe smell but if you like aloe then this one is perfect. I would rather have them incorporate the scents from the Big Ass Bars of Soap line this is what put them on the map in the first place so why not continue using them in all other products? I guess it’s another marketing genius at work. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

First Line Shave - First Responder Owned and Operated

Company: First Line Shave
Product: First Line Shave
Founder: Michael Riley

Today we have a new player in the field of shaving apparel. Michael Riley reached out a few weeks ago wanting me to test one of his creations which when it arrived seemed pretty polished even tho it was on its 7th revision when I received mine and has been revised even further. Its final release will be this May 19th, 2019 I’m talking about First Line Shave a first responder owned and operated business.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Ming Shi - 3000S Adjustable

Company: Ming Shi
Product: 3000S Adjustable  (Clone)
Location: China
Website: Google Search for the cheapest price

When it comes to knock offs Ming Shi seems to be the winner. They have done amazing things with bringing classic and sometimes out of reach DE razors to the masses but are they any good and are they safe. Let’s take a look at some razor manufacturers like Merkur, Edwin Jagger and Parker they put more R&D into there products than any clone maker will ever do and the result is a precision quality tool. The clone maker is not that caring they just copy a design and may not understand the reasons behind certain aspects of that design and therefore might omit a key element or feature for cutting costs due to the lack of understanding why it's there in the first place.

The clones I have reviewed in the past range in the order of 5 to 7 dollars not including shipping. Pretty darn cheap and almost irresistible not to purchase. Most of these knock offs are from razors that cost hundreds of times over this price.

Today I’m going to review one more clone from Ming Shi it’s the 3000S adjustable. Some say this clone was meant to mimic the Gillette Slim or Fatboy. These razors are in high demand for collectors an original 1960 Gillette FatBoy can fetch well over $200.00 in fair condition so Ming Shi knows the market well.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Duke Cannon - Hot Shave Gel

Company: Duke Cannon
Product: Hot Shave Gel

I was first introduced to Duke Cannon with there amazing bar soaps I think one of the biggest bars on the market and the scents are just fantastic. So I will really disappointed when I got my hands on a tube of there Hot Shaving Gel. What in gods name were they thinking? First off gels just don’t work well for anyone and I’ve reviewed many of them and only found one to be any good and it was extremely expensive, all this product did was piss me off.

The packaging was typical for a modern product flip open top easy to dispense and store. Nice attractive coloring.

The instructions say that you can’t use a brush and you should use warm water first on the face and then massage it in with your fingertips leave it on for 30 sec or so and it should begin to get warm not hot warm even though the products name is Hot Shaving Gel.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Through The Fire Fine Craft - Arrow / Joesph Meyer - Shaving Foam

Company: Through The Fire / Joesph Meyer
Product: Arrow Shaving Soap
Foam After Shave
Website: https://www.ttffcraft.com/   /  https://josephmeyerclub.com/


Each year I call upon my brothers and sister in the wet shaving community to contribute to our Wet The Face Giveaway’s and so far since 2015 we have never missed a one yet. This year our group of artisans includes Through The Fire fine craft which gave us the Arrow Shaving soap and splash. I was lucky that inside the box was a sample size tub for me to try as well. So I will be reviewing this along with something else that I received it’s a shaving form from Joseph Meyer. Not too many foam aftershave are hitting the shelves lately which makes this one extremely special. It stands out in scent and performance which I will talk about here as well.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Pure Shaving Cream by Gillette

Company: Gillette
Product: Pure shaving Cream
Website: Google For Cheapest Price

Today I’m using the new shaving cream I picked up called Pure by Gillette. I have to say I’m very impressed with the ingredients. This cream has no alcohol, Dyes, paragons or sulfates just like the name says it’s Pure. I’m always seeing the Gillette blades offered right at the same location and you have to laugh at the multi-blade prices at $45.00 for 5 it just highway robbery.
Any wet shaver will tell you how cheap and how long a box of 100 DE takes you. In fact, I’m on the same box for over 2 years now.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Barlow's Shaving Cream Crafted For Men

Company: 180 Innovational LLC.
Product:  Barlow's Charcoal Shave Cream
Website: Exclusive at Rite-Aid

This week I took to the local Rite-aid for another look on the shelves and came up with 4 different products that I will be reviewing. First up is Barlow's Charcoal Shave Cream. Charcoal is becoming the new additive these days in lots of products I’ve seen it many times in shaving soap before but not shaving cream. Come to think of it I’ve never even heard of Barlows until now. So I did a little investigative work online and found something very interesting this is a Private label company owned by 180 Innovational LLC. This brand has no website and only sold through places like CVS, Target, Rite-aid you get the picture. They also own other brands ranging from Medical to HairCare products. Here is a link if you're interested - https://trademarks.justia.com/owners/180-innovations-llc-3504706/ So you can see that the experience of an artisan product is pretty much gone so don’t let its advertising fool you.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Wet the Face - Creation Of Bar Soaps

Another peek into the soap making process. This time bar soaps. A different process than making shaving soap we use the cold process method. Here I start you at the beginning of melting the oils and butter to the end when we pop them out of my 3d printed molds and placing them on the racks to dry.


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Beau Brummell - White Marble Shaving Bowl




Company: Beau Brummell
Product: White Marble Shaving Bowl
Founders: Zack & Daniel Evar
Location: South Hackensack, NJ
Website: https://beaubrummellformen.com/


Beau Brummell is a company out of South Hackensack, NJ started by two brothers in 2013. They create grooming and skin care products crafted in small batches at their laboratory in New York. To say they have been in the press would be an understatement just pick a magazine most likely they were in it.

I always try to get things rolling with my reviews by sending out emails to companies at the beginning of the year to see if anyone would be interested in me reviewing any products. I happen to send one to Zack one of the founders of Beau Brummell I told him who I was and what I did on youtube along with telling him about our Wet The face community. He wrote back that he was interested and would send me something soon. some time went by and on the 28th of January, he wrote that he sent me a package and gave me the tracking number it arrived only a few days later.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Naked Armor Shaving Set


Company: Naked Armor 
Product: Shaving Set DE Razor / Soap

A few weeks ago I received an email asking if I wanted to review a wet shaving set from a new company. I told them if they don’t mind an honest review I would be glad to do it. They told me they always welcome any kind of feedback to make their products better so they put together a wet shaving set for me and here are the results of that experience.

The company is called Naked Armor which I have never heard of before the packaging was well crafted a box containing a shaving soap sealed in a tin. Also included was a separate box inside was a brush with a wooden handle and a DE razor again the wooden theme applies. Then to finish the set we have the facial soap

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Godrej Shaving Cream

Company: Godrej
Product: Godrej Shaving Cream (Lemon)
Location: Mumbai,  India
Website - Google Search

Every day tons of SOTD pictures are uploaded to my social media community and very often I take notice of what people are using in their daily routine of shaving. One such photo caught my attention I noticed something that I’ve never seen before so I did a little research and found it was available for only $4.00. A shaving cream called Godrej this company is located in Mumbai  India stared in 1932 and now they have over 20 brands and have reached the number one spot in some areas in consumer purchases.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

FuzzyFace Soaps / Beau Brummell



Company: FuzzyFace Soaps
Product:  Beau Brummell
Founder: James Presley
Location: Washington, MO

Website: https://www.etsy.com/market/fuzzy_face_soaps

Sometimes a soaps name can make me stop and take notice like the one from FuzzyFace Soaps called Beau Brummell. I had no idea who Beau Brummell was until I googled it and now it makes perfect sense why he called it that. Beau Brummell was, in fact, an innovative dresser and arbiter of good taste who laid the foundations for tailoring as we know it today. Do you remember Billy Joel's song “Still Rock in Roll to me” there is a line in that song that reads “How about a pair of pink sidewinders and a bright orange pair of pants? You could really be a Beau Brummell baby, if you just give it half a chance.” well this is the guy he was singing about. In the end, Beau Brummell was considered an FOP or a Dandy. A fop was a fool who was focused specifically on his clothing and appearance.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Timeless Razor - Blue Shaving Bowl


Company: Timeless Razor
Product: Blue Shaving Bowl
Location: North Royalton, Ohio
Website: https://timelessrazor.com


It’s no secret that I like to bowl lather I do this because I enjoy the ritual of it all. I’ve been doing so for a very long time now and what I have found is that the bowl you use does matter. Just in the last few months, I had reviewed two new shaving bowls one high-end plastic which had lots of bells and whistles the another a hand made artisan ceramic bowl. Now today we head into a new shaving bowl direction. This one is a bit less than the others starting at only $12.00 could this one be as good as the high-end ones? let's find out.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Nancy Boy Signature Shaving Cream

Company: Nancy Boy
Product: Signature Shaving Cream
Co-Founder: Eric Roos
Location: San Francisco CA
Website: https://nancyboy.com

I do many reviews on shaving creams so many in fact that I have lost count over the years. In that time  I’ve only had a few that stand out to me but recently I found one that might top them all. This one shaving cream was introduced to me by a YouTube subscriber who told me if you think the product you just reviewed is good then you must try Nancy Boy. So I took his advise and contacted the company and spoke to Eric. I asked him if he would be interested in sending me a sample of his shaving cream for a review and he agreed.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

UWHARRIE Soap Co. Vegan Shaving Soap


Company: UWHARRIE Soap Co.
Product: Glycerin Based Shaving Soap
Location: North Carolina
PM Pete Bellanger if interested


Today we have a new shaving soap from a company call UWHARRIE Soap Co. I first heard about this on my facebook page with a video that Pete Bellanger had posted and he was demoing the shaving soap. He announced he would be starting to sell them and went on to talk about the quality of them. I was intrigued so I asked Peter if it would be possible to get a sample for a review and he agreed.

When I opened the sample which comes in an envelop I noticed that this was a glycerin soap commonly known as a melt and pour. Since I didn’t have the box or container I had to refer to the website for additional information but as hard as I tried I couldn’t find any nor could I find a picture or any products or shaving. I wanted to see how the soap was made but it looks like we are going to have to wait on that. The puck size is 2oz and goes for about $5.00. The nice thing about them is you don’t need a lot to load your brush loading happens in just a few seconds so it should last a good long while.

The scent on this is cucumber and what a sent it is. Absolutely fantastic on the scent alone I would give this soap a big thumbs up. They have many other scents available which I’m sure are on the same fantastic level as this one.

I bowl lathed and it created an amazing amount for the small sample given to me. It fast to lathered and once I started to applied it got right into the beard. Not every soap I use is going to perfect and the only thing I would say to do when using this is to add a little extra cushion maybe a pre-shave oil would do the trick other than that it was a perfect shaving and the post shave fell was a good one. This would change from person to person so other might not need that extra help the pre-shave oil provides.

So, A great shave was had and I would recommend them for sure 

Company: UWHARRIE Soap Co.
Product: Glycerin Based Shaving Soap 2oz $5.00



Saturday, January 12, 2019

Signature Soaps - Britannia



Company: Signature Soaps
Product: Britannia 
Founder: Brian Hood
Location:UK
Website: http://www.signaturesoaps.co.uk/

You often hear things in the shaving community about a shaving soap you must try and this “New Soap” will change your life forever but most of the time it turns out to be so so until someone told me about Signature Soap. I contacted Brian Hood the owner and explained to him I’m always looking for something new to review and he was glad to send me a tub of his shaving soap. I’m disclosing this now so you know it upfront but anyone who sees my youtube channel and reads my articles will tell you I never favor an artisan just because they sent me a product. I’ve always told them that there is a chance you will have a negative one and some don’t take the risk while some have no problems. I’m sure glad Brian decided to send this because his soap is amazing!