Saturday, May 1, 2021

Wet the Face - Stranger Shaves

Company: Wet The Face
Product: Stranger Shaves - Intense Almond

Our new release Stranger Shaves is inspired by the Netflix series called Stranger Things. My goal was to create one of the strongest scented soaps as an artisan can dare create and I think with this release that goal was achieved.

As soon as the lid is opened you will understand the power of this scent. You don’t even need to add one drop for it to fill the room it’s that strong.

Sometimes shaving can place you into the upsidedown and with this Intense Almond scent, it just might. I will say this is the strongest scented soap I have ever created and released. If you love almond scents then this one is going to knock your socks off!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Harry’s Shaving Cream - Eucalyptus

Company: Harry’s
Product: Harry’s Shaving Cream - Eucalyptus

Once again I found myself looking on the shelves of our CVS and found a whole new setup devoted to shaving. The CVS by me is going through a kind of metamorphosis. This happily included the shaving section which was ignored for some time. Things have certainly changed which lead me to pick up a few items they had brushes, shaving creams, splashes, pomades it was a shocker to see. One that caught my eye was Harry’s shaving cream now I have seen this before but it was never in this store before and since I’ve never used it I thought it was time to give it a review.

The packaging is like any modern shaving cream I do like the flip-top this makes it much easier to use and the writing is easy to read unlike the Method Men I used a few weeks ago.

The scent (eucalyptus) is just fine no problems but I didn’t notice any other choices unless I missed them on the shelf or maybe this was the only one they had stocked.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Vintage Barbershop - Tallow Version

Tallow in wet shaving has had its pros and cons for as long as I have been into wet shaving and I’m sure it will continue after I’m long gone. I’ve seen everything from Beef, Dear, Duck, and Pig fat the list goes on. Some artisans even render it themselves. I’ve always strived to look for the best beef fat I can use in my tallow-based shaving soap pucks we released a few years ago.

We had some great feedback on them and since then the biggest question was when do you think you’ll have them in a soft-based formula. We thought about this, did we want to make a change out of hard pucks? So looking at trends we decided to reformulate the tallow puck into soft-based tallow shaving soap. We think this makes perfect sense for Wet The Face and our customers. We hope you enjoy the new formula let us know what you think.

Wet the Face

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Maggard’s Razors - Groves of Italy

Company: Maggards
Product: Groves Of Italy

Today we have a new sample from Maggard’s Razors. If you don’t know who they are your most likely new to wet shaving. Maggard Razors was established in October 2012. A husband and wife team – Brad and Casie Maggard – has become one of the premier online and retail stores for getting wet shaving products. They have about 10 employees and offer straight razors, safety razors, thousands of wet shaving supplies, and restoration services. One could say they are very successful.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Method Men Shaving Cream

Company: Method Products
Product: Method Men Shaving Cream

Whenever I’m out doing errands no matter the store if they have a shaving section I always take a peek. This time I was in bed and bath and I found something I never tried before it’s called Method Men Shave Cream.

The packaging is attractive but the light gray with white text is extremely hard to read but other than that I like the way it looks and like the flip top to open and close lid it's appreciated.

The scent on this cream seems to be floral but the website reads it a crisp clean nautical note. Be that as it may, it still smells good but wouldn’t use it every day I would grow tired of it pretty fast.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Shannon’s Soaps - Lakeshore Drive

Company: Shannon’s Soaps
Product: Lakeshore Drive Rust Belt Reserve

Reaching back into the box of samples once again we select one from a company called Shannons Soaps. This is called Lakeshore Dr. Rust Belt Reserve. I’ve never had the pleasure of using one of Shannon's soaps before so I was eager to give this one a try.

As samples go I had more than enough for at least two shaves with this one, I scooped some out with my finger from the sample jar and without issue placed it into the Wet the Face shaving bowl. Loaded the brush up with water and emptied the contents right into the bowl then began to lather. In seconds you could see it was lathering up real good and the scent was increasing as well.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Sakura - Wet The Face Release

Company: Wet The Face
Product: Sakura

Sakura is our new release for March we timed it with the annual blooming of the Cherry Blossoms because its name and scent are synonyms with the flowering tree. Cherry blossoms in Japan are known as Sakura and it would not be an exaggeration to say they are a national obsession. Different varieties of cherry blossoms bloom at different times, but most hit their peak in Tokyo from the end of March to the beginning of April. Currently, Sakura is one of the most popular names for girls in Japan. In ancient Japan, farmers used the blooming of the sakura flowers to help them know it was time to plant their rice crops. 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Bathhouse - Steam Shaving Soap Tablet

Company: Bathhouse
Product: Steam Shaving Soap Tablet

We reach back into the gift box Benjamin Moran gives us and we see something from Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium called Steam a shaving soap tablet. I’m used to seeing pucks but never a tablet before. I love the odd shave and the light blue color I knew as soon as I saw it I found the new soap to review for this week.

The packaging was simply a clear plastic wrapping with a black label with white writing on the top and bottom of the tablet. The reason for the clear wrapping was easy to understand why would anyone want to hide this beautiful color blue.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Dettol - Fresh Shaving Cream

Company: Dettol
Product: Fresh Shaving Cream  

I get many requests for trying products so many in fact if I did all of them I would need to take out a loan just to pay for them. Once request last week was for something I never heard of from India it’s called Dettol Fresh Shaving Cream. The subscriber said I have to try it so I headed over to Amazon and found it for a few dollars and order one. 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Faena Shaving Soap & Aftershave Balm

Company: Faena
Product: Shaving Soap / Aftershave balm

One of the amazing things about the wet shaving hobby is the variety of artisan products one has to choose from. That being said I’m always finding something new and this week an artisan company reached out for me to review a few of the handmade products from Greece.

In the box, we have three products tallow-based shaving soap an aftershave balm, and bar soap reviewing only the two that pertain to wet shaving. By the way, this took a long time to get to the US almost a month.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Leaf Shave - The Twig Single Edge Razor

The single edge razor is getting lots of attention lately with several new releases over the years we have many to choose from but one that I’ve used recently could be jumping ahead of the pack this one is from the company Leaf and it’s called the Twig.

This remarkable razor came to me via an announcement from Leaf as a Kickstarter. They made sure the backers knew what was going on every step of the way right up to the shipping. When it finally came I had to wait due to it being almost the end of the year not wanted to do the review at that time. Finally, after two other razor reviews, I’m ready to tackle the Twig.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Pearl Flexi Adjustable Safety Razor V2.0

A few months ago Pearl a shaving company released what they called the Flexi Adjustable Safety Razor and it made a big splash in the wet shaving community. After a week later a few people started to comment on this strange alignment problem. It was reported that when turning the razor to about 2-3 on the adjustment dial you would witness the dipping of the blade to one side.

After seeing many youtube videos on this subject and talking to several wet shavers and having images of this problem sent to me I have to say this is a real issue. The Pearl company was on this in a big way they told the customers that anyone that was not happy with this razor release they will be sending them a new razor as soon as the second batch with corrections was completed and this February that batch had been completed and I was lucky enough to be part of it as a reviewer of the product. I am calling this one the Pearl Flexi Adjustable Safety Razor 2.0 and this is what the review will be based on.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Nothing But The Base - Wet The Face Release

Company: Wet The Face
Product: Nothing But The Base

I've been approached countless times with the question of when will Wet The Face come out with a shaving soap that has no fragrance. Something that would not irritate the skin or cause a reaction due to the natural fragrance oils. The wait is now over with our release of Nothing But The Base you’ll have absolutely no fragrance with all the benefits of our natural base formula.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

1965 Slim Gillette Adjustable Razor Review

Company: Gillette
Product: 1965 Slim Gillette Adjustable 
Made Possible By Benjamin Moran

I always wanted to try a 1960 Gillette vintage razor the razor of my birth but I could never find one that fit my budget or was the right year. I gave up a long time ago until I got this email from Benjamin Moran. He wanted to donate some shaving soaps and brushes for our giveaways. He also added that he just got back from revamping a 1965 Slim Gillette Adjustable and would I like to review it for the group and without hesitation, I said yes! My dream had come true.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Billy Jealousy Whipped Shaving Cream

Company: Billy Jealousy
Product: Whipped Shaving Cream

Many years ago I subscribed to Luxury Barber Box and I would always get something from the company Billy Jealousy. Since I didn’t know the brand too well I collected whatever I didn’t want to use in a box along with other things I was going to try at a later date. Flash forward 5 years I just found that box again and I will be giving the Billy Jealousy Whipped Shaving Cream a try.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Shaveology Butterfly DE Safety Razor

Company: Shaveology
Product: Butterfly Double Edge Safety Razor

Today will be looking at The Griffin Razor or some call it the Shaveology razor. I had mine ordered late last year but held back until now to do this review. Today in this video I’ll be using it for the very first time. What makes this one different? let's find out.

The packaging is sure attractive. This would stand out on any shelf selling wet shaving apparel. When you turn the box over you get these bullet points of features but nothing I haven’t seen before. The phrasing is new “Modern Gentlemen” “New Breed of Gentlemen” Join the club you get the picture and the last thing was Proud Supporters of Soldiers Angels a nice touch and a worthy cause. Inside the box, you're greeted with a nicely done pamphlet explaining just how to load and take care of the razor. A guarantee between gentlemen (oh brother) from the founder Adam A. such a gentleman he doesn’t even list his own last name. He said he wants you to be 100% satisfied but only guarantees that for 90 days. Next, we have a polishing cloth, 5 Platinum blades, and a leather razor cover for protection and travel, and finally the butterfly double edge safety razor.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Company: Captain’s Choice
Product: Land Ho! Shaving Soap / Aftershave Balm

Going back to last September Scott from Captain's Choice wanted me to review an aftershave called Land Ho!. It has a marvelous scent and worked well but what was missing was the shaving soap. Just a few weeks ago I received this package that not only contained the missing shaving soap but it also had shaving cream and aftershave balm a complete set. Naturally, it included a letter from Scott explaining this fact and if I could continue my review with the now missing pieces. So, I will be using the shaving soap and aftershave balm in this review and save the shaving cream for a later video.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Last Shave of 2020 - Hello 2021

Looking back on all the years past I can’t recall a happier time when I was so glad a year was over. Now that 2021 is finally here good things are about to happen. The covid vaccine is on the way too many front-line workers including Nursing Homes residents. We have a new president which I think this country needs right now and I’m still here after working every day going to Manhattan in March and never stopped I conceder myself lucky that I still had one to go to.