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What’s good y’all, Ruds here. Today I am honored to be a part of West Coast Shaving’s Daily Shave series. In this shave you will see some amazing products. DEclaration Grooming Colonia Balsamica in their bison tallow soap base is an outstanding scent with one of my favorite soap bases around. The new black synthetic brush in the Red Jasper WCS handle is super soft and one of the best feeling synthetics knots on the market. The weapon of choice for whisker destruction is a custom piece, a Martinez Blades 10/8ths hollow ground Bullmastiff shaped razor. Finishing off this excellent shave with Fine Accoutrements Platinum aftershave really capped off the excellence. I hope you enjoy the process and get a feel for what my shaves look like in full. Thanks for watching, see yah! The products used are: Declaration Grooming & Chatillon Lux Shaving Soap, Colonia Balsamica https://goo.gl/n9m7L4 Wcs Ancient Stone Torch Collection Brush, Synthetic (links with Upgraded Knot Coming Soon) Martinez Blades 10/8 Bullmastiff (link ti Martinez's Blades coming soon) Fine Classic After Shave, Platinum https://goo.gl/jQRzU1 Check Out Jason's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/dendj55 Make sure to keep up to date with us Facebook: https://facebook.com/westcoastshaving/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WCShaving Instagram https://Instagram.com/WCShaving
Barrister & Mann (https://www.barristerandmann.com/) will be releasing its next scent in the Barrister’s Reserve line on November 15, 2018. Known as Waves, this scent will serve to bring back the classic Gillette Wild Rain aftershave. The Barrister’s Reserve line is produced in order to preserve classic scents that have been discontinued or changed completely from their original scent. In addition to ordering direct from Barrister & Mann, the Barrister’s Reserve line can also be purchased at several third-party resellers including: Maggard Razors (http://www.maggardrazors.com/), West Coast Shaving (https://www.westcoastshaving.com/) and Top of the Chain (https://topofthechain.ca/). Waves is a masculine accord which features smells of aquatic notes (calone and amber), lavender, bergamot, and geranium. Sort of like an aquatic fougere if there is such a thing. Having never smelled the scent this intends to preserve, I cannot offer a comparison, but knowing the Barrister & Mann process and intent on perfection, I suspect this is spot on. Scent strength is mid-strong off the sample and remains this way once lathered and through the shave. While nothing is quite like this, scents with a similar in a similar vein as this are Mickey Lee Soapworks The Kraken and Catie’s Bubbles ale Marche du Rassage. Barrister & Mann’s soap bases are the great white sharks of the artisan soap sea. Barrister’s Reserve soap loads easily into a mostly dry brush and immediately starts to build lather with the introduction of water. This is probably the most effortless soap to load and lather in the B&M line. The cushion and density of this lather is superb, creating a thick creamy lather was almost mindless. The properly dialed in lather is like a dense sour cream right from the refrigerator The slickness of this soap is oil on glass level slickness. There is that sensation about this soap base where a layer of silkiness exists, as if the edge is riding on micro ball bearings and not really touching your skin at any point. Its unique and amazing. The residual slickness between passes is so good, you can literally shave with no visible lather on your face. The post shave is also wonderful. This is an elite level soap base which gets a shavescore of 97 There are very few soap bases that perform in the same league as Barrister & Mann. The first two that come to mind for me are Declaration Grooming Icarus and Talbot Shaving. Get at me here: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/dendj55/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ruds_shaves Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ruds-Shaves Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruds_shaves Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/dendj55 Snapchat: @ruds_shaves
Cooper & French (https://shop.cooperandfrench.com/) is a Minneapolis, MN based artisan that’s been making artisan shave soap, aftershave balm and bath soap since Fall 2016. The artisan recently released their highly popular, limited edition (for Winter) Santa’s Workshop soap and aftershave balm. This veteran owned small business is head up by Richard and Stephanie, who have a keen focus on customer service and enjoy all things antique and vintage. You may recall my review of their goat milk soap base from the past (https://youtu.be/DrKtbkGLz2w). Cooper & French is available from their site and also from West Coast Shaving (https://www.westcoastshaving.com/). Cooper & French Santa's Workshop features notes of damask rose, geranium, sweet orange, honey, vanilla, patchouli, honeyed pipe tobacco and leather. The scent is fitting for the season it is intended to mimic. The entire accord is warm and inviting with notes of pipe tobacco, vanilla and patchouli serving as a base with compliments of orange, floral and a touch of leather. The scent is light to mid off the container and remains that way through the lather and shave. Scent in a similar vein to this are: Siliski Soaps Santa's Pipe and Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Briar. Cooper & French’s tallow soap base hangs with the wide majority of tallow soaps in the market. Ingredients include: Distilled Water, Potassium Stearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Potassium Tallowate, Sodium Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Fragrance, Sodium Lactate. This soap base is firm, but with a damp brush, it loads easily into your preferred hair type. The soap is not overly thirsty and it creates a thick, creamy lather with little thought. The volume and density of the soap is closer to greek yogurt than cool whip. It provides good slickness and very good residual slickness. The post shave feel is good. While I slightly prefer the goat milk/tallow version, this one is not lacking in any way. The soap base experience provides a shavescore of 86. This is same experience I get with Turtleship Shave Soap and Siliski Soaps. Get at me here: Email: email@example.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/dendj55/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ruds_shaves Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ruds-Shaves Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruds_shaves Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/dendj55 Snapchat: @ruds_shaves
The Club (https://shavingshopclub.com/) rewarded it’s VIP members recently with their newest scent “Signature”. This was a recreation of the popular event soap, “The Loft”. The soap and aftershave will be released this coming weekend to anyone who wishes to purchase, member or not. The Club, The Shaving shop and Ariana & Evans which is available at these third party retailers; West Coast Shaving (https://www.westcoastshaving.com/), Smallflower (https://www.smallflower.com/), Top of the Chain (https://topofthechain.ca/) and TVB Shaving (https://tvbshaving.com/). Signature is a masculine yet refined blend of Bourbon, Tobacco Absolute, Arabian Sandalwood, Tunisian Sandalwood and Agarwood. The scent is absolutely stunning and can be worn year round and for a multitude of occasion. From a casual day out to a professional meeting, this scent, while bold is not the least offensive. The scent opens with the smell of bourbon which is met with a very real tobacco note before being smoothed out by the sandalwoods. The oud adds a touch of smokiness, while faint. As expected, scent strength is strong both out of the jar and remains this way through the lathering and shaving process. Scents in the same vein in wet shaving are: Through the Fire Fine Craft Devil's Cut and Soap Commander Fortitude. Signature is offered in the latest in house saop base, formerly known as Final V during testing. Ingredients are: Stearic Acid, Beef Tallow, Goats Milk, Shea Butter, Strangistó Giaoúrti, Potassium Hydroxide, Kokum Butter, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Manteca (Lard), Glycerin, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Lanolin, Sodium Hydroxide, Camellia Oil, Bentonite Clay, Beeswax, Sodium Lactate, Argan Oil, Fragrance & EO's.The soap remains on the firmer side of the spectrum and this version loads easier into your brush fiber of choice and is a very thirsty soap. When dialed in, the lather resembles greek yogurt. The slickness is improved and is elite in both primary slickness and residual slickness. Post shave rises above all and provides the best post shave experience I have had to date. The resulting shavescore is a 96. An improvement over the previous formula. Similarly performing soaps are Barrister and Mann and Talbot Shaving v2. Get at me here: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/dendj55/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ruds_shaves Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ruds-Shaves Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruds_shaves Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/dendj55 Snapchat: @ruds_shaves
Today’s badger knot review by a novice features the Paragon Shaving (http://www.paragonshaving.com/) 25mm 2 band finest badger. Paragon Shaving specializes in wood turned handles made mainly from Central American mahogany wood. They offer a wide variety of handle shapes and knot options ranging from synthetic to badger to boar. Paragon Shaving remains focused on hand crafted brushes with ergonomic designs and a plethora of options to suit their potential consumers. I cannot find the knots offered for loose sale only, and a complete brush costs roughly USD $77.00. Based on this, I’ll assume this knot would retail loose for approximately USD $30.00. In this review, I will compare the Paragon Shaving 25 mm 2 band finest to the recently used Brushcraft 24mm 2 band finest, the Elite Razor 26mm Manchurian and the Stirling 26mm 2 band finest. Paragon Shaving’s knot is a big step down in terms of fiber density to all three comparable knots. This is somewhat of a disappointment considering the great run I’ve had with knots. In addition to the lack of density, and likely in part due to it, the backbone on the Paragon knot is also a step down when compared to the Bushcraft, Elite Razor and Stirling knot offerings. This creates a very floppy brush once soaked and loaded with soap. I found myself using it more like a paintbrush than the other knots I’ve been using. While the knot does not hog lather, having to use it like a paintbrush rather than traditionally, seems to make getting all of the lather out of the brush somewhat cumbersome. The knot used by Paragon has tips that are less soft than the three comp knots selected for this review. This is a more scritchy brush knot than I’ve used since starting my wet shaving journey with a Parker Pure badger shaving brush. I still don’t fear brush burn or irritation though because of the lack of density and backbone. The tips look to have slight hooks, but they do not clump together enough to create that sought after gel tip sensation. In terms of overall face feel, this feels like a budget offering and as mentioned earlier, it feels like a paintbrush more than a firm or soft pillow as other knots have felt for me. In totality, this knot feels of the lowest quality of the knots I’ve explored on this novice’s journey. Given the options available in the assumed knot only price range, I cannot recommend this as a blind buy. I think there are plenty of wet shavers who will enjoy the scritchiness of this knot and the inherent exfoliation that would come along with it, but for my taste, I prefer more firmness with a more luxury feeling softness. Get at me here: Email: email@example.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/dendj55/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ruds_shaves Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruds_shaves Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/dendj55 Snapchat: @ruds_shaves
Wholly Kaw (https://whollykaw.com/) collaborated in 2017 with Chatillon Lux to make a limited edition soap in one of Chatillon Lux’s most loved scents, Yuzu Rose Patchouli (YRP). The previous LE of this scent was produced by top Canadian artisan, Tallow + Steel. Wholly Kaw’s donkey milk base was used for this LE soap and as expected it sold fast and the quantity produced could not meet the demand. Wholly Kaw makes artisan soap, aftershave (alcohol based, toner and balm), deodorant, beard care and fragrances. They are available at third party re-sellers in the U.S. such as Maggard Razors (http://www.maggardrazors.com/).
YRP is a stunning yet simplistic three note accord. As one can garner from the name alone, yuzu, rose and patchouli have been blended into this scent. To my nose, it opens with a citrusy pop from the yuzu before being met by the soft floral rose, which is then grounded by the earthy and dry patchouli. This scent is not for everyone and each note has its detractors, but for me this one is a winning smell. It reminds me of a garden where plants and fruits grow and co-exist. In reading Chatillon Lux’s description, I believe that was their aim and they executed it to perfection. The scent strength is strong out of the soap container but slides to mid-strong once lathered. The closest comparable scents I can offer would be Grooming Dept Yuzu or Through the Fire Fine Craft Quench.
Wholly Kaw’s donkey milk formula is a gold standard soap. This soap excels in the areas of slickness and post shave. The cushion and lather density is great and resembles cool whip when properly lathered. It easily loads into various knot types and begins making a rich creamy lather that has slickness to rival the best. The post shave, purportedly because of the donkey milk, is at the very pinnacle of post shave feels. My skin is left supple and soft. The ingredients list is; Vegetable Stearic Acid, Beef Tallow, Donkey Milk, Distilled Water, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Kokum Butter, Cocoa Butter, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Lanolin, Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils. The overall shavescore for this soap base is a 95. For soap bases with similar performance, my suggestions are Catie’s Bubbles, Declaration Grooming and Ariana & Evans.
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