Wholly Kaw ​Yuzu Rose Patchouli

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Wholly Kaw Pompelmo

Wholly Kaw (https://whollykaw.com/) continues to be a well loved artisan soap maker with an amazing soap base and a host of other accouterments. Wholly Kaw’s focus remains on using quality ingredients with a focus on sensitive skin in both their animal based and vegan based shaving soap formulas. The company is also well known for it’s collaboration soap and aftershave offerings with wet shaving hobbyists groups. They have provided several limited edition soaps for various groups in recent years. Aside from purchasing direct, Wholly Kaw can also be purchased from stockists such as Maggard Razors (http://www.maggardrazors.com/), West Coast Shaving (https://www.westcoastshaving.com/) and Top of the Chain (https://topofthechain.ca/). ​Pompelmo is part of the single scent edition lineup. This is straightforward grapefruit. The scent is quite natural and doesn’t smell synthetic to my nose. The smell is of a freshly cut grapefruit, which to my nose is a tart, dry citrus smell. This scent is perfect for warm weather use because it is bright, sharp and clean. The scent strength off the container is mid-strong and the scent remains mid-strong through the entire shave. Similar scents to this are: Stirling Soap Co. Grapefruit and Mickey Lee Soapworks Paradise Frost. Wholly Kaw’s donkey milk formula is a gold standard soap. This soap excels in the areas of slickness and post shave. The soap is firm and creates a wonder lather. 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 Declaration Grooming (bison) and Ariana & Evans. Get at me here: Email: dendj55@yahoo.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

Parthenon Razor by QShave + Weishi

With their successful Kickstarter campaign comoing to an end some months ago, QShave + Weishi have begun fulfilling their orders of their project, the Parthenon Razor. This is an affordable adjustable safety razor with a twist to open head design. Leveraging Weishi’s experience with razor manufacturing, QShave formed a partnership in order to meet their design specifications and turn them into manufacturing realities. The razor is sold through QShave’s web site (https://www.qshave.com/) and retails for US$ 49. Considering the price point and multitude of moving parts, the Parthenon is built well. Certainly not a marvel of engineering, but it’s evident that its built to last. The overall tolerance feels on par with the price point, a far cry from a premium razor, but not overly cheap either. The adjustment mechanism is tight but feels like a weak point. I was unable to adjust the razor unless the doors were open. The black coating on this razor is already displaying signs of wearing off, similar to the problem with the original Parker Variant. The shave itself is less than what I’ve come to expect from a razor in the US$35-$50 price range. Weight 100g (3 ½ oz.) and balance are very good. The safety bar is rather acute, which makes discerning the blade feel from the safety bar feel difficult. I was unfortunate to experience similar clogging issues that Don Youngner of Wet the Face experienced (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChy872UFfXR3Q9H9Vn5ipJg). The setting that felt most right for me was 3 (out of 9). This razor is more aggressive than any adjustable I remember. The ability to go cruise control with this razor has remained non-existent after 10 shaves. Despite the budget price tag, I still cannot recommend this razor. It’s not an abomination, but it feels like a beta offering. For close to this price, if you are seeking an adjustable, the Parker Variant would still be leaps and bounds better in my experience. Get at me here: Email: dendj55@yahoo.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

Declaration Grooming B5 Theodore

I am fortunate to have been loaned a Declaration Grooming (https://www.declarationgrooming.com/) B5 knot mounted in a beautiful on off Theodore handle. Declaration Grooming as many know, makes shaving soap, aftershave, brush rejuvenator soap, brush handles and hand tied badger knots. Based in Morenci, Michigan, the company has become a go to for shaving accoutrements in our community and many consider them, the best soap base around. Their custom brushes and knotting services are highly sought after and are considered by many, the pinnacle of badger brushes. In this review, I compare this B5 knot to the recently reviewed Declaration B3 knot and B4 knot. B5 is a dense knot, to my eye, the knot packing is the same density as both the B3 and the B4. I feel like I am hitting my stride with these dense knots as lathering on my face has become easier as I have moved up the learning curve through repeated reviews and use. This B5 may hog lather for inexperienced users, but for me, I cannot say it is a lather hog. The backbone of this B5 knot is less stiff than the B4 by a small amount and much less stiff than the B3, which to date remains my preference in terms of backbone. The B5 has no scrubbiness to speak of, where as the B4 had very little and the B3 had a good bit of scrub to it. B5 is a luxurious knot that displays extremely soft, gel tips. Given my preference for a bit of scrub, I do wish the backbone was more prominent and as such this feels less luxurious to me than the B3 knot and on par with the B4. Given the softness and lack of scrub, I cannot see this knot irritating its users with any brush burn. Overall, the face feeling is like a cloud, very soft and a pleasure to feel against the skin while building your lather. Overall, this knot is an excellent choice for users who prefer an elegantly soft brush with the density to load and lather soap with little effort. While my preference still remains to the B3 knot for it’s additional scrub, I understand why many users rank this B5 knot among the best batch offerings from Delcaration to date. Get at me here: Email: dendj55@yahoo.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

Eufros Dama de Noche

Eufros is an artisan based out of Spain, Barcelona to be precise. The proprietor, Manuel Garcia (a.k.a. JabonMan) has been making soap for several years now and it has been largely sold by word of mouth and via email. This has kept Eufros from becoming widely popular, but for many wet shaving hobbyists, this soap base is highly regarded and considered one of the best kept secrets in wet shaving. Fortunately for the masses, Eufros can now be purchased in the United States through West Coast Shaving (https://www.westcoastshaving.com/). Dama de Noche means night jasmine. This scent is a single note accord of the jasmine. The scent of jasmine is white floral as you’d expect but for a single note, it is deeply complex. The scent opens bright and floral, with the middle feeling green and the finish being smooth and earthy. This scent will certainly detract hobbyists who shy away from floral accords, but for anyone with a piquant for them, this scent will be in your wheelhouse. Scent strength is strong out of the tin and moves to mid-strong once lathered. Similar scents from the hobby are: Barrister & Mann Sinfonia and Dapper Dragon Jasmine & Vanilla. Eufros has both a vegan and tallow soap formula. This offering is in their Premium Tallow formula. The soap is is medium firm and loads without any extra effort. When properly dialed in, and this soap is thirsty, the lather resemble elmer’s glue. The slickness is very good, better primary slickness than residual, but neither lacks the necessary lubricity to do the job and do it well. Post shave is is very good also. Your skin is left soft and the feel is very nice. Given my experience with the performance of this soap, the shavescore is a 90. Soap based with a similar score are Tallow + Steel and Oleo Soapworks. Get at me here: Email: dendj55@yahoo.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

Wholly Kaw King of Oud!!


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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