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This review features the South Florida Wet Shavers branded Florida Key Lime Oud which is produced by K Shave Worxs on their behalf. K Shave Worx (http://kshaveworx.com/) offers a plethora of wet shaving and grooming accouterments including shave soap, after shave splash and balms, brushes, razor restoration and makeup brushes. This artisan is a veteran owned small business comprised of a husband and wife combo. They are focused on quality and affordability and are based in upstate New York. I have had the pleasure of meeting the owners in person and I can attest to their friendliness and passion for their company. Florida Key Lime Oud is a lime forward scent with a musky, resinous oud backbone. The scent is simplistic but works well as the sharp, citrusy lime meets the musky, dark oud. Citrus and oud pair very nicely together and this scent is quite masculine. Scent strength out of the container is mid and moved to light-mid once lathered and through the shaving process. Comparable scents from the wet shaving world are: Barrister & Mann Lime, Lavender, and Cedarwood or Wholly Kaw Lav Sublime Concerto. This soap base from K Shave Worx is a vegan soap base. Ingredients are listed as: Stearic Acid, Water, Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Kokum Butter, Shea Butter, Sodium Lactate, Glycerin. The soap is of mid firmness and load very easily into your brush of choice. The loaded brush creates a lather quickly and without any appreciable effort. When dialed in, the consistency of the lather is light and fluffy like a meringue. It lacks the density that many current vegan soaps have achieved. The slickness of this soap is acceptable but nothing to rave about. In my opinion, the slickness would not be ideal for those that require good slickness during the shave. Post shave of the soap base is also acceptable but like slickness, leaves a lot to be desired. I do not feel like the post shave alone is enough and therefore would recommend using your aftershave product of choice. The shavescore for this soap base is a 73. This places the soap base in a class with Soap Commander and Ginger’s Garden. Get at me here: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Tallow + Steel (https://tallowandsteel.com) is among the top artisans in the wet shaving community. The brand is synonymous with quality organic ingredients, bold and daring scents and giving back. A portion of the profits for each one of their soap and aftershave sold, goes to support various charities, of which are decided by the scent and theme of the soap purchased. Tallow + Steel is a Canadian based artisan, with their product being handmade in Winnipeg, Canada. Tallow + Steel is also available through Maggard Razors (http://www.maggardrazors.com/). Morocco is a scent that harkens to the Atlas Mountains located in the Kingdom of Morocco. Morocco is in the northwest most region of Africa and is known for its famous spice markets, diverse culture and the countries natural beauty. Tallow + Steel has blended Rose, Oakmoss, Cedar, Cade and Cypress with the hope to evoke the thought of walking through a wild rose field on the mountain side. To my nose, this scent is dominated by the smokey cade. It opens with a punch and remains strong and forward. The cypress and cedar compliment the smokiness with earth tones and the rose, unfortunately is relegated to just hints. The scent strength is strong, both off the sample and remains strong once lathered. Soaps with a similar scent profile are: Mike's Natural Soaps Rose & Cedarwood and LA Shaving Soap Co. The Black Rose. The performance of the reformulated T+S has firmly placed it in the upper echelon of available soap bases. In my experience, the soap loads effortlessly into the brush and lathering is a breeze. The cushion and density the soap produces is good, better than your average artisan soap. The slickness and residual slickness stand very close to the top of the spectrum. The razor’s edge glides effortlessly whether its on my face or my head. The post shave is also near the top of the spectrum as well. My skin is left feeling soft and smooth with no need for a post shave. The ingredients list is stellar, containing Stearic Acid, Water, Organic Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Tallow (Pasture-Raised), Essential Oils, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil, Organic Macadamia Nut Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Bentonite Clay, Organic Tamanu Oil, Vitamin E and silk. This soap base gets a shavescore of 90. This places it in line with high end soaps such as Oleo Soapworks and Australian Private Reserve. 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
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Groomatorium Inc. (https://groomatorium.com/) recently release a new line of soaps and aftershaves to compliment their Chiseled Face line as well as their production of the new LA Shaving Soap and Tiki Bar Soaps. This soap line up is called Stubble Buster (https://stubblebuster.com/). The company aims to offering familiar scents with soap that performs amazingly at a very low cost. Soaps are all USD $8.99 for 4 oz of soap and the aftershave line up is USD $9.99 for 3.4 oz. The site offers free shipping on orders over USD $20.00. That represents an amazing deal in the wet shaving space. Burnish is a citrus forward scent compliments by familiar earth tones. The scent notes are listed as: lemon, neroli, pineapple, rosemary, bergamot, cyclamen, coriander, jasmine, oakmoss, sandalwood, tonka bean, musk, oakmoss, cedar, brazilian rosewood and cardamom. For me, the scent opens with bergamot and lemon, but they are not overly sharp. The scent becomes rounded by the powdery oakmoss and creamy sandalwood. I detect some woodiness and some smokiness, likely from the cedar. Scent strength off the container is mid and remains unchanged during the lather and shave. Similar scented soap recommendations are: Bufflehead Soap Co. Tishomingo or Oleo Soapworks Fiera. Stubble Buster utilizes a tallow based soap formula. The soap is softer than Chiseled Face's formula by design and it loads into any knot type with little to no effort. The soap is not thirsty, a little water goes a long way with this one. The dialed in lather is reminiscent of whipped cream. This is one crazy creamy lather with both density and volume. The slickness on this soap is very good, both primary slickness and residual slickness. The post shave is also good. Ingredients are listed as: Potassium Tallowate, Glycerin, Potassium Stearate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Potassium Soybeanate, Petrolatum, Aqua, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Olivate, Fragrance, Bentonite Clay, Cera Alba (beeswax), Tetrasodium EDTA. I cannot think of a soap that performs this well at this price point. This is truly a soap that punches well above, its price point. The shavescore for this Stubble Buster soap base is an 88. This puts the soap in the class of soaps such as Storybook Soapworks and Summer Break Soaps. Get at me here: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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