Sam’s Natural After Shave Balm

I have had an enjoyable week using Sam’s Natural After Shave Balm. I only came across it when I was looking for some new, natural, deodorant sticks and stumbled upon Sam’s Natural products. In an effort to take advantage of the shipping costs I kept adding items to my cart until shipping costs bumped up a level.

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Ogallala Bay Rum, Limes & Peppercorns

Until a few years ago the suggestion of a Bay Rum, Limes and Peppercorns scented shave cream would have been ridiculous to me and I would have rejected, and possibly even ridiculed the idea. In fact, I would imagine the majority of my friends who use mass market shaving products would feel the same way now. It’s too bad really because Ogallala’s Bay Rum, Limes and Peppercorns is fantastic, and they are missing out on a great experience.




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Razors on the Cheap – Discount DE Razor Review 2

A few weeks back I started a new segment here on TheCloseShave taking a look at discount razors. My goal – to find out how a razor costing me a couple of bucks would perform for no other reason than curiosity. My first discount razor wasn’t terrible. The experience with my second discount razor (a twist to open) was, for just over two U.S. dollar, I would have to say was better than good.

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RazoRock Son of Zeus Artisan Bar Soap

A few months ago I used, and reviewed, a bar of soap from Dr Squatch, a great smelling soap that I received in a monthly subscription box and it had got me thinking. Is it possible that artisans soaps are any better than my bar of Lever 2000 or Irish Spring? They are definitely more expensive. Surely there has to be something to it. Like shaving cream, you have the mass market stuff and then you have the good stuff. Read more…

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Fendrihan Lime and Ginger Shave Soap

There was a time when I wouldn’t have given a second thought to the scent of the shave cream I was purchasing. The only concern was whether it would help me out with my shave. Happily those days are gone, shaving with mass market creams and gels are a thing of the past, replaced with wonderful creams and soaps that make shaving much more enjoyable and comfortable. Sadly the days of me not caring so much about my shave cream has increased my awareness and expectations to the products I am using, so when I’m disappointed in a product, I’m really disappointed, as I was with Fendrihan’s Lime and Ginger Shave Soap. Not so much with the performance but definitely with the scent.

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Razors on the Cheap – Discount DE Razor Review #1

This is the first, in what will become a regular feature here on TheCloseShave.com, of low cost razor that I will be reviewing – not so much for the sake of science, but curiosity. Can an ultra cheap razor compete in any way with the higher cost typical razors that people tend to buy (Razors like the Edwin Jagger 89, or a Merkur 23c)? I will keep the criteria simple – in order to qualify the razor had to have cost less than five American dollars. Read more…

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Baxter of California Citrus and Herbal-Musk Deodorant

I decided to spend more than I have ever spent on a stick of deodorant and pulled the trigger on Baxter of California’s Citrus and Herbal Musk Deodorant. Until recently, when it came to deodorants, I exclusively purchased your standard drugstore brands – Old Spice, Speed Stick, Degree, etc. Then I started finding that they stopped working well, so I tried brand after brand looking for a better experience. Read more…

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RazoRock Super Knurl DE Safety Razor

A while back I realized that the razor review section has been neglected somewhat and since then I have been picking up razors of all kinds – the Merkur Progress, the Black Standard, a bunch of discount razors from AliExpress that I am still waiting for, and the subject of today’s review the RazoRock Super Knurl DE Safety Razor from the Italian Barber – all in order to build it up.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016 Edition

Only a couple of weeks away, but still plenty of time to pick up a Father’s Day gift for the father or fathers in your life. For this years edition of the Father’s Day gift guide, I decided to lump suggestions into three categories, not based on price, but on level of experience (or size of collection) of the father in your life.

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Maintaining Stubble

I hate to admit it but there are times that I opt for the stubble look. Shocking I know. How can a man who runs a wet shaving blog ever exist without a close shave? Well, I’m only a man and, as a man, I am, at times, I get a bit lazy. However, laziness is not the only reason why a man may choose to go for the stubble look; sensitive skin could force you to shave less, you are sick of that baby face look and you are trying to look more like a man, you are trying to disguise some imperfections on your face, or perhaps your work doesn’t allow you to grow a beard but you may be able to get away with stubble. Whatever your reason here is a guide to stubble.

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Dealing With Sunburn

I am usually quite diligent with ensuring I have proper protection from the sun, but it has happened to the best of us – a sunburn despite our usual preparedness. Nothing is better than proper protection from the sun, but if you did forget to apply some sunscreen, or found yourself in a situation you didn’t expect that resulted in a burn there are some steps you can take to relieve some of the burn and irritation.

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