Fine Accoutrements “L’Orange Noir” Aftershave Review

Marketers love people like me. I’m a sucker for great packaging. Whether it’s exciting, novel, or in the case of Fine Accoutrements “L’Orange Noir” aftershave – classic. I’ll admit that the main reason for picking up one of Fines Aftershaves was the bottle that it came in. The simplicity of the logo and the glass bottle were telling me to add it to my bathroom counter. Of course great packaging will get me to buy your product once, but it needs to be a great product for me to buy it twice.

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Four Fall Aftershaves

The only thing I really have against Fall is that it means that we are that much closer to winter. Otherwise I quite enjoy the Fall; breaking out some of the v-neck sweaters you had tucked away, the leaves changing color, not running the air-conditioner giving your pocket book a rest. A change in season is also great time to rotate your shaving products. Exchanging your summer fragrances in exchange for scents that are warmer and richer. Perhaps with woodsy outdoor feel.

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Speick Natural Deo Stick Deodorant

I usually like to give a product a couple of weeks of use before I sit down write down my thoughts, but I believe the record heat and humidity, biking to work, and working in an old non-airconditioned school building these past few days have given me more than enough to comment on Speick Natural Deorderant Stick. 

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College Shaving Kit – A Classic Shaving Guide

Its that time of year again when thousands of students are leaving the comfort of their families to embark on the journey that is college. For some it will mean eventually landing that perfect job, finding a life long partner, knowledge and of course for most a mountain of debt. Fortunately there is some money to be saved when it comes to your shaving routine (or at least if not saved redirected to other directions). Below is what my wet shaving kit would look like if I was heading off to college, keep comfort and quality in mind without losing site of affordability.

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September T-Shirt Design

In an effort to help with website costs we will be offering a new t-shirt design each month. this months design is from a patent design from 1912. Shirts will only print if the a minimum number of orders is reached in order to make the production viable. Hope you like this months design. If you have any ideas for future designs drop me a line and toss it in the comments below. Click image for ordering info.

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Back From Italy – Figaro Shave Soap

Perhaps it is my fault. My last trip to Italy was six or seven years ago. Long before I started to wet shave it was interested in any way. I arrived in Italy expecting to find more of a traditional wet shaving culture than I found. I had a vision of grocery stores and pharmacies carrying Proraso, Cella, and shelves of lesser known, but equally fantastic brands. I expected a large selection of brushes – even if they were all Omega’s.

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Italian Barber Eleganza Shaving Soap

I’m writing this review just a few hours before heading off to Italy for a weeks. So it is a bit fitting that this review is of one of The Italian Barbers Shave Creams. I’m hoping that over the next three weeks I will be coming across a few lesser known Italian soaps and creams that I can write about from abroad. But for the meantime here is a quick look at the Italian Barber’s Eleganza Shaving Soap

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Getting What You Paid For – Discount Razor #3

Well is was bound to happen – getting what I paid for. A couple of months ago I started a new segment on TheCloseShave taking a look at discount razors. I would classify the first two razors as a success story. Sure the felt and looked cheap but the worked well enough, each having some redeeming quality to them. Enter razor number 3. As soon as I opened it I knew that, at a $1.71, I had overpaid.

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Sam’s Natural Ravine Deodorant

A few months back I decided to make the rather costly switch to natural deodorants. Having had success with my first natural stick of deodorant I went out searching for another. The search lead me to a great find with Sam’s Natural Ravine deodorant.

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Italian Barber Acquatico Shave Soap

I added this tub of Acquatico Shaving Soap from the Italian Barber to an order I was placing a few weeks back. I was trying to hit the free shipping level so I was looking for some lower cost items to top up my cart and I came across this soap. At $4.00 U.S. how could I go wrong. I have had only one other experience with Italian Barber soaps, having used their Rosa Di Bossolasco a while back…

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Wet Shaving Camping Kit

As a kid I went camping a total of zero times. I had parents who came from the old country and camping was simply something that you didn’t do. Their thinking makes sense to me because I in many ways am just like them. After all we spent thousands of years getting off the ground, why would anyone ever trade their comfortable mattress and safe home for an air mattress and the safety of a zipper on a tent? Fast forward 40 years or so and things have changed now that I have kids of my own, and a wife that enjoys camping. The kids are having fun, my wife is having fun, and while I am having fun watching them have fun, I am wondering why we don’t sleep in a hotel.

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