Black Standard Razor Review

A couple of months back I picked up a Black Standard Razor from /r/shave_bazaar over on Reddit. I wasn’t really familiar with the razor and the price was right so I thought I would give it a try. It sat in my shave cabinet for some time, a victim of my new found love – the Merkur Progress – which has monopolized my shaving routine now for roughly the same amount of time that the Standard Razor has been in my possession.



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Top 5 Best Aftershave Products

Whether you are using a Balm, Splash, or Lotion there is nothing like finishing off a great shave and getting you day started off on the right foot with a quality aftershave. Below is a list of five of my go to aftershave products and ones that I recommend to friends.

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Blaviar Sigma Eau de Cologne After-Shave Balm

One of the great things about running this blog is the exposure that it provides me to a variety of products that I would have otherwise not have come across. Over the last six weeks I have used three different aftershave products that all offered a very different experience. The most recent that I have been using is Blaviar’s Epsilon Eau de Cologne After-Shave Balm. I received a bottle a complementary bottle and I have been getting a feel for it over the last couple of weeks.

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Some Tips on a Better Neck Shave

About a month ago I posted this article after my friend Mike expressed some issues he was having with sensitive skin and shaving. The topic came up again a few days ago and he elaborated that the issue was had more to do with his neck than with anything else. I’m sure many of us have experienced it, razor burn and bumps, discomfort while shaving, ingrown hairs, redness, nicks, you get the idea.

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Merkur Progress Adjustable Razor

For the last three weeks I have been using the Merkur Progress and the only regret I have is that I waited this long to pick it up. I never imagined a razor replacing my Edwin Jagger 89lbl as my go to razor, but I am rather confident that, after three weeks, it successfully claimed the label of my favourite razor.

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Three Aftershaves for Spring

Although initially it may seem strange to assign specific scents to the changing of the season it really does make sense. We break out our sweaters in the winter months and put them away in the spring, the same really should be done with our heavier scented aftershaves exchanging them for the fresher, lighter scents that are more fitting for spring. Plus if you are like me you are always looking for a reason to expand your shave cabinet and what better way than diversifying your aftershave selection.

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Ogallala Bay Rum and Vanilla Aftershave & Pre-Shave

I have been using Ogallala’s Bay Rum and Vanilla aftershave, pre-shave, and skin toner for over a week now. The second multi-purpose product I have used in as many weeks (see last week’s review). Like last week’s review I was really pleased with the results, but this week the results were also met with more than a few comments ranging from “fuck, you smell good” to “are you drinking a chai latte”and another simply saying “cloves”.

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Baxter of California Shave Tonic

Up until just a few weeks ago I didn’t really have much of a pre-shave ritual outside of a warm wet cloth after a shower to prep my face for the arrival of my blade. Then my buddy Mike was having some issues with skin irritation and we got to talking about shave prep so I broke out some Proraso pre-shave cream I had in my cabinet and used that with surprisingly happy results, then moved on to Oscar’s Oil which also provided a much better than usual outcome for my shave, and now over the past week of having used Baxter of California Shave Tonic I would have to say that my pre-shave routine from here on in will also include some form of pre-shave cream, oil, or tonic.

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Range Leather Razor Case

I was lucky enough to get an early look at Range Leather’s new Razor Case for double edge razors, and I couldn’t be more impressed with it. A few weeks ago I wrote a post on wet shaving and travel, and this would have made a great accessory at the time.

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Adjustable Safety Razors – A Short Intro

I’m a bit embarrassed to say, but I finally got around to ordering my first adjustable safety razor. I decided on a Merkur Progress and I’m excited to give it a go. Waiting for it to arrive has got me thinking about the adjustable razors in general, for the non-wet shaver it really is a strange item, I know it was for me when I first read about them. So for those of you just learning about adjustable safety razors or for those are a bit confused, here is a quick write up on how they work and along with a look at some razor options.

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A Great Reason To Start Using Pre-Shave Oil

If the is an aspect of a man’s shaving routine that is often ignored it is the use of a pre-shave oil. The practice has falling away at some point in the mass market production line of shaving products which is unfortunate because using a high quality shave oil can make a big difference between an ok shave and great shave. I had the pleasure of using some of Oscar’s Oil pre-shave oils was more than impressed with the results. If you have never used pre-shave oils or haven’t had a great experience with them you really should give them a try.

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