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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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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