Lucky Tiger After Shave and Face Tonic

IMG_20140331_122430My initial reaction to Lucky Tiger After Shave and Face Tonic was that it felt like I was using an essential oil rather than an aftershave. There wasn’t any sting when I applied the tonic, and the liquid felt a bit thicker when I applied it to my face. It was refreshing but in a different way than the Clubman Pinaud (last months after shave). After taking a look at the bottle and confirming online, Lucky Tiger After Shave is an alcohol free after shave, which I have to admit I may prefer over an alcohol based aftershave. Sure, in a sick way, feeling the sting from the alcohol is oddly pleasing, but I would imagine your face would disagree.

If you are looking for something that will provide a long lasting scent then you need to look somewhere else. For the most part I found that the gratification from the citrus scented tonic (officially orange, tangerine and grapefruit – the actual scent is a bit difficult to describe but the combination of the mentioned scents is balanced really well and is not overpowering at all – one really needs to smell this stuff to fully appreciate it) came in the pouring into your palms and applying to your face. After my first application I immediately headed down the stairs to have my wife have a smell but it was already too late. I have to admit that I really enjoy the Lucky Tiger After Shave and Face Tonic scent, and I do wish that it would linger just a bit longer, but if you are someone who uses cologne this may be something you are looking for – an after shave that will not compete with your cologne of choice.

I found that the Lucky Tiger left my skin feeling really fresh and free of any lasting oily feeling, giving it top marks for moisturizing. I’m sure that the Aloe Vera component of the tonic is partially responsible for such a great feeling.

IMG_20140331_122406I’m sure that there are after shave products out there that may provide a ‘healthier’ option for your skin care, but the Lucky Tiger After Shave and Face Tonic can’t be far behind. Another thing to consider is the fantastic packaging of the bottle – who doesn’t want that on you bathroom sink? Only thing that would make it better is if it was a glass bottle (I know, safety, safety, safety). Again if you are looking for an after shave with a strong, lasting scent, then you need to look somewhere else. However, if you are looking for a product that will soothe your skin, provide protection, and not break the bank then you should give Lucky Tiger a try.

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Proraso Red Sandalwood Shave Soap

proraso redRatings:
Value: 10
Cushion: 9
Slickness: 8
Scent Pleasantness: 9
Scent Strength (balance): 9
Moisturising: 9

 

I finally picked up a tub of Proraso Red Sandalwood shave soap and if you have read some of my other Proraso shave cream/soap reviews you will know that I have a special affinity to all things Proraso. Some times I wonder if I am blinded by the fact that Proraso Green was the first “proper” shave cream that I ever purchased and as a result I am forever linked to the Proraso brand. proraso redOr, perhaps it is due to the fact that it is a fine Italian made product and my Italian heritage blinds me to any faults. The more likely explanation is that the company ensures that they put out a quality product.

Like my experience with Proraso Green and Blue, the Red lather was easy to build, a rather enjoyable task actually, a good way to wake yourself up. In addition to the ease in creating a nice lather I found, as with the other Proraso products, that it provided a really nice shave surface. My blade had a nice layer of cushion, if I had to find a fault it might be that the lather wasn’t quite as slick as some other creams, but that is not to say it didn’t provide an adequate amount of slickness.

The scent of the Proraso Sandalwood shave soap is quite pleasant. I had a tube of Geo F. Trumper Sandalwood sitting in my shave cabinet so I decided to compare the two. Before getting into wet shaving I can honestly say that I had never come across DSC_0185sandalwood anything, or if I did I had no idea, happily I am now aware. The Proraso has a nice balance, not overpowering at all, it providing a nice experience while shaving. The scent didn’t linger very long after the shave, but I’m not sure how important that really is. Compared to the Geo F. Trumper I would say that the Proraso Sandalwood has a more earthy or natural feel to it, where as the Geo. had a bit more of a perfume-y scent to it. I preferred the Proraso over the Geo.

One thing I cannot really comment on is the fact that the Proraso Sandalwood is formulate for ”Barbe Dure” or Tough Beards. I would say that my beard is average, I would love to hear from anyone who has used Proraso Red and would classify their beards as being tough (comments are open).

Overall I enjoyed my week or so with the tub of Proraso Red Sandalwood shave soap, which for the record, although it is classified as a soap it was a bit of a creamy feel to it, you will understand what I mean if you pick this up. I wouldn’t say that the Red is my favourite scent of the three Proraso soaps/creams that I have used, that would have to go to Blue, but Red is a close second.

Tools in images:
Merkur 37C
Vie-Long Horse Hair Brush

 

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Aftershave vs Cologne

It should be obvious, but for many men understanding the difference between Aftershave and Cologne isn’t always so straight forward. I blame this issue on the fact that most men are never really informed on how to properly groom themselves and use the tools at their disposal. Personally I am still waiting for my dad to show me how to shave, let alone explain when I should use aftershave and when I should use cologne.

Women have it a bit different when it comes to grooming; bombarded by ads, discussing different products and techniques with friends, and it seems that mom’s tend to pay a bit more attention to their daughters compared to father’s and their sons. So if your dad let you down, or if your friends just didn’t want to discuss male grooming products when you were in high school, we can clear things up now.

Quite simply Aftershave is used…after you shave. Cologne typically is used when you want to smell good – a date, heading to work, etc.

Aftershave, like Pinaud Clubman or Proraso Aftershave, generally has a lower alcohol content compared to that of Cologne, and they tend to include other ingredients that provide healing and some form of moisturizing (Aloe Vera for example). The astringent in the aftershave helps tighten the skin and close the pores, while the other ingredients leave you with healthy skin. The scent of the aftershave is really a secondary element, it is added to provide a more pleasing experience. You will find that compared to cologne, the aftershave fragrance won’t last nearly as long. The percentage of perfume in aftershave vs cologne is lower.

Cologne on the other hand doesn’t really contain any healing elements to it. In fact using cologne after a shave could cause some men to react to it with a rash or blotchiness. Cologne does have a higher percentage of perfume oil which giving its scent a longer life.

There you have a quick rundown on aftershaves and cologne’s.

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Pinaud Clubman Aftershave Original Scent

pinaud clubmanFor the most part my post shave routine consisted of a rinse followed by my Alum Stick. More recently I have been using Face Tonic followed by some Face Balm (specifically Ursa Major products). But I thought I would expand my horizons a bit and explore what other options are out there for me when it comes to a post shave routine. So I started with a classic – Pinaud Clubman Aftershave original scent.

My immediate reaction to opening the bottle was a nostalgic journey back to my childhood barbershop. There are a few products out there that help elicit visions of that classic Barbershop feeling, but none that I have experienced come anywhere near that of Pinaud Clubman Aftershave. I immediately splashed some on my face and ran down the stairs for my wife to share in my excitement – but she was, for obvious reasons, unable to share in my excitement.

Officially the scent is described as Bursting with top notes of orange, bergamot and mouth-watering lemon with green nuances throughout. The floral heart of jasmine, orange flower and geranium dance with lavender and is completed with a warm musk background (according to the website). I would simply refer to it as a nostalgic, manly, classic scent.

Although the Clubman is alcohol based I can say that applying it after a shave provides more of a cool or refreshing sensation than a burning one.  It could be that over the few weeks that I have been testing the aftershave I achieved the perfect, irritation free, shave every time but it is unlikely. Not to say that there isn’t a bit of sting, but that is to be expected. The aftershave leaves your face feeling smooth and irritation free.

I wouldn’t give high marks when it comes to moisturizing but considering that this is an alcohol based product, it didn’t dry out my skin.

I have changed my routine a bit because of the Pinaud Clubman Aftershave. I used to apply face balm after a shave, whether I used my alum stick or tonic, but I found that I didn’t like the way the balm reacted after using the aftershave (of course I let it dry completely before applying), but I also didn’t like the competing scents. So as a result if I use the aftershave following my morning shave I use the face balm at night before going to bed.

I don’t see myself using the Pinaud Clubman Aftershave on a daily basis, but without a doubt it will definitely be part of my aftershave rotation. If you haven’t tried the Clubman Aftershave

Tools in image above:
Merkur 37C
Edwin Jagger Best Badger Brush

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