Shave Factory Shaving Brush

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The Short:

The Shave Factory Horse Hair shave brush is a low cost brush that gets the job done.

The Long:

I received a this Shave Factory shave brush in my shave select box a while back and I am finally getting around to writing some thoughts down.  It needs to be noted that this is what I would refer to as an introductory or budget type brush in both price and feel and shouldn’t or perhaps can’t be fairly compared to higher end brushes. Having said that I have to say that the brush does the job fairly well, and could probably be argued that you don’t really need much more than this.

IMG_20150420_105312Part of what makes this an affordable brush is the handle. It is a very simple construction made from what seems like pine. It’s round, it holds the brush, and that is the extent of it. In reality I guess one doesn’t really need anything more than this, but there is something to be said about a nice looking handle.

A nice feature is that the brush is made of  horse hair. Many of the brushes I have come across at this price point seem to be boar hair, so if you were looking for something just a bit difference it provides you with that. The brush itself isn’t overly dense, which should be expected I feel for a brush at this price.  It does a decent job at holding water, nothing compared to my badger hair brush, but 15 or 20 seconds was enough to get the brush wet enough to start lathering. The lathering process was straightforward as well no issues or difficulties in producing a decent lather.

I have read some reviews that complained of the brush losing hair.  After a couple of weeks of use I cannot say the same thing.  Some hair loss should be expected with any new brush and I didn’t experience anything out of the ordinary with this Shave Factory Brush.

The Shave Factory Horse Hair brush is a good option for someone starting out or simply looking for a practical brush at a good price. Of course you could spend much much more on a brush and you will receive some added benefits – better feel, or more esthetically appealing handle. But it is a bit like thinking about a BMW vs Hyundai, is the BMW more exciting  and probably feels better while driving, but in the end it gets you to your destination in much the same way the Hyundai does.

Dominello Vitali Shave Cream Review

IMG_20150404_071325Ratings:

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

My opinion of brushless shave cream has been changed somewhat by Dominello Vitali Shave Cream. I have been using it for the past week or so and for the past week or so I have had great shaves. No irritation, no burning, and of course a close shave that leaves your face feeling moisturized.

Somewhere along the line I have become suspect of brushless creams.  For no reason really other than the fact that I enjoy using my brush for applying shaving cream. I do feel like the brush adds something to your shave, both in feel and final effect, helping the hairs stand up off your face. So when I used my tube of Dominello for the first time I had rather low expectations that were quickly altered by the comfort and final result of the shave.

IMG_20150404_071354You shouldn’t be looking for your ‘traditional’ type lather with this product. I found that it provides more of a slick surface compared to more foamy creams and almost feels more like a face cream than a shave cream. But regardless of how it looks or feels the end result is what counts and it succeeded in its purpose. Of course there is nothing stopping you from using a brush with this, I did and it worked fine, it just isn’t needed I guess.

As for the scent of the cream it has a complex but very pleasing. Providing for a nice change from some of the more traditional and not so typical scents we are use to. I’m not really sure if you can say the fragrance is any single scent. There are hints of citrus, my wife noticed a bit of cloves. Regardless of what you notice the elements are fantastically balanced and I can’t see someone not finding something enjoyable about it.

Dominello Vitali Shave Cream is a cruelty free, vegan friendly, a gluten free product that has been a great discovery. If you are looking for a change from your current shave cream line up or maybe something to provide you a bit more comfort you may want to give it a try.

For more info check out the Dominello website.

Shaving Factory Straight Razor

IMG_20150312_101609I received a Shaving Factory Straight Razor (replaceable blade system) in my Shave Select box and I have been using it over the past few days.  It is my first ‘shavette’ razor so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the razor itself or the shaving experience.

The razor is a low end introductory razor and you can definitely feel it in the sturdy, but plastic, construction.  Having said that it doesn’t seem to stand in the way of function once you have the blade loaded.

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Loading the blade was simple enough once I realized what was required from me. After folding and snapping the blade in half (in its wrapper) I was able to insert it in its holder and slide the lock into place with relative ease. I feel like there must be a simpler design for this process.  The Shaving Factory Straight Razor requires you to slip the blade under these small clips before locking it into place which isn’t ideal when dealing with a blade.

IMG_20150312_104346I don’t feel like I can accurately describe the shave experience simply because outside of using my straight razor a handful of times, I have no other experience with this type of razor. Needless to say I was a bit cautious with all of my shaves (every morning for the last 6 days) and as a result managed to not draw any blood. It is definitely a different feel, requiring less pressure than a double edge razor and as far as I can tell a slightly different angle than a straight razor.

Overall, for the price, the Shaving Factory Straight Razor  will provide you with a different wet shaving experience, and if nothing else will give you an idea as to whether you want to spend more on a higher end razor like a Dovo Shavette.

 

Shave Select Box Review

IMG_20150310_103135 (1)I received my first box from Shave Select on Thursday evening but a busy weekend has forced me to wait until today to give my thoughts on the box. Which after having the weekend to think about it should please most people who would be in the market for a subscription service of this nature.

To start off the presentation of the box is simple but effective. No real flash, you are aware that you received your Shave Select box and really that is all you need to get the shaving juices moving.

IMG_20150310_104841As you would expect with an introductory box, a starter razor is included in the shipment (don’t click away if you already have equipment – you can skip the first box!).  The razor itself is not bad, obviously you wouldn’t expect an upper end razor, but it feels like a decent introductory razor that you would most definitely upgrade from you decided that wet shaving is for you.

I was surprised to find that the box also included a Shaving Factory shavette – I nice touch I feel. I have yet to try one so I am happy to have the opportunity to give it a try. I would imagine many people would be in the same situation as me and welcome the opportunity experience a shave with one before investing in a higher quality shavette or even a straight razor.

IMG_20150310_105910As with the previous two items the shave brush that is included is also a Shave Factory product, which like the razor and shavette, is not a top of the line brush.  But like the above two items will definitely perform and if nothing else introduce you to the art of lathering with a brush before moving on to another brush.

The box also contained two soaps/creams, both Arko products which might seem a bit redundant but they do provide a decent introduction. The Arko shave stick which I think is a great inclusion, not only because it is loved by many, but also because it introduces the shave stick, which I would imagine most non-wet shavers are not familiar with (I wasn’t).

IMG_20150310_104422The remaining products consisted of a nice starter set of blades; a pack of Astra, Derby, and Feather (black label). A pack of alum match sticks, which is an interesting product that is worth trying out if not for any other reason than curiosity. Finally a sample pack of hair gel which I will sadly never get to use.

I think it is important to put things in perspective when assessing products or services like Shave Select, especially with the introductory box. An experienced wet shaver would not be overly impressed with the first box, but why would they? They already have their tools and experience with wet shaving. The first box is geared towards those who are looking to experience wet shaving as an alternative to the cartridge, and I feel that it accomplishes this with everything that is provided. The only thing I would add perhaps to the intro box is an aftershave sample.

IMG_20150305_151923There is another element to the subscription service that I feel is sometimes misunderstood. If you subscribe to a service like this you are doing so not necessarily to save money (although you might especially vs cartridge shaving), but rather for the experience of receiving products in the mail and the opportunity to try products that you may not have tried otherwise.

If you are curious about the service, including costs, you can check out Shave Select and get more information. If you want an idea of what the non-introduction boxes look like take a look here (second image).