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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Modern Mane Skincare Giveaway

This month’s giveaway is being sponsored by the generous people over at Modern Mane who are providing skincare set consisting of their under eye serum and microdermabrasion treatment as the prize this month. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out here is your chance, also head over to their site to check out their other great products.

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British Shave Creams

When it comes to shave creams the British brands arguably the benchmark for all other creams. The wet shaving tradition has a long history in Britain and that excellence is evident in their products. But with so many brands to choose from I thought I would break things down a bit and take a look at some classic, and must try, shave creams from Britain.

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Shaving and Sensitive Skin

I was talking to my buddy Mike this morning about shaving and sensitive skin and the different ways in which he could combat the situation. The solution to the problem of sensitive skin and shaving is really a several step operation.

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Shave Ready vs Factory Honed Straight Razor?

Several weeks on and I have yet to decide on a new straight razor. One of the issues that had me confused was the difference between a shave ready straight razor and a factory honed straight. If you are searching for a razor you will come across some shops that have their razors listed as being either “shave ready” or “factory honed”, in some cases not listed as either. So, after a bit of research this is what I have come up with.

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Some Great American Shave Soaps

During my visit to Pasteur Pharmacy last week I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow wet shaver mainly thanks to my daughter who had given him a hug mistaking his bald shaved head for mine. Her error provided me with a great conversation and discussion about great shave soaps, specifically American shave soaps.

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