Scent Pleasantness: 9
Scent Strength (balance): 9
My neighbour, who is a wine maker at a local winery, popped in over the holidays for a visit and we got to talking about boxed wine. Personally I prefer my wine in a bottle, but to each his own. I asked him what his take was on the boxed wine and he summed it up like this. Companies that box their wine produce a huge amount product, and which allows them to box some wine, bottle the rest, but it comes at the price of quality. Yes it is cheaper, but at the cost is quality. It got me thinking about artisan soap makers. I rarely come across an artisan soap or cream that I would classify as terrible, most of the time they are all very impressive, and my first experience with KnockOut Shave Creams Citrus of Paradise.
I received a few samples before the holidays and I have finally had a chance to give the first one a go. The Citrus of Paradise has a fantastic, and I would say a unique scent to it. According to KnockOut Shave’s website the Citrus of Paradise has grapefruit, cedar wood virginian, and ylang ylang essential oils. What stood out for me was the citrus, sweet, not overpower, almost feels like you could eat it for dessert. I will say that the grapefruit is not the dominant scent (my first inclination was lemon), so if you are thinking Taylor of Old Bond Street Grapefruit – don’t. Overall a nice departure from tradition scents.
The Citrus of Paradise produces a nice lather as well, but only after a little bit of work and some extra water, which isn’t a bad thing, just be sure to give the cream a chance. The time and extra effort is definitely worth it because it provided an excellent amount of cushion and slickness and didn’t leave my face feeling dry.
Overall the KnockOut Shave’s Citrus of Paradise provided a quality experience and I would definitely recommend it. Some may be turned off by the price but if you can afford it don’t let the price stand in your way – think box wine vs small operation bottled wine. If you can’t afford the a sampler is also available. I’m looking forward to the next few samples I have waiting for me in my shave cabinet. Check out KnockOut Shave here.
Tools in images:
Vie-Long Horse/Badger Hair Brush (Reddit edition)
Clubman After Shave Lotion (used it for the first time with this review – review of the Clubman to follow)