Knockout Shave Outdoorsman & Complicated

IMG_20140417_163308So I finally got around to using my last two samples from Knockout Shave – their Outdoorsman scent and their Complicated scent. Believe it or not work and family life have been getting in the way of reviewing shaving products. Perhaps it was the sun showing its face for the last week or so but things have seemed to have calmed down and I have been able to get back to the keyboard, and the shave den, (a.k.a. the upstairs bathroom).

My first two experiences with Knockout Shave creams were fantastic – great scents, great lather, and great final product. The same can be said of my final two samples. I’m not going to go into detail in regards to the lathering of these creams, you can take a look at my two other reviews for the enjoyable lather that they produced. Instead I will focus on describing their scent and overall quality of the shave.

The Outdoorsman

IMG_20140417_163142Ratings:
Value: 7
Cushion: 10
Slickness: 9
Scent Pleasantness: 8
Scent Strength (balance): 9
Moisturising: 9

As the name suggests this shave cream brings with it images of the outdoors. Officially the scent is described as having clary sage, cypress, basil, grapefruit, bay, and spruce essential oils. What stands out for me is the spruce – it is nicely balanced, not overpowering at all but definitely the driving force behind this cream. With a bit more focus / concentration the bay and basil scents really came through. The Outdoorsman provides a nice departure from some of the more perfumey scents out there, but it may not be for everyone. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t see myself reaching for it on a daily basis, I would more than likely reach for Citrus of Paradise before the Outdoorsman. Of course that is a personal preference based solely on the scent, the performance of the cream was, as described earlier, fantastic.

Complicated Scent

IMG_20140417_163208Ratings:
Value: 7
Cushion: 10
Slickness: 9
Scent Pleasantness: 9
Scent Strength (balance): 9
Moisturising: 9

The complicated scent is very different to the Outdoorsman, it actually provided an interesting comparison between the two very different scents. If the Outdoorsman provided images of being in the great outdoors, then I would have to say that the Complicated Scent was a bit like being in a really clean candy shop. The sweet smell of the cream has a freshness to it that makes for a great way to start the day. The combination of Sweet Orange and Grapefruit along with oak moss and lavender (along with a few other scents) works great. However, like the Outdoorsman, I can see some people feeling that the scent is a bit too much for them. Preferring something a bit more ‘manly’. Your best solution would be to pick up one of each then you should be set regardless of you mood.

My overall experience with all of the Knockout Shave creams has been fantastic, regardless of scent. The lather was great, the shaves were close and comfortable, and my face felt fantastic after each shave. Some may balk at the price, but the extra few dollars is definitely worth the experience.  For more info checkout the Knockout Shave website.

Tool used in images:
Edwin Jagger 89lbl
Edwin Jagger Best Badger Brush
Merkur 37C
Vie-Long Horse Hair Brush
Bakelite Slant