Italian Barber Acquatico Shave Soap

I added this tub of Acquatico Shaving Soap from the Italian Barber to an order I was placing a few weeks back. I was trying to hit the free shipping level so I was looking for some lower cost items to top up my cart and I came across this soap. At $4.00 U.S. how could I go wrong. I have had only one other experience with Italian Barber soaps, having used their Rosa Di Bossolasco a while back…

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Ogallala Bay Rum, Limes & Peppercorns

Until a few years ago the suggestion of a Bay Rum, Limes and Peppercorns scented shave cream would have been ridiculous to me and I would have rejected, and possibly even ridiculed the idea. In fact, I would imagine the majority of my friends who use mass market shaving products would feel the same way now. It’s too bad really because Ogallala’s Bay Rum, Limes and Peppercorns is fantastic, and they are missing out on a great experience.

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Razors on the Cheap – Discount DE Razor Review 2

A few weeks back I started a new segment here on TheCloseShave taking a look at discount razors. My goal – to find out how a razor costing me a couple of bucks would perform for no other reason than curiosity. My first discount razor wasn’t terrible. The experience with my second discount razor (a twist to open) was, for just over two U.S. dollar, I would have to say was better than good.

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RazoRock Son of Zeus Artisan Bar Soap

A few months ago I used, and reviewed, a bar of soap from Dr Squatch, a great smelling soap that I received in a monthly subscription box and it had got me thinking. Is it possible that artisans soaps are any better than my bar of Lever 2000 or Irish Spring? They are definitely more expensive. Surely there has to be something to it. Like shaving cream, you have the mass market stuff and then you have the good stuff. Read more…

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Fendrihan Lime and Ginger Shave Soap

There was a time when I wouldn’t have given a second thought to the scent of the shave cream I was purchasing. The only concern was whether it would help me out with my shave. Happily those days are gone, shaving with mass market creams and gels are a thing of the past, replaced with wonderful creams and soaps that make shaving much more enjoyable and comfortable. Sadly the days of me not caring so much about my shave cream has increased my awareness and expectations to the products I am using, so when I’m disappointed in a product, I’m really disappointed, as I was with Fendrihan’s Lime and Ginger Shave Soap. Not so much with the performance but definitely with the scent.

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Razors on the Cheap – Discount DE Razor Review #1

This is the first, in what will become a regular feature here on TheCloseShave.com, of low cost razor that I will be reviewing – not so much for the sake of science, but curiosity. Can an ultra cheap razor compete in any way with the higher cost typical razors that people tend to buy (Razors like the Edwin Jagger 89, or a Merkur 23c)? I will keep the criteria simple – in order to qualify the razor had to have cost less than five American dollars. Read more…

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