The moment I saw the AS package bag with spillage in it I knew there was something very wrong. While I was lucky that I had a spare cap from another time that this happened, I can’t but help thinking that this could have been prevented. Loosing an 8th of your Aftershave and a badly damaged label isn’t exactly something you want to see.
The shave itself was great, CK-6 performance is outstanding, razor and blade even on the 4th use is still performing at peak. Scent is a great melding of Australian, Indian and Hawaiian Sandalwoods is freaking awesome. The scent favors the Hawaiian a little more than Indian and while I don’t think I have smelt Australian sandalwood before, I think that little sharpness I detect to the sandalwood scent is attributed to the Australian, counterbalancing the sweetness of the Hawaiian and deep resinous Indian. Very intoxicating.
The joy of the shave is marred only by the damaged goods I recieved. And I don’t think I want to do anymore Supreme Sandalwood Science SOTD pictures with AS bottle in the future. Or at all.
Doug, you should think about packaging a little more and definitely think about the material of the caps. I don’t know how many other have had the same experience but this is twice now that I have received an Aftershave bottle with the cap damaged in transit and loosing some of its contents. I am seriously not a happy camper at the moment.
Bowl : Van Yulay Resin Pre-Shave : PAA’s The Cube Brush : Friendship Shaving’s Macy G4 Synthetic by Frank Shaving Soap : PAA’s Supreme Sandalwood Science Post Shave : PAA’s Supreme Sandalwood Science Aftershave Cologne and Star Jelly Aftershave Balm Razor : PAA’s Copper DOC w/Rockwell Blade (4)
Bowl : Van Yulay Resin Brush : Friendship Shaving’s Macy G4 Synthetic by Frank Shaving Pre-shave : PAA’s The Cube Soap : Van Yulay’s Royal Oudh Post Shave : Van Yulay’s Royal Oudh Aftershave and Balm Razor : Rockwell 6S-R3 w/Rockwell Blade Others : Royal Oud Perfume Oil attar
Hail to the Oud baby! Love that Van Yulay lather, goes on like cream, feels slick as melted butter on glass, and most importantly smells like a million bucks.
Thought I’d use the Rockwell Blades that I got when I bought the razor. Don’t know why it has a bad rep, its sharp and smooth. Glass BBS shave, zero irritation. Can’t ask for more than that.
Bowl : Van Yulay Resin Brush : Oumo SHD Silvertip Badger Pre-Shave : PAA’s The Cube Soap : Wet The Face’s Himitsu Post Shave : Wet The Face’s Himitsu Aftershave, Prep Razor : Rockwell 6S-R3 W/Lord Platinum Blade (2) Others : Dior Homme EDT
When you think of Japanese scents do you think like a gaijin and think of plums and cherries? Or do you look further, beyond the surface, stay at a onsen inn and enjoy the scents and sense of things Japanse? Himitsu means secret or private and if you look up Himitsu Bako which means secret box or puzzle box, which is used in the past by Japanese ladies (and men) to hold and keep keepsakes or valuables. Usually a dried lemon peel or dried rose buds are left in to keep things smelling great. Made me wonder if Don had seen one of these and more importantly what’s inside.
Which comes back to Wet The Face’s Himitsu. When I first used the sample some time ago, it brought back memories of a vacation in Japan in an Onsen Ryoken in Hakone, and I remember entering the room and smelling that wonderful rosewood and lemon scent. No, it wasn’t something out of a can but of the woods, and peelings left by the staff to freshen the room. Old school, rich, beautifully natural.
WTF’s Himitsu’s notes, of Patchouli, Saffron, Sweet Lemon and Rose hits the scent imagery right out of the park. Opening with Patchouli and Sweet Lemon with a hint of Saffron that is held together by a strong Rose base. I will say this again, this scent is AMAZING. Fresh, floral and soul centering.
Oh, yeah, the soap was great, shave was great, 2nd use of the Lord blade. Glass BBS Shave yada yada. Feeling great, SMELLING GREAT!
Bowl : Van Yulay Resin Brush : Oumo SHD Silvertip Badger Soap : Ginger’s Garden British Empire Post Shave : Ginger’s Garden British Empire Aftershave and Balm Razor : Rockwell 6S-R4 w/Lord Platinum Blades
Been a while since I used Ginger’s Garden and this one’s a Citrusy White Musk (really heavy on the musk) with a light woods base soap. Would have preferred if it was more sandalwood, oud and amber and a way more less on the musk but it is what it is. Still good though.
Bowl : Van Yulay Resin Pre-Shave : PAA’s The Cube (mentholated) Brush : Friendship Shaving’s Macy G4 Synthetic by Frank Shaving Soap : PAA’s Doppelganger Grey (Aventus) Post Shave : PAA’s Doppelganger Grey (Aventus) Aftershave Cologne, Star Jelly Aftershave Balm Razor : PAA’s Copper DOC w/Feather Blade (5) Others : Al Haramain L’Aventure (Aventus Clone)
Love or hate it, Aventus and its clones smell great. Feather blade on its 5th use, but feels like its edge is starting to go. Had to do a little more cleanup then usual to get that glass BBS shave. Always chasing that glass BBS shave, its an addiction I can’t let go. 😂
Shower w/P&G Old Spice Classic Shower Gel Bowl : Van Yulay Resin Brush : Friendship Shaving’s Macy G4 Synthetic by Frank Shaving Pre-shave : PAA’s The Cube (Mentholated) Soap : PAA’s Cold Spice Razor : PAA’s Copper DOC w/Feather Blade Post Shave : PAA’s Cold Spice Aftershave Cologne and Cold Spice Star Jelly Aftershave Balm Others : PAA’s Cold Spice Deodorant and Cold Spice EDP (Thanks Doug!)
Behold! The Cold Spice Full Monty! The funny part about all this is how I have been asked before ” What is that you are wearing? Smells great!” And if you say “Old Spice” they go ” … oh.” But if you say ” Pimenter ancienne par Phénix artisan accoutrements” in your best French accent they go “Oh! Where did you get it?!” Perception eh?
Tobacco, cherry, vanilla, patchouli, cloves and spice! WSP’s stuff smell great and are easily some of my shaving products to use. Gotta love Feathers, XTG, ATG, and cleanup, and you get “I keep touching myself” glass BBS shaves easy.
Smelling great, feeling great, ready to rock the world!
Bowl : Van Yulay Resin Brush : Oumo SHD Silvertip Badger Pre-shave : Bloom Water Soap : Proraso Red (puck) Post Shave : Proraso Red Razor : PAA Copper DOC w/Personna Blade
Talking with fellow wetshavers had me thinking of Sandalwood and one I haven’t used recently was Proraso Red.
While the soap’s performance isn’t the best, given I have used some really good soaps, but its beautiful Indian sandalwood scent is still as deep and rich as I remember it to be. Especially the aftershave.
As an entry level wet shaving soap, you can do a lot worse than going with Proraso Red.