- Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube
- Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
- Bowl : Van Yulay Resin
- Soap : HC&C non-scented w/Southern Comfort Scent Drops
- Razor : Tatara Nodachi w/Personna Platinum
- Post Shave : Clubman Whiskey Woods
Many of us wet shavers are fragheads, meaning we chase scents as much as the hardware experience with blades and razor. Which is why I find HC&C’s offerings very intriguing. What Pete has done is instead of selling to the shaver tubs and tubs of soap, his take is buy one tub of unscented, add in your scent of choice via scent drops.
This also addresses personal preferences of whether you like it lightly scented, just add one to three drops of the scent, or if you prefer your soaps more aromatic by adding more drops and finding your own preferred amount of scent you want in your soap.
And then, there is of course, the value factor since, it is easier and far cheaper to try a lower cost bottle or several bottles of scents then to buy tubs of soap and find that you do not like them. Of course the flip side is that it is usually easier to sell a tub of soap then a bottle of scent drops.
So far though, with the two scents I have used so far, its been a good experience. Today’s scent was tobacco, light woods and florals, and thus I paired the shave with Clubman’s Whiskey Woods.
Lather was superb, with good initial and residual slickness and a good post shave feel.
Hardware wise, I went with the Nodachi today, and while the blade did perform, it still required skin stretching and several go overs / buffing to get that BBS.
Zero irritation but I think going for DFS with this blade would be the wiser choice.