Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
Soap : PAA Copalli
Razor : Blackland Vector w/Feather Pro Blade
Post Shave : PAA Copalli Aftershave Cologne and Star Jelly Aftershave
Others : PAA Copalli Deodorant and Epic Solid Cologne
Doug, going back to that old convo, LOVE THIS LABEL! I’d love to see more “Adventures in Shaving” labels to be honest.
While some may poopoo the idea of eye catching labels, one cannot discount how much scents with just a little visual suggestion can transport a person to another time and place. In this case, deep in the Mayan Jungle circa beginning of the 1600s – 1700s during the age of exploration. Or late 1920s – 1930s Indiana Jones rock em, sock em, Archeology baby!
Scent in essence, is Dark Fruity Incense. A Rich, deep, dark incense woods note, with that almost black currant, fruity aroma along with a touch of sage-isk note makes this one of my favorite cold weather scents.
Chose to go with the Vector today. I know some don’t like how mild it feels but I love it. Smooth, easy, very precise and getting that “faceturbation worthy” perfect BBS shave is all but guaranteed.
Feeling fantastic and smelling Indiana Jones Epic. Stay safe Stay sane Stay happy
Some scents are universal. You can use it in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, in the office, at the gym or just chilling at home. Smelling great at all times, anytime. Tom Ford’s Grey Vetiver to me is one such. Citrus, spice, amber, oakmoss and vetiver makes for a very heady, very timeless scent that you can enjoy no mater where you are, at anytime.
And yes, I’m using the WTF Tallow Puck. Don do have them but not for all his scents which is a pity as I do enjoy these slightly more. If you want these, get them while he still has them.
Went with the CATA-DOC and the Super Max Diamon Edge, one of my “Feather Alternatives” and the combo performed flawlessly, taking growth off like its not there. Hardly any blade feel as you buff and shave by audio feedback. You’ll know when there’s hardly anything left to take off.
One of the best scent to be released in 2010, it’s been ten years and its still one of best smelling software you can get. Of course buying the Original Creed can set you back a hefty penny, Going for about US$320-$350 +/- for a 100ml bottle. Or you can just go with any of many artisans who do have a duplication of the scent via soap, aftershaves and other various ways to make you smell like money.
PAA’s Doppelganger Grey is one of those and is close enough that it is almost spot on, depending on which batch of Aventus you are comparing it to. And Doug has got the “Full Monty” for those who want to go that route. And while I no longer buy Creed or choose not to since the Arabic perfumers are pretty good at cloning scents with very high quality juice at a fraction of the price, I went with Al Haramain’s L’Aventure, which to my nose is an extremely good reproduction of one of the best Aventus batches and while Armaf’s CDNI is hyped up by many, I prefer the Al Haramain’s version as it holds that fruity note long into the mids and drydown meshing into the birch giving it that smokey pineapple vibe far longer then CDNI. YMMV of course, especially when it comes to scents.
Went with the CATA-DOC with the Sword of Achilles, riding on that CK-6 lather … WHOOOOOOO!!! Yeah, perfect, zero irritation, true glass, “I keep touching myself” faceturbation worthy shave.
Post Shave : PAA Atomic Age Bay Rum Aftershave Cologne
Going to be a rather busy, sweaty and physical work day so kept it simple with one of the best of not the best bay rum in the market. Going with the Model T and ever since it has been replaced, it’s definitely much more enjoyable to use, going from rough and very aggressively blade forward to quite smooth with some blade feel.
Enjoyed the shave, got a clean BBS. Stay safe Stay sane Stay happy
I want to preface this to first just say that making soaps and matching scents aren’t the easiest nor the most perfect of arts. So sometimes things don’t go as expected and even more so when it has to do with scents that has “secret notes” as many Perfumeries tend not to spill all the beans as to what make a specific scent of theirs smell the way it does.
So, this morning’s shave kinda bugged me. I remember the original Eau Sauvage to be a very fresh lemony scent and when Dior finally came out with a EDP version of it in 2012, I jumped on it, and I remember at first I HATED it as it wasn’t the same scent as the Original Eau Sauvage’s fresh lemon. In time I became used to, and loved the “Myrrh bomb” as I used to call it, going through several bottles of it.
Fast forward to 2017, 2 years after Dior released Dior Sauvage (you know, the one with Johnny Depp plastered all over its advertisements) and again I jumped on getting the newly released EDP when Dior announced a new reformulation of Eau Sauvage EDP. By now I had, in my mind, I had associated Myrrh with the scent. Not having used the EDT for years now.
So this morning, when I said that Eau Sauvage was Lemon and Myrrh, I was wrong. Or at least, wrong if I am referring to the original EDT releases.
The EDT is a very different animal and, to be honest, I could only remember that it was “fresh lemon and woods” but wasn’t sure if it had Myrrh. So I went out and bought a bottle of Dior Eau Sauvage EDT.
And no. It does not have Myrrh.
So, back to Irena’s take on the scent. Is it “Eau Sauvage”? It is close but there is enough of a difference that it is noticeable.
The DNA is definitely there, but there’s something off and I can’t put my finger on it. It definitely needed a bit more of that fresh lemon to pop and there is that note that is either ambroxan or mimicking ambroxan that you immediately think of the 2015 Sauvage.
Still, this is the closest to, if not the only soap as far as I know to resemble the original Eau Sauvage EDT and for that I am thankful of its existence.
Had a fantastic shave, feeling great and smelling epically awesome. Wife will definitely raise eyebrows. 😛
Stay safe Stay sane Stay happy
ps : Oh! If you like fresh Vintage old school scents. YOU HAVE TO TRY this one at least.
Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
Soap : Ginger’s Garden Eau Sauvage
Razor : Tatara Masamune Base + Nodachi Cap w/Zaza Blade
Post Shave : Skin Bracer Original
Others : Dior Eau Savauge Parfum (2017)
Today’s Frankensteinian shave has scents going all over the place.
I really love Ginger’s Garden soaps, especially her tallow soaps which always generates that beautiful, thick, slick lather, though this time, I think there might have been some confusion when the scent was mixed.
Dior Eau Sauvage (1966 / 2012 / 2017) is a lemon and myrrh scent vs the more recent Dior Sauvage’s (2015) spiced ambroxan. (I am oversimplifying the scent notes to its bare basics) Still smells great but its more the 2015 scent.
Went with the Zero Zero Masamune again. Just using what works for me. Easy work day shave, finishing up with that fresh green mint Skin Bracer (and quite a bit of it!) to the face.
Got this one some time ago, scent is a very reproduction to Floid Blue, though that citrus / citronella does pop up quite sharply. Adding menthol tones down the citrus / citronella note a little and makes it closer to the Original Blue Spice scent of Floid Blue (I still think that there is a floral mint-spice note that’s missing / weak) and that menthol hit makes for a better shave. YMMV of couse.
Going with the Nodachi with the TSOA for a work day shave today, for that no nonsense, true glass, “I keep touching myself” BBS shave. Just a tad more blade feel but still feels fantastically smooth. And the blade just mows down growth with very little resistance, just a tiny bump and its clear smooth skin.