Any requests?

Hey everyone!!

Yes it has certainly been quite a while since I’ve posted.  And as I start thinking about posting more reviews, I realize I have never actually done this:  What shaving products would you like me to review?  Any new soapmakers out there that you want me to write about?  Any legends that I have missed?

Leave a comment below and let me know what you’d like me to review!

Review: Virile Barber’s Shave Formula and Face Balm

Virile Barber's Shaving Cream & Face Balm

Virile Barber’s Shaving Cream & Face Balm

3 years!! 3 years ago I started this site as a way for ME to remember what my feelings were about every product I’ve tried.  And it’s turned into this mess.  I couldn’t be happier.  Actually I could be happier if I updated more, but hey, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.  Let’s talk Virile.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned Virile Barber before.  They’re located in NJ and are a super-classy joint, the perfect barber for a guy who knows a thing or two about shaving without a cartridge.  They’re extremely friendly, exceptionally dressed, professional to the tee, and are quite skilled in their craft.  And their craft has expanded, as they now sell their own shaving products.

So I’m going to do a double review.  Because these products are exceptional, and I want you to know about both of them.

First up, obviously, is the Shave Formula.  This is their shaving cream.  This stuff works with or without a brush.  For those of you gents who like me have a brush, it works REALLY well with a brush.  I found the best combination was bowl lathering with a silvertip.  Be slightly more generous with the cream than, say, Taylor of Old Bond Street.  However, once you get the lather going, you can take it to your face for an impressive slick cushiony roller coaster ride for your blade.  The more you work this lather, the better.  The way better, actually.

Ingredients include macadamia nut and soybean oil, tea tree oil, chamomile and aloe.  It is designed to be scent free so it is exceptionally good for your skin.  And it rinses away super clean.

Next up:  The Face Balm.  In my opinion, the opinion of a fake pirate who’s been reviewing shaving products for more than a couple years, it does not get much better than this.

First off, this stuff works as a total face moisturizer.  It alcohol free, mostly scent free (there is a slight eucalyptus-like scent) and has menthol, aloe vera extract, and white tea extract to first invigorate then calm your skin.

Going on it’s pretty straightforward.  Very light scent with a very slight menthol tingle.  Nothing like a winter blast, but a “hey my skin feels alive” kind of feel.  This goes away after just a few minutes, but let me tell you, this stuff really does seem to lock in the moisture balance on your face.  100% no greasy feeling afterwards.  Your face will feel awesome.  That there is some impressive stuff!

This is the tube I reach for the most after a shave.  Honestly.  And let me talk about these tubes that these products come in.  They’re really nice, standing there on their own.  And with a little twist, you can squeeze out exactly how much you want.  The only slight drawback is that when you close the tube again (twist cap) it ejects a droplet more of product.  But once you know this, you can adjust your original amount accordingly.

Great guys, great barbershop, great products.  Really can’t say much more.  If you’re in Jersey, go say hi either at their main location in Waldwick or their other spot in Jersey City.  Check out their website for more information.

Products used in this shave:
Weber DLC Razor with a Gillette 7’Oclock blade (yellow)
Da Vinci Uomo 293 Silvertip Badger Brush
– Virile Barber & Shop’s Shave Formula
Thayer’s Unscented Witch Hazel with Aloe
- Virile Barber & Shop’s Face Balm

 

Review: Barberry Coast Bay Rum Aftershave

Barberry Coast Bay Rum Aftershave

Barberry Coast Bay Rum Aftershave

Ahoy!!!  Well now, it’s certainly been a while!  I bet you all thought my imaginary ship ran aground somewhere off the coast of the Bimini Islands, and that I had now accepted my fate of living in paradise with a constant supply of sun, drinks served in coconuts, and bikini-clad beauties who just love the smell of bay rum.  Well, have I got news for you!  None of that happened.  Because I’m a fake pirate.

What did happen was that I fell in love with a new aftershave:  Barberry Coast Bay Rum Aftershave.  Heard of it?  You have now!  This summer, I used it almost every day.  And for someone who has as immense a collection of bay rums as I do, that’s saying something.  I just can’t find anything wrong about this stuff.  Seriously.

So let’s just dive into the scent, shall we?  As BC says, “each bottle is handcrafted with the finest and purest ingredients”:  allspice, vanilla, bay leaves, cinnamon, clove, and orange.  I know.  I know there are some of you out there that just do not like clove.  If this is a no-go for you, I can understand the sentiment, but just read the rest of this paragraph.  It really doesn’t smell like clove, like, at all.  What I get when I splash this on is a blast of bay rum and orange.  It’s a super warm citrusy scent that has some sweet and spice to it, thanks to the vanilla and —touch— of cinnamon.  The clove seriously blends right into the bay rum note, making it hold out a little longer than bay normally holds for.  The scent is also light and not overpowering.  Almost exactly as strong as it needs to be, with no stingyness for your shaving mistakes.

The other ingredients are water, alcohol, and glycerin.  That’s it.  Just enough alcohol to get by, and enough glycerin to prevent your face from drying out.  My face feels awesome after splashing it on.  And also there are no sulphates, parabens, dyes, toxins, or anything else.  Just the good stuff!

If you like the citrusy side of bay rums, especially if you have a love for orange scents, you really should try this stuff out.  I’m not kidding when I say it’s one of my favorites.

Barberry Coast Bay Rum is available at Amazon, and also Barberry Coast’s website!

Review: 42 Shaving Soap by Barrister And Mann

42 Shaving Soap by Barrister & Mann

42 Shaving Soap by Barrister & Mann

42.  It is “the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything”, according to one of my favorite books ever, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  I loved the books so much I even have a gold-embossed collector’s edition hardcopy of the entire trilogy.  Yes, all 5 books!!

So grab your towels my friends, because that is exactly the one thing you need when you’re a galactic hitchhiker.  That and, if you’re lucky, a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster: an alcoholic beverage which, when drunk, feels “like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped ’round a large gold brick”.  This drink happens happens to be one of the ingredients of this incredible smelling soap.  Ok, Don’t Panic, I’ll start making sense now.

First things first, this is a very limited edition soap that was created to celebrate Towel Day, which is a celebration of the life and writings of Douglas Adams, the author of the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  When I got an email from Barrister & Mann announcing that only 140 jars would be made, I had to get one immediately.  And this is now my go-to soap.

I have reviewed B&M’s Seville before, giving it the rare 5/5 stars.  The performance is just about the same for this tallow soap, and while I will not edit my previous review, I will bring it back just slightly from the edge of perfection, because I didn’t -always- get a perfect lather.  That said, what I like about this soap is that if lathered up right, in the right conditions, it is just that, perfect.  It’s super cushioning, it’s super slick, and it rinses clean and easy.  For me perfection was found in face lathering with a boar brush (my Semogue Owner’s Club boar brush), which with a good amount of water, and a decent amount of swirling, produced a super rich lather that was enough for a minimum of 4 exceptional passes.  It’s hard for B&M’s soap to let you down, thought a few times I didn’t get the lather I hoped for when using my Da Vinci badger.

When I first saw this soap, I -really- hoped that I would like the scent.  I love the books, the story, the characters, and I’m sure the style of the writing influences even the style of these reviews.  And seriously, it was not a letdown.  The scent is awesome.  Like Arthur Dent, the main character, it’s distinctly British.  It is very much a gentlemanly scent that could fit right in with some of the old-time British soaps like Truefitt & Hill and Taylor of Old Bond Street.  It’s citrusy-floraly with a hint of muskiness and … well, downright Britishness.  But Britishness with a bit of an aloof character to it.  To be direct, it’s a mixture of items plucked from the storyline: Petunia, Ambergris, Tea, and Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, which for the sake of simplicity, is lemon.  It’s a light, fresh, and delicious scent that’s perfect for summer, and it is my absolute go-to soap, probably until it’s all gone.

I’d say get some, but you can’t, because like I said, it’s limited edition.  You may notice that I like to start my reviews by saying I’m a lucky guy.  I figured in tribute to the silly nature of Douglas Adams, I would end with it: To be one of the few people in the world to have this soap in my rotation, yeah, I’m a lucky guy.

  • Scent – 5 (well done)
  • Lather Performance – 4.5
  • Lather Life – 5
  • Overall – 5

 

Review: Stirling Soap Company – Bay Rum Shaving Soap

Stirling Soap Company - Bay Rum Shaving Soap

Stirling Soap Company – Bay Rum Shaving Soap

I’ve been doing this for a while now, just about two and a half years.  And I really consider it a failure on my part that I have not reviewed this soap yet.  The thing is, I get to try out so many soaps that I hardly have the space anymore to order more!  Well thanks to my lady’s organizational skills, I now have room to load up on more, and one of the first ones I bought was a sampler of 5 scents from this giant in the artisan shaving soap community:  Stirling Soap Company’s Bay Rum Shaving Soap.

Now you knew I had to review their bay rum right?  I mean, c’mon.  It’s almost like my job at this point.  I do have other scents, including grapefruit and Bergamot Lavender, which I’m very excited to try.  But since they do have my namesake, review it I must.  Lest I be tossed off this fake pirate ship along with all my not-really-pirate-like belongings.

Bay Rum.  You get to define yourself when you define a bay rum.  Are you sweet or spicy?  Are you citrusy or woody?  And just what do you think of clove anyway?  All these questions must be answered before you can slap a “bay rum” label on yourself.  And it would help if you were a soap, otherwise you’d be quite a strange person.  So, how does Stirling define bay rum?

Bay West Indies (Pimenta Racemosa) essential oil is blended with Orange, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and a hint of Clove to provide a very complex and masculine aroma.

This is a fantastic straight-forward bay rum.  It’s classic and doesn’t complicate it very much.  The heart of the scent is the orange.  And the nutmeg and cinnamon warm it up so nicely that you’ll just sit there sniffing the puck over and over.  And for those of you who see “clove” and get worried, worry you not.  The clove is only strong enough to draw the bay scent out for a longer period of time.  Bay is a very short-lived scent, and clove is similar enough that if used in the right amount, will not smell clovey at all.  Honestly, when I finally read the scent list above, I was surprised to see clove in there, because it really is just a hint.  An almost imperceptible hint.  All in all it’s a great bay rum that is super pleasant, all the way though your shave until you clean out your brush.

Performance?  Damn.  This stuff performs exceptionally well.  This is a tallow soap, so vegans need not apply.  But if you’re cool with that, then sir, you are in for a treat.  Along with a castor oil base, lanolin, shea butter, and several other skin-loving ingredients, this soap lathers up super thick and rich.

Now I say this with a touch of hesitation, as this soap can sometimes lather up not so great.  But there are plenty of videos out there that discuss the best ways to lather it up.  Myself, I like to go in with a wetter-than-normal-but-not-soaked brush (I’ve been loving my new Da Vinci Uomo 293 silvertip badger brush) and run it over the soap for a while longer than normal, with very light pressure.  You’ll pick up tons of soap molecules.  And I also prefer these days to face lather.  So doing that I get an incredible amount of lather.

This lather is, like I said, really really good.  It’s super slick and it’s thickness really protects the skin.  Your razor will glide right over, taking all the whiskers and leaving your skin in great shape.  And the lather lasts too!  I easily get three passes, each thicker than the last, and have plenty left over in the brush for at least another two passes.  The lather usually shows no signs of thinning out, either.

I really should also mention the price.  For $7.50, you get a 125 gram puck.  You have to put it in your own container because all you get is the puck, but if you’re like me, you have a soap-dedicated cheese grater and containers at the ready, so this is hardly a problem, and the soap, like I said, is fantastic.  So this is some serious value for a little bit of work.

They sell samples of all their scents as well, and man they have a lot of them.  So go check out Stirling Soap Company and check out their selection.  You’ll love it.

  • Scent – 4
  • Lather Performance – 5
  • Lather Life – 5
  • Overall – 4.5

Review: Bey Shave Aftershave & Vigorating Skin Tonic

Bey Shave Aftershave & Vigorating Skin Tonic

Bey Shave Aftershave & Vigorating Skin Tonic

Seriously now.  I can’t possibly be coming across in a believable manner anymore considering how many times I’ve started a post by saying how lucky I am.  But here be me, an extremely lucky and extremely fake pirate.  Day after day, I sit here, counting dolphins that are probably hallucinations, hoping against all hope that another amazing bottle will float by my ship.  And once again I strike gold.

Gentlemen, I present to you: Bey Shave Aftershave & Vigorating Skin Tonic.

Do you want a bottle in your shave den, or whatever you want to call your “bathroom”, that harkens back to the days of ye ol’ apothecary?  Whether you do or do not, you’ll friggin love this bottle.  A smallish dark brown apothecary bottle with a tin cap.  I would take a guess and say thats a fine looking Persian gentleman on the front.  Maybe he’s a Turk?  Honestly, I don’t know.  I’m a pirate.  And a damn fake one at that.  What I do know is that this is how aftershaves should be presented.  And the bottle has that little plastic hole thingy that lets you not accidentally pour half of it all over your bathroom sink.  So be a man and throw a few hefty splashes at your palm and slap it on your face.  You’ll make that Persian-ish guy on the bottle proud.

The scent is a deep yet light bay rum.  It’s not at all overwhelming, and its not going to disappear too quickly either.  Its a mix of bay, bergamot, cedar, frankincense, sandalwood, blood orange, myrrh and “locally sourced botanicals”.  Dammit, I just love that list.  And what’s awesome is that all of those scents are present but not like a hammer is present.  I could totally tell that the frankincense was there, but it’s not like it smells like frankincense.  It smells woody and citrusy.  Sharp and smart.  It’s a deeply rounded and well-assembled scent.  And it’s intentionally not strong, as per the maker’s intentions when he set out to create it.  And don’t even get me started on “organically sourced botanicals”.  Yes.  I’m just going to keep saying “yes”.  Yes.

And on top of that the first two ingredients are organic witch hazel and rum!  Yes!  Now there’s not a whole lot of bay rums out there with rum in it.  But it’s not too heavy handed.  The maker intended to keep the alcohol content low.  So it’s not an alcohol blast, but rather a nod.  And by starting off with witch hazel, this stuff does what an aftershave is supposed to do: treat your skin well.  (and smell awesome).  (and look good on your shelf).  (Yes).

And, as if you didn’t need more reasons to love this stuff, each batch of this elixir is handmade and takes a full month to develop.  I am absolutely sold.

Do yourself a favor and visit beyshave.com, do some reading, and then just try to avoid the “order now” button.  Just try.

All fake-pirate-kidding aside, this stuff is fantastic, and screams quality, in the most gentlemanly way possible.  I am thrilled to have it in my top aftershave rotation.  Thank you, Bey Shave, for making such an excellent product.

Review: Bearded Lady Shaving Soap by Beer Soap Brewing Company

Beer Soap Brewing Company's Bearded Lady Shaving Soap

Beer Soap Brewing Company’s Bearded Lady Shaving Soap

There are several reputable shaving sites out there that have trading forums, where fake pirates like you and I can go and trade shaving products that we no longer use for one that might look appealing.  And nothing looks more appealing to a pirate than a bearded lady.  And that, my fake sea-lovin friends, is what I am going to write about today:  Beer Soap Brewing Company’s Bearded Lady Shaving Soap.  I can’t remember which soap or cream I traded for it, but I am very glad I did as I picked up a phenomenal performer.  I’ve tried it on and off for some time now, and I have finally come to know exactly how to use this soap

This one is fun.  The Beer Soap Brewing Company has several scents (one of which is a favorite around here in terms of scent, you get one guess).  What these guys do that makes them special is they add a specific beer to each scent of soap.  For this soap, they use Bearded Lady American Wheat Ale by Good People Brewing Company.  I happen to really really like wheat ales, so this is a perrrrfect matchup for me.

Let’s talk scent.  You probably are thinking the same thing I was:  what might a bearded lady smell like.  If you said “rugged”, well you win.  The makers say: “Notes of fir, bay, and cedarwood are anchored with a base of tobacco.”  Personally I am not the biggest fan of fir.  It brings a certain ambiance to a scent, an ambiance of fir.  And that ambiance is not for me.  I like “woody”, but not so much “woodsy”.  There’s a difference.  And at the end I’d say the combination is right in the middle of woody and woodsy.  It’s a rugged scent balanced out with bay and tobacco.  So while it’s interesting, it’s not something scent-wise that I would reach for.

Now, on to the really appealing part of this soap, the performance.  This is a tallow soap, and absolutely performs like one.   The way I found this soap performs best was to put some hot water on it (a trick I learned from HTGAM), for about 30 seconds.  Next I hit it with my DaVinci badger brush, and loaded it up good with a decent amount of water still in the brush.  Then I went and face lathered.  It lathered up to an amazing super-thick and creamy lather.  It stayed really thick on the face and while I was shaving provided an abundance of slick for my razor to glide over.

The best part was that this lather was -exactly- as slick, thick, creamy, and protective on the third pass as it was on the first.  Actually this was one of those awesome soaps that got better with each pass.  There are few soaps that do that, and I’m lucky enough to have them in my rotation.  Sometimes a lather just needs to age a little to really shine. It has to do with the ingredients, and this one has some awesome ingredients:  tallow, stearic acid, palm oil, castor oil, coconut oil, kaolin clay, and shea and cocoa butter.  As someone who spends a lot of time reading ingredients of soaps, I can vouch for this lineup.   Oh, yeah.. there’s also beer.  Bring that shit on.

So all in all, while this is not my favorite scent, this is one of the better performers I’ve tried in a while, and it’s safe to say that I’m not trading it.

  • Scent – 3
  • Lather Performance – 5
  • Lather Life – 5
  • Overall – 4

Review: Anne Bonny Bay Rum Shaving Soap by Dr Jon

Anne Bonny Bay Rum Shaving Soap by Dr Jon

Anne Bonny Bay Rum Shaving Soap by Dr Jon

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a lucky guy.  I’m pretty sure I start most of my reviews that way.  Well, the thing is, it gets proven to me all the time.  Want more proof?  Anne Bonny.  Oh yeah.  She was a fiery redheaded Irish lass who at a very young age stole a pirate ship and became a Pirate of the Caribbean.  She also happens to be an amazing shaving soap.  And both are on my shaving shelf.  No, wait, check that.  Only one is.  The other, well no one quite knows what happened to her (according to Wikipedia at least).  So since I can’t give you that much info on the pirate, I’ll tell you what I know about Dr Jon’s Anne Bonny Bay Rum Shaving Soap.

Oh man oh man.  So much good stuff to talk about here.  So lets start with how it started with me.  The packaging is very similar to HTGAM/Phoenix, a low, wide metal tin.  The labeling is very lovely, as you can see in the image above, with really well drawn graphics on waterproof vinyl stickers.

The scent is exactly what the packaging says it is.  A very different take on bay rum.  It’s a mix of West Indies Bay, dark rum, lime, and black tea.  Black tea?  That is a first for me in bay rums.  As a whole, the scent is totally unique.  Its a spicy citrucy scent and the black tea pulls it in a new direction.  It may not be for everyone, but I am a fan of tea-scented shaving products (like eShave’s white tea shaving cream).  If anything, the tea is a little on the strong side and pulls this soap just to the edge of “bay rum”.  But it is still a bay rum, and I like it.

The soap itself is very soft, almost like Al’s Shaving Soaps.  Even when loading with a soft badger brush, you can move the soap around a little.  One of the softest soaps I have encountered, and you could probably get away with calling this a croap (halfway between a cream and a soap).

The performance took me a few tries to get down.  I tried several combinations between my boar and badger brush, and between bowl and face lathering.  In the end, face lathering with my badger brush (Simpsons Duke 2) was hands down the champion.  And wow does this stuff lather well.  The trick was to leave a lot of water in the brush, load it up nice and good on the supersoft puck, and then lather right on your face.  Using a decent back-and-forth scrubbing motion, I got one of the best lathers I’ve gotten in months, literally.  Super cushioning and very slick.  And it lasted three passes with plenty to spare, and all without losing any strength.

BBS shave with no irritation and no nicks either.  And its bay rum, but with tea.  Really well done!

  • Scent – 3.5
  • Lather Performance – 4.5
  • Lather Life – 4.5
  • Overall – 4

 

Review: Gilbert Henry Bay Rum Aftershave Splash

Gilbert Henry Bay Rum Aftershave Splash

Gilbert Henry Bay Rum Aftershave Splash

I’m a lucky guy.  Today I am lucky for so many reasons it’s almost unfair.  First of all, this month marks the TWO YEAR anniversary of the Bay Rum Diaries.  I love that I get to do this.  I love that I get to try more aftershaves, soaps, and creams than most guys even knew existed.  And being able to review them is such an honor.

I have been away for a while.  First came a business trip to India for most of December (I did pick up a few reviewable shaving products), and then I had a couple other personal things that kept me away.  But I am back, and man do I have a great product to tell you about today: Gilbert Henry Bay Rum Aftershave Splash.  Let’s just get right to this shall we?

I have a few products from Gilbert Henry that I am going to be reviewing, but today I chosen the Bay Rum Aftershave Splash as a tribute to how I started this blog exactly two years ago.  What got this all started was a sampler of bay rum aftershaves that I ordered online.  This splash brought me right back to those exciting days, when bay rum was a new thing to me, and each day led to a discovery of just how wide-ranging the “bay rum” scent could be.  I soon discovered that bay rum is a great vehicle to show the maker’s creativity.  Is it going to be citrusy?  Is it going to be woodsy?  How about sweet or smoky?  Bright or dark?  Since it’s not a perfectly defined scent, its completely open to interpretation and that is really exciting when you’re trying one out for the first time.

This splash comes in an apothecary bottle, with some nice modern design on the outside.  And its clear you need to give this stuff a good shake as there are natural elements in it that will settle.  I like that.  It tells me this stuff has got guts.

The splash burns a little when it hits your face, as it is an alcohol-based splash.  But it’s not quite as much a sting as, say HTGAM or Captain’s Choice Cat-O-Nine Tails.  Just a nice little smack in the face.  Let’s call it an admonishment for forgetting to take your time with your shave.

The scent starts really spicy, with a woody backdrop to it.  And there is a slight hint of citrus and a warm clove note as well.  Clove is interesting, because some people love it and some hate it.  In bay rum, it is very close to the the bay scent, and acts to draw out that aspect of the scent profile.  That’s why I am one who does not mind the clove addition to any bay rum.  But whats really nice about this scent is that it evolves as your morning goes on.  Bay rums don’t last too long, and this one is not much different, but while it is there, it is really nice.  It’s not a beat-you-over-the-head bay rum.  It’s warm and mellow, and I do think that mostly due to the sandalwood backdrop.  It’s really nice.

And a nice bonus to this bay rum is the additional ingredients like Sunflower seed oil, which moisturizes and protects without being greasy.  Theres also Provitamin B5 and Vitamin E, which help soften and heal the skin after the war it just went through with your razor, you brute.  I must say, I have been using this product for a few days now, and I actually do notice how soft the skin feels and how it’s not dry or greasy, it’s just right.  I’m quite impressed.

Overall, if you’re a bay rum fan, you should try this stuff out.  It’s really a nice, warm, slightly woody scent, that gives your face a really nice treatment to start your day with.

Keep an eye here on the diaries, as I will have more Gilbert Henry reviews coming soon.  You would be amazed at how many products I have sitting around here that still need to be reviewed.  Must get to work on them.  Thanks guys!

Review: Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave

Whats up guys!

It’s been several months since I visited Pasteur Pharmacy in NYC, but after having a really awesome conversation with Leon, one of the guys working there, he gave me several samples of products that were new to the amazing shelves of shaving products.  One of these was Jack Black’s Beard Lube.  I tried one of these a little while back, and haven’t touched it since. That is until Movember came along.

So as this year’s Mo began, I decided that maybe this shaving cream (or gel?) might be the best one to use for week one.  Seeing that I don’t have to bowl or face lather, but rather just apply it to the areas I want to shave.  You see, I’m doing a really badass trucker mo this time, so I wanted to be sure I don’t under- or over-shave the appropriate areas.

Movember 13th

Movember 13th

What I found very beneficial was not only could I apply it to only the areas I wanted to, if I over-applied it, I could see right through and notice where I should shave and where I shouldn’t.  It was kind of the perfect solution for precision shaving that this awesome moustache required.

But let’s move on to the performance.  If I could say anything about this product, I would say it came from a bottle of hair conditioner.  I say this from experience, as many guys have reported that while showering, they put conditioner on their scruff to soften the whiskers in preparation for their shave.  You’ll also notice that the way conditioner feels on your facial skin is exactly the way this Beard Lube feels on your skin.  And it definitely softens the beard whiskers too.

During your shave, you’ll notice that no matter how wiry your whiskers might be, once they are lubed up with this stuff, they can hardly put up a fight.  So the whiskers do get softened.  And there is a degree of slickness to this stuff, but it’s no match for a really good shave soap, which provides more slickness and more cushion.  I did notice tho that even when I was shaving ATG, I did not get any nicks.  So this stuff did remove the whiskers without too much skin damage.

Sadly, theres no lather, and as such, no cushion.  So if that’s your thing, and its kind of my thing too, then this might not be the product for you.  I suspect you already knew that.  But if you’re into trying something different, and maybe you just don’t feel like getting your shaving brush wet today, then you may want to give this stuff a shot.

The scent is straight up peppermint and menthol.  Not exactly my thing, but not terrible by any means.

In the end, if you are into traditional shaving and the like, stick with soaps/creams.  If you miss the days when you shaved with a gel, or if you like menthol, or don’t have a brush, then this is definitely a contender.

  • Scent – 2
  • Lather Performance – 4
  • Lather Life – N/A
  • Overall – 3 (a decent non-brush shaving product)

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