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