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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: Baxter of California – After Shave Balm

Baxter of California - After Shave Balm

Baxter of California – After Shave Balm

This was a surprise all the way around.  I recently purchased some Klar Kabinett from Fendrihan.com, and in the package they shipped me came two samples.  The first I’ll keep a secret for now, but the second was a little sample packet of Baxter of California’s After Shave Balm.  The subtitle of the package reads “Alcohol Free / Soothing Formula”.

Very very true.  So today I shaved with a Hoffritz Travel Slant with a Weber bulldog handle.  For those slant experts out there who might be saying “Hey the handle on a Hoffritz Slant is permanently attached”… you are correct, but not on the travel version.  It is a head that fits on any standard razor handle, and as such I have an epic frankenrazor.  🙂  Whats more important is that I had a truly awesome shave with it.  A couple weepers on the against-the-grain pass but that’s expected from a slant.  But today’s shave resulted in the very definition of baby-butt-smooth..

So I skipped my normal toner application and went straight for the sample pack of Baxter’s.  I squeezed it all out in my hand, and then immediately realized I shouldn’t have because this stuff is so slick and awesome that it could have lasted maybe three applications.  For something smaller in thickness than a typical wetnap, I was very impressed.  So I kept about half of what came out of the packet and applied it to my freshly shaven skin.

“Yeah….” I literally said that as I was putting it on my face… This stuff is just fantastic.  First off, it’s alcohol free, a quality that is becoming increasingly more sought after aftershaves, as it is known that alcohol is not the best thing for a freshly shaven face.  But this isn’t a tame substance!  Oh no, there is a hint of menthol under a bed of citrus.  It’s a truly invigorating sensation for the senses.  Your nose gets blasted with a clean fresh scent while your face feels a warm tingle of menthol.

And it really hydrates the skin well.  Consistency-wise it’s like a gel-balm hybrid, that goes on cool and warm at the same time.  Honestly, as I put it on and massaged it in, my skin feels very well hydrated, and also protected.

The ingredients list is long and has a lot of hard-to-pronounce words.  It’s not the worst thing in the world, but I’ve been trying to align myself with products with more natural ingredients, something that is fairly easy to do when it comes to shaving soaps and creams.  That said, this is still some fantastic stuff that really calmed down the razor burn and left me feeling smooth, hydrated, and protected.  Baxter’s After Shave Balm is one of the best closers I’ve put into the game in a long time, and I think I am going to be getting a bottle of this stuff to add to my rotation.

Review: Geo F Trumper – Sandalwood Skin Food

Geo F Trumper - Sandalwood Skin Food

Geo F Trumper – Sandalwood Skin Food

This was the one that kickstarted me into wetshaving.  By wetshaving, I mean the way men used to shave.  I mean using a straight edge, single edge, or double edge razor.  I mean using a brush to work up a shaving lather, and never getting your lather out of a can.  And it was my very first time that I shaved with a straight edge that I used Geo F Trumper’s Sandalwood Skin Food as an aftershave, also for the first time.  When I shaved, and then put this stuff on, I was blown away, and I knew right then that I would never again use an expensive cartridge razor to shave.

I had seen this stuff mentioned in one of geofatboy’s videos, and “skin food” sounded awesome, and he seemed to be enjoying using it as well, so how could I go wrong, right?  Finally I had assumed correctly, not making an ass out of anyone…

So this stuff is a balm.  Perfect for colder weather, as it leaves a lot of skin nourishing stuff behind after it dries off.  Its a thick concoction that goes on cool and refreshing.  There is little to no alcohol burn.  In fact today I had shaved with a vintage Hoffritz slant razor for the first time.  Slant razors are known to be very agressive razors, and my third against-the-grain pass was a little on the heavy-handed side.  My styptic pencil got a workout for sure.  But there was almost no burn from this stuff, and it instantly cooled and eased my face.  Quite an excellent match for a rough shave (mental note actively being made).

The smell is fantastic.  Manly, smoky, and sandalwoody.  It’s a pop to the nose, and the first time I put it on, I was blown away.  Because everything in my limited cologne/aftershave experience smelled like the floor of a macy’s perfume counter.  I was never interested in any aftershaves or colognes because I was just not into musk.  Then this.  Whoa.  I like it.  I like it a lot.

It took me a while to read the ingredients list on the bottle.  The first is rose distillate.  In essence  rose water.  I never really took note of it, but there is certainly a floral background to this stuff, and it’s perfect.  It’s a clever ingredient, giving a very light but noticeable twist to the sandalwood fragrance.

Glycerin is also high on the ingredients, giving this stuff the right amount of moisturizing effect on your face.  And as I write this, my face feels awesome, and smells even better.

Geo F Trumpers Sandalwood Skin Food was the key to my newfound love of wetshaving, and I still love it just as much as I did the first time I used a straight.  I’m confident you’ll love it too.

 

Review: Geo F Trumper – Coral Skin Food

Geo F Trumper - Coral Skin Food

Geo F Trumper – Coral Skin Food

I really do like Geo F Trumper’s skin foods.  They are excellent moisturizing balms that all smell wonderful.  I received a free (just have to pay shipping) sampler pack from Geo F Trumper a month or so ago and included in this pack was a sample of their Coral Skin Food, which I’ve been wanting to try.  Today was the day!

My shave was great today, totally nick free and irritation free.  I used a Queen Charlotte shaving soap that I will review in a couple days, after a few shaves under my belt.  But the combo of that, my Weber DLC double-edge razor, and a fresh Personna Medical Prep blade made for a simply perfect shave.

So the skin food!  Ok, for those who are not sure what coral smells like, let me put all your questions to rest.  Coral Skin Food smells like rose.  It’s pink, as you can see from the image, but it’s scented with a fresh rose scent.  It’s a stronger than expected scent when it goes on, but as it settles on your face, the scent really smooths out wonderfully.  It really is a great fresh scent, that doesn’t smell girly.

As a balm, this stuff is just awesome.  Geo F Trumper’s skin foods are absolutely worth the money when it comes to a clean, non-irritating, great smelling aftershave balm.  They have a thick texture to them, and you might think they will end up feeling sticky, but absolutely not.  Within a minute or two it is absorbed into the skin, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth, and not sticky at all.  The scents all have great staying power as well, including this great rose scent.

All in all I am thoroughly happy with Geo F Trumper’s skin foods.  I do like the coral, but having tried all three scents, I personally prefer the sandalwood, which I will review for you all soon.