Monday, July 27, 2020

Derby Lemon Shaving Cream

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I’ve scoured the internet and have seen numerous reviews for the Derby Shaving creams.  As one could imagine they range anywhere from one to five star, horrible to great, hate to love … what have you.   My take: I fall somewhere in the middle.  The Derby Lemon shaving cream isn’t the best lathering, the slickest, or the greatest smelling lemon scent that I’ve shaved with.   But it’s far from the worst cream or soap that I’ve used.    
Derby Lemon Shaving Cream

The shaving cream tube measures about 8 inches in length and the cap is about 1 inch in diameter.  So, the Derby Shave Cream tube doesn’t take up a lot of space in the dopp bag.  This shave cream has been to Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Hawaii, and California with me.  While haven’t used it with every possible water hardness type, the Derby Lemon Shaving Cream has performed as expected with the ones is has been used with.

A dollop about the size of an almond usually would suffice.

A dollop about the size of an almond was good for my face shave and usually enough for the head.  Though, every now and then I need to add a little more cream to the brush to shave my head.    I felt that I got a sufficient and protective lather that didn’t require a lot of water.

I liked the lather it produced

As the name suggests, this cream smelled strongly of lemon but there was a hint of, what I would describe as a “clean” scent.   I would imagine that just has to do with the ingredients that are in the core shave cream.     To my nose, the scent didn’t linger around after washing my face.   While I could probably use just about any aftershave I still tend to use one in the same citrus family, such as Captain’s Choice Lime or Fine Accoutrement’s Orange Noir.

One of my Shaves of the Day (SOTD) with Derby Lemon

Overall, I am personally pleased with this cream.   I got a protective lather from the Derby Lemon Shaving cream, I enjoyed the scent, and I didn’t have any adverse reactions to it.   As with most things wet shaving … Your mileage may vary (YMMV).

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Soap Commander Respect Scent

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Lime is one of those scents that I associate with the summertime.  I suppose I associate it with Margaritas, Mojitos, or other summertime cocktails.  One unique lime scent is Soap Commander’s Respect.  Described on their site as “ … a lovely deep earthiness with a well-balanced, sophisticated respectful kiss of lime … ”.  Respect is a blend of lime and patchouli. So, I would imagine that it’s the patchouli that gives Respect that unique “earthiness” quality. 

Soap Commander's Respect Shave Soap and Aftershave Balm
To me, the scent is fairly strong.  It doesn’t fill up the room when opening the container. But, I could hold my nose about 6 inches away from an open container and get a nice whiff of it.   Whatever washes away from my head and face, faintly remains in the sink or shower and I could sometimes smell it when I go back to the bathroom. 

Messily building a lather

I wrote about a different Soap Commander patchouli blend in a previous post, Soap Commander Confidence Shave Soap and Aftershave Balm.  In that post I noted that I had to use Confidence sparingly because my wife dislikes patchouli.  Even though (to me) Respect is pleasant and smells primarily of lime, the patchouli in this soap is what my wife notices.  So, this is another scent that I like that I have to use sparingly.  

Personally, I think Pinaud's Lime Sec goes well with Respect
As far as the lather goes, I get a thick and protective one that has a good cushion and slickness.  As with any of the Soap Commander soaps that I’ve tried, this is a constant and a characteristic that I’ve come to expect from their shave soaps.  Like in previous posts, I’ve gotten into the habit of using the Marco Method when using Soap Commander soaps.  I frequently spend time in New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The water quality feels different between the states,  but this hasn’t affected the quality of lather I get with Soap Commander soap.  But as they say in the wet shaving world:  your mileage may vary (YMMV).

My Latest SOTD
I used the Respect Shave Soap for my latest shave of the day (or SOTD), which means my wife could smell the residual Respect aroma.  Of course with COVID19 shelter in place directives, perhaps shaving with this soap may not have been my smartest move. 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Headblade Discontinues The Sport and HB3 TripleBlade Cartridges

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I subscribe to HeadBlade’s newsletter.   I admit; I don’t read every single one of them.  But I happened to look at one I received a few days ago.

HeadBlade Email Newsletter
A section titled “End of an Era!” caught my attention. As it turns out Headblade announced they are no longer making the HeadBlade Sport or the HB3 Tripleblade cartridges.   Nooo!
Zoom in of the newsletter
Some of the news I was late to as it looks like Headblade announced the discontinuance of the HB3 blades in blog post back in March 2019  It looks as if Headblade will no longer be creating new head shaving products based on this technology.   The company will now offer the HB2 blade cartridges for users like me who own, enjoy, and want to continue to use the HeadBlade Sport (or Ghost or Classic or Eclipse).

End of an Era.  HeadBlade stops production on the HeadBlade Sport
By the time I started shaving my head in the late 2000’s the Headblade HB2 blade cartridges had been discontinued.   I had started with the HB3 cartridges.    I didn’t shop online nearly as much as I do now and wasn’t an Amazon Prime subscriber.   I couldn’t find HB3 cartridges as my local Walgreens or CVS so I started using the Gillette Atra blades which the HeadBlade Sport was compatible with.  I have not used the HB2 blade cartridges as of yet.  But based on some social media posts I’ve seen the HB2’s look similar to the Gillette Atra.    

My first, well worn, HeadBlade Sport ... notice the missing wheels and rubber pad.

The discontinuance of the Sport kind of breaks my heart.   This was the first head shaving razor I purchased (and this is before it had the rubberized finger ring).  But I suppose that in order to improve, HeadBlade is looking towards to new and more innovative things.  I’m personally looking forward to what could be coming.   Like I mentioned earlier, I have not tried the HB2 blades yet.  But until my store of HB3’s run out, I’m in no hurry.

Still have a few HB3 Triple Blade cartridges to get by with.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Every Man Jack Cedarwood Shave Cream

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When I still had the webstore, one of the first line of products we started carrying was from Every Man Jack (EMJ). We had the shave creams in a tube, the face washes, and the face scrubs.  This was still when their tubes were available in either white or blue and not the wood-grained patterned tubes.  The Every Man Jack Premium Shave line was not yet available would come a few months later.
The old style EMJ Cedarwood shaving cream tin that I had in the den
 At the time, they only had the unscented and Signature Mint varieties.   So, when Every Man Jack came out with a cedarwood scented shaving cream I was intrigued.   For one, their products were only available in tubes and the cylindrical jar this shaving cream was packed in was more in line with the bowls or tins that many of the artisan soaps are available in.

The EMJ Cedarwood Shaving Cream felt denser than some of the other shaving creams I've used
The other reason was the cedarwood scent.   When I first opened it and put my nose to the jar I got a nice whiff of this pleasant, masculine, and woodsy aroma.  After I pulled the jar away to put the cap back on I immediately brought it to my nose again before doing so because I, personally, found it that appealing.

I got a decent lather, but needed more cream to make it work.

The Every Man Jack Cedarwood shaving cream feels a bit denser than, say, Taylor of Old Bond Street or the Derby Shaving Cream.  Performance-wise, I found it to be a bit mixed.  While I got a decent lather; I needed a little more product to make it work.  With TOBS or Derby I would need an almond sized amount with the EMJ I needed twice that.  I did feel that the shaving cream had a decent slickness and it did a good job protecting my skin.  I had no irritation and didn’t experience any nicks and cuts.  

The newer design of the EMJ Cedarwood Shaving Cream

I’ve had this in the den for some time and Every Man Jack has since redesigned the packaging.
Overall, I found it to performed similar to the other Every Man Jack shaving creams.  It does the job.  But with traditional wet shaving, I want to make it less of a job and add a little more enjoyment to the experience even if it’s just a little fluffier of a lather.  Personally, I really like the cedarwood scent. But it, regrettably, didn’t meet the lathering needs.   Fortunately, for me, Every Man Jack has a Cedarwood Bodywash.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

RazoRock’s Essential Oil of Lime Shave Soap

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I’ve had RazoRock’s Essential Oil of Lime is a soap in the soap hoard of my shave den for some time.   So long that RazoRock has gone through changes in the formula and packaging designs since I got this.  I suppose I tend to hoard soap and use (and even review) them at my own pace. 

RazoRock Essential Oil of Lime - Yea, I'm behind a couple of versions

Essential oil of Lime is described as a “fresh lime scent.”  Personally I think this is a very pleasant scent and something my wife really likes. It reminds me of lime zest rather than, say, freshly cut limes. As with the RazoRock soaps that I’ve used, the scent isn’t overpowering.  I’m aware I’ve lathered with it but not so much that it is eye watering.  I find that it washes away to a hint when rinsing my face off.  When washing my face after using an alum block, I find the scent disappears.

Loading the brush.

This version of the Essential Oil Of Lime is white in color and is very soft in texture.  From some YouTube videos and pictures of the latest version, it appears that these characteristics haven’t changed that much as many are still calling it a croap.  With this soap, I get a slick and protective lather.  As with other RazoRock soaps, it is fairly easy to build without precise measuring of water.  I don’t know about you, but some soaps that I’ve used it feels like you have to have it down to the milliliter otherwise it would be too thin or thick.

RazoRock's soaps produce a slick and protective lather.

While RazoRock has their own Essential Oil of Lime Aftershave to complement the soap, there are also a lot of lime scented aftershaves to choose from that could nicely complement the soap.   To name a few Pinaud’s Lime Sec, St. John’s West Indian Lime, and Col Conk’s Lime aftershave.  Though, I tend to reach for the Captain’s Choice Lime.

A recent SOTD

The new formulation appears to contain Shae Butter, Argan Oil, Aloe Vera, and Lanolin.  While I have not tried it I am curious to about the performance.  It sounds like this would help to hydrate and protect the skin a bit more during a shave.  In the meantime though, I’ll have to use this version … which is definitely not a bad thing.  It smells great, easy to lather, and helps to protect my skin during a shave.   What’s not to like.
A more recent version ... yea ... I need to upgrade
What do you think of the Essential Oil Of Lime Soap?  Leave a  comment below and let us know what yo think.