Monday, January 11, 2021

Taconic Shave Eucalyptus Mint Shaving Soap

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One would think that with the Covid19 lock downs; one would have more time to write.  Personally, I’m finding the opposite to be the case.  Not sure about you, but working remotely (for me at least) means the work is always there.  So, I find myself dedicating more time on my day job.  Plus, there are the never ending home improvement projects that seem to now have more urgency.  Even after the weight of some of that gets lifted a part of you may sometimes sit in front of the computer and just come up blank.   Well … those are my excuses at least. 


Taconic Eucalyptus Mint Shave Soap in my SOTD
One of my SOTDs with the Taconic Eucalyptus Mint Shave Soap

Regardless, I figured that it’s a new year, time for new habits … and time for a new post.  I’ve reached into the archives to find posts that I started but never finished.  One of which is the Taconic Eucalyptus Mint Shave Soap.   

Updated since I purchased mine: the latest (as of this writing) packaging design. 

It looks like the packaging has been updated since I purchased and first started using it.  But the ingredients appear to have stayed the same.  Which I view as a good thing.   This is a soap I really like; most notably its smell.  I find the aroma opening the tin to be pretty powerful.   I’d open the canister about a foot or so away from my nose and I’m met with a scent reminiscent of Vicks VapoRub with a little bit more mint added.   Personally, this is a scent I enjoy that scent very much. 

The soap puck.  As you can tell, mine has been through a few lathers

To my nose, the scent isn’t as powerful when lathering.  I can definitely smell it, but it isn’t as overwhelming as when the canister is first opened.   It washes away pretty clean as well and I find that the scent doesn’t linger around.  There are some lotions, soaps, or shaving creams that can have an over powering aroma or scent that it gives me a slight headache.  I didn’t find that to be the case with this Taconic Eucalyptus Mint shave soap.

An enjoyable lather.

The soap is a puck measuring roughly 3 inches in diameter. Lather-wise, I get a nice, thick, and protective lather from it.  I’ve been using the soap off and on for a while.  It’s been with me to Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania.  I find it easy to build a lather with the Taconic Eucalyptus Mint shave soap even with the different water types of those states.   Maybe 2021 will bring opportunities to try to different shaving soaps, creams, razors, blades, and what have you in different parts of the states or even world.   Here’s to hoping.

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.