Product Reviews

Moon Soaps: Amaretto Speciale Review

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Moon Soaps: Amaretto Speciale Review
Moon was created out of a life-long love of bath and body products. I wanted to explore the possibilities of creating a line that embodies all the things I love in a product. I want my creations to be nurturing, luxurious, and to smell divine. So with a little experimentation and a lot of hard work, Moon was born. Moon products are handmade from scratch using exotic butters, premium fragrance and essential oils, and the finest botanicals. We never use parabens or phthalates. Whenever possible we source local, sustainable, and organic ingredients.

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Review: RazoRock Chubby Extra Silvertip Badger Brush

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Review: RazoRock Chubby Extra Silvertip Badger Brush
Italian Barber refers to their RazoRock Chubby Extra Silvertip Badger Brush as “One of the best face lathering brushes, if not THE BEST, south of $150, on the market”. In this review, I will examine the brush’s specifications, components of the brush, and its individual characteristics. I will also seek to determine if the brush will earn a firm place within my personal shave den.

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Barrister & Mann: The Full Measure of Man Review

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Barrister & Mann: The Full Measure of Man Review
Barrister and Mann soaps are known as top performing soaps and the Excelsior base is no exception. I scooped out a decent amount due to the size of know I was using (31mm) and ended up with a thick, dense lather that can be described as low structure, but dense. The soap can also take a decent amount of water before it is properly dialed in. The residual slickness is nothing but exceptional. After the shave was completed, I had a difficult time rinsing off the soap. Cleaning the brush also took a bit longer due to the slickness and properties of the soap.

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Grooming Dept: Otium Review

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Grooming Dept: Otium Review
The first time I used this soap, I scooped some out and placed it into a lather bowl. I slowly added water to build the lather, and eventually slightly overhydrated the soap as I did not see a lot of volume building. I posted my SOTD photos in some Facebook groups and Mohammed reached out to me via Instagram messages. He asked me about the lathering process I took and provided some suggestions on how to get the best out of this base. He also stated his soaps are high density, low structure (don’t expect a Santa Claus beard type lather).

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Stirling: Baker Street Review

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Stirling: Baker Street Review
The scent of this soap is very well blended. The scent originated from the Strop Shoppe (as noted on the label with the street sign, also showing Stirling Soap). Stirling was able to bring back the scent with permission from the folks as The Stroppe Shop. The scent notes, as listed by Stirling, are “a fresh and masculine blend of juniper, bergamot, jasmine, and patchouli.” Off the puck I get mostly jasmine and juniper top notes with the bergamot and patchouli coming in later. The scent strength, for me, is about a 5 or 6, and stays the same once lathered.

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