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Category: Shave and Groom

Product Review: Barrister and Mann Roam Shaving Soap

I ordered a pack of samples from Barrister & Mann several weeks ago, and had been really looking forward to trying some of their soaps.  I had begun to wonder if the only high quality shaving soaps came from Europe when I started hearing some good things about this Cooperstown, NY, USA based company, but I had to try for myself.  Because the Barrister & Mann soaps are made in small batches, the samples available are dependent on their current production schedule.  Once I received my samples, which were individually packaged and easy to sort, I had to decide which one to try first.  So I went back to Barrister & Mann to read some descriptions.  Here is the description posted for the “Roam” scent: A real cowboy “Inspired by the rugged individualism of American cattle ranchers, we blended the aromas of real pipe tobacco absolute, smoke, leather, herbs, damp earth, and grass into a bright, robust scent reminiscent of life on the open range. Timeless and virile, Roam hearkens back to the days of the Old West.” Giddy-up! Below the descriptions of their soaps, Barrister & Mann advises in bold that their soaps are…

In Defense of the Manicure for Men

1940s manicure kit for men I used to manage an upscale restaurant, and the corporate management had a policy that all managers were required to get weekly manicures, both men and women.  This policy extended from the CEO down to the newest assistant manager, and everyone in between.  Do I think every manager in the company followed the policy?  No. I don’t.  However, I did, and I loved it.  To this day I still get manicures (maybe not every week), and you should too. In my opinion, manicures provide health benefits, style benefits and social benefits.  First, the health benefits.  Your hands are dirty.  You may not even realize it, but your hands come in contact with more dirt than any other part of your body.  That dirt then gets stuck under your nails, and can lead to numerous health issues.  Sure, you wash your hands and take showers.  Maybe you even use a nail scrubber.  But you need to get that dirt out of there before it causes real problems.  The last thing you want is an infection or a cracked nail or just gross hands.  A simple hand massage, which usually comes with a manicure, can…

Product Review: Cella Shave Soap Cream

Cella Shave Soap Cream It seems like everyone is trying to get into the wet shaving game today.  From P&G buying The Art of Shaving to the artisans on Etsy, there are so many new products out there.  My guess is that it’s only a matter of time before these folks move on from just wet shaving and into actual DE safety razor shaving and straight razor shaving.  Without commenting on the quality of these other vendors, it’s nice to know there are some companies out there with real experience in the world of wet shaving.  Cella is one.  These guys have been around for over a hundred years.  And in all that time the Cella Shave Soap Cream has not really changed.  I had been reading great things about this soap, but I had to see for myself.  Can something from the 19th century be as good or better as some of the new shaving products out there?  Here’s what I found out. There were two things I noticed the first time I opened my tub of Cella.  First was the texture.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from…

Proraso Pre-Shave Review

The first thing I noticed about the Proraso Pre-Shave Cream upon opening the jar is that it is unlike any other pre-shave I have used or seen before.  It’s a cream, not an oil.  It has a bit of a menthol smell.  It looks like it would be too thick to use.  These difference combine to contribute to a truly remarkable shaving experience.  Just an almond-sized dollop on my finger is all I needed to bump the quality of my shave ten-fold. While the cream appears thick in the jar, once I got a little on my fingers it felt much lighter and very slick.  I massaged a little gently in my palms before applying it to my face in a circular motion.  A little water was all I needed to wash the excess cream off my hands.  This alone was much easier than most oils.  The smell of menthol definitely perked me up too.   I let this sit on for a few minutes while I started my lather, and once I was ready I lathered whatever cream or soap I was using right over…