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…

My 7 Favorite Fall Colognes

The seasons are starting to change, and Fall is fast approaching.  As the days turn cooler, some of those Summer colognes aren’t going to pack the punch they did in the dog days of July.  Colognes can be dramatically affected by the temperature.  I also think it’s an extra touch to match your fragrance to the season.  It’s still more important to choose a cologne that works well with your skin and your body, but choosing one that works well with the weather too is an exceptional way to stand out.  With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 7 fantastic and unique colognes that are perfect for Fall and Winter.  Some you may have heard of, some may be new to you and some may evoke memories.  I highly recommend any of these for this coming Autumn. Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels These is nothing about Tsar that isn’t reminiscent of Fall.  With notes of pine, lavender, leather and ceder, this 25 year old fragrance will definitely put you in a Autumnal state of mind.  And because it might not be a cologne you’re…

A Bad Shave: What Went Wrong?

OK, it wasn’t this bad, but you get the idea. This past Friday I was having a pretty stressful day.  I had shattered my iPhone 5s the night before, which happened to be the day before iPhone 6 went on pre-order.  So of course I couldn’t use my upgrade anymore.  I had a couple meetings on Friday and Saturday that were tough.  I decided I needed a treat.  I wrote a post a few weeks ago about stepping up your style.  One of the thing I recommended was getting a shave from a barber.  I figured I would take my own advice.  I knew I could use a boost, and I thought it would be a great idea.  Of course, as you can guess by the title, it was not.  The shave and a haircut took an hour and forty minutes which caused more stress because I was then late for a meeting.  The shave was not very comfortable.  And worst of all, the shave wasn’t even that close. Most of my shaves at home with a DE safety razor are much closer. Now the easy thing to do would be to blame…

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…

My Morning Routine – The Best Way to Wake Up

Wake up to greet the sun! I have found that I am most productive and feel best on the days that get started right.  I’m sure you are too.  As a creature of habit, I have tried to create a morning routine that captures the elements of my best mornings and rolls them into one routine that I can put in place day in and day out.  What I am proposing is my ideal routine.  It may not be yours.  Hopefully, you can put this into practice for you, adapt it to your life or use it as an inspiration to get your morning routine down.  My only hope is that this makes your days better. 5:00 am – Wake Up For some of you this might sound way too early, but I know I am much more productive when I’m up early and have my personal time before the rest of the world gets going.  If I can get done the things I want to do before the demands of life start tugging on me, then I can give those demands the attention they deserve and feel better about myself during the rest of the day…

Geo. F. Trumper Coral Skin Food Review

Geo. F. Trumper Coral Skin Food There are only a few shaving products that I would consider necessary and something I could not shave without.  Geo. F. Trumper Coral Skin Food is one.  I don’t even know if I could find a replacement if I had to.  So, I will freely admit that this review is probably somewhat biased, but I will do my best to review this product objectively.  Remember, that we will never recommend a product that we wouldn’t use ourselves. For years I tried to suffer through the pain and skin irritation caused by most aftershaves.  Today my typical post-shave routine consists of cold water, an Alum Block and the Trumper Skin Food, usually the coral variety.  If I’m looking for a scent, I leave that to my cologne.  Colognes are one of the few products on which I recommend splurging, but I’ll save that for a different blog post. I am always looking to couple quality and value in any product I recommend, and this is no exception.  My last bottle of the Geo. F. Trumper Coral Skin Food in the 200mL size lasted a year and a half&#8230…