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  • iKon OSS Safety Razor
    October 30, 2012 Mike Sandoval

    iKon OSS Safety Razor

    When I saw the iKon OSS for the first time, two things came to mind: (1) I do not know how iKon names their products, but OSS sounds like a battleship, and (2) Damn, this razor looks a lot like the Feather All Stainless. This article takes a closer look at this razor from iKon to explore if it is similar to a battleship and different from its Japanese twin.

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  • Taylor of Old Bond Street Eton College Shave Cream
    June 8, 2012 Mike Sandoval

    Taylor of Old Bond Street Eton College Shave Cream

    Early in the 20th century, a historian of Eton College wrote, “No other school can claim to have sent forth such a cohort of distinguished figures to make their mark on the world.” Princes William and Harry are alumni, and David Cameron is the 19th British Prime Minister who attended Eton. It is the most famous high school in the world and boasts a long and proud history. In the shaving world, Taylor of Old Bond Street is a well-known brand with its own long and proud history. Drawing youthful inspiration from the famous school, Taylor produced the Eton College fragrance and shaving range. This article takes an in-depth look at Taylor of Old Bond Street Eton College Shave Cream to see how it fares against other traditional shaving creams.

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  • iKon H20 Safety Razor
    November 1, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    iKon H20 Safety Razor

    Across all business segments, products have evolved over time as entrepreneurs have sought to improve upon existing designs. Skyscrapers are constructed taller, cars are engineered to go faster, and smart phones are thinner and more powerful with each release. In the shaving industry, iKon Razors is one obvious example of this concept. This brand merges and modifies existing designs to create new and innovative safety razors. The stainless steel iKon H20 Safety Razor is a stunning hybrid of styles and features.

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  • Shavemac Series 167 D01 Silvertip Shaving Brush
    March 26, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Shavemac Series 167 D01 Silvertip Shaving Brush

    Most of the Shavemac brushes I have seen in the past featured the distinctive European bulb-shaped bristle loft. While many wetshavers like this shape because of its compact nature, I personally prefer fan-shaped brushes because I enjoy the feeling they provide on my face during my shaves.  While exchanging e-mails with Bernd Blos at Shavemac, I learned that the company also produces fan-shaped brushes and I was immediately interested in giving one a try.  This article takes a closer look at the Shavemac Series 167 D01 Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush.

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  • The Gentleman's Groom Room Essence of Scotland Scottish Heather Shaving Soap
    March 23, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    The Gentleman's Groom Room Essence of Scotland Scottish Heather Shaving Soap

    If there was an award for the longest name of a shaving soap, this would be the winner. The name articulately presents the brand, range, scent, and product description in perfect harmony and leaves nothing to chance. However, shaving soap awards are not only about good names, they should be based on performance, too:  How does it lather? How does it protect and lubricate the skin? How does it smell? Overall, how is the experience? This article takes a closer look at TGGREOSSHSS to see if it is deserving of other acknowledgements as well.

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  • TwinLuxe Booster Serum
    March 14, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    TwinLuxe Booster Serum

    Despite being relatively new to the shaving market, TwinLuxe has gained a tremendous amount of attention.  Having been featured in various fashion and luxury goods publications, its products have quickly gained recognition for their high performance and exclusivity.  Previously I tested and reviewed the Smooth Shave Cream and Soothing Face Balm and found both to be exceptional products that exceeded my expectations and proved to be well worth the investment. This review takes a closer look at the third and perhaps most versatile piece of the TwinLuxe shaving system: the Booster Serum.

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  • Parker SR1 Stainless Steel Straight Edge Razor
    March 5, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Parker SR1 Stainless Steel Straight Edge Razor

    For generations, men traveled to a barber for a weekly or regular shave with a straight razor. The invention and mass production of disposable razor blades provided men the convenience of shaving from home without the stropping and honing that is required of straight razors. While most switched to safety razors or cartridge razors, many still prefer the traditional style of the straight edge razor. The Parker SR1 Stainless Steel Straight Edge Razor offers the convenience of disposable blades with the look and feel of the iconic straight razor.

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  • Molinard Rasoline Shaving Cream
    February 24, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Molinard Rasoline Shaving Cream

    Any man who shaves on a daily basis knows that there are occasions when time is short and enjoying a traditional wet shave with a brush and lather is just not possible.  As a husband and father, I am very familiar with this problem and have made an effort to experiment with various brushless shaving products.  This article takes a closer look at Rasoline, a nonlathering shaving cream from one of the world’s most respected perfumeries.

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  • The Bluebeards Revenge Post Shave Balm
    February 10, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    The Bluebeards Revenge Post Shave Balm

    Your face takes a beating from stress, diet, and the elements, especially during the cold winter season. Using an aftershave balm helps to moisturize and heal freshly exfoliated skin that was exposed while shaving. The latest offering from the Bluebeards Revenge brand is designed to complete the ultimate shaving experience for "real men" with thick stubble. While the skull and crossbones symbol usually represents poison or treachery, The Bluebeards Revenge Post Shave Balm bears the mark and actually helps to soothe and comfort.

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  • TwinLuxe Smooth Shave Cream
    January 31, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    TwinLuxe Smooth Shave Cream

    Because of my love for traditional wet shaving, most of the products I use fall into that category. Occasionally, however, a new product comes along that does not fit exactly into that definition.  When the Tsai brothers contacted me and asked if I would be willing to take a look at their TwinLuxe shaving system, I was hesitant at first. They offer a modern, high-priced cream that requires no water to create lather.  Their innovation to create a unique product and their philosophy of shaving as a daily luxury convinced me to give this product a try. This article focuses on the central product of the TwinLuxe shaving line, the Smooth Shave Cream.

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  • The Bluebeards Revenge Corsair Shaving Brush
    January 25, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    The Bluebeards Revenge Corsair Shaving Brush

    Following the successful launch of their breakthrough shaving cream, the guys at The Shaving Shack have added an assortment of accessories to their Bluebeards Revenge product line.  After I reluctantly tested the Luxury Shaving Cream and was blown away by its performance, I was anxious to see if the other shaving products bearing the distinctive skull and crossbones logo would be equally as impressive.  This article takes a look at the Corsair Super Badger Shaving brush, the premium badger brush of the Bluebeards Revenge product range.

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  • Edwin Jagger Sandalwood Shaving Cream
    December 18, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    Edwin Jagger Sandalwood Shaving Cream

    Since its establishment in 1988, Edwin Jagger has been well known among wet shavers for producing some of the highest quality shaving brushes and razors available.  Recently the brand expanded its product offerings to include shaving creams, soaps, and moisturizers. The new line boasts uncompromised quality while using only the purest ingredients.  This article takes a closer look at the Edwin Jagger Sandalwood Shaving Cream, one of the company's newest shaving products.

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