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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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  • J&E Atkinsons I Coloniali Shaving Cream
    March 13, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    J&E Atkinsons I Coloniali Shaving Cream

    Cultures in India and South Asia have revered mango for thousands of years as one of the most beneficial fruits not only for dietary uses but for skincare as well.  Mango oil has been proven to be one of the best natural moisturizers for dry and sensitive skin.  It is commonly found in baby creams, sunblock balms, hair conditioners, and other moisturizing products. This article puts this famous ingredient to the test for traditional wetshaving as it takes a closer look at the J&E Atkinsons I Coloniali Shaving Cream with Mango Oil.

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  • D.R. Harris Marlborough Shaving Soap
    December 7, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    D.R. Harris Marlborough Shaving Soap

    D.R. Harris & Co. of London has been producing some of the finest luxury personal care items for over 200 years.  Their line of shaving products is well respected among traditional wet shavers as being some of the best available.  The Marlborough stands out as one of the unique offerings among the more traditional fragrances, such as sandalwood, lavender, rose, etc., in which shaving creams and soaps are usually offered.  This article takes a closer look at one of my favorite shaving soaps, D.R. Harris Marlborough.

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  • PILS Shaving Soap
    November 29, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    PILS Shaving Soap

    If you see the word PILS on a shaving forum usually what follows is a barrage of positive reviews of their stunningly perfect stainless Double Edge Razors.  I have hardly seen any negative comments other than “It costs too much.”  Along with their outstanding razors, PILS makes other shaving products, including a shaving soap.

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  • Tutorial: Creating Lather with the Load/Hydrate Technique
    September 6, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    Tutorial: Creating Lather with the Load/Hydrate Technique

    Sometimes it is difficult to get a good, usable lather from a shaving soap or shaving cream, depending on the hardness of the water, floppiness of the brush, and properties of the product. Shaving 101 has published two articles that break down the building process step by step for two beloved, but challenging, products. Both Tabula Rasa and Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap are fantastic products that everyone should try at least once -- if not regularly. This article reiterates the "Load/Hydrate Technique" and offers instructions on building the perfect cushioning lather.

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  • Pick Your Poison: Soap or Cream?
    August 15, 2009 Mike Sandoval

    Pick Your Poison: Soap or Cream?

    The sink counters of men who enjoy traditional wet shaving are usually cluttered with bowls and tubs of various shaving soaps and shaving creams. These products come in a variety of textures and fragrances, and it may be difficult to know which product to choose. This article helps explain the differences (besides the obvious) of soaps and creams so that you can have the most efficient and enjoyable morning shave.

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