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  • Wm. Neumann & Co. 1911 Shave Soap
    February 13, 2013 Berry McWhorter

    Wm. Neumann & Co. 1911 Shave Soap

    Over the past several weeks, I have been fortunate enough to be afforded an opportunity to test out several products from a newcomer to the wet shaving market.  Bill Neumann II, founder of Wm. Neumann & Co., continues an apothecary tradition started by his great-grandfather, William Neumann, at the turn of the century.  Located in Williamsburg, VA, he opened up for business in the last few months of 2012.  Bill’s great-grandfather made several notebooks filled with detailed notes for fragrances and other men’s products while he operated his own pharmacy in Detroit.  Those notes have been preserved and passed down for three generations, and are now the cornerstone to Bill’s formulary for his fantastic new line of grooming products.  

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  • Cella Crema da Barba All'Olio Di Mandorla
    August 7, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Cella Crema da Barba All'Olio Di Mandorla

    Traditional Italian soft soaps have been popular among wet shavers for many years.  They blur the line between shaving soaps and shaving creams because they contain soap ingredients, but most are soft and putty-like in texture similar to thick creams.  Recently I tried Cella Crema da Barba All’Olio Di Mandorla, which is another well-regarded example of these classic Italian products.  Having had good experiences with similar soaps, such as P.160 and Volobra, I was looking forward to seeing how Cella’s soap performed.

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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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  • Sir Irisch Moos Shaving Soap
    February 16, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Sir Irisch Moos Shaving Soap

    Sir Irisch Moos is one of the iconic German-made grooming product lines.  Established in 1969 and produced by Maurer & Wirtz, Sir Irisch Moos continues to enjoy a loyal following around the world.  This article takes a look at one of the most popular wetshaving products from the brand, the Sir Irisch Moos Shaving Soap Stick.

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  • P.160 Tipo Morbido Shaving Soap
    January 18, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    P.160 Tipo Morbido Shaving Soap

    The P. 160 brand produced two different versions of soft shaving soap, the Tipo Morbido and Tipo Duro.  Unfortunately both soaps have been discontinued, but they are still sought by wet shavers around the globe for good reason. Since picking up the P.160 Tipo Morbido, it sees rotation almost daily. It smells great, provides excellent protection, and is among the slickest soaps I have used.

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  • D.R. Harris Arlington Shaving Soap
    January 5, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    D.R. Harris Arlington Shaving Soap

    Most shaving retailers agree that the best-selling D.R. Harris soap is the Arlington shaving soap.  The unique citrus fragrance is widely popular, and this soap remains one of the few hard soaps that contains tallow, which produces a rich and creamy lather. This article takes a closer look at this beloved shaving product.

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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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  • Valobra Soft Shaving Soap
    November 26, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    Valobra Soft Shaving Soap

    Anyone who frequently visits Shaving 101 knows that I love Tabula Rasa, a unique product between a soap and a cream, so I was curious to try this Italian-made soft soap. Some reviewers have said that they use this product as a shaving cream, while others claim that it works better as a soap. In order to demystify the Valobra Soft Shaving Soap, this article shares my experiences and recommendations when shaving with this unique product.

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  • Tabac Original Shaving Soap
    November 8, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    Tabac Original Shaving Soap

    Introduced in 1959, Tabac Original by Mäurer & Wirtz has long been considered by many to be a staple in men’s grooming products. This old-school brand is a household name in Germany, similar to Old Spice in the U.S. or La Toja in Spain. Tabac is well known as a traditional masculine brand that has been used by generations of men and remains very popular today. 

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