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  • Hone Basics: Natural vs. Synthetics
    March 16, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Hone Basics: Natural vs. Synthetics

    There was a time when men did not rely on disposable razors and blades.  When a man bought a razor, once it became dull, it was the job of someone to resharpen it.  Most often than not the razor was taken to a barber, but sometimes the owners themselves would do the sharpening with a hone.  There are primarily two varieties of hones that can be purchased today: natural and synthetic hones. This article provides a brief introduction to the types and their advantages. 

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Semogue 1520 Excelsior Shaving Brush
    March 1, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Semogue 1520 Excelsior Shaving Brush

    Badger hair has been widely considered the ideal material for a shaving brush because of its natural water absorbing capability which allows it to absorb hot water and then infuse it into a shaving soap or cream. Recently, however, this paradigm has been shattered by shaving brushes that offer impressive results with other types of hair. Some brushes with horse or boar hair are receiving a lot of praise on the market – and it is easy to see why.  This article takes a closer look at the Semogue Excelsior 1520, an impressive little shaving brush with quality boar bristles.

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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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  • Wet Shaving While Traveling
    February 21, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Wet Shaving While Traveling

    Just because you are away from the comforts of home does not mean that you have to go without an enjoyable shave. Despite the minor inconveniences of airport security or lack of space in your suitcase, there are many popular traditional shaving products that are either designed for travel or have sturdy and compact packaging that make them smart choices. This article offers some tips and suggestions on traveling with your favorite wet shaving gear.

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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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