C.O. Bigelow & The Fusion:

This morning's shave was great. Today I decided to try C.O. Bigelow in my new scuttle and as I suspected it was a lather monster. The menthol & eucalyptus chill was excellent and to finish off the shave, I went with a nice healthy dose of Pinaud's Osage Rub which puts the post shave feel over the top. It was a very refreshing experience:


The Gillette Fusion was perfect. I was as slick as black ice in 2.5 passes. This has got to be one of the best shaves that I've ever had with the Gillette Fusion razor. I also found the sweet spot for the Crown King shave scuttle. Today I put it in the microwave for exactly 1 minute and the lather was perfectly warm & moist and the scuttle wasn't too hot to pick up. You can go longer but there's a 90% chance that it will be too hot and pretty much ruins your shave soap/cream.

C.a.D. & The Doc:

Today's shave was great & very refreshing. Today I went with Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements and their modern day classic, C.a.D. which is a way better & very rich 1970's & 1980's canned shave foam scent that's on steroids. And to finish off today's shave, I went with the matching aftershave splash which is the icing on the cake. This is my all time favorite scent from Phoenix Shaving:


The doc was great. I'm slick as black ice in some spots & squeaky clean in others. The only place that gave me some issues was my neck area. I only had a couple of weepers and that was it. I was not planning on shaving today until I got up & looked in the mirror and saw that I looked like I had not shaved in 2 days even though I shaved yesterday. The cartridges are doing great but that leaf razor is looking pretty good to me right now. So when I get a chance, I will be getting it. I'm told that it's perfect for those with extremely sensitive skin.

Renewal & The Fusion:

Today's shave was great. It's also Sunday which means that Soap Commander Sunday is in full effect. And today I went with their classic "Renewal" scented soap which is a floral fougere' scent. And to finish off today's shave, I went with Brut aftershave splash followed by Soap Commander's Renewal aftershave balm which adds a touch of menthol to the post shave feel:


The Gillette Shield was great. I was cleaned up in just 2.5 passes. I did 2 passes with the grain and a half pass against the grain on my neck area. I wasn't slick or squeaky clean but it's more than socially acceptable & above all else, it's comfortable. Soap Commander was great in the scuttle & I got zero burn from the Brut aftershave which is awesome.

The Crown King Travel Scuttle:

Earlier today, I used Phoenix Artisan Accoutrement's Crown King Travel Scuttle for the very first time and let me tell you, I'm hooked on it. I had to heat it up in the microwave a couple of times to find that "sweet spot" because this one functions totally different than my old one does. So lets get started on this fabulous & must have piece of travel gear:


Building a lather is stupid easy in this scuttle. All you do is load the brush up & bowl lather after filling it up with water & heating in the microwave. If you have a kettle you can heat the scuttle with boiling water that way if you want but that would be too intense & it could ruin the properties of the soap if you are not careful. My recommendation is to fill up the scuttle with water in both cavities and microwave without the stopper for a maximum of 2 minutes. I went with 3 minutes and left the stopper in there and pressure built up and blew the stopper out along with my water all over the microwave. After that I tried it without the stopper and it worked perfectly. This photo was taken right after I built the lather but before I started shaving:


The lather was moist & very warm and had no problem softening my beard. I do tend to favor it to be a touch warmer though. The next photo is after I had finished my 2 pass shave and had cleaned out my brush. The lather didn't dissipate and stayed warm through out the entire shave:


Clean up was also easy. This took less time to clean up than my old coffee cup does when I used it for face lathering. I only had to rinse the scuttle once and that was it:


How does it compare to my old scuttle? I like the Crown King scuttle way better than my old one but both have advantages. My old one is very heavy & by the time I get my lather built and heated for a hot lather shave, it has lost half of its heat. The only advantage my old scuttle has over the Crown King scuttle is the fact that I can heat it for much longer times in the microwave but I wouldn't really call that an advantage though. The Crown King scuttle held its heat through out the entire shave. It's also light weight and really takes no time to heat up and unlike my old scuttle, I can build a lather in the travel scuttle. My old one is strictly for face lathering:


All in all, this travel scuttle is epic & wins hands down and I really can't wait to try it with my other soaps & my shave creams that I have. I really can't wait to try it with both Soap Commander & Phoenix Shaving's soaps. Man oh man I'll be getting some epic shaves better than I've ever have in the past which says quite a bit.

WTF Cuban Tobacco & The Fusion:

Man oh man what a great shave I had today. After a nice, hot & relaxing shower, I went with Wet The Face and their Cuban Tobacco scented soap which has a rich, deep, moist sweet tobacco scent to it. I also finished off the shave with a nice double dose of the matching aftershave which is alcohol based and has a really nice burn to it:


And some lather porn for you guys. This soap is a beast in the Crown King travel scuttle. I just loaded the brush like I normally do and bowl lathered and it didn't take long at all:


The Gillette Fusion was perfect. I was slick as black ice after 2 passes. Between that & the hot lather, my 3 day old beard which was beginning to itch, practically melted off. Hot lather rules hands down. No wonder you guys love this scuttle & I can't wait to try it with my other soaps & creams. I'm also looking at getting & trying the leaf razor as well. I was told that it's a must have if you suffer from sensitive skin like I do.

Mail Call: WTF's Cuban Tobacco Set:

My last mail call for now comes from Wet The Face and is one of my favorite scents that Don Youngner makes. About a year or 2 ago, I bought a sample kit from Wet The Face which went really fast because the soaps were extremely good & the scents were & still are off the page and this was one of those scents that really got me hooked. Cuban Tobacco is an amazing if not epic fresh, moist & sweet tobacco scent that is very warm & inviting. It does remind me of a fresh hand rolled Havana cigar which I experienced first hand in Miami, FL in 2003 when I was driving for a living. That was one killer cigar back in the day, specifically the Cuban rum & brandy soaked cigars:


The aftershave is also equally amazing. It's not quite as strong as the soap but you can still smell it very well. This one is going to be one of my all time favorites and it will also be the first one I use in my newly acquired shave scuttle. So the scent will more than likely have an extra pop to it. Now I wish I didn't shave yesterday.

Mail Call: Crown King Travel Scuttle:

Today's Mail call is from Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements. If anyone has ever experienced a hot lather shave then you will agree with me when I say hot lather is where it's at in terms of wet shaving. I do have a face lathering scuttle but there's some serious drawbacks to it. The first is the fact that I have to build my lather first by face lathering & then allow my old scuttle to heat up my lather. By the time my lather is warm or hot, my scuttle has already lost more than half of its heat. So technically, I'm not getting the full effect of a hot lather shave with my old scuttle. Not unless I get that old scuttle so hot that it melts the soap which is no good because it destroys the soap. This travel scuttle will have the opposite effect & I will have the full benefits of a hot lather shave:


Lots of goodies came with this scuttle. I really love the microfiber drawstring bag that it comes in. It really added some extra spice & sweetness to this mail call:


Very cool how it came packaged:


It also came with this Velcro scuttle scarf which can help insulate it even further or make easier to handle after heating it up which is really cool:


I think I like it better without the scuttle scarf. It's also very light weight which is way better than my old scuttle. My old one weighs a ton and is often hard to handle after heating while this one isn't. I can't wait to use it for the first time:


This Atomic Shave Soap stole the show and then some. It's got a warm, sweet perfume & spice scent to it and it's a huge hit with me. So the first chance I get, I will be getting the new Atomic soap & aftershave. Wow what a scent:


This kit also came with a very cool travel tooth brush & toothpaste sample which is also really cool. Every year I travel to Northern Virginia specifically UVA for an annual medical check up and traveling is a bit of a hassle when it comes to gear so this really helps:


Just simply reverse the tooth brush head from the way it came packaged & you have a full sized tooth brush which should help with airport security who really get on people's nerves these days:


All in all, I couldn't be happier with this mail call and really can't wait to use it. It may be Friday before I use it in a shave of the day post because I just shaved yesterday & if you read my post, you would know that I got a touch too close in some spots which resulted in razor burn. So I want to go an extra day or 2 between shaves to give my face & skin a break.

Grapelicious & The Shield:

Today's shave was excellent. After a nice, hot & relaxing shower, I went with KShave Worx and their phenomenal Grapelicious scented soap which is a very strong & delicious grape soda scent. And I finished off today's shave with the matching aftershave which was very soothing:


I love the ingredients in the matching aftershave which is a witch hazel based aftershave. I tend to favor those over the alcohol based aftershaves because they don't dry my skin out:


The Gillette Shield was great but I did get a tiny bit too close and got a slight touch of razor burn. I believe I've just about got it where I want it in terms of getting a close shave because I only made 1.5 passes today and was pretty dang close with the exception to my goatee & neck areas which is where I got too close for comfort. But other than that, I'm happy with my results.

Mail Call: KShave Worx Grape Soda:

Today's mail call is from KShave Worx and let me tell you, the scent is EPIC! I've been wanting to try Kelly & Kevin Daughtery's Grapelicious shave soap & aftershave for a while now but never really got around to it. My mom has got me hooked on anything that's grape scented and this one is extremely good. This is a really deep & rich grape soda scent and the aftershave is the exact same way so you will be getting a double dose of the grape soda scent:


I ordered this Friday and here it is Monday & I have product in hand which is awesome:


I love how well the aftershave was packaged. Wrapped in bubble wrap & inserted into a tube pretty much insures that the glass bottle doesn't break. I can't tell you how many glass bottles I've lost when receiving mail calls. That's also 1 of the 2 reasons why people don't use glass bottles & containers when it comes to shipping anymore. These mail carriers are too rough in handling packages & plastic PET bottles are much more affordable which is why a lot of people use plastic over glass:


And a hand written personal note is always a good thing which is often my favorite part of receiving a mail call:


I couldn't be more pleased with this mail call.

C.a.D. & The Shield:

Today's shave was excellent. Today I was craving an old school style barbershop scented soap, so I went with Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements and their modern day classic, C.a.D. scented soap. The scent on this is a much stronger & richer version of a certain canned shave foam scent from the 1970's & 1980's. I won't name that sorry excuse for a company because of the way they treat artisans & other people. And to finish off today's shave I went with the matching aftershave which is one of my longest lasting aftershaves:


The Gillette Shield was perfect. I was squeaky clean & slick as black ice after 2.5 passes. The post shave is so comfortable, that I got zero burn from the aftershave which is a really good thing. This was also the last time that I will be face lathering. I ordered their new shatter proof scuttle which I can't wait to use. I'm also betting that the scents of these soaps will really pop even more when I start to use that scuttle for each & every shave. I'm going to hold off from shaving until my new soaps & gear arrives which I hope will be soon. Right now I'm waiting on shipping confirmation & tracking numbers. Hot lather makes a world of a difference when it comes to shaving.

C.O. Bigelow & The Fusion:

This morning's shave was great. Today I decided to try C.O. Bigelow  in my new scuttle and as I suspected it was a lather monster. The ...