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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2355 on: September 24, 2020, 06:09:49 AM »
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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2356 on: September 26, 2020, 07:32:46 AM »
Barrister and Mann | Nocturne
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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2357 on: October 01, 2020, 06:44:16 PM »


Ariana & Evans | London Gin Club
Ariana & Evans Retro Shaving Brush | Synthetic 24 mm
Ever-Ready SE | Gem PTFE
Penhaligon's | Juniper Sling



London Gin Club is a fresh, sparkling soap and splash from Ariana & Evans.  It's probably considered to be more of a warm weather fragrance, but this is quite versatile.  The convincing dry gin note is refreshing and clean.  The fragrance causes me to anticipate an iciness, but it's devoid of any real cooling additive. Those familiar with dry gin will acknowledge the spirit by itself isn't particularly boozy, but rather medicinal whose character is defined by the garnish.  In this case, lime is that accent.  In fact, lime is the first note I detect, yet this is not particularly a citrus-forward fragrance.  Backing up this beautifully crisp lime and gin accord is a shrewd black pepper and subdued leather.

There is zero lingering fragrance from the soap, so the paired splash is welcomed.  The very nature of this type of fragrance is to be somewhat airy and light. More leather, black pepper, and cardamom (a documented note that I cannot isolate) would make this splash last longer, but it would adversely alter the character of the intended fragrance.  As it is, depending on your body chemistry, you probably shouldn't expect to detect this much beyond an hour or two.

London Gin Club was certainly inspired by Penhaligon's masterpiece, Juniper Sling, but it's far from a dupe.  Instead, it serves as an excellent complement to the lauded EdT. A quick internet search will reveal countless reviews of Juniper Sling singing its praises as a fragrance while simultaneously bemoaning its performance.  Once again, this is quite simply the nature of this particular profile.  I love both of these fragrances exactly the way they are.

If you're a fan of lime, you probably don't have one quite like this in your collection. Otherwise, if you just need a classy, brisk, refreshing set, you should consider London Gin Club.

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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2358 on: October 04, 2020, 04:09:13 PM »
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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2359 on: October 07, 2020, 07:08:19 PM »
Barrister and Mann | Soft Heart Series | Hallows
Leo Frilot Tru-Stone Hallows | AP Shave Co. SilkSmoke 28mm
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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2360 on: October 11, 2020, 03:32:16 PM »
Barrister and Mann | Leviathan 2020
Ever-Ready 100T | Elite Razor Manchurian
Ever-Ready SE | Delta Echo | Gem PTFE



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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2361 on: October 14, 2020, 05:12:48 PM »
Barrister and Mann | Nordost
Kent V8 | Original Badger
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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2362 on: October 17, 2020, 08:41:42 PM »
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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2363 on: October 20, 2020, 06:15:27 PM »
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Re: SAFETY Razor Shave of the Day (SOTD)
« Reply #2364 on: October 24, 2020, 05:37:16 PM »
The Club | The Graveyard
Leo Frilot Tru-Stone Hallows | AP Shave Co. SilkSmoke 28mm
Durham-Enders | Enders Speed Shaver | Schick Proline B-20



The Club's The Graveyard is VIP member exclusive, and as you might have guessed is a Halloween-themed set.  The fragrance is a very chilly anise-centered one that swells to an elegant woody lavender. This is all eventually grounded in earthy vetiver and cedar, but the anise sustains throughout the shave.  The splash is similar, but there's a transient sharp, bitter citrus in the beginning before the even more prominent anise takes over.  The dry down eventually burns off the anise, leaving the vetiver and resinous cedarwood.

While this is a pleasant fragrance, the soap base is the real reason to pick this up.  It seems like Ariana & Evans just debuted the Kaizen base, and they've already upgraded it to a second iteration dubbed "K2".  Kaizen is one of the best soap bases available, having mastered all benchmarks of what makes an elite soap (ease of loading/lather, density, primary and residual slickness, and post-shave).  I'm often skeptical when a new recipe comes right on the heels of an introductory product.  Can it be that much different?  With respect to K2, the answer is yes.  Slickness got notably slicker.  The post-shave of Kaizen is stellar.  K2 inexplicably improves upon that to a level I did not think possible.

I've long abandoned the concept of assigning a leader board among the elite artisanal soap bases, but I will say that among the uber-performance soaps I'm using, none outperform K2.

 



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