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a solid performer for me
Pros: smooth and sharp
Cons: none
GSB has been a routinely good blade, not my top but easily in the top 10. Very smooth and sharp enough to get the job done for me.
Price
4.00 star(s)
Quality
4.00 star(s)
Longevity
4.00 star(s)
Packaging
4.00 star(s)
Sharpness
4.00 star(s)
Smoothness of Shave
5.00 star(s)
one of the best
Pros: easy to lather, good menthol
Cons: none
One of my favorite summertime soaps. Stirling makes good ones, but this is special. Limes with a bit of menthol kick, strong, but not too much. Just enough to clear the sinuses.
Price
4.00 star(s)
Scent
5.00 star(s)
Lather
5.00 star(s)
Quality
5.00 star(s)
Efficacy
5.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
5.00 star(s)
pretty cool
Pros: decent mild razor
Cons: handle is too slick
On the plus side, the top cap etching makes it look like a million dollars. The handle, on the other hand, is unwieldy for me. I like a very grippy handle and this wasn't it. It's a mild razor and the crafting was adequate to easily load a blade evenly for a decent shave. I thought it was a smoother shave than the Heritage razor Gillette put out a few months earlier.
Grip
2.00 star(s)
Price
3.00 star(s)
Balance
3.00 star(s)
Quality
3.00 star(s)
Adjustability
2.00 star(s)
User Friendly
4.00 star(s)
Aggressiveness
4.00 star(s)
Ease of Blade Replacement
3.00 star(s)
Not as legendary as "the veg"
Pros: scent
Cons: duration
Master's Lilac Vegetol has the similar lilac notes as its more famous relative, Pinaud's Lilac Vegetal, but lacks much of the earthiness that makes Pinaud's scent so intriguing. For those who aren't chosen, the Vegetol might make the perfect substitute.
Price
4.00 star(s)
Scent
3.00 star(s)
Quality
4.00 star(s)
Efficacy
3.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
4.00 star(s)
No Alcohol Burn
3.00 star(s)
Cooling Sensation
3.00 star(s)
Fights Razor Burn
3.00 star(s)
Love it
Pros: Great slick, thick, creamy lather. Better than anything else I’ve tried and at a fraction of the cost.
Cons: Not really any cons performance wise though the scent is very ordinary. Just soapy but what Dyou want for £2
Best deal in shaving and the best lather I’ve found hands down, blows the big names out of the water.
But don’t take my word for it, you can get it for less than the price of a one stop bus ride in the uk, pull the trigger.
Price
5.00 star(s)
Scent
3.00 star(s)
Quality
5.00 star(s)
Efficacy
5.00 star(s)
Packaging
3.00 star(s)
Latherability
5.00 star(s)
Moisturizing Properties
5.00 star(s)
Razorock's overhyped soap/cream?
Pros: Scent
Cons: Lack of lubrication
Poor packaging
A few months ago, I bought a jar of Razorock Santa Maria del Fiore based on the mostly positive/raving reviews. It arrived with a jar of Martin de Candre Originale. While de Martin de Candre has a place in my rotation, the RSMdF is not used that much...
The soap/creme has a different look/consistency than any other soap I have ever used. It's opaque and transparent at the same time and very soft. I would say the smell is quite pleasant and unique, although I have not tried out other tobacco scents.
I decided to use it for my last three shaves. I face lather only. One time I used the Connaught/Omega Jade boar brush, the two other times I used a 5th gen synthetic from OUMO. My tap water is quite hard, but my other soaps don't seem to have an issue here. My findings (and probably why it didn't manage to stay in the rotation?)
  • Lathers up ok, but lather doesn't hold for too long. Between passes I have to pick up more soap from the jar.
  • I miss the same cushioning I get from my other soaps: Proraso White, Martin De Candre, Master Soap Creations (South Africa)
  • I was frankly appalled by the total lack of residual slickness/lubrication: after rinsing your face with water other soaps allow me some latherless touch ups. I found this virtually impossible with this soap, instead of lubricating it does exactly the opposite! Very uncomfortable.
  • I do not understand the combination of the 'luxury' but way too heavy glass jar and the cheap quality of the labeling, ordinary paper that you can't clean up with a wet cloth without totally damaging it???? Full marks far Martin de Candre's much lighter plastic jar and stronger labeling. Zero marks for Razorock... No amount of marketing hogwash can defend this poor choice. Just picking this jar up with wet hands to reload your brush with soap is a nightmare and frankly dangerous to use in a wet environment.
  • As per instructions, I do leave my jar open after use and place it one the windowsill of a slightly open window for the soap to dry. With all this care, could it be that the soap is already passed it expiry date???
While the soap does not perform as you would expect from a product in its price range, I still have the splash to enjoy the scent on occassion...
Price
2.00 star(s)
Scent
5.00 star(s)
Lather
2.00 star(s)
Quality
2.00 star(s)
Efficacy
2.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
2.00 star(s)

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Pros: design, quality
Cons: pricy option for a 'lathering device'
I got this one a few days ago, OUMO Exceed Vitality with a 30mm SHD 5G SYN bulb knot. Handle material: ebonite + wood.
Brush nr 3 - not because I needed it but because of the remarkable design and colour - next to a YAQI Atlantis Synthetic and the Connaught/Omega boar.
The indent in the handle makes for a very comfortable hold. I'm not too sure about the quality of the golden Chinese character, I guess it might come off even faster than the black coating of the Fatip Special Edition. It's slightly indented so it will stay visible, if just in the same green. (I'm not really too concerned about it.
Compared to the YAQI the knot feels slightly softer even (when dry) but with a lot more backbone. It feels like the tips are extremely soft and the hairs get considerably thicker towards the handle to provide the backbone. Not that it dwarves the YAQI, but still there's a very noticeable difference in size.
Compared to the Omega, it's 1000x softer of course with similar backbone. However when lathering up, even the boar feels soft
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Price
3.00 star(s)
Density
5.00 star(s)
Quality
5.00 star(s)
Ergonomic
5.00 star(s)
Latherability
5.00 star(s)
Softness of Tips
5.00 star(s)
Stiffness of Tips
5.00 star(s)
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JanVanDerVoort
I notice that the ebonite of the handle gives off a rather unpleasant rubbery smell. (Maybe not surprising since ebonite is vulcanised rubber...). It's a minor issue and this doesn't affect the quality of the brush.
In the future, I would hesitate to order another 30mm knot brush. The extra few mm do not add anything to the practicality/comfort of the brush.
J
JanVanDerVoort
I unfortunately 'decommissioned' my OUMO today.

I started picking up soap from my Razorock Santa Maria de Fiore tub and stopped halfway through as the much appreciated scent was too much affected by the stench of the brush's handle. Is the problem getting worse or was my sense of smell more awake than before?

If I could I would change my rating to 3: 2/5 for the handle, 4/5 for the knot = 3/5 average...
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