My sample arrived yesterday...will be trying it out tomorrow and will post back.
Had a chance to use this on the face. Finally.The vial arrived in the mail.
First test was of the scent. This post will speak to that.
I opened the vial. Smells exactly like almond extract. Dabbed some on my wrist. Same. I wafted it under my wife's nose without saying what is was. "Almond extract?" was her reply. So, we agree that it smells like almond extract. Dead ringer.
The scent was 100% gone within an hour.
So far, I like the scent. It's also probably good that it disappears completely very quickly because, as much as I do like the scent, I wouldn't actually want staying power out of it else I'd get sick of it really fast.
Would I buy it? Based solely on this first impression, probably not high on my personal list. I do like it for what it is, but I prefer something with a little more staying power, and more complex scent profile.
This, IMO, is a niche scent for someone that wants to use an aftershave, likes the warm, sweet (but not sickly), tasty scent of almond, but doesn't want any projection/sillage whatsoever. For that use case, it would work great because the scent is GONE in under an hour. But that's not me, typically. Maybe if I had a larger collection of aftershaves and wanted one to fill that niche.
I have not yet used it post-shave, but will report in again when I do to rate the feel!
I have a question about your lather bowls.
I'm very interested in one of the heavy copper bowls, and my question is about the size, are all the bowls the same general size, or are there small and large versions? It looks like they are all the same dimensions, but I thought I read that you also had a larger size version?
By the way, I also saw your silvertip custom brushes while visiting your site. I had only seen the synthetic version and didn't know you offered silvertips as well. They are absolutely stunning!
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Thanks Fred, for noticing and for your kind comments. It took some time to get the resin blend to where we wanted it - we wanted it to reflect the maritime vibe of our brand and we love what we ended up with. Then there was the shape. Where we started and where we ended up were quite different. It was important to us that the grip be secure and in scale with the most popular size knot. As I understand it that is 24mm. So the goal was as much function as it was that it be visually appealing. One consistent feedback we get from customers is that the brushes are more beautiful in person than looking at them online.
Customers seem to love our custom brushes as well. We have more inbound but only have one of the silvertip left at this point. You are correct, we have had the synthetic brushes for a few months and just introduced the silvertip version a month ago. That is the most sought after badger knot so we thought it a great combo to go with our custom handle.
As with so many of our items (lather bowls, leather brush rolls, Razor Jackets, coffee mugs for instance) each is made one at a time by an artisan to our specifications. So no two brushes will be exactly alike which is the appeal of hand crafted goods - you receive a one-of-a-kind item.
As to the copper bowls we have two styles that are both the same size. The difference is in the weight and the finished edge. One has a rolled edge and the other has a flared edge. We did used to have a larger size bowl but only in ceramic and just in two colors, gunmetal and cobalt.