04-15-2014, 12:59 PM
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  • Johnny
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For those of you that were not around in the 50's, this won't mean much to you, but for those of you that were, there are two products you need to get.

WSO Bill the Barber Soap and Fine American Blend After Shave. These two artisans have hit the nail squarely on the head.

I swear after my shave I closed my eyes and heard old Mack say, come on Johnny boy, climb up here it's time for that cut. That was 1954.

Either one of these products by itself smells great, but put the two together and you will revisit the 50's. I've never experienced any product that so closely hits the 50's barber shop scent like these two products together do.

When I get my tax return I'm stocking up on these two products.

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 04-15-2014, 01:01 PM
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I'm not old enough to remember the 1950s ... but can attest to the exceptional quality of both WSO and Fine AS.

They are both 'keepers' in my den.

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 04-15-2014, 01:06 PM
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(04-15-2014, 01:01 PM)Agravic Wrote: I'm not old enough to remember the 1950s ... but can attest to the exceptional quality of both WSO and Fine AS.

They are both 'keepers' in my den.

Ha! I forgot to talk about the qualities of both products. Soap lathers like crazy and provides more than enough protection. The after shave naturally has a little sting, that wonderful scent, and just the right touch of menthol.

But if they were both lousy products I would still keep them around just for the scent.

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 04-15-2014, 01:41 PM
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Thank you for the kind words Johnny. You know it is funny. When I was coming up with scents and I came up with Bill the Barber..it struck a chord with me. I actually blogged about it ( http://wetshaveobsession.blogspot.com/20...arber.html ). As soon as this particular version was completed, i smelled it, and I knew this was the one. It took me right back, to my childhood, my father taking me to the barbershop, if you read the blog that tells the story.
Anyway I recall being very excited and telling my wife. She said,"do you think other people will like it and will buy it?"
My reply, "Honestly I dont care.... If I have to shave with this soap for the rest of my life because im stuck with 24 pucks, Im ok with that."
Every once in a while in this hobby of ours known as traditional or wetshaving we come across something, a product, a razor, in particular for some reason a smell, that takes us to another place. Thats what this scent did for me.
For someone else to echo these very same sentiments means more to me than you can imagine. I am honored you went to the same place I did when you smelled this. It makes all the time and effort put into doing what I do with WetShaveObsession all worthwhile.
Thank You! This made my night!

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 04-15-2014, 04:09 PM
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  • Johnny
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So we don't leave the youngsters out of this, a little something from the 50's. Biggrin


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 04-15-2014, 07:20 PM
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(04-15-2014, 04:09 PM)Johnny Wrote: So we don't leave the youngsters out of this, a little something from the 50's. Biggrin


Thanks for the nostalgia, Johnny. I've been enjoying American Blend for some time, and I can't wait to add Bill the Barber. I wasn't shaving in the 50's, but loved to watch my father and grandfather shave. The trips to the barber shop were special. I enjoyed the scents, but also loved to listen to the banter of the men in the shop. My favorite part of the haircut was having the back of my neck shaved with a straight, followed by something similar to American Blend, then having the cut hairs brushed off with a large brush and a little talc.

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 04-15-2014, 08:00 PM
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What a great story Johnny, they both sound lovely.

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 04-15-2014, 08:52 PM
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* Johnny, great to hear you are really enjoying the two products! Smile



(04-15-2014, 01:41 PM)W.S.O. Wrote: .
If I have to shave with this soap for the rest of my life because im stuck with 24 pucks, Im ok with that."

* Wow! You think 24 pucks will last you a lifetime! Oh, my! I must have enough for 4 lifetimes, then! Biggrin

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 04-16-2014, 06:01 AM
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Here's a little something extra from the '50s:

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As for barbershops, my father used to take me to his barber, and I'd watch as he got his hair cut. This is where I first discovered the scent of bay rum. I don't recall menthol so much and have never developed a liking for the stuff.

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 04-16-2014, 03:28 PM
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Johnny,

I'm not surprised that you associate American Blend with the 1950's. I hear all the time that it reminds people of Barbasol, which is probably the quintessential 1950's shaving product.

In fact, this image was the inspiration for the packaging:
[Image: 1954-Barbasol-Carton1.jpg]

Now I've got to go out and get some of that Bill the Barber soap, which I've yet to try. Thanks for bringing the synergy to my attention!

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 04-16-2014, 03:30 PM
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I'm a '61 model myself... Bigger question...when do we see you back with a straight razor in your SOTD's?

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 04-16-2014, 04:37 PM
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(04-16-2014, 03:30 PM)minimalist Wrote: I'm a '61 model myself... Bigger question...when do we see you back with a straight razor in your SOTD's?

When I can get my left hand to be still, I'll be back.

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 04-18-2014, 09:47 AM
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  • tgutc
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The Bill the Barber Soap is on my next list of things to try.

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 04-19-2014, 02:51 AM
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My first haircut was probably '55. "Clem" was the barbers name. He had the classic red horse on a hydraulic pedestal for kids. I was afraid of him because he looked like he dressed like the dentist. Got a lollipop when it was over. The loop handle kind, not a straight stick. It never took long to get a few hairs stuck to it after a few licks.

The smell was Clubman that dominated the room. That and cigarette smoke and coffee that was the aroma of a 50s Saturday morning. They talked about the Red Sox. I liked the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Dad use Wildroot hair cream. Anybody remember that stuff?

He must have had many medical specialists or MDs as customers because the table in the waiting area had many magazines that had to be medical journals. They featured young women with a serious affliction. That being a disproportional anatomical swelling of the chest area...

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 04-19-2014, 07:38 AM
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"Clem", I love it. Our barbershop was run by 2 Italian guys, Vince and Albert. Whoever got Albert was in trouble...Biggrin

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 04-19-2014, 11:19 AM
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(04-16-2014, 06:01 AM)rsp1202 Wrote: Here's a little something extra from the '50s:

[Image: qCmK3pz.jpg]

As for barbershops, my father used to take me to his barber, and I'd watch as he got his hair cut. This is where I first discovered the scent of bay rum. I don't recall menthol so much and have never developed a liking for the stuff.

Yes...I remember that. It was literally... CYA

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 04-19-2014, 02:24 PM
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Doc Cook was our family barber in the 50's. He was likely the worst barber in town but he was cheap so that's where I had to go.. When I reached high school age, I was allowed to go to one of the better shops but it's Doc's shop that I remember the best. I finally got around to trying the American Blend A/S. Great stuff and my wife even gave me an unsolicited approval.

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 04-19-2014, 03:59 PM
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The nostalgia here is wonderful. Listening to Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly was a rare treat. Can you imagine a rap, hip-hop person dressing like that? I'll take Mr. Holly any day! Thanks for the memories, Johnny.

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 04-19-2014, 04:46 PM
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I love what Johnny and WSO wrote about a scent that brings you back to a moment in time. This really just happened this week to me. On my honeymoon many years ago in Paris, I bought myself 1 treat-a tube of Rasoline. It's a brushless cream with an almond base (no cherry aroma, more fougere). Ok, so I've been very fortunate to travel the globe extensively-I couldn't find that darn cream for the life of me. Then, voila, Phil has it on his site, I order it, get it, break it open, and I'm instantly transported back 30 pounds ago! Same juice, same moisturizing. I'm in heaven.

And I just ordered Bill the Barber to take me back to "Crazy Wally's" for a cut as a 2 year old

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 04-22-2014, 09:47 AM
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I remember the 1950s; Getting a haircut while men smoked cigars while waiting their turn and the shoe shine stand. Many conversations had solutions to world problems but not local problems; That part is is still true today.Smile

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