11-22-2015, 11:51 AM
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As 2015 winds to a close, what shave kit did you get this year that you're still thrilled to have (Cheers) & which kit do you kinda wish you hadn't (Jeers)?

Please don't turn this into a brand/product bashing session. As you'll see in my Jeers there are a couple products that are highly regarded that simply didn't work well for me and I won't be buying from them again most likely. Not because I dislike the company, but simply because there are so many others that work better for me. 

Now to stop stalling, here's my list:

2015 Jeers

Saponificio Varesino soap
Myrsol aftershaves
Pitralon aftershave
The Grooming Company synthetic brush
EJ XL Silvertip Fibre brush (though my wife loves it) - really any STF brush isn't my cup of tea.
iKon SE handle

2015 Cheers

Barrister & Mann Latha soap
Barrister & Mann Latha aftershave
(I can't tell you how excited I am to get two new scents in the Latha line this week)
Country Club for Men aftershave
Bufflehead soap (looking forward to when Justin is able to ramp up production again)
Plisson synthetic brushes
Chiseled Face Fauxmere knot in my Elite Razors custom Eagle handle. 
Triad Titanium Helix handle

Now you've seen mine, let's see yours!

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 11-22-2015, 02:12 PM
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DRH Sandalwood Soap
Koraat Wedge razors
Leonhardy VP Silvertips
Marisol AS
Myrsol Aftershaves
Top Secret Shaving Cream


Most artisan soaps...not fond of coconut based soaps or most of the scents.
Synthetic brushes
ABC Soap
I Coloniali
LE Soaps and brushes

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 11-22-2015, 05:21 PM
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Le Pere Lucien Rose de Pushkar
Le Pere Lucien Cedre - Patchouli
Floid Blue Eau de Toilette
Alvarez Gomez Agua Colonia Shave Cream
Alvarez Gomez Agua Colonia Balm
La Savonniere du Moulin
NSS Signature Moroccan Sands Soap
iColoniali Rhubarb Shave Cream
iColoniali Rhubarb Balm


I need to think on this one.

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 11-22-2015, 05:28 PM
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My 2015 has been full of Cheers!

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 11-22-2015, 05:52 PM
  • evnpar
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I'm not into Jeers, but I have plenty of Cheers for 2015:

JabonMan Eufros Premium Rosa Boubon is a masterpiece!
La Savonnière du Moulin soap performs as well as any soap I own, what a pleasant surprise.
Cold River Soap Works soap, AS, and balm is just about as good as it gets.
Saponificio Varesino
Meißner Tremonia
Le Père Lucien
Czech & Speake No. 88 and Oxford & Cambridge
Creams: Acqua Di Parma, XPEC, Castle Forbes, Alvarez Gomez, Santa Maria Novella, Tabula Rasa.

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 11-23-2015, 08:16 PM
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Just started wet shaving so my lists are rather short


Merkur Progress Long Handle razor
L'Occitane CADE balm
Proraso Shave Cream
Shave Secret pre-shave oil


Castor Oil - tried making my own shaving oil before realizing what an irritant castor oil is for some people (like me)

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 11-28-2015, 07:54 AM
  • srgjazz
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  • Santa Monica
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Santa Maria Novella Crema da Barba
Fine Fresh Vetiver AFS
FaTip Black Chrome Razor
Musgo Real Orange Amber Shaving Cream
Myrsol Blue AFS
Fine Stout Synthetic Shaving Brush
Great service from Bullgoose and Maggard

Simpson Chubby 1 Best (lather hog)
Anything RazoRock
Anything iKon
Anything Douglas Smythe
All so called artisan soaps (too many to mention)

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 11-28-2015, 05:26 PM
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The birth of my grandson. I know, I know. It's not shaving related, but nothing about shaving can top that.

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 11-28-2015, 05:57 PM
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(11-28-2015, 05:26 PM)Old_Hiker Wrote: CHEERS:

The birth of my grandson. I know, I know. It's not shaving related, but nothing about shaving can top that.
Amen. Congratulations.

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 11-28-2015, 06:00 PM
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Cool idea for a thread.  Nice to see what others may like that I may not and vice versa.

Synthetic Brushes in general - just not for me.
B&M Hallows - Bought it, tried it, traded it.  I don't get the hype.
Razorock Prototype razors - I'll leave it at that.

SV 70th Anniversary Soap - This one worked really well for me.
Paladin Brushes - A marble chief got me started down my current "BAD."
Soap Commander Gusto - This soap got my wife to try wet shaving.
Wolfman DC head - James did an excellent job with this razor.
Triad Handles - I believe Toby is providing a great handle at a great price point.

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 11-28-2015, 06:44 PM
  • ddk13
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Sapone Di Paolo
Deluxe Shaving Cream
Shannon's Soaps
Route 66 Shaving Soap
Above the Tie

Panna Crema
B&M Lavanille
Tiki Soaps-don't get me started LOL!
Thater (got a dud but retailer immediately replaced it)
Extro aftershaves

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 11-29-2015, 06:17 AM
  • chazt
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Simpson's shave brushes


iKon Shavecraft 101 (more of a "meh" than "jeer")

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 11-29-2015, 10:18 AM
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sr tackle Idea

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 11-29-2015, 10:24 AM
  • Mel S Meles
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Haslinger Schafmilch


Barrister & Mann Black Label Beaudelaire
    (never actually used:  the — pleasant — scent was just too strong for my taste when I opened the jar.)
iKon open comb baseplate (used in a Feather AS-D2)
    Does exactly what it is supposed to do, but the open comb feels like drawing a tiny garden rake across my face.

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 11-29-2015, 10:35 AM
  • RobinK
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Nice idea. It was really a quiet year for me, kit wise. That said...

  1. A certain cut-throat razor I will get tomorrow...
  2. Meißner Tremonia beta test products (which may or may not hit the market next year, these guys spend a lot of time for quality control).
  3. Two cut-throat razors made by Koraat and Ralf Aust for Esbjerg in Vienna. Silver scales, anyone?
  4. Meißner Tremonia Aftershave Balms, especially Gentle Menthol, which have become my daily use products.
  5. An Ever-Ready Streamline (thanks, Paul!) which finishes my quest for the perfect safety razor.
  6. A US$15 synthetic brush from China which has become my daily brush for various reasons. 
  1. No less than 16 "artisan" soaps, including anything out of Phoenix in whichever shape or form, but also other strangely popular products. Testing these was a real nightmare.
  2. A Gillette Red Tip I accidentally bought. I appreciate that many people love this razor, but I gave it away. 
  3. The fabled Feather Stainless DE (yes, still sitting in my outbox, J., I am still waiting for something else to ship along with it). Arguably the worst DE razor ever made.
And that was that. As I said, a quiet year. But the Streamline, Koraat, and Meißner Tremonia's Gentle Menthol are quite outstanding, so it was also a good year.

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 11-29-2015, 11:51 AM
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I don't have any true jeers. I'm a strong believer in YMMV. That said, some products didn't make the cut for me relative to others.

- Above the Tie Atlas S1
- Castle Forbes Lavender
- Barrister & Mann Seville
- Shavemac 2-Band Silvertip

- D.R. Harris Windsor soap (good performer, but a bit drying for my skin type)
- Razorock Stealth Slant (cool product, but I found the head shape awkward and couldn't get used to the weight)
- Haslinger (yeah, I said it, ha. I'm mildly allergic to peanuts, and this has peanut oil in it. I didn't have a reaction, but this was likely responsible for the drying post shave I felt. Plus, the scents don't do much for me.)

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 11-29-2015, 03:35 PM
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Very nice idea

PC Nuavia
RR Black Mamba
Plisson Synthetic
Pitralon aftershaves

All artisan soaps- all 30 or so of them
Oneblade- excellent design and built just too mild for me. Excellent value IMO

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 11-29-2015, 03:51 PM
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I am sure that I am late to this party, but I have to say the EJ DE89 really surprised me this year.  After almost 6 years of DE shaving, I had never tried one and on a whim picked one up when ordering some blades.  What a great shaver.  It actually made me revisit all of my mild razors that have been sitting in a box.  I have been able to pull fantastic shaves from my techs and Merkur 11c which have only been possible with my more aggressive razors in the past.

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 11-29-2015, 09:21 PM
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Gillette Slims
Gillette Flare
shave secret: it works as advertised but the smell lingers for hours

Leas classic cream
Gillette Techs
Gillette Super Adjustable
New Improved, Old Types

IN between;
 Razorock classic shaving cream

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 11-29-2015, 10:30 PM
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My list for the products I tried for the first time in 2015:

Plisson / Plissoft synthetic brushes
Bowtie soaps
NSS Moroccan Sands Soap (more the scent as I already knew about NSS and have several)
Shavemac’s 2-band Silvertip (and 3-band Silvertip)
Floid Blue
Mickey Lee Soap Works soaps
Haslinger Schafmilch + Honey + Coconut
Saponificio Varesino soaps
The French donkey milk soap
Pitralon Swiss aftershave
PILS razor
Meißner Tremonia soaps
Boar brushes

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