06-26-2018, 11:22 AM
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Which one to buy an what are the scents like.

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 06-27-2018, 08:42 PM
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I tried Asian Plum for the first time tonight - I’d say it’s a hit in my den! I love the smell! Not too strong, but not faint either. Soft fruit w a touch of resin to add a little mystery. It’s definitely a keeper for me.

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 06-27-2018, 11:36 PM
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(06-27-2018, 08:42 PM)MarsEnglish Wrote: I tried Asian Plum for the first time tonight - I’d say it’s a hit in my den! I love the smell! Not too strong, but not faint either. Soft fruit w a touch of resin to add a little mystery. It’s definitely a keeper for me.

+1... and St. Barts !!!

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 06-28-2018, 01:34 AM
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I haven't reallyfound anything I don't like...

Uno, Vetiver Magnifique, Revolution, are all excellent.  Only one I wasn't a big fan of was Portrait in Soho!

Thinking about SoCal Hipster & Summer Fig as my next purchases.

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 06-28-2018, 05:30 AM
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  • evnpar
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I have tried several of his soaps, including Asian Pear, St. Barts, Club Imperial, and Chasing the Dragon, and Summer Fig, and have enjoyed them all. I find the soaps to be on par with most other artisan soaps, but Tier 2 and not Tier 3. I'll continue to use them for their excellent scents and very good, but not outstanding in my opinion, lather.

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 03-20-2020, 04:13 PM
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  • ischiapp
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Any impression on Cannablis Santal?

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 03-20-2020, 04:51 PM
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Great soaps.
I enjoy the L'Orange Verte and St Barts.
Both are great summer soaps?
Be Safe
Pete

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 03-21-2020, 12:10 AM
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A friend had sent me samples of A&E Kingdom soap and a.s..
An odd scent of tree gum or some overaged spice. Not a complex scent, more a simple one. Not unpleasant, but more what I would have expected from a wood care wax.

When I had my first shave with it I had a severe burning sensation during second pass and stopped it.

I had tried B&M Le Grand Chypre the day before which had given me an impressive rash (same with Leviathan).
So maybe Kingdom would not have hurt me without Chypre the day before.

I do not want to accuse both products for not agreeing with my skin as obviously there are users without problems.

But I personally will stay away from both soapmakers.

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 03-21-2020, 01:16 AM
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Only tried Asian Plum personally, performance was good but I really struggled with the very strong scent... Fabric softener! Specifically this one, smells identical (should know, it's the only one Mrs Rohleder buys!) 

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 04-02-2020, 02:25 PM
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Are all their soaps tallow?

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 04-04-2020, 02:37 AM
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(04-02-2020, 02:25 PM)cpool222 Wrote: Are all their soaps tallow?

Yes.

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 04-04-2020, 09:51 AM
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I have both Asian Plum and Asian Pear and love them both.  Great scent and great performance.  I think Khalifa is going to be my next scent.

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 04-04-2020, 11:33 AM
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(04-04-2020, 09:51 AM)Preacher Wrote: I have both Asian Plum and Asian Pear and love them both.  Great scent and great performance.  I think Khalifa is going to be my next scent.

Khalifa is quite a dark scent. Really different then both Asian ones, but it is an unbelievable one. You should consider to get the splash also. As soon as the EdP is back in stock, I'll get one for sure.

Btw, lather it before deciding if you like it or not.

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 04-04-2020, 12:06 PM
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(04-04-2020, 11:33 AM)ImJustMe Wrote:
(04-04-2020, 09:51 AM)Preacher Wrote: I have both Asian Plum and Asian Pear and love them both.  Great scent and great performance.  I think Khalifa is going to be my next scent.

Khalifa is quite a dark scent. Really different then both Asian ones, but it is an unbelievable one. You should consider to get the splash also. As soon as the EdP is back in stock, I'll get one for sure.

Btw, lather it before deciding if you like it or not.

I'm a big fan of Lavanaville, so dark scents appeal to me.  I always lather and shave before making a final decision.  I have 3 soaps on my rotation that I don't like the scent of but keep using them because the performance is top notch!  Everytime I'm shopping for soaps, Khalifa intrigues me.

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 04-08-2020, 11:33 PM
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My first A&E product was the Sandalwood Shave Serum. I think it is an excellent performer both with and without a brush. The scent and the post shave feel are great too. Since then, I have added Asian Plum into the mix. Both are worth a look.

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 04-09-2020, 07:04 AM
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(04-04-2020, 12:06 PM)Preacher Wrote: I'm a big fan of Lavanaville, so dark scents appeal to me.  I always lather and shave before making a final decision.  I have 3 soaps on my rotation that I don't like the scent of but keep using them because the performance is top notch!  Everytime I'm shopping for soaps, Khalifa intrigues me.


If you like Lavanille, you should really enjoy Khalifa. I don't know if Khalifa is a bit darker then Lavanille or not, to me it feel's a bit darker. It is certainly different but in the same kind of 'dark'. It's not like the Fougère Gothique, Beaudelair's or Author's Ridge dark type of scent. I haven't used Lavanille as much as I have used Khalifa, but I think that Khalifa might have a bit more dept in the scent then Lavanille based on my memories of the scent (witch you should not trust, haha). The resinous dark vibes it have along with the undertone of vanilla, tobacco and oud is wonderful. I don't pick up the incense and coffee that much, but I'm sure it round out some edges in the scent. It is certainly in my top scent of the near 100 soap I have.

I know that there's some people that don't like Khalifa based on some review I have came across on the internet, but I haven't met anybody that I have asked to if they like Khalifa or not that haven't like it. Which is not the case for Lavanille.

I know that the soap and splash are a bit pricier then the rest of the line from A&E, but I highly suggested you to buy the set of soap and splash until the EdP will be back in stock!

Let me know if you decide to pull to trigger on them!

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 04-14-2020, 09:32 AM
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Get Spartacus and Summer Fig for this time of the year.

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 07-15-2020, 05:43 AM
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  • ischiapp
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[REVIEW] Ariana & Evans 2020: Kaizen

Thanks to my friend TheDruid@ilRasoio, I have two models of Ariana & Evans on trial.
Kaizen, complete with his aftershave, and Cannabliss Santal.

Given the high expectations for the new base, I immediately put the first one to the test.
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Even if the label is different, these are the details from the site.
Ingredients list: (INCI)
Stearic Acid, Beef Tallow, Aqua, Goats Milk, Potassium Hydroxide, Kokum Butter, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Cocoa Butter,
Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Manteca (Pig Fat), Aloe Juice, Avocado Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Apricot Kernal Seed Oil, Lanolin,
Agave, Slippery Elm, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Silk Amino Acid, Tussah Silk, Marshmallow Root.
I don't know if it's an old label, or a different formulation.
The differences (Mango, Greek Yogurt, Camelia, Bentonite, Beeswax) are marked.
In fact, the specimen I have in use has proven exceptional in mechanics ... but less in conditioning.

The thing that struck me most is the speed with which Kaizen soap produces a perfect lather.
It explodes in a cream with a yogurt consistency, shining and covering, more easily than its antagonists.
Usually the top products are very rich and require some work to incorporate a lot of water.
This A&E is not thirsty, it takes a little more water than average, but it does it quickly.
In a couple of minutes, better with high density synthetics, the result is perfect.

I think a lot is related to pig fat (Manteca).
This, together with the other structural components, produces an incredible primary lubrication.
Unfortunately it is not equally valid on the secondary one, definitely not sufficient for this category.
However, the result (with a good technique) does not make you regret more structured products.

Unfortunately this detail affects (much) the consistency of the product.
The paste is almost as soft as a cream, the consistency is gelatinous to the touch.
This leads to a not high yield, especially with not super dense natural lofts.
In fact, even when scooping from the jar, the quantity required for three passes is not so little.
In comparison, Stirling goes way better.

Another detail is that animal fats, and some vegetables (here, Karité and Cacao), have superficial action.
Unlike other more exotic ones, these only produce mechanical actions.
So the deep action that produces true skin conditioning is less.
If this detail is not evident on normal skin, it is glaring on my dermatitis.
In fact, I used soap alone and the result got worse over the days.
Nothing striking, but still I feel an unexpected discomfort.

Even my nose feels quite different notes ...
Fragrance:
• Mandarin, Calabrian Bergamot, Lemon Peel, Neroli
• Honeysuckle, Green Apple, Rose
• Tobacco Absolute, Haitian Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cedarwood

Fragrance is the most painful point for me.
So much so that I abandoned the lotion after the first use, being very fragrant.
At the beginning I smell Pineapple, of the fresh and ripe type with which in the tropics succulent smoothies are made.
Unfortunately I don't find the other notes, unlike a particularly unpleasant Cedarwood.
It reminds me in full the rotting acid acrore of Castle Forbes, which I hate.
Fortunately, the Floid Blue is so overwhelming that I solved it effectively.

So I was very lucky to have tried It ... without buying !!! Tongue

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 07-18-2020, 03:45 AM
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Man wish could get a bottle of Floid EdP

Had a much better impression of Kaizen scent - reminiscent of. Japanese dessert

To my perspective the absolute star of A&E though is Chasing the Dragon: it smells more of opium being smoked than actual opium - man what a scent!

As with others, feel all the bases second tier, not bad nor low second tier but definitely not top 5. A&E about affordable synthetic scents. For those with average to good skin, get why they so popular

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 07-18-2020, 04:54 AM
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ischiapp, 2020 July 15, Wed 2:56 pm Wrote:The differences (Mango, Greek Yogurt, Camelia, Bentonite, Beeswax) are marked.
In the end the doubt is revealed: the label is of the formulation of January 2020.
The same as Cannabliss Santal, very different from the new Formula Kaizen.
This is the list of ingredients (INCI):
Stearic Acid, Beef Tallow, Goats Milk, Shea Butter, Potassium Hydroxide, Kokum Butter, Mango Butter, Glycerin, Cocoa Butter, Castor Oil,
Manteca (Pig Fat), Strangisto Giaourti (Strained Yoghurt), Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Camellia Oil from Japan, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, 
Agave, Bentonite Clay, Beeswax, Sodium Lactate, Argan Oil, Fragrance & Essential Oils.
Already at the sight, and above all to the touch, you notice the difference.
Thicker, non-gelatinous and more homogeneous consistency.
But above all it is seen in behavior and yield.
In fact Kaizen is very fast ... in everything.

For my taste, this version of the A&E base is the best.
Pay for sure with a little speed, but all the other features are better.
A little less comfortable, it has a slightly higher water point and therefore requires more work.
But once achieved, the resulting thick cream is a wonder almost at the level of Kaizen.
But with greater lubricating capacity, especially secondary lubrication.
And as usual, this detail also has a positive effect on the conditioning of the skin.
In fact the postshave of this base for me is clearly superior.
One detail that I find truly fantastic is the fragrance.

The olfactory pyramid is not public, but the description of the fragrance is true.
It starts with a rich and spicy herbaceous aroma (Herb, but not too much !!).
A floral body and notes of rum continue.
Finally, with cedar wood, sandalwood and a touch of patchouli.
All harmonious, with light notes of Cannabis and a lot of luxurious Sandalwood.
The rest creates a well-designed and coherent melange, very pleasant.
Perhaps only those fond of the most natural genre will be disappointed.
In fact, this A&E is very different from TFS Stupefacente and similars.
Less flat, more chic, definitely more exciting.
Really perfect with the "Terre de Sarment" perfume.

I also find the packaging beautiful.
Solid, effective, and classic graphics but with a modern touch.
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In summary, this model I will regret
Not so much for the technical characteristics.
Unfortunately, he is unable to keep my dermatitis at bay on his own.
But for the general characteristics, enhanced by the fragrance.
Which (from what he says) also seems to be Peter Charkalis' favorite.

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