12-03-2021, 01:47 PM
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As they mentioned over in the vendor section a month ago, Gifts&Care are selling a solidarity advent calendar this year to raise money and awareness for the ongoing volcanic eruption at La Palma.

Despite attempts by the Norwegian Postal Service to delay the box, the calendar arrived today.

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The packaging and presentation is above and beyond most advent calendars I see in shops around here. There is a little bag for each day, and laser cut numbers attached to each one. I’m going to enjoy unpacking a surprise every day until Christmas.

Gifts & Care still have some available, judging by their website. Why don’t you get one and join in on the fun?

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 12-03-2021, 01:49 PM
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First surprise

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One full size stick of Arko – the shave stick you’ll either love or loathe. A tallow based shave stick, with a scent you’ll either find to be citrusy and fresh or reminiscent of urinal pucks. Most shavers agree that the performance is good though, so if you don’t like the scent just air it out for a bit.

I’m happy to get this in the advent calendar – I’ve almost used up my previous stick.

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 12-03-2021, 01:50 PM
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Second surprise

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The second bag held a small jar or Proraso pre-shave cream – a product I’ve been wanting to try but never gotten around to buying. So I’m excited to get a sample, and my Significant Other think that the pre-shave smells nice and very clean.

Looking forward to trying this on my next shave!

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 12-03-2021, 01:51 PM
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Third surprise

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The third bag held samples of Mühle’s Aloe Vera shaving cream and after shave balm – and a bag of tasty gummies too.

This is two more products I’ve yet to try, so I’m excited at the chance of taking them both out for a spin on my next shave. As for the gummies? They are already gone…

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 12-04-2021, 01:12 PM
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Fourth surprise

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Another red bag, hiding two samples from Truefitt & Hill – some sandalwood shaving cream and a small vial of cologne.

I’ve tried neither product before – even if I like sandalwood – so I’m looking forward to giving these a spin.

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 12-05-2021, 09:38 AM
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Winner of a calendar.

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 12-05-2021, 12:08 PM
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Fifth surprise

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I’m officially blown away by the contents of this calendar so far; today’s surprise is a full sized Antigua Bareria de Barrio bath soap. 300 grams – roughly 2/3rds lbs – of soapy goodness. That is a lot of cleanliness.

My significant other likes the scent too; stating it smells very clean and nice.

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 12-05-2021, 12:12 PM
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(12-05-2021, 09:38 AM)2Chops Wrote: Winner of a calendar.

And it just keeps getting better... Gifts&Care still have them listed, you'll just have to open a lot of the surprises at once if you order it now Wink

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 12-06-2021, 01:58 PM
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Sixth surprise

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A full size – as in the size of an ordinary pencil – styptic pencil. A gift I hope I won’t need, but if I do I have one now.

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 12-07-2021, 11:38 PM
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Seventh surprise

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A sample of Taylor of Bond Street’s Peppermint Shaving Cream, and a bag of sour gummies. And you can’t say that peppermint ain’t seasonal!


Note to self; do not eat a bag full of sour gummies in five minutes – it will only make your stomach upset and mad.

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 12-08-2021, 12:31 PM
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Eight surprise

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A can of canned goo – well, La Toja shaving foam. Smells like soap. Online reviews isn’t horrid, so I’ll give this a spin… sometime in the future.

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 12-09-2021, 01:49 PM
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Ninth surprise

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A sample sized tube of Italian tooth paste with charcoal. It’ll be fun to try, although not while shaving…

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 12-10-2021, 12:32 PM
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Tenth surprise

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Two samples from Baber Mind; Forest Hair Tonic Lotion and Ocean Hair Groomer. While they may not do too much for me, considering my hairstyle is very short, all over, they may work well with my goatee.


Oh, and more sour gummies. I like the sour gummies.

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 12-10-2021, 07:40 PM
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Hans, I hear the excitement in you voice through your words. It’s been fun following your adventure Sisi

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 12-11-2021, 04:33 AM
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(12-10-2021, 07:40 PM)chazt Wrote: It’s been fun following your adventure Sisi

We're not even halfway there Charlie... strap in! Biggrin

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 12-12-2021, 09:17 PM
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Eleventh surprise


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A trio of samples from Sew for men; An aftershave balm with black changa, beard oil with hemp oil, and an antiseptic soap with charcoal and collodial silver.


The beard oil will definitely see some use in my goatee, and the balm sounds tempting too.



Twelfth surprise



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A full size bottle of Epslion for Men Scottish Spirit After Shave Balm. A rather nice, and – according to my wife – rather male scent. Balms are better than splashes in winter, and I look forward to using this in the cold season.

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 12-13-2021, 05:17 AM
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When you have a chance, Hans, how about a review of the Scottish Spirit? I’m interested in reading your and your wife’s thoughts. Scent, especially…

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 12-13-2021, 01:07 PM
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Can do Charlie Smile

Thirteenth surprise

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A travel and/or sample sized tube of Proraso Green, a shaving cream I’ve been familiar with since I started shaving eleven and a half years ago, and recently bought a new tube of.

This is just the thing to keep in the carry on bag when I have to fly somewhere, or perhaps to stick in a newbie shaving kit for a coworker or friend who wants to get into proper shaving.

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 12-15-2021, 10:27 AM
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Fourteenth surprise:

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A handy can of Noberu of Sweden’s Sandalwood hairspray. And while I don’t have much hair – courtesy of my Better Half and the electric hair clippers – my goatee can be unruly at times…

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 12-15-2021, 12:20 PM
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Fifteenth surprise

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One tuck each of Rapira and Voskhod blades, two blades that other shavers like but I’ve never tried.


Well, we’ll fix that for sure now. Really looking forward to taking these for a spin, since they both have good reputation.

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