Parker – 22r Butterfly Safety Razor

Hey guys I am back with another razor review finally. I bought this one a couple months ago and have been using it pretty regularly since. So lets check out how it works!

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This razor is uniquely colored. I’ve only seen a couple razors like this one before. Instead of the typical chrome or nickel this one is a shiny gun metal color. I really like the color of this razor, it’s very sleek looking. The handle is shaped like a rounded star bolt. And each rounded point has notches in it. There is a smaller star part above the main handle that doesn’t have notches in it. The longer part of the handle is the part that turns to allow the doors to open. This one is about 1 1/2″ longer than my Merkur 1904 razor. I think I’m going to like that a lot. Not that my other razor is too short, I just like the longer razors a little more.

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The feel of this razor is really awesome. You can get a really good grip on the handle. And the weight of it is really nice! It has a nice heavy feel to it, I’d say almost twice the weight of my other razor. I think that will give me a lot more control. But at the same time I don’t know how I will like using a heavy razor. It could hinder my shave, only time will tell though.

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I twisted the handle to open the doors and saw how much shinier the inside is compared to the outside! It’s like a mirror almost. Being a DE razor it has the familiar horizontal bar with the circle in the center to hold the blade. Below the bar is a diamond shaped divot. The blade rests very sung in the head of the razor. It fits so snug around the bar that I kind of had to pop it on. That will definitely be a good thing though. It means the blade won’t move side to side one bit while I’m shaving and that will prevent nicks.

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The bar on this razor is rounded downward to allow the blade to stick out right at the curve. This bar also snugs up to the blade nicely without being too close. It has very soft grooves along the length of the bar. I love the contrast in colors between the blade and the razor. You can really see the blade easily against the darker razor. Now time for a shave!

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The moment I made the first stroke I knew I was going to love this razor. At first I was a little concerned with the weight of it, but that was put to rest very quickly. The longer handle and heavier weight of this razor make it really easy to shave with. I could make nice smooth strokes and make them very fast and efficiently without nicking or cutting my face at all. Going both with and against the grain was a breeze. As well as being just as easy to use in my left hand as in my right hand, even though I am right handed. The more I use this razor the more I grew to love it.

After using this razor for a little over a month, I have to say it’s my new favorite. Don’t get me wrong I love my Merkur razor, a lot! It’s just that this razor works a lot better for me. For you DE razor fans, this one is a must! I literally cannot list one bad thing, or mediocre thing for that matter, about this razor. I bought mine from http://www.royalshave.com , but I think http://www.westcoastshaving.com carries Parker razors as well. So when you’re ready to try out a new razor, grab this one!!

Stay class gents,

-JC

Grant’s Golden Brand – Putty

I know I said in the last Grant’s review that the original was the final installment to their line, but that’s not actually true. They used to make this pomade a couple years ago but they discontinued it. Luckily through a friend in Germany I was able to locate a half full tin of the stuff. So I’m going to try it out and review it!

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Just like all of their other products this one comes in their 4oz twist top tin. It has a lid label and a bottom label. The little table looks kind of like their medium blend and matte dressing labels do. Only this one is white background with black and gold lettering. As always in the center is “Grant’s Golden Brand Pomade” in their signature font and banner with the comb above the name. Just above the comb it says “Limited Edition Putty Pomade.” Below the banner it has ” Custom Formula 4.5oz.” Then at the very top is their catch phrase “Style is Everything!” and at the bottom is “Made in USA.” This one is by far my favorite label.

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The back label appears to be the same type of label as their original. It’s a yellow background with black writing. Up at the top is the name, then is a blurb about the pomade, followed by the instructions and ingredient list. Finally down at the bottom is the barcode, the weight info, their website, and “made in USA.”

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As I twisted the lid off I saw a half used water-based sitting in the tin. It’s yellowish in color kind of like their medium blend is. It is also not quite as clear as their original. It appears to have a more gritty texture than any of their other products do. This one has a slight almond scent, but not as strong as their original. However, this stuff is almost a year old if not older, so the scent could’ve been stronger when it was first in the tin. I wish I would’ve gotten one of these when I had the chance so I could’ve done a proper analysis of the scent. Oh well, I have one now.

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As I dug my finger into this yellow goop, I was reminded of Lone Star’s super and Shiner Gold. It was kind of rubbery like Lone Star but hard to scoop out like Shiner. And as you can see the stuff is very cloudy. I thought at first the photo was blurry, but you can clearly see my finger’s print. Plus I snapped the same picture a few times and it always looks like that. It also has a very gritty looking texture to it, but it doesn’t feel gritty.

As I spread it in my hands it acted kind of like Lone Star super meets microcrystalline wax. It was really really weird how much it felt like a waxy pomade. At the same time it still had that rubber cement field to it as well. It took me a little while to get it all worked out evenly, but once I did it felt a lot better.

It was a lot like applying Lone Star as well. I had a few chunks that didn’t want to go into my hair that I had to work in with my fingertips. It took me a little while to get all the wood on clumps worked into my hair with my hands. Once I did I grabbed my comb to get everything worked in all the way. Combing my hair was a breeze it was easier than combing their medium blend or their original. Not sure how it’s going to hold you to this but I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s going to act a lot like Lone Star does.

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I was actually able to get a decent sized pomp going. And this stuff makes my hair look very full-bodied. Surprisingly it also gives my hair a decent amount of shine! I’m definitely stoked about that. It did take me a little while to get my hair where I wanted it though. I think that may be due to the age of this stuff, which may have made it a little more difficult to use. But I was still able to get a nice looking hair do with this stuff.

Being a heavier hold water based, this stuff hardens more than any of their other products. Which is typically what happens with most water bases out there. The more hold the harder your hair becomes when it dries. Usually with it being that hard once your hair is dry you get a really good hold throughout the entire day. Hopefully that’s true with this one.

Unfortunately the first day I happened to use this it was 113° outside. So naturally being out in the sun for a little while my hair is going to heat up since I have pretty much black hair. Luckily my hair didn’t really droop that much with this stuff. I only saw one tiny little dip towards the middle of my pomp/head over to the right side. Other than that little spot my hair held up great in the heat.

While it was warmed up I took the liberty of recombing my hair to try and put it back in place. To my surprise it went right back where I had it in the morning. So I quickly went inside into the air conditioning to let a cool back down and harden up. Once it had cooled down and hardened back up there was a difference in the feel of my hair. Now it was more gummy than hard. Even though the textured changed I was not able to recomb my hair while it was gummed up. I tried thinking I might be able to since it wasn’t hard like it was before, but no dice.

I experienced the same thing all three days that I used it. I think the only thing that I don’t really like about this one is the little clumps that I get when I try to apply it to my hair. Oh and one other thing about this, not that I dislike it, I’m just stating, is that it’s kind of hard to wash out. It’s not like your typical water based that rinses out very easily with just water. This when you kind of have to wash out with your hands while your hair is under the water. I also had to use a little bit of shampoo to get some of it out. But after the shampoo everything was gone. This stuff also left my hair pretty dried out after I washed it out. That is kind of been the norm for most of the water bases that I have tried. But hey, that’s what conditioner’s for right?

So all in all I like this stuff quite a bit. Mainly because it is a discontinued product and I have one in my collection now. But as for the product itself it’s pretty good. It has a very unique texture to it, and a nice scent. The label alone is worth having this, but it also has a great hold. And the best part is that it leaves your hair shiny!! Now like I said before it is discontinued, they haven’t made it for about a year now. So if you can find one I’d say grab it up if you get the chance. On a high note Grant’s is coming out with a new product soon. Maybe it will be something like this one, maybe it will be a traditional pomade. Who knows, but you need to stay up to date with them so you can get it when it comes out. To try their other products, and I highly suggest you do, head over to their site
http://www.grantsgoldenbrand.com
They have great products and accessories over there! Thanks for making great stuff guys!!

Later,

-JC

American Pickers Update

Hey guys,

As you know I posted a while ago saying that I was contacted by the show American Pickers to use a picture from my blog in their show. Well I got an email from one the producers this morning saying when the episode will air. Here’s what Dan had to say;

“Hi all –

My apologies for not reaching out to each of you personally, but I wanted to give you a heads up that the episode of “American Pickers” that you so graciously contributed to is scheduled to air this Monday night, August 5th, on The History Channel at 9:00 EST. I hope you can all tune in!
Thank you so much for helping us make the best show we can. ”

There was more in the email but I didn’t feel I needed to show every word he wrote. So yeah, next Monday the episode will air if any of you want to check it out. I personally love that show so I will be watching for sure!!

Take care,

-JC

Lockhart’s – Heavy

In the continuous search for a pomade that can stand up to the AZ summertime heat I am trying an ATP home brew. It’s made by ATP member Steve Lockhart. And as you know it’s a heavy pomade. However, he has a medium and a light as well. I will get to those later on after the summer is over. Maybe this can be the one that beats the heat!

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It’s packaged in the black 3oz slip cover tins. These tins are becoming more and more popular these days. I think I’m going have to find these for when I release my black pomade. It has just the lid label, which is black with white ink. It doesn’t have any design or character or graphic at all. Which I think is cool, it brings the classic look back. It reminds me of the 30’s-40’s era. In the very center it says “Lockhart’s” in all caps. In the outer ring above that it says “authentic” and below is “hair pomade.” Just below the name is the ingredient list and weight. Above the name describes the hold and says “proudly made in Michigan.” I really like the look of this label it’s very simple and clean.

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When I pulled off the lead I saw a yellowish waxy looking pomade. It looks kind of like The Iron Society or Grandad’s does. However, it does not smell like either of those. This one smells kind of like the Christmas season to me. It smells exactly like a chocolate mint coffee from Starbucks. And it smells good!!! I can’t wait to get this stuff into my hair. I may do a revisited review of this one as part of the “12 Pomades of Christmas” series this year, who knows.

As I scooped it out it felt a lot like the South Side Soaps pomades did. But this one also has a very tacky/creamy texture to it along with being very waxy. I like the texture quite a bit and am anxious to get this pomade in my hair, because I think it will work well.

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As soon as I rubbed my hands together it got very very waxy and lost all of its creaminess. It felt like a slightly less waxy version of putrescence. I even had to clap my hands together to get it to be somewhat sticky like I do with putrescence. Even not felt like putrescence, it actually applied like Rob’s Slick w 50. I was able to run my hands over and through my hair fairly easily. But a layer of wax did not come off my hands and wanted to stay on after I applied it. Even trying to wash it off didn’t work I had to rub my hands on my jeans and then a towel to get all of it off my hands.

Even combing this stuff was surprisingly easy for how waxy it felt. It’s about like combing Rob’s, but with a little more resistance. It took me a little while to get it worked in real good. Once I did it was even easier to comb around. I was able to get a nice medium pomp with this stuff. I tried to get a taller one, but for some reason my hair looked very hollow when I had a really tall pomp. So I settled for a medium one instead. This pomade doesn’t really have much shine to it at all. I didn’t really expect it to since it’s such a waxy one. One thing I did notice was that the scent changed once it was in my hair. It smelled more like Andes mints once I had my pomp combed.

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I didn’t really have much to do that day but I made time to go outside and run some errands and do a few chores to see how this stuff holds up. Unfortunately, yet another one bites the dust. After about an hour of running errands my hair started to soften up. Then when I started to do my chores outside my hair completely fell apart. This Arizona heat is making all these heavy holds drop like flies. I was able to recomb it into a somewhat parted slick back and my hair still looked okay, but it would not stay up in a pomp. Once it cooled off I tried to recall my hair up into a pomp, but it just wouldn’t stay there.

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The next day I got up and noticed that almost none of the pomade had come out of my hair. So I didn’t even bother adding any when I went to stop my hair. I just threw in a little bit of hair tonic and combed it up. I wasn’t able to quite get the same amount of height as I did the first day, but it still held pretty good. I had a few little stray hairs on the top of my head that I didn’t notice until I took the picture, but I put those into place right after. Again like the first day that he really softened my hair up and I couldn’t keep it in a pomp all day long. But my hair still looked good the way I had it combed after it fell. It didn’t have a funk wave or anything like that from being in a pomp for a while like it does with some pomades.

As a heavy pomade this stuff is pretty decent. I think of the heat wasn’t so high this stuff would hold a lot better. But Arizona just has brutal summers and right now is the hottest part of the year. I really loved the scent on this stuff a lot! It’s becoming one of my favorites the more I wear it. I would definitely say check this stuff out, it’s a decent pomade. I think in the winter time it will hold really well and it has a fall/winter like scent to it. To get a tin head on over to
lockharts.etsy.com
Thanks for everything Steve!!

Keep it greasy guys,

-JC

JS Sloane – Shaving Cream

Hey gents, back with another shaving product. This one is hot off the presses too! It’s the brand new shaving cream from the fine folks over at JS Sloane.

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It comes in a somewhat familiar amber plastic tub with a metal screw top lid. Only this lid is stainless instead of white or black. It has the brown paper and gold foil labeling with brown ink like their lightweight does. But since this is such a big tub, it also has a can wrap. The lid label looks kind of like the lightweight’s does. It has the little dapper guy in the center with the weight info and “made in new york usa” below him. On either side of him in a circular border ring are barber poles. Above him is “JS Sloane” and below him is “Shaving Cream.” Very simple label, but it has the coolest classic look to it. The can wrap kind of resembles the lid label with the little dapper guy and the name in the center. On the back side is JS Sloane’s standard info. A blurb about the shaving cream, directions for use, a caution, and the ingredient list. It also has the weight info as well on the backside in the bottom corner.

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Having loved all of their other products, I was pretty anxious to try this one out. So as soon as I unscrewed the lid I was immediately met with the familiar scent of the JS Sloane products. However, it did have a slight hint of something else in there, to me it smelled like mint. I really dig the color of the shaving cream as well. It’s not your typical white, it’s a very soft pink. It kind of looks like a lighter version of the “its a girl” pink. The texture looks very similar to the Suavecito shaving cream. So I am guessing that this shaving cream is a pre-whipped cream and I don’t have to lather it myself.

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I dipped my shaving brush into the cream and swirled around a bit. It felt a lot like the Suavecito cream as well. This one is a bit thicker than that shaving cream though. You can see the thickness of it where it curls like an ice cream cone does. And it completely covers my brush unlike some of the other creams I’ve used.

The moment I swirled it onto my cheeks I knew I was right about the mint. It felt like ice on my face and the scent changed to more of a dominant menthol scent. And I’m a huge fan of menthol, so I really loved the way that it smelled and the cooling effect it had on my face. This stuff gives you a little bit thicker coverage than the Suavecito cream did. But I think the Suavecito menthol cooling effect is stronger than this one is. Either way I still like the feel of both shaving creams.

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As I began to shave I noticed that this shaving cream doesn’t break down like others that I have used. It more tends to clump/gum up kind of like that “evolution man” shaving cream I tried. Surprisingly it started to clog my razor. Not as bad as that other shaving cream did, but still I noticed that the cream wanted to stay inside the razor more than others do.

Once I finished shaving and wiped my face off, I decided to feel my face to see how soft it was. This stuff leaves your face very soft and smooth. I’m sure the feather blade that I used to shave with also helped with the smoothness. However, the shaving cream does leave your face nice and soft.

This shaving cream is a decent shaving cream for a non-lathering cream. The packaging is really awesome and so is the color of the shaving cream. The scent is really awesome inside the tub! They should make an aftershave smells like this, (clears throat). Also I like the smell of the shaving cream on my face as well as the cooling effect that it gave. Everything I didn’t like about it was how it clogged my razor. I can definitely recommend trying out this shaving cream! To find it head over to their website;
http://www.jssloane.com
And while your there pick up some of their other haircare products because they make great stuff!! Thank you again Joanne you’re the best!

Stay fresh fellas,

-JC

Danny Boy Pomade – Heavy

Hey guys, back with another heavy pomade. This time I’m checking out a central California based pomade, Danny Boy Pomade. After buying their medium, which I thought was their only one, from an ATP member and barber, Daniel contacted me. He said he had seen my blog and noticed I bought his medium pomade and wanted me to call him. So I have him a buzz and we chatted for a bit about my family living in his area and me working up there as well. Then we talked about Phoenix and my blog and his pomade. We ended the conversation with him saying he wanted to send me the other holds to review as well. Very cool dude to reach out to me and offer me that!! When I received my care package a little while later I was very surprised. He also sent me some really cool gifts! Thank you very much Danny, I really appreciate it man!! So let’s see what’s up with the heavy hold Danny Boy Pomade.

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This one comes in a 4oz stainless slip cover tin with a lid label and a can wrap. However, this one doesn’t have your typical lid. It’s a flat lid, which is out of the norm for this style tin, because most are either raised or indented. Kind of cool to see something unique! The lid label is also very unique, it’s a plain white background with a cool pinstripe design in the center and a blue border. Up at the top is says “¡ORALÉ!” then “Danny Boy Pomade” in the center, and “Heavy” down at the bottom. Very simple, only a few words, but really cool looking. The can wrap has “Danny Boy Pomade” on it like the lid label does. It also says “Exclusively for” then a little barber pole character guy and “The Gentleman’s Parlor Barber Shop.” Very simple can wrap, but also kind of cool.

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Opening the tin up you see a nice white waxy pomade sitting in tin waiting to be scooped out! I’m not sure why, but I really like the look of white waxy pomades. They are just very appealing to me. Another thing that is very appealing to me about this pomade is its scent! It is a really nice powdery scent, but not what you’d expect from a powdery scent. It smells like a vanilla scented talc or sugar scented talc. I know that might sound weird but that’s what it smells like to me. And it is a really good smell!

When I anxiously dug my finger into the pomade I pulled out exactly what I was expecting. It’s a nice waxy pomade. It kind of scoops out like Schmiere’s Hart pomades. But it has a creamier texture to it than Schmiere does. I really like the feel of this pomade just digging it out of the tin. I also like that the scent stays nice and pronounced without getting too strong when you scoop out the pomade. I my hands it felt a lot like High Life’s ATP pomade. It had a very waxy feel to it, yet spread like a medium does. I really like the feel of this pomade as it spreads around in my hands. Let’s see how it works in my hair.

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It applies a lot like Schmiere does as well. The only difference I noticed is that it has a slightly more waxy feel to it in my hair than Schmiere. With it being more waxy it was a little more difficult to comb into my hair. But not nearly as hard as some other heavy pomades out there. It didn’t take very long to disperse it evenly throughout my hair.

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I was able to comb a nice pomp with this stuff. I didn’t get a whole lot of height but I got a really good amount of control. My part was nice and sharp using this pomade, and very easy to find. I also noticed that for being such a waxy pomade this stuff does have a decent amount of shine to it. I’m digging all these heavy holds that have shine to them. Hopefully this pattern continues throughout the rest of the summer!

After I had put this stuff in I needed to go outside for about an hour and a half to do some stuff around the house. I figured out be really good test to see how the stuff holds considering it was over 107° at the time. I came back in and took a picture of my hair in my bathroom to see how it looked. To my surprise my hair hadn’t moved one bit. Not one single hair was out of place! Now that’s awesome!!!

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The second day I was out on my route and was in and out of the sun and the AC in my truck. Towards the end of the day I noticed that my hair had lost a little bit of it’s hold, but my hair didn’t look terrible. And after my final stop I said in my truck filling out the paperwork and when I got done I felt my hair. This is where I was really really surprised. The pomade had cooled to a point where it felt as hard as it does on the surface when it’s inside the tin. Really weird! Not in a bad way, I just never had up pomade do that before. So to see if I would be able to do anything with, it I tried to comb my hair back up to where was when I started the day. To my surprise it combed very easy and went back up to the height it was in the morning. This stuff is the shit!!

The more I use this stuff the more I liked it. From the way that the tin looks, to the way it scoops out and spreads around, to the way it holds and builds up. This stuff is just a really really good pomade. And it is definitely worth checking out! Now from what Daniel said he has an exclusive listing of this stuff with The Gentleman’s Parlor Barber Shop. They have a website, but I didn’t see an area where you can buy it. So I’d say contact them on their website and see if the can sell you some. Or get a hold of them on Facebook. Here’s their website for you guys;
http://www.gpbarbershop.com
So hit them up and get a hold of this stuff as soon as you can! Daniel also makes a medium and a light hold. I will review those after the summer is over. Thanks again Daniel I really appreciate it man!!

¡ORALÉ!

-JC

Rob’s Chop Shop – Slick w50

Hey guys now that it’s too hot to check out any pomades that aren’t heavy holds I will only be reviewing heavier ones for a while. It’s the opposite of my normal route of reviewing pomade lines, but it has to be done. I don’t want to go the whole summer wear pomades that will melt really easily. Plus I won’t get to see how the pomade truly works, because it will melt in 5 seconds out here. So I’m only checking out stuff that might work. Today’s pomade, well pomades, is Rob’s Chop Shop slick w50. I will be doing another side by side review since I have the old and new versions of this one as well.

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They both come in a 4oz stainless slip cove tin. There is a lid label and can label on each. The lid label is a black background with silver lettering and a bright colored center design. In the center is a barber pole, two flags(a checkered one and a Texas one) and the Rob’s Chop Shop logo, plus a red banner at the bottom that says “pom-aid.” Above that it says “SLICK W 50,” around the design are four sayings. “Flat it,” “Mop it,” “Duck it,” and “Pomp it.” I’m not sure what “mop it” means though. At the vet bottom it says “sleaze and greaze Texas style” and has the weight info. The can label is an oval label kind of like the High Life labels. This one is also a black label. On either side in a circle is “slick w 50.” In the very center in baseball style lettering is “Rob’s Chop Shop.” Pretty cool label I think, definitely unique.

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Opening them up you see two completely different pomades. Hmmmm, I wonder why the pomade changed…. I guess we will see soon! The old one looks a lot like Murray’s Superior. It has that tan color and the same textural look as Murray’s. it even smells kind of similar to Murray’s too, but this one is sweeter smelling than Murray’s. Kind of like sweet honey. The new one is kind of a mint green in color and has a waxy look to it. The smell of the new on is very clean smelling, it reminds me of floral soaps. I’m liking both scents quite a bit and for different reasons.

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Just like the last review, I am starting with the older one first the I will move on to the newer one. As I dug my finger into the tan one, I wasn’t surprised by what I pulled out at all. It scoops exactly like Murray’s superior or DAX wave and groom does, but it does feel a bit thicker than those do. I have a feeling it’s going to comb and hold like those do as well. The scent stayed about the same as I got it out of the tin, but it’s still a nice strong and sweet scent. The new one really surprised me when is scooped it out, unlike the old one. This one came out in a whole round disc of pomade, huh?! It literally came out a disc of waxy pomade, pretty wild. I’ve never had that happen before. So I took a scoop from the disc and you can see it is a pretty waxy pomade. This one I think is going to hold pretty good by the feel of it. Unlike the old one this one gets a little stronger once you scoop it out of the tin. Lets get to it!

Starting with the old one. In my hands it broke down very similar to Murray’s, only it was more difficult to spread and got a little thicker as I dispersed it in my palms. It became very tacky and had almost a waxy feel to it, like microcrystalline wax. As soon as I ran my hands over my hair I knew it was going to be difficult for me to comb this stuff. It went in like a heavier Murray’s superior and it wanted to stay just on top like some waxy pomades do.

And just as I thought, this stuff was really hard for me to comb through and disperse evenly in my hair. It took me over 7 mins just to get it in my hair evenly and ready to where I could start styling my hair. However, once I got it dispersed in, it became very easy to comb. So this stuff just takes a little working with. Once I started to comb my pomp I was very happy. I was able to get a pretty tall bulbous pomp and I was able to comb it in just a couple minutes.

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I was really pleased with how well this stuff worked once I got it worked in. It was really easy to comb a pomp, and my pomp looked great. And my hair was pretty shiny, which as you all know, I love. And who doesn’t like a nice tall, round, shiny pomp?! I kept getting compliments on my hair all day long, which was really cool. I like it when people comment on my hair. I did notice that this stuff did soften a bit and kind of droop when I was outside for a while. Not as much as Murray’s and DAX do though. I was able to recomb my hair very easily, but I wasn’t able to get the height I did the first time I combed it. But I was still able to get a nice medium shiny pomp when I recombed it.

The next day I didn’t have to add hardly any pomade at all. 95% of the pomade stayed in my hair! So I only added a very little amount to spruce up my hair. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? You’ll have to decide the for yourself. Personally I don’t mind it, it means that my pomade is going to last that much longer. Just like the first day I had a tall, round, shiny pomp going on. The second day it held a little better though. It didn’t quite droop as much as the first day. The more I used it the better it held and the less pomade I had to use. By the fourth day I didn’t even need to add any pomade in the morning, I just combed my hair.

Being such a tough pomade to work in, I knew it would be hard to get out of my hair. But luckily I make a degreasing shampoo that takes it out in one wash. I’d say its about like getting DAX or Murray’s out of your hair. I am thoroughly pleased with this pomades performance. The only thing I didn’t like was how damn hard it was to work into my hair. However, that’s a small price to pay for a great looking pomp that stays in place and is nice and shiny. Let’s check out the new one shall we?!

This one broke down like a nice medium waxy pomade, but also had the microcrystalline wax texture/feel to it when it was spread around in my hands. Applying it was very reminiscent of High Life medium, the old one. And this one combed way easier than the old one does. However I made the mistake of having my hair a little too damp when I applied it and I got some wax flakes from this one. Nothing a little combing can’t fix. Make sure your hair isn’t too damp or you’ll have to comb a little more than normal.

20130722-215456.jpgNew Rob’s slick w50

I wasn’t able to get quite as tall of a pomp with this as I did with the old one. I was still able to get a nice round pomp with this stuff though. It was more of a medium pomp, but it still held really well. With this one being more waxy the shine wasn’t as high, but it did have some sheen to it. I really liked the scent of it once it was in my hair and my pomp was combed. The air kind of helped the scent get a little more pronounced without being too strong. And it’s a really nice fresh scent, I got a few compliments from my friends on the scent. General consensus is that this pomade smells great. I wore this pomade on the first day of my new job which is quite a bit of work outside. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite hold up as good as the old one did. But I wasn’t in the sun a lot the first day I wore the old one, so let’s see how this holds up the second day.

Unlike the old one, some of this one came out of my hair while I slept and also while taking a shower. So I had to add about a quarter finger full to the top and a little bit to the sides and back. I noticed a little bit more shine the second day and a bit more hold as well. I didn’t have to be out in the sun as much this time and I noticed that it held quite a bit better than the first day. I did noticed that both on the first day and the second day my hair began to droop over my right eye. I’m not quite sure why my hair did that in that one specific area, because it held really well everywhere else. But I was able to recomb my hair and put it back where it used to be very easily.

Kind of like the old one this one builds up really great and the more you use it the less you have to add. However this one was a bit easier to get out of my hair than the old one was. Overall this stuff is a pretty decent pomade. I do wish it held a little better, like the old one did. But I loved how much easier this one went in and washed out. Plus the AZ heat just brutalizes pomades, especially if you’re out in the sun a bunch. So this one is a pretty good pomade.

So my comparison is I like the hold and shine of the old one, but the ease of use of the new one. The scents I like equally because they’re good in different ways and are completely different. I would say the old one for sure holds and shines better for the heat, but the new one holds good too and makes your hair look really good. So I’d say if you come across the old one, snatch it up quick, fast and in a hurry! And I’d buy the new one as well if I were you. It’s a good pomade and worth checking out and having in a collection. You can order it and the other Rob’s pomades from his site
http://www.robschopshop.com
He also has some bad ass shirts so snag one of those while you’re there as well!!

Sleaze and greaze guys,

-JC