Hue

Back with another pomade to check out. This time I’m going to check out Hue pomade. It’s from New York and Edgar over at Pomade.com sent me this to check out and review. He also sent me some other stuff to try. Many thanks Edgar!

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This stuff is very uniquely packaged compared to most pomades. It comes in a cardboard box, then is wrapped in silver tissue paper with a seal. The tin itself is a stainless shell around a plastic rubber insert that holds the pomade. I’ve never seen a tin quite like this before. Nor the outer packaging on a pomade. The tin itself is a tiny little 2oz tin. It only holds 1.5oz of pomade in it though. It says it’s a natural pomade with a matte finish. However the ingredient list has some stuff on there that doesn’t sound very natural. They’re chemicals of some sort, but I don’t know exactly what. It also contains over a dozen oils, so I doubt it’s a matte finish. You never know though.

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When you try to open the tin, you can’t. It’s like vacuum sealed or something. I pulled and pulled on it and couldn’t get it open. Finally I just grabbed a flathead screwdriver and popped the sucker open. And even that was difficult. It did make a pop sound when I finally got the lid off, so I guess it was vacuum sealed. Inside the tin is a light yellowish tan colored pomade. The surface has a kind of gritty look to it. It kind of looks like a really softer version of Cock Grease X. It has a sort of salon type smell to it with a hint of grapefruit. Almost like grapefruit scented salon shampoo or something.

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When you dig your finger into the pomade it feels almost like a greasy version of Cream of Wheat. Super light, really greasy/oily, and kind of gritty. It reminds me a little bit of Levin’s pomade, the blue can. It doesn’t seem like it will have any kind of hold at all. But I’ve been surprised in the past, maybe this one will have some hold.

It turned very oily in my hands. All the little gritty pieces dissolved completely the moment I started to work it in my hands. It felt like a mix between Levin’s blue and Blackjack’s top coat. If it’s like the top coat it will do something for my hair, if it’s like Levin’s I’m out of luck. Hopefully it’s like the blackjack! I noticed the scent take on a kind of chemically scent to it in my hands. It smelled much more like a salon once I worked it around a little bit.

It went in very very easily, as I knew it would. My hair was very very shiny right off the bat too. Combing it was like exactly like combing the Levin’s. And after combing it it my hair was still very shiny. So the matte finish claim isn’t valid. Not a big deal to me as I prefer shiny hair much more that a matte look. But it could be a disappointment to someone who is expecting a matte look and doesn’t want shine.

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Being such a light pomade it didn’t hold my wavy hair at all. It made my waves really stand out on the right side of my of my head. Even though I didn’t get much height I was able to pull off a nice 40’s businessman style. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. Plus even though it was such a light pomade, the sides stayed nice and slick. The shine was spot on for my liking too! Definitely really happy with how it turned out.

Toward the end of the day I got a few strands of hair that fell away from the top. However the ones that did fall down did so in the perfect way. They actually didn’t look bad when they were down. It was easy to comb them back up when I needed to as well. It felt really really oily at the end of the day. A little too oily for my liking so I jumped in the shower to kind of clean the excess off. Surprisingly almost all of the pomade came out with just regular cheap-o shampoo.

With it being such a light oily pomade I like that you get a fresh start each day when you shampoo your hair. I can’t get any kind of control when an oily pomade builds up. It makes my hair just fall apart and not stay in place at all. So it’s a nice thing that this stuff comes out really easily to give me a clean slate for the second day.

This stuff is a little on the pricey side being $22 for 1.5oz of pomade. After two days use I’ve used just under half of it so it’s about $4.50 per use. It worked pretty good for my hair doing a nice classic WWII era style. It won’t hold your up high hair though. I’m sure it would make a great topper as well. If you use it as a topper it will go a lot farther too. So if this one seems like something you’d want to check out, head on over to
http://www.pomade.com
and pick up a tin! Huge thank you to Edgar for sending me this to try out! I really appreciate it man! I will be trying out quite a few new products the next couple months so….

stay tuned, and stay slick

-JC

Walter Wilson Shave Co. – Shave Kit

A little while ago, less than a month, my good friend Michael Tafoya put out his new shave products. You may be familiar with him, he used to own Grandad’s. So when he told me he was working on some new shave stuff I had to get my mitts on some to try out. Being the awesome friend he is, he sent me some of his stuff for free to review. He wouldn’t even let me pay for shipping. Thanks Michael, you’re the best!! Can’t wait for what’s in store with this kit.

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I’m going to do a review like I did with the Soapbox Gypsy shave box. All three products together in one go like they’re meant to be used. After having such a blast with that review, I am really excited to get started on this one! These products aren’t packaged in a box, just separately. I think they would look really nice in a little wooden box lined with some straw or cotton, as the have an old timey feel to them.

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The pre-shave oil comes in a unique little bottle. Well unique to all the ore-shave oils I have anyway. It’s a cobalt blue plastic bottle with a white pump type lid. It has just one circle label on the front. The label is a white background with black writing. In the very center it tells you what it is, Shave Oil. At the very top is the ingredients, just below those it says “all natural.” Just above the product distinction it says “peppermint” indicating the scent. Below that is the company name, and logo. And at the bottom is the weight info. Very simple and straightforward design. Has a prohibition era feel to it. I like it.

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This one is a clear oil, nice change up from the norm. It feels a little but lighter than the average pre-shave oils out there. However, it’s not a super light oil either, it’s on the lighter end of the medium spectrum. It has a nice light peppermint scent to it. It’s not overbearing, but you don lose the scent either. It’s just right.

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On your face it has a nice smooth feel, but it’s not super greasy or oily. Your hands don’t just slip all over your face while you work it around. It has a slight resistance to it, you an really feel the vitamin e oil in it when you apply it to your face. Some of it soaks into your face and whiskers really quickly. There’s not a much of a shine to your skin after you apply it. I personally like when most of it soaks into your face and whiskers, it makes for a smoother shave. It really softens up your whiskers and smooths your skin, allowing the blade to glide and cut easier.

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Now on to the shave soap. This one is packaged in a slightly lighter blue plastic tub with a metal screw top lid. It has the exact same label as the shave oil, the only difference is that it says “Shave Soap” instead. Because of the larger container, the label is naturally a little bit larger. I really love these labels! They make me feel like I bought them in a turn of the century barber shop or drug store.

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The soap itself is a bright white soap. It has a shiny surface to it, something I haven’t seen from a what soap thus far. I’m not sure what to make of it. Come to think of it I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shiny soap before, bar or shave. Let’s see if that has any play in how the soap performs. It has a really nice mint scent to it. It kind of smells like candy canes to me. Sort of a sweet minty scent, very very nice scent.

I soaked it in some hot water for about 5 minutes, then dumped out the water so I could load up my brush. It seems to have a light, airy load lather. I had a lot of bubbles floating up out of the jar while I was loading the brush. Hopefully it doesn’t stay too light when I go to lather it up. I was given the answer to that at the end of loading up my brush. The bubbles seemed to shrink or pop, leaving a thicker foam. I was pretty happy with the fact that it didn’t stay really light and frothy.

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I began to lather it up and the same thing kind of happened at first. A light frothy lather sprang up immediately, pushing it’s way up out of the bowl. And just like with loading my brush, the bubbles begin to pop and form a thick lather. It got so thick that I had to add a little bit more water to keep it a nice consistency. That little bit of water made the lather turn into a lot of puffy clouds!! Very thick clouds, similar to the texture of Greek yogurt. A lot of the lather wanted to just stick to my brush. That made my brush packed to the gills with thick lather. Definitely a great thing!

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You can see how thick the lather is on my face. It looks almost like a paste instead of a soapy lather! And boy does it feel great on your skin. Nice and warm when you first apply it from the heat of the water. Then the mint starts to cool your face! Very nice contrast. I love the cooling effect a lot. It’s not so strong that it almost burns or messes with your nose. Yet it’s not so soft you don’t feel it at all. It’s really a nice medium, both scent and tingle wise.

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Having a lot of lather left in the bowl and in my brush, I decided to scrape off my brush into the bowl. With how thick this lather is and how much is left in the bowl, I’d venture to say there’s at least another 9 more shaves worth of lather left. I didn’t even squeeze the later from inside my brush either. So I’d say this soap could get you from 10 to 12 shaves with one lather. Now I didn’t do anything special either. I soaked my soap and brush for 5 minutes in moderately hot water. I only swirled for 30 seconds total when I loses my brush. And I only lathered it up for about 30-40 seconds. Nothing out of the ordinary at all. This shave soap is just a really great shave soap!

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During my shave I noticed a nice smoothness to the blade as it glided over my face. The hairs seemed to just fall right off. No resistance at all. By far one of the smoothest shaves I’ve ever had. The oil and soap really softened up my hairs and face. It felt like there wasn’t even a blade in the razor it was so smooth. Really really nice shave.

I noticed a significant difference in the feel of my face after my shave. It’s a noticeable difference from most of the other shave soaps I’ve used too. I was able to get a really close shave as well. Closer than I usually do. Very happy with the turn out of the first two products! I will definitely be buying more of this soap immediately. It comes in 3 scents so I will start with the other two scents. It may be hard to shave with another soap. Yeah, this stuff is that good!

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Finally for the aftershave! I’m really excited for this one. It’s a witch hazel aftershave!! I love witch hazel a lot. It comes in a blue plastic bottle with the same metal screw top lid. It also has the same label as the others with the obvious name and ingredient differences. Other than that, it’s the exact same. I really like the blue a lot, I kind of wish it was glass though instead of plastic. Either way it’s still a really cool bottle.

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Unscrewing the lid you see a familiar site to big name aftershaves, but not smaller ones. A plastic lid to help prevent spilling the aftershave everywhere. Although, the hole in this one is much smaller than most of the other ones out there. Michael really put some work into these products. The scent of this aftershave is a nice balance between mint and witch hazel. You can kind of smell the rum that he uses in it as well, but it’s definitely more faint and on the back end. It’s a slightly yellow colored aftershave. It has a much less runny consistency to it than the big name brands do. Even less than other witch hazel aftershaves I’ve used before. I like it a lot so far.

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Going on I was shocked at how it felt. It didn’t burn at all whatsoever. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about that. I love the kind of numbing burn of witch hazel normally. However, I did kind of like the fact that it didn’t burn at all. It was more of a cooling feel on my face. Mainly due to the mint in it, but it was still nice to get something new and unique. Towards the very end of it drying I really got that awesome witch hazel scent. Witch hazel drying almost reminds of rain, which is part of the reason I love it so much. Definitely a great aftershave. It leaves your face nice and soft and dry, almost like talc does.

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After the whole ordeal was said and done I was completely sold on the whole set. One of the best shaves I’ve ever had, by far. The oil really gets your face and whiskers ready for the shave. The soap really coats your face and whiskers and allows for an effortless and supremely smooth shave. And the aftershave leaves your face cool, soft and smelling great! This set rivals the Soapbox Gypsy set. These are some very very good products! The soap I think is my new favorite shave soap. Plus an even better thing about this set is it comes in 3 scents. So if you don’t like mint, you can choose lemon or lavender. Hit up Michael for a set on Facebook via private message or on ATP. Well that concludes the review for this set. I’m looking forward to using this set for a long time to come. I also can’t wait to try some other new stuff and see how they compare to these products.

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This set up won’t be moving from this spot for a while! It looks so cool all laid out like that too. Thank you again Michael!! Pick up a set guys!

Cheers,

-JC

Sasquatch Soap Co. – Bay Rum bar soap

Hey little while back I was contacted by the Sasquatch Soap Co about reviewing their soaps. With me being a bar soap user, I jumped at the opportunity to try some new stuff out! Huge thank you to Andrew and the Sasquatch Soap Co. for sending me some stuff to try out! Much appreciated guys! After trying and loving the fieldworks bar soap, I was very excited to try this one out.

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This bar soap isn’t like most others out there. It’s in the shape of a square, very cool. Don’t get me wrong, I love the traditional rectangle soap, but it’s nice to see different stuff. It’s about 3″ x 3″ x 1″ and is wrapped in a black wrapper then the label wrapper. The label rapper has a cartoon-like Sasquatch bubbling a pipe in a lapeled jacket on the front with “Sasquatch Soap Co.” below him. Underneath that is “Bay Rum” to indicate which soap it is, they have like 8 or 9 I think. At the very bottom is their website. Really simple labeling, but still really cool. I like the Sasquatch guy a lot, he’s pretty cool looking. The back side of the label has the barcode, ingredients and weight info. Super simple, and not much there.

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The bar is a light tan colored square with a bit of darker tan blotches in it. I really like that this soap isn’t one uniform color. The blotchiness shows that its quality and that they’re not just mass produced and popped out as fast as possible. It’s really nice when you can tell the craftsmanship in products. I like using products like this much more than main stream, well known, mass produced products. They’re made better and seem to work way better for me. The scent of this bar is more soapy than bay rum. You can smell the bay rum, but it’s very faint. The soapy smell kind of drowns it out. And the soapy smell is very nice, it’s not harsh or overpowering at all.

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This bar takes to water very easily, more like a big name bar than other smaller companies’. It started to lather much quicker than most other bars I’ve used. However, even though it lathered quickly, it had the same feel against my skin as the Fieldworks bar did at first. It kind of drug against my skin like it was trying to stick to my skin. That went away after about 2 minutes or so. Then it felt more like a regular bar of soap.

The lather was fairly thick, but airy at the same time. There were lots of bubbles, but the lather wasn’t super dense. The bubbles are much larger than your average bar of soap. Most of them range in size from a stirrer straw size to a pencil eraser size. Smaller ones are present as well, but the majority of them are fairly large. Once I got the soap worked around I could smell the bay rum a little bit better. It wasn’t a lot stronger, but there was a noticeable difference. Once the fragrance hits the steam it really balances out and has a great soapy bay rum smell to it. The soapy smell was still the front and dominant note though.

After using it for about a month, the bar is now a tiny flake of soap. I’d say it lasts about the same as your average bar soap from the drug store. It was a nice amount of time, not too long where you get sick of the soap, and not too short where you don’t get to enjoy it. It’s just right. I noticed a smoothness to my skin that wasn’t there last month. Now it wasn’t baby skin smooth, but there was a increase in the softness of my skin. My skin also didn’t seem to dry out like it usually does out here. Being in such dry climate your skin can get really dried out quickly. But this soap definitely helped combat that.

This soap is a definite must have. You guys have to try this stuff out! I like it almost as much as I liked the Fieldworks body brick, and I love that soap!! They have 8 different kinds, all of which I will be reviewing. So be sure to take a look at all of them when you’re at
http://www.sasquatchsoap.com
picking up a bar or two. Big thank you again to the guys over at Sasquatch Soap Co for sending me some awesome soaps to try out!! I’ll definitely be buying soap from you guys as soon as I’m out! Here’s a little video from them as well for you guys!

Stay fresh fellas,

-JC