Cool Grease Comb

Hello readers, today we are checking out another Cool Grease product. This time I’m gonna give their comb a review. For the longest time I never knew they even had a comb, but a few months ago I saw that my buddy Tadashi started carrying them on his website. Tadashi, for those of you who don’t know who he is, runs the HedgeLion company. So anyway, I saw that he started carrying these combs and asked him about buying one to try out. He told me how much they were, but just sent me one to review for him and to try out. I was really stoked about that and thanked him for sending it to me. And thank you again buddy, I really appreciate it!
  
This comb isn’t your average comb, that’s for sure. It comes packaged in a clear plastic sleeve, but it’s not sealed. One end of the sleeve is open so you can slide it out, but it doesn’t have a flap or anything. It’s just cut straight across evenly on one end. There’s no barcode sticker or anything like that on the plastic sleeve either. As for the comb itself, it’s a pretty unique looking comb. It doesn’t really have much of a handle on the end though. It’s only about 2″ long, just big enough for the logo to be printed on it. This comb is only filled with small teeth spaced pretty close together. So I’m guessing it’s more of a finishing comb rather than a styling comb. The teeth seem to all be the same length throughout, they’re not tapered at all like some combs are. This comb is only slightly longer than a pocket comb too. So it may make for a great pocket comb as well as a finishing comb. I am going to try it out other ways besides those though.

  
The logo is done in the same gold type of print that a lot of pocket combs have on them. It’s only on one side of the comb, and fills up the “handle” area pretty well. Inside the gold area it says “The Cool Grease Brand” in a couple different fonts. It’s a pretty basic design, but is more than just plain letters like most combs have. So it’s pretty cool to see a change up, and a sort of design on this comb. I was surprised to see that it was only on the one side though. I had expected it to have it on both sides of it like the Layrite comb does. And actually, come to think of it, this one reminds me a bit of the Layrite comb. Only the handle is much shorter. It’s like if you were to cut most of the handle off the Layrite comb. That’s what this one reminds me of anyway. It’s got the same fine toothed aspect to it like the other one does, but it’s not tapered like the Layrite comb.

  
I first used this comb when I reviewed the Cool Grease Cock Grease product. I tried applying that stuff with it, but had some difficulty doing so. Mainly because the handle is so short and that’s a heavy product. That combined with it being a fine toothed comb. So it wasn’t the easiest to apply that product with. Once I got that one combed in and styled for the most part, I used this one as a finishing comb for it. That’s when it performed pretty well for me, and I began to like the short handle. It really allows you to get all the little areas you need to and smooths out all the comb lines nicely. I was pretty happy with it in that aspect. However, I do need to try it out a few other ways to see how it is overall. I mean I know already that it’s a great finishing and touch up comb, but I need to see how it does with other products and in other aspects.

The next time I used it was with that Wet ringing gel. This time I tried it out as a styling comb. It wasn’t the best at this, even with a softer medium product. The comb just doesn’t have long enough teeth and they aren’t spaced wide enough to really get a good shape going. So I styled my hair with my regular comb and set this one aside for another day and product. So far it’s looking like this one is just going to be good as a finishing comb and touch up comb. I’m going to try it out one more time as a styling comb though before I close the door on it. I also need to test it out as a pocket comb, but have to wait until I use a pomade to do that.

So I pulled this one out again when I reviewed Reuzel’s green can. However, again, it didn’t work well for me as a styling comb. Even though I tried it with another softer medium product, this comb just doesn’t have the right dimensions for styling your hair. It’s only good for finishing and touching up your hair. Well, at least as of now. I still have to try it out as pocket comb. I had gotten a bit frustrated with it when I tried it with the Reuzel pomade, which made me forget to try it out as a pocket comb. So I have to wait until I review another pomade to try it out in that aspect.

Luckily, I reviewed another pomade right after Reuzel’s, so I put it to work right away. It does fit in my pocket quite nicely, as I thought it would. It’s only slightly longer than a regular Unbreakable pocket comb, so it fits in my pocket great. It’s also thinner than a regular pocket comb, so I didn’t notice it at all in my pocket. When I used it as a recombing tool, it just did ok for me. Because it doesn’t have wide teeth I had a tough time getting decent shape back to my hair. It was easy to recomb my hair with, I just couldn’t get the shape and whatnot back like I can with my regular pocket comb. So I grabbed my styling comb to recomb my hair back nicely and then used this one again to finish my hair off. In that aspect it does a great job. Better than my normal pocket comb does by far. I was able to get a much more smooth look that I usually do. And I was definitely happy about that.

All in all, it’s a decent little comb for what it is. I can’t do much with it except for finishing and touching up, but in those areas it really shines. I don’t have a better comb than this one for those things. And I would definitely recommend getting one of these for that. It works outstandingly in those aspects. You can get one off http://www.hedgelion.com , and you should do so immediately. While you’re there check out all the new stuff Tadashi has up on the site! Thank you again for sending me this comb to try out man, I really appreciate it. I had some fun trying this one out. And I’m very glad I have it in my line up and collection. Seriously, do yourself a favor and get one of these combs. It really is the perfect finishing comb and touch up comb. It’s going to be hard to find one better than this one out there I think. And I will be sure to let you guys know if I ever do find one better. Until I do….

Stay slick,

-JC

Murray’s – La-Em-Strait

Hey guys, I’m back with another one of the new Murray’s products already. After liking the first one so much, I wanted to post this review right after it. This time I am checking out the La-Em-Strait ringing gel. Back when they first released this new line, my good friend Jim sent me one of each product to try out. I used them back then and gave him some feedback on them, but now it’s time to officially review this one as well.
  

First I want to give you guys a little history on this particular product. Now La-Em-Strait used to be its own company/brand way back in the day. At some point Murray’s had bought them and made it part of their company. Then for a while Murray’s didn’t put out any products under this name, but when they released this line they brought it back. This time it’s quite a bit different than it used to be back in the day. I had found a few La-Em-Strait products over the years collecting vintage products. I was able to find two sample cans of their products, and put the picture of them up there for you to see what they looked like. They’re two different pomades in the same type of mini sample can, but with different labeling. The cans are the same mini cans that the old Sweet Georgia Brown pomade came in. Exelento and a few other ones came in this same type of can. They hold roughly 1/8oz of pomade, or one use worth. Luckily, both of the ones I found were full of pomade and had been taken care of really well. They still looked and smelled great! I could probably even use them if I wanted to, but I never will. I will just keep them for collection purposes.

  

They changed up the packaging quite a bit for these new products like I was saying in the other review. This one comes in the same gray plastic tub with black metal screw top lid as the D-Luxe did. So the lid has the name of the company and est date inside an orange box the same way. The side label has the same layout as the D-Luxe Grooming Creme did too. The box on the lid is just below the orange part of the label again. And the orange part has the name again, which is “La-Em-Strait” this time. Under the orange part, this label is gray colored like the other one, but has a different picture. This time it’s a picture of a barber’s station filled with a bunch of the various products they use on clients. It also has the white letters again, but it says “firm hold gel pomade” this time at the bottom. On either side of the picture is all the info they usually put on their products. The ingredients list, company info, directions, barcode, and the product description. They also give a little history on the La-Em-Strait brand on the label as well which is pretty cool. And like I was saying last time, I really like these new labels. They have cool pictures on them, and the layout and design is really awesome. It’s a nice change up from their normal style.

  

When you open up the tub, this time you see a gel like goop. I can’t tell if this one is clear or gray just yet, but I’m thinking it’s clear. Looking at the surface it seems like it will be a strong medium ringing gel. The scent on this one is very unique, I don’t think I’ve smelled anything quite like this one before. It’s a little hard to describe too, you get a sweet scent right off the bat, and it’s got powdery, licorice I think, and cream type notes all blended in together. Or at least that’s what it smells like to me. Like I said, it’s kind of hard to describe and is very unique, but it’s a really good scent. I quite like it a lot.

  

Scooping it out was just how I knew it would be. It’s a nice strong medium ringing gel, that has a rounded scoop to it. As it turns out this one is clear after all, as I had thought it would be. It would have been pretty cool to see a grey colored one though. I don’t think I have ever seen a grey colored ringing gel before. And this stuff is crystal clear! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ringing gel as clear as this before. It’s almost as clear as water is. It’s really cool looking. As I broke it down in my hands, it got a little softer than it was when I scooped it out. Not a whole lot, but enough to be able to notice a difference. It has a really smooth texture to it as well, but when you pull your hands apart it takes on a tackiness to it. It’s kind of weird the way it does that. It’s smoother than most ringing gels are, but also pretty tacky at the same time.

Applying it to my hair was really easy too. The tackiness it had to it in my hands didn’t show up when I applied it to my hair at all. It went in very easily when I applied it. However, when I went to comb it through, the tackiness came back into play. It wasn’t hard to comb in, but it did have a bit more resistance than I was expecting from how it felt when I applied it to my hair. It went in nice and evenly with just a few passes of my comb too. So I was ready to style my hair after just a few seconds. Which is much quicker than usual with other ringing gels. I was really happy with how this product applies and combs through my hair. I liked the feel of it in my hair quite a bit. Much better than many of the other ringing gels out there that’s for sure.

  

And as you can see, this stuff has really nice hold and control to it. I was able to get a pretty nice looking doo going on with it. And surprisingly it has quite a bit of shine to it too! I was definitely happy with this aspect of it a lot. As you know, most ringing gels have very little shine if any at all. So when I get one that has good shine, it’s a very welcomed surprise. Lately I’ve found quite a few new ones that have good shine to them. It seems like companies are finally refining the process of making these products and putting out good one. Rather than just putting out a mediocre or subpar product that has little or no shine and is hard on your hair. In the past it seemed like it was really hard to find a good ringing gel, but in recent years they have become quite a bit better. And good ones are becoming easier to find and a bit more common these days. It’s really nice to see that, and allows me to have some good water soluble products in my collection that I like to use on a regular basis. Anyway, back to the product at hand. As you can see in the picture, it did a great job of taming my cowlick as well. And I was able to get a nice rounded pomp going with this stuff too. Usually ringing gels give me more of a straight look to my hair, but not this one. I was really happy with how it turned out after styling my hair.

  

I was also really happy with the comb lines my hair was left with. There weren’t any gaps or big comb lines in my hair at all. Instead, my hair was left looking really sharp. You can see the shine a bit better in this picture too. It looks like I have a pomade in my hair rather than a ringing gel. I’m really liking the shine that this stuff give my hair a lot. The initial styling result really was great. I can’t say enough good things about it. As of right now, I think it’s become one of my all time favorite ringing gels. This stuff really did perform great for me and left my hair looking exactly how I wanted it to.

After about an hour I felt my hair to see how this stuff had set up. To my surprise, it had only slightly gummed up, and wasn’t hardened at all. The shine had also stayed nice and glossy after it had set up too. Sometimes ringing gels will have a little shine to them when you first style you hair, but then goes away when it sets/dries up. Not this not though, it stays exactly how it was before when it sets up. My hair almost felt like it hadn’t set up at all. It was pretty soft to the touch, and felt like I could easily run a comb through it without water. I’m going to wait until later to recomb it though. Just in case it doesn’t recomb as good as I’m thinking it will. I’d rather have it potentially lose hold at the end of the day than right now. So far it’s doing a great job of keeping its hold, control, and shine though. I hope that lasts throughout the day too.

Just as I had hoped, the hold and everything did last all day long. My hair was in the same place it was when I first styles it. I didn’t have any stray hairs come out or splits open up. My cowlick stayed in check all day long. And the shine was still nice and glossy at the end of the day as well. This stuff really did a great job today! Even the scent was still detectable at the end of the day surprisingly. Usually ringing gels lose their scent pretty quickly, but this one keeps it nicely all day long. Now it wasn’t strong at the end of the day, but I did get a whiff of it here and there at the end of the day. When I went to recomb my hair, I was met with a little resistance, but I didn’t see any flakes at all. I did lose a little control and had a few hairs come out of place. Overall though, it recombed fairly nicely without any water. The shine did go away when I recombed my hair though. So I decided to spray just a little water on my hair, kind of misting my whole head a bit. Then I ran my comb through my hair again and went to restyle it. I wasn’t able to get quite as much height and control as it did when I first style it. However, it did restyle pretty well. I had a little bit of a gap where my cowlick is, and one comb line open a bit over by my part, but that was it. The shine returned, I was able to get a rounded shape again, and also got pretty decent height and control when I recombed it with a little water.

I took a shower that night since I had done some work outside and had gotten a bit sweaty and dirty. Just like with most ringing gels, this one came out with just a little water. My hair did feel a tad bit dried out when I was in the shower after I rinsed this stuff out though. However, once I got out of the shower and dried my hair off, it didn’t feel dried out at all. It wasn’t softer feeling like with their D-Luxe Creme, but my hair wasn’t dried out at all. It felt just how it did before I applied this stuff in the morning. I’m definitely happy with that as well. And it’s nice to find yet another ringing gel that doesn’t dry out my hair. I’m very glad companies are doing their homework, fixing problems like this, and putting out products that are better all around. It’s very nice to see, and has kind of restored my faith in ringing gels quite a bit. I will still expect things like that from new ones I try, but it’s always a welcomed surprise when I get one that doesn’t do that. This stuff was a total success today. I really couldn’t be happier with how it performed. It was one of the best ones I’ve tried.

I was very very happy with this stuff and I’m really liking it a lot. There really isn’t a negative thing that I can say about it at all. Just like with their D-Luxe Creme. Everything from the packaging to every aspect of the performance. This stuff really is a great ringing gel, and I highly recommend trying it out. Even if you aren’t a big fan of these types of products, I think you’d still like it. It’s really become one of my favorites, and I highly recommend getting some of it right away. Head on over to the Murray’s website, http://www.murrayspomade.com to get yourself a tub of it. While you’re there, check out their other new products as well. They have quite a few new awesome products, not just in this line either. Big thank you again to my friend Jim over at Murray’s for sending me this awesome product to try out and review for them. I really did enjoy it a lot man! I’m excited to see how the last styling product in this line is. There are a couple other products in the line, but only one styling product left for me to review. I will be getting to it as soon as I can too.

Til next time,

-JC

Murray’s – D-Luxe Grooming Creme

Alright! Finally getting back to another Murray’s product. Today I am checking out their new D-Luxe Grooming Creme. Back when they first released this new line, my good friend Jim who owns The Grease Shop website sent me one of these to try out a couple months back. I had used it back then, but now it’s time to officially review it.

  

They changed up the packaging quite a bit for these new products. Rather than putting them in the clear plastic jars or even the white plastic tubs they have their other products in, they went with a gray tub and black metal screw top lid for these new ones. The lid has the labeling lithographed right on it, but the tub has a sticker wrapped around it. On the lid, they put the name of the company and est date inside an orange box. The side label has the same box just below “D-Luxe Grooming Creme” in the orange part of the label. Under the orange part, the label is gray colored and has a picture of a barber’s hand cutting someone’s hair, and says “creme pomade – light hold” in white letters at the bottom. On either side of the picture is all the info they usually put on their products. The ingredients list, company info, directions, barcode, and the product description. These new labels are a lot different from their other products’ labels. They really went in a totally different direction with these new labels. And I have to say, I like it. It’s a nice change up from their normal labeling. And don’t get me wrong, I love their other labeling a lot, but it is nice to see a change up from that.

  

When you open up the tub, you see a thick white paste type product. I had expected something like their Cream Beeswax, or the Swagger Cream they did for Lucky 13. However, this one, as you can see, is much thicker and looks more like a paste than a cream. This could definitely be a good thing, since pastes generally have more hold than creams do. The scent they went with for this stuff is really awesome too! It has a nice sweet cream scent to it. What I mean is, it has that familiar hair cream scent to it, but it’s also really sweet smelling. And the hair cream scent is pretty faint on this one. The sweet scent is much more present, and it smells awesome. It’s almost like a vanilla or something, I can’t really figure out exactly the scent it is, but it’s really good.

  

As I went to scoop it out, I was met with a pretty unique texture. It didn’t scoop out like a paste as I thought it would, but it also didn’t scoop out like a cream either. It was kind of like a cross between the two and a beeswax pomade at the same time. I don’t think I’ve ever scooped out anything with this type of texture before. This product really has an interesting and unique feel to it. Even breaking it down in my hands was really unique as well. I had kind of expected the bigger clumps to kind of stay that way when I broke it down, and I’d have to press each one to work them out. However, it spread around really smoothly and easily. And this stuff was nice and creamy, yet firm at the same time, and felt kind of like a pomade too. This stuff is really cool, it’s unlike anything I’ve tried before. I’m really liking the feel of this stuff, and I think it will work well for me. At least it hope it does anyway.

Applying it to my hair was really easy too. A bit easier than I had expected from the feel of it in my hands. It went in more like a hair cream than the thick pasty, creamy, pomade like product it is. I noticed once I applied it to my hair that it seems to give my hair a nice shine. I’m hoping this stays after combing it in and styling my hair. It made my hair look like I put in a high shine pomade in it. Combing this stuff in was like combing butter through my hair. There was almost no resistance to it at all, and it dispersed evenly into my hair very quickly. I am starting to see the light hold they said it was come through now. At first I figured it would have a medium hold based on the feel of it. But now that I’ve applied and combed it into my hair, it feels like a light hold. It could switch back up though, you never know. I’ve had products do that in the past, so I won’t write it off as a light just yet. It could end up holding my hair up more than I think it will. It’s time to find out exactly how it does hold.

  

I was able to get a little more height than I thought I would, but not that much. I’d say this one is on the heavier end of the light spectrum, or kind of in between a light and a medium. I got more of a lower profile doo going with this stuff. And as for the shine, it stayed, but kind of turned into more of a high matte shine rather than the glossy look it gave my hair when I first applied it. I quite like the shine it gives my hair, not many products have a high matte shine to them. I was hoping it would have stayed glossy though to be honest. However, I am happy with the shine just the same. And I’m pretty happy with the results this product gives me, hold and control wise.

  

It didn’t tame my cowlick as much as I was hoping for, but that’s ok. After I combed it in, I hadn’t really expected it to control my cowlick much. And it did a little better of a job than I thought it was going to. This stuff also kept almost all of my stray hairs and flyaways tucked in nicely too. I only had a couple on the left side that didn’t want to stay put, but that was it. Another thing I was quite content with, was how this stuff set up. It didn’t harden up like I had thought it would. I had expected it to harden up a bit like their Cream Beeswax does, but it didn’t. Instead it only slightly gummed up a bit, but it still felt soft to the touch. Like I could easily recomb it without water and without getting and flakes or anything. The scent also stays nice and present once you get it in your hair and it sets up. I don’t know what it is about this scent, but I really like it a lot. I think it’s my favorite scent out of any cream or paste that I own and have tried so far.

  

At the end of the day I checked my hair to see how it held up. Surprisingly it held up really nicely for a lighter product. My hair seemed to be pretty much in the same place as it was in the morning. Even my strays and flyaways stayed tucked in all throughout the day. The only thing I noticed was one split over by my part, but other than that my hair seemed to stay in place all day. Just like with their other water solubles, it came out with just a little water when I went to wash it out. And my hair felt nice and soft after I dried it off too. Softer than it was before I used this stuff. I’m definitely happy about that! I had figured this stuff wouldn’t dry out my hair, but I didn’t expect it to soften my hair. So it was a nice surprise when I felt my hair and saw that this stuff kind of conditioned my hair.

I was definitely happy with how this stuff was. I’m really liking this stuff a lot. There really isn’t a negative thing that I can say about it at all. Everything from the packaging to every aspect of the performance. This stuff really is a great product, and I highly recommend trying it out. Head on over to the The Grease Shop website, http://www.thegreaseshop.com to get yourself a tub of it. While you’re there, check out their other new products as well. They have quite a few new awesome products. Big thank you again to my friend Jim for sending me this awesome product to try out and review. I really did enjoy it a lot and can’t wait to get to the other products in this line.

Stay slick fellas,

-JC

Lucky 13 – Junior’s Gel

Alright water soluble fans, I’m back with another one for you guys. After having this stuff for a while and not trying it I figured now’s the time. Besides it’s been forever since I checked out a Lucky 13 product. Let’s see how this gel holds up, shall we?
  

It comes in the same 4 ounce clear plastic jar as the Swagger Cream does. It also has the same type labeling, one on the lid, and one that wraps around the jar. The lid label is a fighting cock in front of an orange bar which sits on top of tan and off white rays. The rooster has boxing gloves on, which is why I said fighting cock, for those of you who don’t know about cock fighting. In the orange bar it says “holds and shines” to the left of the rooster, and “washes right out” to the right of him. Below the rooster is “Junior’s” in varsity style lettering, and “gel pomade” in plain text. To the right of that is the Lucky 13 logo, and the Murray’s company name. For those of you who don’t know, all the Lucky 13 products were made by Murray’s. Lastly, above the rooster it says “for that one – two punch over the weekend” in the same plain text as below the rooster. As for the side label, it has the exact same design as the lid label in the center of it, with the exception of the company logo being to the left of the rooster this time. To the right of the design is the company info, the ingredients list, and some aspects of the product. To the left of the design is the barcode, directions, and a blurb about the product. I’ve always liked this label a lot. It has a cool design to it, and I really like the color scheme. It’s not a usual combination of colors and images that you see. And I think that’s part of what makes me like it as much as I do.

  

Opening the jar up, you see the red goop inside that you could kind of see from the outside. It has a very very shiny surface to it, and kind of looks like it is a softer gel. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any gel as shiny as this on the surface before. Well, apart from soft gels, but this one isn’t like that. This one is by far the shiniest one I’ve seen out of any ringing gel or premium gel that I’ve ever come across. I’m really hoping that will come into play when using this stuff. The smell of this one is a pretty familiar scent. It reminds me a lot of Uppercut’s ringing gel, or the Admiral ringing gel I reviewed. That kind of slightly fruity scent that’s not very strong. This one doesn’t smell as chemically as those two did though. In fact, you have to really smell it to get even the slightest hint of that familiar ringing gel chemical type scent. And to be honest, I’m very glad it’s so faint in this one. I’ve never been a big fan of that scent. So it’s nice when products either don’t have it, or you can barely smell it in them.

  

Scooping it out was slightly difficult to my surprise. Now, I don’t mean it was a very firm gel that was hard to scoop. What I mean is, it was very slippery and had a watery layer on the outside when I scooped it out. That combined with the type of jar and how low it was filled, really made it a challenge to get a decent scoop out. I’ve never come across a gel doing this before either. I have to say, it was quite odd to see, or feel rather, this when I went to scoop it out. I’m really hoping that this doesn’t affect the hold, or that the product has degraded/broken down over time or started to separate or something. I guess I’ll find out in just a minute what the deal is.

When I started to work it around in my palms the water texture went away and it became pretty firm and tacky. It felt much more heavy that I was expecting from how it scooped out. Once I had worked it around I felt a lot better that this stuff hadn’t broken down over time. It didn’t feel like ringing gels do when they start to fall apart, but rather like it was still good. I still don’t know what the watery texture was all about though. As I applied it to my hair I was surprised again by this stuff. It went in much easier than it should have based on the heaviness it had in my hands. It actually went in more like a lighter medium ringing gel, rather than the heavy it felt like in my hands. Combing it was also really easy, and it went in evenly pretty quick too. I quite liked how it combed as well, it feels like it is going to have nice hold and be easy to style. I also noticed that this stuff has a fair amount of shine to it. Almost as much as a pomade does. That is always a good thing when it comes to gel products since they usually don’t have much shine to them, if any at all.

  

Just as I thought, this one was really easy to style and gave me decent hold. I wasn’t able to get my hair as rounded outward as I wanted, but I did get a fairly round shape to my hair. As well as some decent height and nice control. I didn’t have a bunch of stray hairs or flyaways, and it did a great job of keeping my cowlicks in check too. Plus, as you can see, the shine is really nice as well. It looks more like I have a pomade in my hair, rather than a gel. Even the way it left my hair looking was more like I had a pomade in it. So far I’m digging this stuff quite a bit.

Another awesome thing about this stuff is that it doesn’t harden up. After about an hour I felt my hair and it wasn’t hardened at all, not even gummy feeling. It sets up a lot like Cool Grease in the blue tub does.the hold on this one lasts nicely throughout the day as well. My hair didn’t seem to move any, and my cowlicks hadn’t shown through either. I was really happy about that, because I had expected them to since it didn’t harden or gum up at all. I figured after a little while they would open up a bit, but they didn’t. The shine also stayed all day long too. At the end of day one I have to say I’m pretty impressed with this stuff. It really did a great job all around.

The next morning I jumped in the shower and washed this stuff out of my hair. And just as I had expected, it came out with just a little bit of water. My hair did feel a bit dried out though once I rinsed it all out of my hair. I decided not to put any conditioner in my hair, just so I could see exactly how much my hair was dried out. To my surprise, once I dried my hair off, it didn’t feel dried out much at all. Only slightly, like I had used a deep cleansing shampoo or something. It wasn’t nearly as bad as a lot of other ringing gels leave it. As I went about using it for the second time, I was met with virtually a repeat of day one. The only real difference I noticed between the two days was that I got a tiny bit more of a forward doo. I was able to bring it forward a little bit more that on the first day. Everything else seemed to be the exact same as the first day though. From the scoop, to application, and the lasting hold and control it had again. I’m really starting to like this stuff quite a bit. At the end of the second day I washed it out of my hair and felt to see if it dried it out more. Surprisingly, it hadn’t dried my hair out more at all. It felt the same as it did after I got out of the shower that morning. Usually these products progressively dry your hair out as the days go on when you use it. However, every once in a while a product doesn’t do that. This stuff is one of those that doesn’t, and I was very happy to see that it wasn’t.

After using it for a couple days, I have to say I really dig this stuff. The only thing that was odd about it was that watery texture it had. It’s not a big deal at all though, as it had no effect whatsoever on the products performance at all. I still have no idea why it was like that, but I guess it doesn’t really matter. This stuff is definitely a product I recommend trying out, even if you aren’t a water based fan. It really performs more like a pomade than a ringing gel in just about every aspect. Really, the texture is the only difference, and that’s easy to get past. The only downfall is that this product has since been discontinued. So it’s going to be harder and harder to find some as time goes on. I do know that some places still have some stock of it though. So if I were you, I’d snag a jar or two while you still can. It is definitely worth the money to have this stuff. I know I will be trying to get myself a few more jars of this stuff before it’s gone for good. It’s kind of a bummer that they’re no longer making the Lucky 13 products. They were/are really good products. Anyway, snag yourself some of this one if you can, you won’t regret it.

Stay slick,

-JC

Barber Side – Shaving Cream (Orange Sickle)

Hey gents, I’m finally checking out another one of Barber Side’s shaving creams. A couple months back my good buddy Marvin sent me a few items, and one of them happened to be the orange sickle scented shaving cream. So today I’m gonna check that one out. I’m very curious to see if it’s the exact same as the sandalwood vanilla one was, or if it’s different all together.  

It comes in the same huge black plastic tub that the other cream came in, but the labeling is a bit different. This time it’s just white with black writing, instead of it being tan with red writing. Also, the font is different this time too. This label has a rosewood type font on it, which you know I’m a big fan of. These types of letters are some of my absolute favorites out there! I really like them a lot, and like all the diverse types there are. They really are a cool type of lettering. The layout of the label is the same, with the name of the product in big letters in the center, and a straight razor behind it. Just like last time, the razor has a barber pole for the handle. On the far left side it has the name of the company, also in the rosewood font, and the scent name in regular font. Then on the far right side is the ingredients, company info, barcode, and directions. Apart from the font and color change, the label is exactly the same. I think it would look even cooler if the label was tan with black and red colored rosewood font. I do really like the change in the label’s design, this one looks better than the old one with the new font.

  

When I opened up the tub, I saw that the cream inside looks like it’s the exact same as the sandalwood vanilla one. So I’m guessing it’s going to perform the same way the other one did, but I could be wrong. It could surprise me and be different even though it looks the same. The scent of this one is just awesome! It smells so good and strong, yet not overpowering. When you first smell it, you get the immediate orange scent. Then it is followed by a crisp clean note, and the familiar shave cream scent wraps it all up. The cream scent isn’t as strong as it is with most other creams though. It is much more mellow in this one. This shaving cream has one of the best scents by far, I really like it a lot.

  

I ended up forgetting to take a picture of the cream on my brush, because I was digging the scent so much I couldn’t wait to start shaving and started building my lather. So I decided to grab a second brush and put a little bit of the cream on it to show you guys what that looks like. However, this brush decided to not cooperate very well and the cream ended up scattered all over the brush tips. So it’s not the best view of how the cream looks on a brush. Every once in a while I get ahead of myself and forget to take pictures at certain stages of the review. I haven’t done it in a while though, so apparently I was overdue for it haha. Anyway, let’s get back to the review now.
  

I did however remember to take a picture of the lather part way through me working it up. The reason I did this is because I noticed that the lather of this one was way different than the other cream. This lather is very bubbly and foamy like how bubble bath foam is. I was really surprised to see this, because I have never seen a shave cream or soap lather up this way before. They usually are much different, but it was a cool change up. I just hope the lather does well when it comes time to shave. This one did build the lather up really quickly too. I took the picture above after only 10 seconds of swirling my brush around in the bowl.

  

After just 30 seconds the lather was built up nicely, and as you can see, even more foamy than it was before. It looks like I scooped out some bubbles from my sons bath haha. I’ve never seen a shave product lather up like this before, it’s quite odd, but kind of cool at the same time. Another cool thing about this cream is how the scent fills up the bathroom once you build up your lather. When it filled the air though, it reminded me of that orange scented air freshener that fancy places use in their bathrooms. Which isn’t a bad thing, or scent, it just brings a fancy bathroom to my mind is all.

  

Anyway, I went on to take a picture of how the lather fills up both brushes. And as you can see, this stuff packs brushes super full with lather. I’ve only had one other product fill up my brush this much, which was that Schmiere shave soap. It really does a nice job of filling up different types of brushes too. I used both a synthetic brush and a cheap-o boars hair brush, and the cream packed both of them to the gills. I’m definitely happy with this cream so far. The foamy lather still throws me for a loop though. I just can’t get over how different it is. Especially coming from the same company as the other cream. However, I guess each one of the creams is a different type of cream, rather than the same cream just in different scents. Which is definitely a cool thing for me. As most of you know, I like variety when it comes to shave products. And while I like the other cream a lot, it’s nice to have a different type of cream at the same time.

  

I then slapped the lather on my face. And that’s when I saw the familiar lather I know from shaving creams. Once I applied it to my face, it got much thicker and turned into the lather that we all know and love from shaving creams like this. As you can see, it’s now more thick and cloud like, just like how their other shave cream is. It coats my face and whiskers really well, and doesn’t get any streaks or thin spots in it. I also really like the way the scent is right under my nose. The orange really stands out once you get the lather on your face, it’s quite nice. Now on to shaving!

With the first pass of my razor, I immediately liked this cream a lot. It does a really great job of trapping my whiskers and keeping them out of my razor. I also liked how the lather rolls over the bar of my razor too. It makes it super easy to rinse off. I literally just had to dip it in the water and move my razor one way and all the lather and whiskers were off my razor. This was a really awesome aspect of this cream! And it made for a very nice shave, and a quick one too. The fact that I was using a great blade also helped as well. I was really happy with how this cream had performed so far. Really, every aspect of it was great from opening the tub until the final pass of my razor. Very very happy with this cream.

  
One thing that really surprised me when using this cream was how most of my whiskers sank to the bottom of the sink. Now usually, my whiskers float on the water, as you see a few of them doing in the picture. However, for some reason, when I used this cream almost all of them sank to the bottom of the sink. It was really odd to see this happen, and made me wonder why it did. I can’t think of anything other than something in the cream attaching to them and weighing them down to where they sank instead of floating on the surface of the water. This isn’t really anything good or bad when it comes to the cream itself, I just found it odd and thought I’d throw that in the review.

  
After I had let my face dry I felt it to see how the cream affected my face, if at all. To my relief, this cream did leave my face feeling a little bit soft. It didn’t really moisturize my face a lot and leave it super soft, but there was a noticeable difference. I didn’t really know what to expect, since this one is different from their other cream. It was nice to see that the cream did leave my face a bit soft though. And I could still smell the scent lingering on my face after I rinsed off too. They really should make an aftershave with this scent to go with this cream. Just like with the Schmiere shave soap, I had a slightly difficult time picking an aftershave to go with this cream. I ended up using a bergamot aftershave, since orange and bergamot kind of go together. It would be much better if there was an aftershave with this same scent though. This scent really is nice, and I for sure wouldn’t mind smelling like this all day long.

All in all, this cream was a winner for me. I really liked everything about it, and enjoyed all the little surprises it threw my way. I also liked that it was a bit different from their other cream as well. It makes me very interested to try out their 3rd shaving cream too. And after using this cream for a few months, I have to say, it’s become one of my favorites in my collection. I highly recommend you guys trying this stuff out! You won’t regret it at all, it really is a great shave cream. Huge thank you to my friend Marvin again for sending me this cream to review and try out! I really enjoyed it man, and can’t wait to try out the 3rd cream. Head on over to http://www.barberside.com to get yourself a tub of this cream. And while you’re there make sure you check out their other products! They have a lot of awesome stuff, you can read my reviews on all of their products, except the 3rd shaving cream, here on my blog. Just search “Barber Side” up in the search bar and you can see all of them and how they perform.

Til next time,

-JC