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

The Holy Black

Hey guys I’m back with another ringing gel today. This time I’m checking out The Holy Black ringing gel. The owner was awesome enough to send me a tub of this stuff a few months back to try out. And as many of you know, I had some stuff come up that kind of put my reviews on hold for a little while. However, I’m back now, and it’s time to give this stuff a go!
  
When I was talking to the owner, he had told me that him and the owner of Whiskey Wax had previously been partners. They ended up parting ways and each creating their own brand, instead of doing things together. He also told me, that this stuff’s original formula was really similar to the Whiskey Wax one, but that he had it changed so that his product stood apart from the other one. That really intrigued me, and made me pretty stoked to see how this one is compared to the Whiskey Wax one I reviewed a while back. They come in the same container, a dark brown plastic tub with a metal screw on lid. It’s the same type of tub that the old Bona Fide gels came in. Only this time the lid is black instead of brass colored. This lid also has labeling printed on it, unlike the Whiskey Wax one. The labeling is printed right on the tub like how it is on the Whiskey Wax one though. However, this labeling is much cooler looking in my opinion. It’s all white on the dark tub, which almost looks black. On the lid in a rosewood type font, it has the company name inside some filigree with two straight razors on either side, and two banners above and below it. Then on the side of the tub, it has a different style of rosewood type font again in the center. On the left side of that is the directions and website, and on the right side is the ingredients list. These types of fonts are some of my favorites out there for sure. And you know I’m a fan of filigree laced designs. Which put this one right up my alley. It’s not a super flashy design, being just words and filigree, but it looks really cool. Another cool thing that I like about this labeling, is that you can feel it raised up on the tub since it’s screen printed on there. It doesn’t stick up a lot, but you can feel it when you run your finger across it.

  
When I opened up the tub I wasn’t surprised to see a product that looks nearly identical to Whiskey Wax. It appears to have the same texture, and the color of it is a tiny bit darker, but pretty much the same color as Whiskey Wax. The scent is where I notice the first difference. This one has a bay and lime infused whiskey scent to it, rather than just lime and whiskey. It also has a slight soapy note to it as well, and the whiskey note isn’t as strong. You really smell the bay up front, then the lime and soapy scents, and the whiskey is kind of the softest note of them all. Very unique scent that’s for sure. I’m not sure how I like this one just yet. It’s not that I don’t like the scent, I’m just not sure about it yet. It’s kind of an odd scent, I’ve never smelled anything like it before.

  
Scooping this stuff out was nearly identical to that Whiskey Wax stuff. This makes me wonder how much different this stuff really is compared to that one. Especially because when I broke it down in my hands it felt just like Whiskey Wax too. This one may be a tad bit more tacky than Whiskey Wax, but other than that it feels the same. Just like a lot of medium ringing gels do. The scent gets a little bit stronger when you break it down in your hands, and the bay scent comes through a little more than when it’s in the tub.

As I applied it to my hair I noticed the first difference. This one has more resistance to it when you apply it to your hair. It wasn’t hard to apply, it just didn’t go in as easy as Whiskey Wax did. The second difference was that there was some product left on my hands after applying it to my hair. Which is typical for these types of products, but for some reason Whiskey Wax doesn’t leave any on your hands after applying it. Combing it was just how I expected it to be, a little resistance at first, then a bit easier after I got it worked in. It didn’t take too long to get it dispersed evenly either. At least not as long as ringing gels usually take anyway.

  
The biggest difference I noticed about this stuff was how it styled. I was able to get a pretty decent doo going with this one, unlike Whiskey Wax. It has quite a bit more control to it, and I was able to get quite a bit more height. The shape of my hair also was a lot better, and I didn’t have a bunch of areas split open like I did with Whiskey Wax. So far this one is proving to be quite a bit better than the other stuff.

  
I was quite pleased with how my hair turned out, maybe because I was expecting results similar to Whiskey Wax. As you can see though, the results are much better. This one also gave my hair a little bit more shine than Whiskey Wax did. Now it doesn’t give my hair a lot of shine, but noticeably more than the other one does for sure. I was also able to get a much more rounded front too. And like I was saying before, I didn’t get any splits over by my part like I did with Whiskey Wax. I was very happy with that as well. That’s one thing I’m not too fond of when it comes to products. If they don’t have good control and let my hair split open, I tend not to like or use them very much.

  
After about an hour I checked my hair to see how it set up and to see if it had fallen or split open at all. I was surprised to see that it hadn’t at all, and it looked like the shine had increased a little as well. When I felt my hair, I was surprised at how it set up. For some reason, it didn’t set up the same all over. Some areas were not hard or gummy feeling at all, some places were slightly gummed up, and some were hardened. I’m not sure why it did this, but it was like I put three different products in my hair. It was very odd to feel that in my hair. I don’t know if maybe certain parts of my hair were more damp than others or what the deal was, but it really surprised me how it set up.

  
At the end of the day I checked to see how my hair had held up. I was happy to see that my hair didn’t move too much at all. The only things I noticed were that my cowlick had opened a little, and I had a couple hairs kind of stick up. Other than that, my hair seemed to be in the same place it was when it had set up earlier. The shine seemed to have gone away by the end of the day though. I was a little surprised to see that happen. Usually the shine will stay throughout the day, but not with this stuff. It’s not really a big deal that it went away, I just hadn’t expected it to. I went and took a shower that night and just like with most ringing gels, this stuff comes out with just a little water. However unlike with most products like this one, my hair wasn’t left dried out by this one. My hair actually felt nice and soft, and didn’t feel the least bit dried out. It was like I hadn’t used a ringing gel at all that day. I was definitely happy with this aspect of this product. It’s really nice when the occasional ringing gel doesn’t dry out my hair and scalp. I’ve gotten used to the fact that they do, but it is a very welcomed surprise when one doesn’t.

So far I’m pretty happy with this stuff. And there is definitely a difference, or multiple differences, between this one and Whiskey Wax for sure. They’re all positive differences too. I’ve got to say, after using them both, The Holy Black is better than Whiskey Wax for sure. It has better hold and control, more shine, and doesn’t dry your hair and scalp out one bit. This is definitely one I would recommend trying out, especially if you like ringing gels and other water based products. I will for sure be using this stuff again in the future, and will get another tub of it when I run out. To get yourself a tub of it, head to their website http://www.theholyblack.com and pick one up. Thank you again to the folks at The Holy Black Trading Co for sending me this jar to test out and review. I really enjoyed the product a lot, and appreciate the opportunity. I can’t wait to try out your other products too! If you’re into wet shaving, make sure you check out their shave stuff while you’re on the site. They have some really awesome stuff up on there! Well, until the next one….

Stay slick,

-JC

Hammered Mules – Shave Bowl

Hello gents, I am finally back with another shave bowl review. I know it’s been quite a while since my last one, but I just hadn’t bought any new ones recently. However, I did get this one in recently. I was plinkin’ around on eBay a couple months ago, and stumbled across this one listing. It expired before I could buy the bowl though. So I messaged the company about getting one, because it interested me and I wanted to try it out and review it. To my surprise they emailed me personally and offered to send me a bowl to review!! Can’t thank you guys enough for sending me this awesome bowl to review! I appreciate it very much. Let’s get started on this bowl, shall we?

  
This bowl isn’t your average shaving bowl. For one, it’s copper instead of clay, porcelain, plastic, etc etc., and second it has a handle like a mug does. I’m not sure how the handle will come into play with the use of this bowl, if it does at all. You can clearly tell this was hand made from all the hammer marks and the welds where the handle is attached. For me, this really adds a nice aesthetic to the bowl, and gives it a uniqueness. It’s about the same size around as my Col. Conk shave bowl, but has a much bigger opening and is taller as well. At the bottom is a space that I’m guessing they made for shave soap puck to go. It’s a tad bit bigger around than your average puck, and is only about 1/4″ deep, but it does allow a puck to sit in it nicely. Other than the sticker on the bottom that has the company name and a donkey on it, there are no other markings on the bowl anywhere. To be honest, I had kind of expected some sort of acid or laser etched logo to be on the side or the bottom of the bowl. However, the company opted for just a clear sticker on the bottom of the bowl. Doing so makes the bowl very clean looking, and gives it more of a handmade look. Whereas an etched logo would kind of show more of a mass produced product. So I totally get their reason for going with just the sticker.

I really like the polished and shiny look this bowl has to it! I will have to make sure to take very good care of it to make the shiny polished finish stay that way as long as possible. It will naturally build a patina over time from the oils in my skin/hands, as well as the things in the water. That’s just the nature of metals, and especially copper. Copper is a softer metal, kind of like gold, so it easily gets scratched, and bent, and all that jazz. It also tarnishes easier than other metals, and builds a natural patina quicker as well. I’ve seen some really really beautiful antique copper items that have gained such awesome patinas to them! Each one having a completely unique tarnish to it. I really hope that after the luster of this bowl is no longer there, that it develops a cool looking unique tarnish/patina to it! That will take years and years to accomplish though. Hopefully I still have my blog and can show you guys by then haha.

I will be showcasing this bowl in every way I can for you guys. First I will test it out as strictly a lather building bowl. And then I will try it out with a puck inside of it also. As well as a shaving cream usage bowl too. I have to say, I really like the size and shape of this bowl a lot! It fits in my hand perfectly. I had thought the handle might kind of get in my way, but it doesn’t. I just turn it around to where it’s in between my thumb and pinky, and I’m able to grip the bowl from the bottom quite well. This will allow me to really work up a good lather with my brush I think.

  
I’m going to start by using it as just a lather bowl, even though it has that indentation in it. I started with just a soap I have previously reviewed and had been using for a little while. I wanted to use something familiar so I would be able to see if there was any difference in using this bowl versus my usual one. I noticed a difference with this bowl almost immediately. The indentation allows me to build up the lather a lot quicker. My regular bowl is just a smooth wide bowl, whereas this one has a smooth curve, but also has the indentation. And that right angle allowed me to build up the lather much faster. Other than that though, I didn’t notice any difference in the lather’s quality or texture when using this bowl. The lather seemed to be the same as when I use my other bowl, it just got there quicker. Which is definitely a good thing when you’re in a hurry and need to shave quickly.

 

This bowl really did a good job as a lather bowl. There was quite a bit of lather left in the bowl after I brushed some on my face. I really like the shape and size of it too. It is really easy to grip with my hand and scoop the lather out with my brush. A bit easier than my regular bowl actually. So far I’m liking this bowl quite a bit. I do have some more testing to do with this one though before I make a final judgement of how I like it.
   

After rinsing the bowl out I was pleased to see that the shiny finish was still very present. I didn’t really expect it to diminish at all after just one use, but sometimes things can surprise you. I did see some scratch marks in the bowl from my brush though. They’re very small and light, but they were there. You can kind of see them a little bit in the very bottom down in the indentation area. That part isn’t as shiny, because of the brushes scratch marks. I half expected this to happen though. Like I said before, copper is a softer metal and is very easily scratched and whatnot. All said and done, the first trial of this bowl was really nice. I was happy with it all around. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this bowl builds up a patina too. I think this bowl will really start to look cool after a year or two of using it.

  
The second way I am testing this bowl is with shaving cream. I picked another tried and true shaving cream that I’ve used quite a few times and know how it normally is. However, this time I switched up my brushes and am using my Simpson badger brush. I really like how this brush works up shaving cream lather, so I decided to use it this time. Just like with the soap, the cream’s lather built up really quickly. Faster than it does in my other bowl. I also noticed that there was a bit more lather than I usually get using my normal bowl too. This is definitely a plus for you guys that do 2 or 3 passes when shaving. You will easily have more than enough lather when using a cream in this shave bowl. I was very happy with how much lather I was able to get and how quickly I was able to get it.

The second test of this bowl was awesome. I liked it even more than the first time I used it! Again I noticed more scratches once I rinsed the bowl out. These are giving the inside of the bowl a worn look really quickly. Quite a bit sooner than I had expected to be honest. I figured it would take a fair amount of usage before I’d see a worn look to the inside of the bowl. However, after just using it twice, it looks like I’ve been shaving with this bowl for a month or two. I’m kind of surprised it’s taking on this look so quickly. It’s not a bad thing, I just wasn’t expecting it to do so that’s all. I am liking this bowl a lot though, and can easily recommend it as a shave bowl just after using it twice.

  
For the third test I did of this bowl, I decided to switch things up a lot. I went with a new shaving cream, and a synthetic brush this time. Well, sort of a new cream. It’s a different scent of Barber Side’s shaving cream. Just like the last two times, after just a few seconds the lather had built up pretty much all the way. As you can see there’s quite a bit in my brush and in the bowl. That indentation and the way I’m able to grasp this bowl really makes it super easy to work up lather. And not just with creams, but with soap as well. I’m really liking that about this bowl a lot. It’s kind of spoiling me haha, because now I’m not wanting to use my other bowl as much. This one allows me to build up a really good lather very quickly, and gives me more lather than I usually get from my other bowl. I did try using the handle while I finished working up the lather, but I didn’t really like it much. It’s a bit awkward for me to hold it by the handle and swirl my brush around. I much prefer grabbing the bowl by the bottom and working up the lather that way instead. It’s much easier, and produces lather a lot quicker.

   

When I went to use this bowl with a puck in it, I found that all my pucks were stuck in my other mugs and bowls. And I didn’t want to try and pry any of them out, so I opted to save this test for the next time I review a new puck. With me just starting on a new cream review, I didn’t want to also start a shave soap review. I tried that in the past and it just didn’t work all that well for me. So I’ve just stuck to reviewing one thing at a time when it comes to creams and soaps. I will for sure test this bowl out that way and either update this review, or add in the soap review how this bowl does using it with a puck inside it.

  
I did use the bowl quite a few times each way I tested it though, to make sure I put I through a good amount of use. And after having this bowl for a few months and using it quite a bit, I took some pictures of how it has “worn” so to speak. The first one is the shot of the inside of the bowl. As you can see, there are quite a few scratch marks from my brushes on the inside. Also, the shine it used to have had gone down quite a bit, and the inside is nowhere near as shiny as it used to be. There’s also some dark spots that have started to form on the inside too, kind of starting the buildup of its patina. It’s not a huge difference from how it was when I first got it new, but you can tell that it’s starting to get an aged and worn look to it a bit.

  
The next picture I took was kind of an angled view of the outside, with a little bit of the inside showing as well. I took this one to kind of show how the handle and the rim look. The handle, even though I didn’t grab it much, has lost nearly all of the shine it had to it. And the rim was the same way, which I knew it would be. I often run my brush over it when scooping out the lather. I also sometimes scrape my brush over the edge of the bowl to get excess lather off of it. So I knew the rim would lose its shine, and start to kind of take on a patina to it. The inside of rim has also gained a darker look to it. Now, it had already been slightly darker than the rest of the bowl when I first got it, but it has definitely gotten darker since I’ve been using it. There’s also some dark spots that you can see on the outside of the bowl just under the rim too. These spots got really dark for some reason, and only these spots. I’m not exactly sure what happened there, as I always wiped it off well after using it. And I never left any lather or water spots on the bowl at all. Nonetheless, these two really dark spots came to be on the outside of the bowl.

  
The other pics I took were of both sides of the bowl so you could see how it has “aged” since I’ve been using it. The outside has held up its shine pretty nicely. I mean you can easily see the discoloration and start of a patina building on the outside, but the shine is still there unlike the inside. I was kind of surprised it stayed as shiny as it did with me grabbing it by the sides each time. I had kind of expected the oils from my hands to affect it more, but they didn’t. They definitely aided in slightly discoloring it, but didn’t take the shine down at all. So far I’m really happy with how this bowl has aged and whatnot. I’m really liking the look it has to it after being used for a few months.

As far as the performance of the bowl goes, I give this one a high recommendation. It’s definitely a bowl all of you wet shave enthusiasts and collectors should have in your collection! I really liked everything about this bowl. I don’t have any negative, or even slightly non-positive, to say about it. It really was a great bowl, and has become my favorite that I own. I still like all of my other bowls just fine, it’s just that this one has become my favorite. It’s kind of the perfect bowl for me. I strongly suggest you guys get yourself one of these for your collection/shelf/den, and soon! To get one, just go on their website http://www.hammeredmules.com and put one in your cart. Huge thank you again to the owner of Hammered Mules for sending me this awesome bowl! I really loved it a lot! I hope you don’t mind that I took my time with the review and waited to post it until it built up a little bit of a patina on it. I just wanted to show how this bowl aged so to speak. Anyway, thank you again very much! I look forward to trying out another one of your mugs or bowls in the future!! Seriously guys, check out their stuff ASAP! You won’t regret it, it’s quality stuff.

Stay fresh fellas,
-JC

Big Slick Pomade – Original ~ Barbershop Scent

Hey guys, this time we are checking out one of the Big Slick pomades. I had traded the maker of these some of my pomades for theirs a little while back, and am now going to check one out. As usual I’m going to start with the lightest hold, which is their original. And I’ll be trying out the “barbershop” scent first. It comes, or used to come, in two scents, but I was told the second scent has since been discontinued. So I figured I’d feature the one that’s available to you all first, and then later on check out the discontinued scent. So let’s see what’s up with this stuff.
  
This one comes in the standard flat 4oz cans like Bees Knees comes in. Only this lid isn’t flat like Bees Knees’ are, it has an indented area instead. This one has 3 labels on it, a lid label, a bottom label, and a little sticker that wraps around the small area on the side of the can. The labeling is super simplistic, and doesn’t really have any designs on it. The lid label is a pastel teal blue color, with black and red letters on it. Up top are the 4 card suit symbols, then below that is the name of the company in cursive writing, and at the bottom is where it’s made. Like I said, super simplistic. The little sticker on side is also very basic in design/layout. It’s just the 4 card suits again, and the name of the company twice on a clear sticker that wraps almost all the way around the can. The bottom label is even more simplistic than the lid label, which is to be expected, as they almost always are. Again at the top is the card suits, with “original” just below it in the cursive writing. Then in the plain writing that the city and state were on the top label is a couple sentences about the pomade, then the ingredients list. And finally at the bottom in the cursive writing is the weight info. These labels are some of the most basic and design free labels out there for sure. I don’t know of many that are more simplistic than these ones. A lot of times, less can be more though for some people. Others really like flashy and busy designs. Personally, I like both when they’re done the right way. A nice simplistic label can really look sharp and stand out sometimes, and so can a busy and flashy label. And a lot of it is personal preference. Something simplistic may be boring to some, and can be clean and sharp to others.

  
Opening up the can you’re immediately blasted with the scent of this pomade. This stuff has a real kick to it! It’s by far one of the stronger scented pomades out there. I’m not sure if it’s just this particular scent, or if they’re all that way though. Sometimes certain fragrances come off stronger than others, and some are just more potent than others. Even when using the exact same amount in a pomade. However, this scent does not smell like a barbershop at all. It’s a very strong soapy scent, and kind of reminds me of the blue Irish Spring soap, but with a tiny hint of menthol. You have to smell it a few times to detect it, but there’s a very subtle minty note on the bottom there. Now this isn’t a bad scent at all, it just doesn’t smell anything like a barbershop. None of the “barbershop” scents I’ve smelled over the years do though. I’ve only come across one that kind of smells like a barbershop, but it really smells more like clubman aftershave and hot shaving lather. It’s just that every barbershop I’ve been a patron at uses that aftershave, so that’s why I say it kind of smells like a barbershop. Every other “barbershop” scent I’ve smelled has always smelled like soap or cologne, not like a barbershop. And come to think of it, I don’t really know what a barbershop scent should smell like. Apart from smelling like clubman aftershave, shaving lather, and a mix of different pomade scents. And I suppose different shops could have different scents depending on what aftershaves they predominantly use and whatnot. Anyway, back to this scent, it is a very crisp clean scent. It’s a bit strong for me though. I think if it were about half as potent I’d like it better, but it’s just a bit strong for me and is a little harsh on my nose. I can’t smell it for very long like I can with other pomades. It kind of bothers my nose if smell it too much for some reason. There are only a select few pomades and water based products that do this to my nose, and I’m not sure exactly what it is about their scent that does that. It’s quite weird actually, and kind of bothers me that I can’t smell them for very long. Especially the ones that have good scents to them. The color of the pomade is almost the exact same shade of pastel teal blue that the labels are. The pomade just has a bit more of a green hue to it than the labels do. They did a pretty good job of matching the color of the pomade to the label though. And they also did a good job of filling the can up all the way. It’s actually too full haha. It’s almost completely filled to the very top of the edges of the can wall. Which isn’t a bad thing at all! It just means when you scoop it out some of it will get stuck to the lid. However, I’m very glad they aren’t like some people who only fill these types of cans half way up/to the line inside. There’s nothing more frustrating than paying $15 for a half full can of pomade. So it’s nice to see a full can for a change. I do the same thing when I use these types of cans for my limited edition pomades and private label pomades. I fill them up to just a tiny bit under the top of the can walls, like 1/16″ down from the top. And I do so just so that when the customer scoops the pomade, none of it gets stuck to the lid. This is probably the most full I’ve seen one of these types of cans though. Great job on doing that guys.

  
When I dug my finger into the pomade I was met with a lighter grease. I had expected a little more texture or weight to it based on how the surface looked, but it was actually pretty soft. Kind of reminded me of my Atomic Pomade or the old High Life light. A softer medium grease. The surface kind of looks like it would be a bit more waxy, but it was actually pretty creamy and soft. I was pretty happy with the texture too. I usually like pomades like this quite a bit. The scent gets a little bit stronger when you scoop it out too, which I didn’t think was possible. However, it loses a little bit of the harshness to it when you get the pomade out of the tin. And the soft minty note completely disappeared once I scooped the pomade out as well. I was hoping the minty note would be a little more present, but it went the opposite way.

Breaking it down in my hands was super easy, just as I knew it would be. And the pomade becomes a bit more creamy in your hands as well. I had expected it to feel pretty greasy, but it was more creamy feeling than greasy. I had also expected a slight stickiness to it since it has lanolin in it, but it didn’t feel sticky at all in my hands. Nor did it feel sticky when I applied it to my hair. This stuff went in super easily too. It felt more like a light pomade when I applied it. It actually reminded me quite a bit of how DAX’s veggie oils pomade goes into my hair. It felt lighter than it did in my hands. Even when I was combing it in, it felt more like a light pomade than the medium it presented itself to be. Hopefully it goes back to being a medium when I style my hair. This pomade is very easy to disperse into our hair evening as well. It only took me combing my hair straight back, over to the side, and then back again to have it completely worked into my hair. I knew it would be easy to work in though just from how it scooped out. I really like when pomades go in quickly like this. It allows me more time for styling, if I need it, and keeps the pomade from getting overworked in my hair. That’s one thing that can be frustrating when styling your hair. Especially when you’re not having the best hair day and need more time to style your hair, because it’s not wanting to cooperate and certain areas don’t want to go in or stay in place. Another thing I noticed about this pomade, was that after I applied it to my hair my hands felt pretty oily. I’m not sure exactly how that happened, but it’s as if all the oils in the pomade stayed on my hands and didn’t go into my hair. Also, I did end up feeling the lanolin in this pomade after I had washed my hands. The lanolin was coated all over my hands. Lanolin is a very sticky substance and can be difficult to wash off sometimes. That’s why the Bees Knees pomades are so sticky and some people complain about them being hard to wash off their hands and hair. The lanolin they’re made with is very tacky and stays stuck to whatever it touches. But lanolin is a very beneficial ingredient to use. It’s got great moisturizing and protective properties to it.

  
Luckily, the light feeling of the pomade didn’t affect the hold at all. I was able to get a really nice medium sized, slightly rounded pomp going with this pomade. And surprisingly, this pomade does a fantastic job of taking my cowlick, even though it’s a lighter one. Usually lighter pomades don’t hold my cowlick in place this well, but this one almost made it look nonexistent. I was very pleased with that from this pomade. Now I’ve learned how to use lighter pomades properly, so I can get my wavy/curly/cowlicked hair to do what I want it to for the most part with them. So I applied those things I’ve learned when I was styling my hair with this pomade.

However, the result had exceeded my expectations. I had figured that my big cowlick in the front would show through, and that I would have to settle for a little bit of lower pomp that had a slight wave to it. That wasn’t the case with this pomade though. I was able to get a little bit more height and control with this pomade, which was a very nice little surprise. I was also surprised, that this pomade didn’t have more shine to it. It had left my hair with more of a matte shine to it, than the shine you usually get with a lighter pomade like this. It’s not a bad thing by any means, I was just surprised by it is all. I liked how the shine looked in my hair just fine, I had just expected more of a high shine and greasy look.

  
This pomade did a fairly decent job of holding my hair in place throughout the day also. I did lose a little height, and had a couple areas open up, but overall, it held up pretty well. The scent lasted all day long too, and seemed to keep its strength for most of the day. I could easily smell it in my hair still halfway through the day. Just as easily as when I first applied it to my hair. The first half hour I had it in, the scent was kind of bothering my nose, but after that I kind of became nose blind to it. Well, except for when I’d move my head quickly, then I would get a whiff of the scent again. It didn’t continue to bother my nose, but I could smell it easily for most of the day. And could still smell it slightly at the end of the day too. The shine had also become slightly more matte by the end of the day. You can see the difference between the two pictures. It’s not a huge difference, but it is noticeable for sure. So far I’m petty pleased with how this pomade has performed. And I liked the little surprises it presented as well. I’m really curious to see how the buildup is with this stuff and how it does on day two. I am liking this pomade though, and as a one day use pomade, I think it’s pretty good. I know some of you guys only use a pomade for one day and then wash it out of your hair or use a ringing gel or other water based the day after using a pomade. And this pomade is a pretty decent pomade for that I think.

After taking a shower and hittin the hay, I woke up to find that my hair was left with about half of the pomade in it. However, the buildup left my hair feeling pretty oily. Just one pas through my hair with my hand, and my hair felt really oily. Almost like I ran my hand through my hair after just applying Royal Crown’s hair dressing or something like that. It was quite odd, because as I said before, my hair didn’t feel oily when the pomade was in it yesterday. I’m hoping this oily feeling doesn’t affect the hold at all. I have been surprised in the past with pomades that have had buildup like this though, so I’m crossing my fingers that this one has good hold today.

I went on and sprayed my hair with some water and then dried off the excess and combed it back loosely to get ready to apply the pomade. I only used half of what I did the first day, because of how much seemed to be left in my hair. It went in and combed exactly the same as the first day. However, when I went to style my hair, I had a little bit of trouble. It didn’t want to cooperate all that much. Now, I can’t tell if it’s from the oily buildup or from having slight bed head. I probably should have waited to take a shower until the morning, or ran my head under the faucet instead of just spraying it with water. This time I wasn’t able to get as much control and I had some areas split and some strays that didn’t want to stay put. My hair did stay in place when I slicked it in place though. Which was pretty easy to do when I recombed my hair. It does have a little resistance to it, but not much when you recomb your hair. It’s only slightly more resistant than when you first comb the pomade into your hair. And while I tried a few times to get my hair to do what I wanted, I just wasn’t able to get a decent pomp going this time. So I just settled for a clean slicked doo for today. I will have to try things a bit differently tomorrow and see if I can get a better result than I did today.

When I woke up on the next day, my hair felt oily again like it did before. This is making me think it was more the buildup than anything on the second day. After I got out of the shower and dried my hair though, the oiliness had gone away. Which means the trick with this pomade is making sure you wash your hair the next morning instead of the night before. This time I was able to get a much better result when styling my hair. I only needed to add a little bit to touch up a couple areas too, as most of the pomade stayed in my hair from day two. The results looked pretty much the same as the first day, only with a little more shine this time. This pomade is one that gives your hair more shine as the days go on, which I’m pretty sure is from the oily buildup it leaves. Just like on the first day, my hair seemed to stay in place well all day long. Another thing with this one, is that the scent lasts longer, or is stronger, each day after the initial use. Day three definitely gave nice results, and was a big improvement over the second day. At the end of the day my hair did feel oily again too. So I will just have to keep that in mind for future use of this pomade, and make sure I only wash my hair in the morning next time.

All in all this pomade was pretty decent. I liked my experience with it and had fun doing the review. There’s really only one slight downfall to it, which is the oily buildup. However, that’s easily remedied by just washing your hair in the morning instead of the night before. Everything else about this pomade and its performance I liked though. Well, the scent could be toned down just a tad, but that’s just my personal preference. You may like the strength of it, and it might not be as harsh on your nose as it was on mine. This pomade is definitely one I would recommend trying out though. Especially for you guys who only use a pomade for one day. This stuff has a great first day performance to it. I want to thank Vincent over at Big Slick for swapping products with me and giving me the chance to try out and review this pomade. I really did enjoy the experience and had some fun with the pomade/review man. Hit him up on Facebook or Etsy for a can of this pomade. They also make a heavy and a firm hold, as well as couple other products. So check those out while you’re there, and stay tuned for those reviews in the near future. Well, til the next one….

Stay slick,

-JC

Reuzel – Green Can

Alright, today we are checking out another one of the Reuzel products. This time I am featuring their very first product they ever came out with, their pomade in the green can. Now I originally got a can of this stuff as a gift from my friend Bianca over at Hair Pomades a few years ago at Viva Las Vegas, right after it first came out. However, since then I have gone through that can, so I bought another regular sized one for the review. But, I also was sent a large can and small can as Xmas gifts from the awesome folks over at Reuzel. So I’ll be showing oh guys all 3 sizes they offer for the first time!
  
When I got the large and small cans in, I was really surprised at how large the big can actually is. The pictures online don’t really do it justice. This can is actually pretty damn big. The small can is about how they look in pictures though. The large and medium cans have the same exact labeling on them all around, but the small cans have a slight difference to them. On the back/bottom of the small can, the info is laid out differently than it is on the medium and large cans. The sizes of the cans are as follows; the small one is 1.3oz, the medium one is 4oz, and the large one is 12oz. So each step up is 3x as much pomade as the can below it. For the sake of the review and keeping it the same as the others, I’ll be featuring the medium sized can for you guys. And I will also be writing/doing the review like I’m using it for the first time. Even though I’ve used a full can already, I feel it’s better to write the review like it is the first time I’m using it. That way you guys can read an unbiased review, and kind of take the journey of using it for the first time with me. Rather than me writing it from an “I’ve already used this stuff” point of view.

  
Just like with the other ones, this can is the same type, shape, and design. The only differences are the color, and the wording at the bottom. This time it says “grease medium hold” down at the bottom in the grey ring. One cool thing I noticed about this can, that the others don’t have/do, is that it kind of changes shades of green. What I mean is, as you tilt and twist the can, the color shade shifts and goes from light to slightly darker. Kind of like the way a hologram does or metallic paint does. It’s actually pretty cool! I’m not sure why only the green one does this, but still, it’s a neat little aspect to it.

  
Another thing I haven’t shown you guys before, is how the back/bottom of the can looks. I don’t know why I haven’t thought to include that before, but I’m doing so now, so it’s all good. The bottom of each can has the same exact layout and info on it. In the center of the can is a big tan circle with all the info and whatnot in it. Around the edge it has where it was made and distributed in regular font, along with the company’s website in the same font as on the front of the can. Then inside that is the directions in a few different languages, then the barcode and ingredients list, and finally a caution again in a few different languages. It also says at the bottom, above the website, that their products aren’t tested on animals. Now I’m pretty sure they tested these ones on the barbers and clients at Schorem barbershop, and those dudes are definitely animals….so that claim is totally false! Hahaha just kidding Robert, and Schorem guys! So as you can see, it has all the same basic stuff that most products do in there. The only thing it doesn’t have is a little blurb about the pomade itself. Not all products do have a description or blurb about the product though.

  
Now on to the pomade itself. When you open the can, you’re instantly met with the scent of this pomade. And per usual, it’s a very unique scent. I was very surprised by this scent though, because it’s not something you’d expect a men’s pomade to have. It’s a more feminine scent, and smells very similar to this cucumber melon lotion that my wife uses. It’s a very strong scent, but not overpowering, and it’s a pretty nice scent too. You get a sweet floral note upfront, mixed with the cucumber melon lotion scent as well, and then it has kind of a soft powdery note at the end. Now some people have said that it smells like mint, and some have said it smells like apples. When I had my first can, I thought maybe mine was different because I got one from the very first batch. However, upon picking up the second can and getting the other two in from them, I can say for sure that it wasn’t that my first can was different. All four of my cans have the exact same floral cucumber melon lotion scent to them. There’s no mint scent or apples scent to any of them at all. Don’t get me wrong though, just because I said it’s kind of a feminine scent, and that I hadn’t expected that for a men’s pomade, doesn’t mean it’s not good. I really do like the scent of this stuff, it is a very good smelling pomade. Like I said, it’s just not what you’d expect is all. It smells more like how a women’s pomade would smell to me, and how my wife’s lotion smells. The color of this one is also really cool! However, the lighting and picture don’t show how it really is for some reason. I tried taking multiple photos at different angles and in different places to get it to show how it really looks, but I couldn’t. This one has a bright yellow color to it, almost like a highlighter yellow. It’s not quite as neon as a highlighter, but it’s pretty close. I did try and make the border of the multi-pic up there the actual color of the product. So look at that and it will give you a better idea of the color of this stuff. It’s not the exact shade of yellow the pomade is, but it’s pretty close to it.

  
When you scoop this stuff out, you’re met with a texture you didn’t quite expect from looking at its surface. The surface kind of indicates it will be a softer medium pomade with a more rounded scoop, kind of like Schmiere’s mittel. However, it scoops out more like a waxy pomade does, as you can see. The way it scoops out doesn’t affect the performance of the pomade, well usually it doesn’t, I was just a bit surprised at how it came out is all. It’s kind of cool when pomades do things like this. Usually you can tell a lot about a pomade by looking at its surface, but every once in a while, one will surprise you like this.

It breaks down in your hands very easily, and more like a softer medium does. I had expected it to give me a little resistance based on how it scooped, but it didn’t. This one broke down how I expected it to when I looked at it and thought it would scoop out differently. It has a very creamy texture to it once you break it down too. And there’s also a slight tackiness to this pomade as well, feels a lot like how a pomade with lanolin in it does. Applying it to my hair was a bit more resistant than I thought it would be. Based on the creamy texture it had, I figured it would go in like butter. However, it had a bit of resistance to it, more like a waxy pomade. Now it wasn’t hard to apply and work in, it just had more resistance than I thought it would. Working it in was the same way also. Somehow this one gains resistance to it as you go about using it. It had more resistance to it when I started combing it in than it did when I applied it somehow. However, once I got it completely worked in, it went back to feeling softer and creamy again. Kind of crazy how some products do this type of stuff. For a minute there, I thought this stuff was going to have more hold to it than I was originally expecting.

  
This pomade does have some nice hold to it though. I was able to get a nice medium sized pomp with this stuff. The creaminess to it kind of made my hair a bit lighter and slightly bouncy. You can kind of tell by the picture that the pomade isn’t a thick in my hair like others are. Even though my hair was lighter, this pomade did a good job of taming my cowlick. Usually when pomades are like that my cowlick splits open really bad, but this one kept it in check nicely. I was pretty surprised at that too. My cowlick can be pretty difficult to tame. And when pomades are light in my hair, or leave my bouncy, my cowlick really shows. However, this pomade somehow kept it in check, even though it was light in my hair and my hair was more bouncy. It was definitely a nice little surprise for sure.

  
Another thing I liked about this pomade, was that it had a nice shine to it. The picture doesn’t quite show the shine it truly gave my hair though. It was quite a bit shinier than the photo above shows. It wasn’t a super high sheen, like some pomades give my hair, but it was still a nice medium shine. And it was more of a natural shine than a wet/greasy looking shine, but it was shinier than how my hair naturally is. I know that kind of sounds odd, but that’s the best way to describe it. It had the same hue as a natural shine, but was more prominent/shinier than a natural shine. And I kind of liked the more swirly, rounded look this stuff gives my hair too. I don’t usually comb my hair like this, but it’s kind of a cool little change up from my usual style. This pomade also did a great job of holding my hair in place all day. I didn’t see any splits or spots that fell or drooped at all. My hair seemed to be in the same place it was when I first combed it that morning. I was really surprised at this, because of how it felt in my hair. Generally when pomades leave my hair lighter and bouncy feeling, they don’t hold it in place all day. I start to see splits or it starts to fall down a little part way through the day. However, this pomade really does a nice job of keeping my hair in place. And the scent lasts quite a while too! I could still detect it slightly toward the end of the day. Now it wasn’t as strong as it was in the morning, but I could still smell it a little bit. So far I’m really liking this pomade quite a bit. Day one has proved it to be a very nice pomade all around. I’m interested to see how it does on day two with the buildup it leaves. And to see what kind of buildup it leaves, because of how it felt in my hair on the first day.

After sleeping and taking a shower my hair was left with only a little of the pomade left in it. However, what was left was what seemed to be more the oils and some of the petrolatum. It felt like most, if not all, of the wax had come out of my hair. This is quite odd, because usually the wax is what stays in your hair. Normally the oils and some of the petrolatum are the first to come out of your hair, not the wax. This kind of worries me a bit, and makes me wonder if I will be able to get as good of hold and height as I did on the first day. Applying it and combing it was a little bit easier this time, which I had expected due to the buildup it left. And surprisingly, styling it was easier than the first day had been. I had expected to have a little trouble styling my hair since the buildup was kind of light and oily. This usually makes it slightly difficult to style with my wavy, curly, cowlicked hair, but it was actually quite easy to style. I had my hair in place within about 30-45 seconds.

  
I was kind of surprised to see that I got more height than I did on the first day too. I definitely was not expecting this at all. With the way this pomade built up, I had figured that I wouldn’t get as much height and/or hold as I did the first day. This pomade is just full of surprises, and does the opposite of what you expect it to do in multiple aspects of it. And I mean that in the best way possible. My hair looked quite a bit better the second day than it did the first day. I was able to get my hair just where I wanted it, and into a pretty nice looking tall pomp in just a short time. I’m definitely very pleased with the results this pomade gives me on the second day using it! One thing that was kind of odd about it on the second day, especially with how the buildup was, is that the shine isn’t as prominent/high as it was the first day. Now, you’d think with an oily buildup the shine would be more present than the first day, but it wasn’t. It was actually lower, and left my hair looking more matte than shiny. This isn’t a problem at all, it was just something I noticed.

My hair did still have a kind of swirly look to it again the second day, and I still liked it just as good as the first day. It looked a bit better the second day too, more controlled and deliberate than it did on day one. The only slight downfall I saw, was that I had a few stray hairs that I couldn’t get to stay in place. They weren’t super noticeable, but if you look, you can see them sticking out. I’m not sure why that happened today and not on day one. Especially because I seemed to get more control from the pomade the second day. The hold lasted just as good as it did on day one also. I didn’t see any sort of gaps or areas that fell/sank at all. Also, the scent lasted a little better on the second day. Which usually happens when you get the buildup in your hair. Oh, one thing I haven’t mentioned yet is how it recombs. With the pomade keeping my hair in place all day, I didn’t need to recomb my hair at all. So I forgot to do so at the end of the first day, and nearly forgot on day two. But I remembered to recomb my hair for the sake of the review right before I hit the hay. And it recombs super easily. Quite a bit easier than when you first comb it in your hair. It also does a pretty good job of going back into place. I did lose a little height, and gained a bit more swirl, but other than that, my hair pretty much went right back into place. Also, I was able to get those stray hairs to stay in place when I recombed my hair, which was nice. Day two….success. Very happy with this stuff’s performance the second time around.

  
Days 3 and 4 were pretty much a repeat of day two. The only real difference I noticed was that the buildup does gain a little as the days go on, but not a whole bunch like with some pomades. I also noticed a little more shine to my hair on the fourth day. It wasn’t quite as much as on day one, but there was a definite increase from how it was on the second day for sure. Another thing I was happy with was how well this stuff tames my waves/curls in the back. You’ll have to excuse the poor photo quality, but it’s not very easy to take a picture of the back of my head on my own haha. It took me about a dozen tries to get it to come out somewhat decent. This was the best picture I could get though, so bear with me. My hair is a little long and unruly right now, especially along the hair line. So excuse the messy bottom, but you can kind of see how this pomade does a pretty dang good job of getting the curls/waves to go into a fairly decent style. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than I thought it was going to be thats for sure.

After about a week of using this pomade, I’ve got to say, I really like it a lot. Now I’ve already gone through a full can before writing this review, so I knew I was going to like it, but like I said before, I wanted to write the review for you guys like I was trying it out for the first time. I highly recommend you guys getting a can or two of this stuff. It’s really a great pomade! And it has become one of my new favorites for sure. It’s definitely one of the best newer pomades that has come out in the past few years. This one totally lived up to the hype it had before it was released. I can say that without a seconds hesitation. Huge thank you to my friend Bianca for giving me my first time, and also to my good buddies Robert and Lawrence over at Reuzel for the Xmas gifts of this pomade too! I can’t thank you all enough for giving me some cans of this awesome pomade. I really really appreciate it a lot! You guys gotta snag some of this stuff. You can get it at pretty much any of the online pomade retailers. Come to think of it, I don’t know of a site that doesn’t carry it. Which is pretty awesome for the Reuzel guys. If you want to get it directly from them, just head to their website http://www.reuzelpomade.com and throw one in your cart. I recommend doing so as soon as possible too! Well, three cans down, and only one can to go. It will be a bitter sweet review when I get to their last pomade. However, they have just released two new hair tonics! So I will be able to keep on going with the Reuzel products, and review them for you once I get them in. Until the next one….

Keep it greasy,

-JC

Schmiere – Metal Comb ~ Guitar Shape

I’m going to continue on my Schmiere product run and check out one of their combs. I recently got a really awesome Xmas care package from my friend Sophia over at the Schmiere/Rumble 59 company full of awesome products to try out and review for them. The comb I am featuring today was one of them. I haven’t reviewed a comb in quite a while so I figured it was time to show you guys another one, and it was perfect timing with this one.
  
So today’s comb is the Schmiere metal hair comb with the guitar design. They have 6 or 7 different metal combs each with its own unique design. I happened to like the guitar one the best, and Sophia was kind enough to send me one to try out and review. The combs come packed in a thin clear plastic sleeve with a flap that folds over to seal it. On the plastic sleeve there is a white sticker with the barcode and name of the comb. Usually combs that come in sleeves like this aren’t sealed, and it’s a nice change to see one sealed up like this.

  
The comb itself is a metal comb that appears to be made of stainless steel with a brushed finish to it. Obviously it’s a guitar shape, but what they don’t describe is that it is a Les Paul or Gretsch body style. And they really did a great job with all the details of it! They have the head shaped right with the tuners clearly visible, as well as the pickups, bridge, volume and tone knobs, and the pickup switch too. Now they’re all just empty spaces stamped out, but still, they did a great job with it. Stamped in the guitar’s neck it says “Rock This Town” with what appears to be some type of stain painted in the letters to make it slightly darker than the comb. Also stamped in the very end tooth of the comb is their website, again with the stain in it to make it darker than the comb. This comb is by far one of the coolest combs out there! Me being a guitar player, I was very stoked to get this comb and to see all the details they put into it! Let’s hope it performs as awesome as it looks!

Feeling the comb in my hands, it’s surprisingly a lot lighter feeling than I thought it would be. I expected kind of a hefty, bulky feeling comb, but it’s actually pretty light. It doesn’t feel like it weighs much more than my regular blue styling comb. Not that the weight really matters to me, but I thought it was kind of cool. The spacing of the teeth seems to be the exact same spacing as the wide end of my big styling combs. The teeth themselves aren’t the same width or length, but the spacing between them seems to be the exact same. The teeth are about half as short and not quite as wide as the large teeth on my large styling combs, but they’re wider than the small teeth. I’m not sure how well this one will server as a styling comb, because the teeth aren’t nearly as long as styling combs’ teeth are. They are about the same length as a pocket comb’s teeth are, but who knows, it may work just fine. Only time will tell how it does. If anything, I know it will be a good application comb and pocket comb for recombing my hair.

I started testing this comb out just combing my dry hair before I got in the shower. Now I’m not sure if my hair was just tangled, or if it was the comb, but I had to kind of delicately comb my hair. It really wanted to snag and pull my hair, and it kept stopping, because my hair would get tangled. I chocked it up to my hair, mainly because I had been wearing a hat earlier and my hair was pretty messy. After I got out of the shower I combed my hair again, and once I got the initial tangles from drying my hair with a towel out, the comb seemed to run through my hair very easily. Even though it’s a metal comb, this one didn’t snag my hair or cause friction when combing my hair. I decided to let my hair completely dry before applying stuff to it, just to see if the comb acted differently with dry hair as opposed to damp hair. And just as I thought before, it was just my hair. The comb didn’t tangle my hair or get caught up in my hair at all this time. It actually felt smoother than using my plastic combs on dry hair! I’m definitely liking this comb so far. However, I still have quite a bit of testing to do with it before I make a final judgement on it.

The next thing I did with the comb was work in the Schmiere ringing gel I just reviewed. It was pretty easy to work in with this comb, and surprisingly not awkward to handle/use. I had kind of expected it to be a bit funky to work with because of the shape of it, but it wasn’t at all. I could get a nice grip on it and comb the product into my hair easily. It may be a different story when using a heavy or super heavy pomade or ringing gel though. Those can e difficulty to comb in and work with, even when using a regular styling comb. So this one might not work all that well with those types of products. However, it may work better because it’s metal, and can push through them better. I could also warm this comb up a little too, whereas I can’t with a plastic comb. So this one may prove to be better to use for applying heavier products. I won’t know for sure until I test it out in that aspect.

After working the product into my hair completely, I then went to go style my hair with this comb. At first it was working pretty well, and allowed me to part my hair very quickly and easily. As well as getting the sides and back into place easily, and pulling my pomp up in the front. However, when I went to get the height where I wanted it and start to shape my pomp, the comb didn’t want to cooperate. I had a feeling this was going to happen though. The teeth are just not quite long enough to really get into my hair and lift it up and shape it how a styling comb does. The teeth just can’t get deep enough into my hair to pull it all up how I want it. And they’re spaced a little bit too wide for shaping and finishing. I always use the fine tooth end of my styling comb for shaping and finishing my hair, because the wide tooth end leave too large of comb lines for it to look how I want it to. This comb did do a great job of working the product into my hair and everything else though. And so far I’m really happy with it how it is.

One thing that some people might view as a setback about this comb, is that you can’t let it soak overnight to clean it. You have to clean it by hand and dry it off as soon as you’re done, because it is metal after all. Part of me is tempted to see if the stainless finish will allow me to soak it in my Barbicide jar, but at the same time, I don’t want to risk potentially ruining the comb by doing so. Since I haven’t wanted to chance it, I’ve just opted to clean it by hand and dry it off. And it’s actually super easy to clean! A lot easier than any of my plastic or wood combs have been to clean. The shape and flat surfaces of it really make for fast and easy cleaning. It only takes me a couple minutes to clean and dry this comb. So for me, there’s no set back at all when it comes to it being a metal comb.

Another thing I really like about this comb is the way it fits in my back pocket. It’s only a little bit longer than my usual pocket combs, but that added length keeps it from shifting sideways and falling to the bottom of my pocket. That’s one thing that has always kind of annoyed me about my Unbreakable combs. It can be a pain when they shift sideways and fall to the bottom of my pocket and I have to kind of dig them out to use them. However, with this one, it can’t do that. The most it can do is shift at an angle and sit in my pocket diagonally. The only thing about it, is that I can feel this one in my pocket at all times. Since it’s metal and doesn’t have any give to it, when I sit down I can feel it. Now it’s not uncomfortable by any means, but I do know that it’s there at all times. Whereas with my plastic ones, I kind of forget they’re there until I need to use them. But, they’re almost always a pain to get out of my pocket, and this one isn’t. It is very easy to grab, use, and throw back in my pocket quickly. And surprisingly, it hasn’t started to bend at all yet. Now this may change over months or a year of using it and having it in my back pocket, but as of now, it hasn’t gotten any sort of bend to it from me sitting on it.

Now I still have some more testing to do on this comb, and I will do a follow up review of it in a few months after I have put it through every test I can via my grooming routines, but as of now I really like it! It’s definitely a comb I’d recommend picking up. And not just as a novelty piece or collection item, but for its practicality as well. It really does work well. And it makes a great piece to add to your comb collection and/or grooming collection. I will definitely be using this comb a lot in the future! And I’m very interested to see how their other metal combs that I like differ from this one. The ones I’ve been eyeing have been the brass knuckles one, because it’s a straight boxy type comb with longer teeth. As well as their skull one, for the same reason and it appears to be longer than these, plus it’s just frickin cool looking! And finally their butterfly comb, because I love butterfly knives, and it looks like it would be a great pocket comb for touch ups on the go, and let’s not forget it’s a totally rad comb you can play with constantly! So if you like great combs, make sure you pick this one up! You can get it on some of the online pomade shops or directly from them. To get it from them, head to their website http://www.rumble59.com/Guys/Schmiere.html?MODsid=92db36134bbcad8f55f11be73fd689a1 and add one to your cart. While you’re there check out the other combs I mentioned and their other combs as well. You may see one you like better! Huge thank you to Sophia again for sending me this badass comb to try out and review! I can’t wait to try out the other ones, as well as the other products you sent me right after Xmas!

Til next time,

-JC

Schmiere – Abschaum Shave Soap

Hey gents! Finally back with another shave soap review for you. I’m continuing in the Schmiere products I got in recently with this review, and am checking out their semi-new shave soap today! I got this one in a trade a few weeks ago, and decided to go with it for my next soap review. Finally time to check out the skinny on this soap!
  
Now this soap comes in a couple different packagings. I ended up getting both via trades recently. So I figured I’d show you guys both of them, that way you know what they both look like. One of them is a plastic tub with a metal screw top lid, and the other is a glass mason jar with a hinged lid and metal clasp. Each one has its own cool look to it, but I have to say, I like the glass mason jar a lot better! This thing is just awesome!!

  
The jar appears to be a 6oz mason jar and has a metal clasp that closes the lid to the jar, rather that the traditional two-piece metal screw top lid mason jars come with. This one reminds me a lot of the jars my great grandma used to put her homemade jams and jellies in. It also has a red rubber seal attached to the lid to keep the freshness in, and has a little tab sticking out on one side. I’m not sure what the tab is there for, but it’s there. The jar has two labels on it, one on the front and one on the back. The front label is kind of a rustic, worn, parchment looking label. It has the company name up at the top in the center of it with some filigree around it. Then in the center in a big filigree lined frame, there’s a banner that says “Abschaum Fienste Rasier-Seife” right next to their familiar bird. This time the bird has a newsboy cap on and a mustache and beard. Under that in a smaller banner it says “Von Schmiere.” Kind of a simplistic label for them, but it still has a really cool look to it. The label on the back has the same layout and filigree lined frame in it, with the name of the soap just under the company name. Only this time the name is much smaller, there is no bird, and it just has “Abschaum” there. Under the name is the ingredients list, with the company info, barcode, and website below that. Again, super simple label, but with a nice look to it at the same time. One thing I do wish was different about these labels, was that they were a bit bigger. That way they cover more of the jar and don’t leave so much empty glass space, but I still really like them! Now on to the plastic jar!

  
This one also has two labels on it, but this time there’s a lid label and a label on the front of the jar. That’s another thing I wish the glass jar had, was a lid label to cover the big glass lid. We can’t always have everything we want though, can we? The labeling on this jar is more like the labels on their pomade cans. The side label has the name of the soap in between two straight razors, with some filigree below it. Then under that is the ingredients list, company name, and website. The barcode happens to be on the far right side of this one, instead of below the ingredients list. Basically the same as the glass one’s back label, but slightly different. The lid label looks just like their pomade labels do. It has the company name up top, then the soap name just above the bird. He looks the exact same as he does on the glass jar’s front label, only this time he’s in color instead of just tan and black. On either side of him are banners that say “Made in Germany” in them, and “Since 1959” below the right one. At the bottom is where they put “Feinste Raiserseife” without a hyphen this time for some reason. I really like all the little filigree accents they put in the background/around everything in this label! They give it a nice look and add some pizzaz to it. I’d love to see the glass jar have this one on the lid! Hint hint 😉 haha. Like I’ve stated in the pomade reviews I’ve done of their products, the Schmiere labels are by far some of the coolest labels out there! Bar none. They really are some of my favorites in my entire collection. I can’t decide which labeling I like better between the two though. They both look really cool. I think if the glass jar had this lid label along with the others, that would be the best look for this soap.

  
One thing I noticed different between the two, was that the plastic jar’s soap inside has these little white dots in it, and the glass one didn’t. I’m not sure if that’s due to the temperature they pour it at or what. They can’t pour the soap very hot into the plastic jar or it will melt. I know, it’s happened to me when I’ve made shave soaps before haha. And it’s frustrating when you get a melted and warped, ugly looking jar from the heat of the soap. However, it also could just be a change in the formula or something like that too, I’m not 100% certain. I will have to ask Sophia and see if she maybe knows why that is.

  

Anyway, back to the soap at hand. I decided on finishing up the review with the glass jar. Mainly because it has a cooler aesthetic to it, but also because there’s more room in the glass jar than the plastic one for me to soak the soap and swirl my brush around. The plastic one is filled pretty much to the brim, and the glass one has a little bit of a gap between the surface of the soap and the rim of the jar. Both soaps do have the exact same scent to them though. Just wanted to add that in there before I forgot.

  
Opening the glass jar, or plastic one, you’re immediately blasted in the nose with the scent. And I mean that in the best way possible. This scent is by far one of the best scents ever for a shave soap! It’s actually the exact same scent they use for their limited edition Sailor Mittel pomade as well. They describe it as a fresh sea scent, but it smells like a fresh clean soap scent to me. And not your standard, kind of harsh and biting soap scent, but a super pleasing and fresh soap scent. Like I said, it’s by far one of my favorite scents for a soap ever! As you can see the soap is a light sea foam greenish blue color, and has a rough and bubbled surface. The soap looks almost more like foam than a soap when you look closely at it. Noticing this, I had decided to touch the surface to see what it felt like. You can kind of see my finger mark in there if you look closely. And just as I thought, this one has a very light, fluffy, foamy feel to its surface. Now it’s not actually foam, but it does have a foamy feel to it. This is the first soap I’ve seen like this before. And it makes me wonder how fast I will go through it, how short I should soak it for, and how easily it will fill up my brush. It also makes me wonder about the lather it will create. Initially, it makes me think it’s going to be a less puffy and cloud-like lather, but more of a thin and slick lather. Only time will tell that though.

  
So I decided on soaking the soap for the same amount of time I do with any other soap I use and/or review. I figured I might as well just do it how I always do, and not try and compensate for the texture the soap had. It’s better to keep it on the same level playing field I put other soaps on and see how it holds up to my regular shave routine. If I need to alter things in the future I always can.
I then proceeded to start loading my brush and that’s when I noticed that I was right about the soap’s texture. My brush filled up within just a few seconds of me swirling it around. I went ahead and loaded it for the full 30 seconds I usually do. About 20 seconds in I saw that my brush kind of stopped soaking up the soap. I don’t know if it was because my brush was packed to the gills, or if the soap had presented a more firm layer. So after I had finished up loading my brush, I felt the surface of the soap to see which it was, and I was met with the same soft foam like texture it had before. So I knew that my brush was just all the way full and couldn’t take in anymore soap.

  
And as you can see, my brush is completely packed full of soap. Surprisingly, even though the soap has a soft foamy texture to it, I didn’t seem to use a whole lot of the soap when loading my brush. To me, it looked like I had used the same amount of soap I do with any other soap I use. This kind of surprised me, because of how soft the soap is. I had expected to use up a lot of the soap when I felt it after loading my brush. However, when I looked at the jar to see how much I had used, it was just like any other soap. That’s definitely a good thing!

  
I then went on to start working up the lather in my trusty bowl. Just like when loading my brush, I spent the same amount of time building the lather that I do every other time. The result I got wasn’t really what I had hoped for. As the picture shows, the lather is very thin and flat, and there wasn’t very much of it. Especially for how much soap was packed into my brush. I was really baffled at how the lather came out, because of how the soap felt, and the fact that my brush had taken in a ton of the soap when I loaded it. This made me wonder if I might have just not had/put enough water in my brush and bowl when I went to work up the lather. There really should have been more lather than this in the bowl, even if it wasn’t a puffy lather. I mean, you saw how jam packed my brush was with soap. The bowl should have had a lot more lather than it does, even if the lather is a thin and flat type of lather. So I decided to go ahead and add a little bit of water to my brush and bowl again, to see if that’s what the issue is.

  
After another 30 seconds of swirling my brush around, the lather puffed up quite a bit more. Although, there still wasn’t as much lather as there should have been/I expected there to be for some reason. It had become nice and fluffy and cloud like, but there just wasn’t as much as I thought there was going to be based on how much soap was in my brush. So I decided to check my brush and see if there was soap still packed in it, and there was. I squeezed out a bunch of soap from it into my bowl. For some reason, this soap likes to stay in the brush rather than come out and build the lather. Even when I tried to build up more lather with the soap I squeezed out, it just wanted to go back into my brush rather than turn into lather. I’m thinking a board hair shaving brush will be better to use with this soap than a a badger brush. Boars hair brushes allow the soap to come out a lot more and easier than badger brushes do I’ve found.

  
Anyway, I went ahead and coated my face with the lather to get ready to shave. This soap/lather coats my face really well. It doesn’t break down and become thinner when I brush it onto my face like some soaps do. Instead, it keeps its puffiness to it and covers my whiskers really well.

  
 
And the smell of this soap is even better when you coat your face with the lather. As you can see in the close up picture, the lather really fills all the gaps between my whiskers nicely. And it really holds its fluffy shape well after being brushed onto my face. Usually in order to maintain this I have to lightly pat the lather on my face. Otherwise, when I brush it on, the lather kind of breaks down a bit and becomes a bit thinner. However, with this soap, the lather keeps its shape and texture perfectly after brushing it on you face. Another thing I noticed while this soap was on my face, was that it gave off a slight cooling effect. It wasn’t as strong as a menthol soap, but I did notice it.

 

While shaving I saw that this stuff traps my whiskers in it really well. It also clears from my razor super easily, and doesn’t clog my razor one bit. Even with semi-long whiskers, my razor wasn’t getting clogged at all. This lather does a great job of holding the whiskers in it and clearing from my razor with just a swish of it in the water. I really enjoyed my shave with this soap! It was a nice quick and effortless shave.

  
One thing I did find slightly disagreeable about this soap was that it seemed to leave my face a bit dry. I’m not 100% sure if it was strictly because of this soap, or if it was because I also washed my face in the shower before I shaved. My face had felt a bit dirty and oily, so I kind of scrubbed it in the shower before I shaved. I had been working on my old car and out in the yard all day, and felt like my face needed some extra cleaning. However, my face didn’t seem to feel dry or anything like that after the shower/before shaving. Which makes me think this soap is the culprit for my face feeling a bit dry. However, I will have to give it another test without scrubbing my face right before I shave just to be certain.

Other than my face feeling a little bit dry, this soap really performed well. I was very happy with every aspect of it, especially the packaging. That jar is just too cool! Well actually, there was one thing that was kind of frustrating about using this soap. I couldn’t find an aftershave to go well with it haha. This scent is so unique and good that it’s near impossible to find an aftershave that goes well with it or compliments it well. Without having an aftershave with this same scent, hint hint, it’s a bit of a task to try and find one that goes well with it. I ended up going with Barber Side’s witch hazel aftershave, because none of my dozens of other aftershaves seemed like they would go well with it. Oh, and I did find that it was because I scrubbed my face before shaving that caused my face to feel a bit dry. It wasn’t this soap after all. I was very happy that it didn’t end up being the soap. Not that it would deter me from using it if it had been, but it was nice to know it wasn’t.

This is definitely a shave soap I highly recommend you guys try out and add to your collection. It’s a must have in my opinion. Every single thing about it is top notch! From the packaging, to the scent, and the performance. So, I highly recommend you guys grabbing a jar of this stuff and soon! You can get it on most sites that carry shave products and pomades, or you can buy it directly from them. If you want to get it direct from them, head on over to their website http://www.rumble59.com/Guys/Schmiere.html?MODsid=92db36134bbcad8f55f11be73fd689a1 and snag yourself a jar. While you’re there, check out all the other new stuff they have out too. They have got some really awesome new stuff up on there! I will be featuring all their new stuff over the next couple months as well, so stay tuned!!

And stay fresh fellas,

-JC