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Fine shave to end the week

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This shave goes out to Anthony Qaiyum of Smallflower, whom I promised I would use an Elite Razor this morning.

The lather today is from Al’s Shaving Products, another artisanal vendor I only recently discovered. I ordered some samples, and today tried the Palermo shaving cream:

Palermo is a decisively masculine scent that opens on a delightfully refreshing and unconventional assortment of grassy green and light sweet notes. As it develops, it gains depth and support from some bolder herbaceous greens, very light spices, and soft woods. The resulting structure is so delicate, buoyant, and charming that it’s almost impossible to resist.

I’d say that the description is accurate: I sniffed several of the sample shaving creams I got, and this was most appealing—unusual but highly pleasant. You should note that he also provides shaving creams with custom fragrances—a very nice idea.

I used a Vie-Long badger+horsehair chimera brush—a really fine brush, IMO, and perhaps a good way for a badger fan to segue into horsehair. The shaving cream was too stiff to adhere to the brush when I twirled it—the tiny container may be part of the reason—so I just smeared some on my cheek and started brushing.

Excellent lather, and I really do like the fragrance. It creates a very thick lather, even after I added more water to the brush. Not that I wanted to thin it, but I do want water on my beard, and this lather absorbed additional water without noticeably thinning.

Very smooth shave with a previously use Astra Superior Platinum blade. The Elite razor—white quartz with gold lacings on a Merkur frame—did a fine job. The Merkur Classic head that he uses is good, and the weight of the razor with the stone handle was quite nice and made for smooth cutting.

A splash of Royall Vetiver, and I’m ready for Saturday.

Written by Leisureguy

24 September 2011 at 7:59 am

Posted in Shaving

4 Responses

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  1. Palermo is indeed a fine fragrance. You should try to hand lather or bowl lather Al’s cream. I find it a bit easier to get the very dense cream broken down. It’s a similar situation with Castle Forbes in that the dollop in brush to face lather doesn’t work all that well at first.


    J Dogg

    25 September 2011 at 10:24 am

  2. Yeah, I tried first twirling the brush, and it didn’t pick up any: cream too dense. Smearing a little on my cheek worked, but I think you’re right: this is a good cream for bowl lathering. Really good stuff, BTW.



    25 September 2011 at 10:31 am

  3. Where is Al’s company located?



    25 January 2015 at 9:49 am

  4. It’s Merz Pharmacy in Chicago, and on-line here. I think the shaving part of Merz has spun off as Q Shop or some such. Mantic59 knows the details.



    25 January 2015 at 10:24 am

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