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Shaver Heaven and Baby Smooth

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SOTD 19 Mar 2015

A truly superb shave today. First is Shaver Heaven’s extremely good soap. As you see from the label, this is an Australian artisan soap, and this is the Hubba Hubba fragrance (“notes of tawny port and cognac being sweetened up with lighter softer pinot noir, vanilla and raspberry, spicy notes of cinnamon, clove and vineyard soil”). I saved on shipping by buying it from Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements, which sells a range of Shaver Heaven soaps—only they are out of Sweet Meyer Lemon, dammit.

Not only does the soap have a great fragrance—a wonderful combination of spice and sweetness with other notes as well—but it lathers like a dream. With the Rooney Style 3 Size 1 Super Silvertip I got an immediate great lather.

I desperately want the G.B.M. fragrance (“a heart of Dark Chocolate surrounded by licorice, vetiver, mint, and a hint of neroli for a truly unique scented soap that will continue to develop in time”), but they are also out of that—temporarily, I hope. So I got Oatmeal Stout (“a full bodied and smooth beer fragrance blended with Creamy Oatmeal, Orange Peel, Butterscotch, Farm-fresh Milk, Nutty Almond and Rich Vanilla”) and will use that soon.

This really is a fine soap, and at $15 for 150g (5.3 oz) not a bad price, either. AND it’s vegan:

Saponified Stearic Acid, Aqua (Water), Saponified Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Saponified Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Fragrance (Essential Oils and/or Fragrance)

Highly recommended, based on this shave and sniffing the other tub.

So much for the lather. I then picked up my RazoRock Baby Smooth razor, holding a Personna Lab Blue blade, and has a blissful shave. The Baby Smooth is light—made of anodized machined aluminum—but feels very strong and rigid, and the handle is wonderfully comfortable and grippy. The blade is curved a lot over the hump, but it seems to hit my face at exactly the right angle: three passes to perfect smoothness with no trace of a problem. This will be a favorite razor, based on the look, feel, and performance. High-tech with Batman appeal. 🙂

The aftershave sample from Chiseled Face was also excellent, and I might have to buy a bottle of this one. It did not seem to have menthol, which I generally don’t favor, and the fragrance was extremely nice: a woody scent to my nose. I’ll be using it again soon to get a better fix on its fragrance. But very nice.

This is so much more fun than a quick cartridge shave using canned foam.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 March 2015 at 11:54 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. no comment on the A/S ?

    Daniel Foster

    19 March 2015 at 1:50 pm

  2. Excellent point. Report augmented above.

    LeisureGuy

    19 March 2015 at 1:56 pm

  3. The one problem here is that Joe A. @ Italian Barber is the ONLY source of the Razorback Baby Smooth. They will not be in stock for quite a while and you apparently must pass a CIA interrogation to be able to even order one. We got off to an unfortunate start so I doubt I will ever see one. He also has a scent of Shaver Heaven called Chocolate Delight which I have not seen anywhere else, including Australia.

    Dr. Robert Levine

    20 March 2015 at 1:03 pm

  4. I ordered them when they were in stock just in the usual way: click to add to shopping cart, then check out. No interrogation at all. (He does sometimes warn people of razors that are in beta so that they understand what they’re buying.) Since the Baby Smooth head is probably easier to machine than the Stealth head, I’m hoping it will be back in stock soon.

    However, I don’t follow his Twitter or Facebook accounts, so I was unaware that he had said they would not be in stock for quite a while. Do you know whether he is talking weeks? or months? Did he offer a target date, or did he just say, “Not for a long time”?

    LeisureGuy

    20 March 2015 at 1:12 pm

  5. He and I had a rather troubled exchange when I asked him to “put one aside for me when they were back in stock.” I have made that request a few times in the past with other vendors, but he took my request as an affront for some odd reason. I forget who it was, but one of the regular reviewers I watch, probably Chris Bailey, mentioned that it might be 2 or 3 months, so I put it on my back burner. Chris had said it might be too light for him to keep in his collection, so I asked him to consider selling it to me if he decided to as he said, “let it go.” I received a box from Shave Revolution this afternoon that contained Shave Heaven Sweet Almond Milk and Vanilla Oak, and Chiseled Face Orange Creamsicle which Chris reviewed the other day.

    Dr. Robert Levine

    20 March 2015 at 5:27 pm


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