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An old but excellent shave stick by Valobra and for aftershave Clubman by another name

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The Valobra shave stick show is substantially older than the Razor Emporium I used earlier, but (unlike the RE stick) the Valobra — though with no more cover than shown in the photo — has endured in first-rate condition: still smooth and workable. It’s a fairly firm stick — my guess is that it’s made from triple-milled soap — and the lavender is fragrant and abundant.

It should be noted, in fairness, that Valobra’s been making shaving soap and shaving sticks for a long time — almost 120 years, since it was founded in 1903 — and not only is Razor Emporium much younger, the shave stick I had was the very first they made, and we know that version 1.0 of anything generally needs some improvement, in specific ways that experience reveals.

This shave stick is a true pleasure, and the Vie-Long horsehair brush easily created a very nice lather and held plenty in reserve for the entire shave. Because I used a shave stick, my preshave was MR GLO rather than Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave.

Three passes with RazoRock’s German 37 slant left my face perfectly smooth and undamaged, and then a splash of Geo, an aftershave by A.I.I. Clubman (see this post for more info) finished the job. Like many of the tall-bottle aftershaves, the fragrance was that of an old-time barbershop — pleasant but (to my nose) undefinable.

Altogether, a great way to launch the week.

Written by Leisureguy

10 May 2021 at 9:04 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I love tall bottles for after shave. They make a formidable appearance, reminding us of a feeling from yesteryear, and they generally have flow restrictors that prevent waste. A three-way benefit!

    The label says the product is extraordinary, and that may be, but the ingredients are remarkably simple and few. It contains nothing exotic.

    Sometimes “less is more.”

    Steve Riehle

    10 May 2021 at 6:09 pm


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