My test lab – aka my bathroom – has gotten more crowded lately with new products to try. The good news is that if a vendor is bold enough to send a sample to Sharpologist for review, he’s already pretty confident that his product is great. And I’m more than happy to be the beneficiary of such quality booty. Here’s what I’ve been playing with this spring:
Knockout Shave: This is a big statement, but this artisan shaving cream is possibly the best performing shaving cream I’ve ever used. It takes a ton of water to lather – more than I’ve ever had to use with a cream – but shave after shave, the result was spectacular. I’m talking BBS shaves with multiple razors and very little irritation. The four cream sampler for $7.50 will hold you for quite a while, and I found two of the scents to be great. I loved the smokey “Outdoorsman” and the hard-to-describe lemony “Sonny” scent. “Citrus of Paradise” was OK, and neither Mantic nor I could stand “Complicated.” But take a chance on the sampler and see for yourself. This is amazing stuff.
Knockout Shave Sampler
BebeLush Cedarwood/Cassia/Clove soap: I liked the performance of the first BebeLush soap I tried, but I wasn’t crazy about the mango-bay rum mashup. I feel better about this version. It’s a warm woody cinnamon scent that smells the way I wish my kitchen did. Perfect for the cooler Wisconsin weather this time of year, it performs very well for me. I find that it needs a little more water than some other soaps, but once I load up the brush, it will last easily into the third pass. I’ve had very close shaves with BebeLush, too. I love it
Badger Navigator Class Hair Pomade: It took me a little while to warm up to this pomade, and not because it has an ingredient which somehow warms you scalp. Turns out, I was using too much of it. This is an old-school product that offers a ton of shine and not much hold; usually things I’m not looking for. But if I use a tiny about of this organic product, it does a nice job of shaping my hair just slightly. It’s a good alternative (that smells nice) when I’m looking for an alternative to crunchy matte wax. And the two ounce tin features an adorable badger – the unofficial motto of shaving and the official motto of my home state of Wisconsin.
Ja-Lu Aftershave Splash: Speaking of scents, I’m not one to insist my nose is any better than anyone else’s. So when we received the Ja-Lu line of old-school aftershave splashes, we passed them around the office so everyone could pick their favorite. These are very classic barbershop scents, and the one I like the best is Limon. But honestly, I’m not crazy about any of the scents, and they do last. Highly alcoholic, you’ll get plenty of burn if you’re into that. These aftershaves are hand-crafted in New York with Turkish oils.
Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Noir: I like Lacoste fragrances. I owned a bottle of Lacoste Essential at one point, and I’ve had my eyes on their newish polo shirt collection. The knock on Lacoste, though, has been longevity. That’s not a problem with the new Noir cologne, which features a patented new technology, Cyclodextrin, an innovative molecule which encapsulates the fragrance materials and reactivates them when it comes into contact with moisture on skin. What you need to know is that this juice lasts all day, although Noir makes more sense to apply at night. Sweet and woody, it opens with watermelon, then fades into basil and lavender. It comes in a cool, black bottle with the familiar fabric logo. This is definitely a date-night fragrance, and a good, long-lasting one at that.
Eau My: Mantic bought me a bottle of George Takai’s cologne as a joke, which is a good thing, because this is a pretty jokey fragrance. Sort of an old-man version of Chrome Azzaro, I can’t stand it. Clean and ozone-y, there are apparently fans of this cologne. But as much as Iike “Uncle George,” I’m not one of them. Of course, at $37 for a 1.7 ounce bottle, it might just be worth it for the Trekkie in your life. Maybe.