Mantic59's Shave of the Week (+Taconic)

Once in a while a shave stands out.  Everything just sort of lines up the right way, even using products that work well by themselves and I use often.  Like taking a walk on an unexpectedly beautiful, sunny day where all seems right with the world.  My “shave of the week” included a Bakelite Slant, Crabtree & Evelyn brush, Taconic shave cream, Ursa Major toner, and Taconic aftershave balm.  I’ve previously talked about the Bakelite Slant; let me concentrate on Taconic for a moment. [Read more…]

Reflections On The "Great Shave 2012"

Merz's Great Shave Goodie Bag

I thought I would post my thoughts on Merz Apothecary’s second annual “Great Shave” in Chicago last week. Unfortunately I was too busy to take pictures or video while there, but plenty of other people did: Merz hired a photographer and videographer and I saw a bunch of other people taking snapshots so I imagine images and posts will be popping up in the shave-o-sphere over the next week or so.  Hopfully I can link a few here on Sharpologist. [Read more…]

3 Shampoo Bars


Several artisans who make shaving soaps have recently introduced shampoo bars to their inventory.  There are some benefits to using shampoo bars over the typical commercial creams and gels:

  • Shampoo bars are soaps specifically made for washing hair: there are more oils in the ingredient mix and are generally milder than a regular soap.
  • Shampoo bars are more environmentally friendly.  There is no large bottle or tube to throw away.
  • Shampoo bars are available in classic scents similar to shaving soaps.

Here are three artisinal shampoo bars: [Read more…]