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by Howard
Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Rose Cologne
Replies: 31
Views: 6777

Neither Mouchoir de Monsieur nor Jicky smell much like roses to me.

For interesting rose themes you might try Czech and Speake #88 or Penhaligons Hammam Bouquet.
by Howard
Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:47 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Melting soaps to pour into mug = Feasible?
Replies: 17
Views: 4352

Re: Melting soaps to pour into mug = Feasible?

Gents, I bought a classy jar from classicshaving.com and want to put a couple pucks of Williams mug soap in it. The problem is that the puck slides around to much as it isn't wide enough to accommodate the jar. Is it feasible to melt a couple pucks on the stove and pour them into the jar, and let t...
by Howard
Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:30 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Tabac spray vs splash
Replies: 5
Views: 1626

I don't have the commercial spray bottle and so can't comment on the possible differences. I suspect they're the same product though.

I have decanted the product from the large bottle into a small bottle with an atomizer though, and that works well for applications of small amounts of Tabac.
by Howard
Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Yatagan = Eucris?
Replies: 3
Views: 1236

I have bottles of both. I've never thought of them as similar, but I guess they are. I just put a little Yatagan on my left hand, Eucris on my right. There are some similarities but the Eucris is a more fruity, Yatagan has more of a celery/saltpeter note. I usually prefer Eucris but they're both goo...
by Howard
Tue Jan 16, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Dunhill fragrences?
Replies: 16
Views: 3214

Howard, Both the Channel for Men and the Guerlain Vetiver were quite successful too; more so, volumn wise, then Dunhill for Men ever was. Both were altered, and not for the better. And, both were altered shortly after those firms were bought out and absorbed by hugh corporate cosmetics outfits. The...
by Howard
Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:52 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Dunhill fragrences?
Replies: 16
Views: 3214

Interesting. I have little room for comparison as mine is the only bottle of Dunhill I've tried. I think the packaging is around somewhere with a pile of old boxes in the attic. Maybe I'll dig for it and find where it was blended. I wonder what the batch-to-batch variation is. That may even eclipse ...
by Howard
Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Tabac
Replies: 37
Views: 6959

On a related note, I love the scent of the soap, who wears the cologne? What do you think? I have read a few good things about it. I'm wondering if it is worth picking up a bottle. I love warm winter type scents...even in the summer (it is my way of giving the middle finger to summer as I hate it)....
by Howard
Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:03 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Dunhill fragrences?
Replies: 16
Views: 3214

IMO, Dunhill hasn't produced a good scent since Edition came out in the mid-80s (i.e., before Dunhill was purchased by P & G). The original Dunhill EDC is a classic, but has become increasingly hard to find. It is a warm masculine floral that is exceedingly gentlemanly. Worth seeking out. Basil I a...
by Howard
Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:45 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap
Replies: 5
Views: 1403

I use it for shaving occassionally. I posted a review a while back over at B&B. The shave is fine. The bubbles pop sooner than many lathers, but I just relather. The smell is unusual. It's for those days I don't feel like the usual perfumes. I have a bar in an Anchor-Hocking bowl as part of my rotat...
by Howard
Mon Dec 04, 2006 7:21 pm
Forum: ShutterBug Shaver
Topic: Do-It-Yourself Corner
Replies: 30
Views: 17607

My daily use razors are an old ivory 7-day set. The original case is in bad shape from many decades of service. http://aolisi.net/images/Razors/SevenDayKit/IG2160-1.jpg My mother-in-law made this cloth holder for me. It works great and is hanging in my bedroom. I've been using it for a few months no...
by Howard
Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:51 pm
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Palmolive Shaving Cream
Replies: 39
Views: 5341

Sharpclaw, glad that worked out for you. I like the Palmolive and use it a lot, usually by putting a small dab of it on a hard soap and then lathering. The six tubes I got from the guy on e-bay should last at least a decade at the rate I'm using it. It is a good buy. Used in concert with a few cakes...
by Howard
Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: AOS Lemon Cologne
Replies: 6
Views: 1724

A really nice lemon/lime, with very interesting and subtle spicy undertones is the St. Charles Shave B&B Bay Rum with a Twist. The price is $9, for 3.3 oz, but to rate it by the price alone would be a big mistake. It is, in my opinion, very good. It does not smell synthetic to me. This beats hands d...
by Howard
Thu Nov 23, 2006 11:43 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Anyone tried mixing creams
Replies: 15
Views: 2894

sillyshaver wrote:Hey Howard,

How was the Proraso/Tom's of Maine Mint combo...I've read that Tom's has a similar cooling effect as the Proraso. Must have turned you face into a block of ice.
Quite nice. It is not a multiplicative cooling effect, so my face didn't freeze. They complement each other well.
by Howard
Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:42 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Anyone tried mixing creams
Replies: 15
Views: 2894

I do this frequently. I can't resist trying various combinations.

Proraso + Tom's of Maine Mint
Palmolive + Williams
KMF + akro stick
etc.
etc.
etc.
by Howard
Sun Nov 12, 2006 5:31 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: is it possible to use shaving soap as hand soap?
Replies: 10
Views: 1897

Perhaps your grandmother told you "Don't do that! You'll grow hair on your palms."

Now you have a solution!


:D
by Howard
Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:25 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Do they lather?
Replies: 5
Views: 1404

Another endorsement for the Kiss My Face here. A couple of squirts out of the pump bottle will create a good lather with a brush. Aside from using it by itself you can squirt a small dab of KMF on top of your Williams and then lather up as usual. It doesn't take much, and you'll be pleasantly surpri...
by Howard
Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Travel With a Straight How not to ruin your strop?
Replies: 8
Views: 1490

Sometimes I travel with just a smooth barber's hone (a Swaty) and no strop. The hone does a fine job of aligning the edge and is so glassy smooth that it removes little if any metal. The hone is much easier to transport than a strop. I wrap it well in clothing so it is not broken in the "baggage bal...
by Howard
Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: First straight razor shave; need help
Replies: 4
Views: 1021

Vern, Don't hesitate to just do the easy parts with the straight for awhile. You will soon pick up skill and learn the contours of your face, and shave just with the straight. Don't rush too much though. It sounds like you have the right idea for under the nose. Just be careful. I have a similar sha...
by Howard
Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:19 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams... drying?
Replies: 8
Views: 2005

Other things to try with your Williams.

A drop of drugstore glycerin on the cake prior to lathering.

A pea-size dab of Palmolive cream on the cake before lathering. You can also try other creams to see the effect.

Both of these additions will change the moisturizing qualities of the lather.
by Howard
Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:55 am
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Proraso on sale in Target!
Replies: 19
Views: 3096

Steve wrote:Howard,

All the Proraso products are on sale.

Steve
Thanks!