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by RazorRamone
Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: A couple of Fern treasures, Houbigant & Pens
Replies: 36
Views: 3603

The main problem with finding an acceptable fougère scent is regulation. The two essential notes are coumarin (now restricted to 1.6%) and oakmoss (evernia prunastri) (0.1% max; if, as usual, it's mixed with treemoss, the 0.1% is cumulative). This pretty much castrates the genre until a decent synt...
by RazorRamone
Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Selling & Trading
Topic: TRADED - WTT - Yardley Shaving Set
Replies: 0
Views: 399

TRADED - WTT - Yardley Shaving Set

I have nearly new Yardley gift set available for trade. Shaving soap, aftershave, and talc - in the steel Yardley "Prince of Wales" container. If anyone would like to discuss options around trading for a large brush, I am open to offers. (Set + cash?) If I could ever figure out SMF's dashboard, I wo...
by RazorRamone
Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: things i've sold and wished i hadn't
Replies: 20
Views: 3604

I traded several tallow Pens EF soaps to try other shaving products. In retrospect, none of the items I received came close to what I traded away. Outside of shaving gear, I cringe thinking about selling off my childhood hockey card collection - which included a couple of Gretzky rookie cards!! :cry:
by RazorRamone
Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Besides Plisson
Replies: 25
Views: 3156

Nitrox: I noticed that the M & F Blonde Badger has a cult-like following on another forum. Given the numbers of followers, it must be a good brush.

My preference is to buy new, but from others' comments I might be entering bidding wars for a top shelf vintage brush.
by RazorRamone
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Besides Plisson
Replies: 25
Views: 3156

Thanks for the responses. Much appreciated.

Here I go seeking vintage products again. :)
by RazorRamone
Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Besides Plisson
Replies: 25
Views: 3156

Wendell - Of course one exists... in your mind. I am interested to know which brush - money aside - you feel sets the highest benchmark. FYI - The reason why I ask this question is that every year I place a small luxury item as a personal motivator to achieve a certain business goal. As a business o...
by RazorRamone
Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Besides Plisson
Replies: 25
Views: 3156

Besides Plisson

Besides a top-end Plisson, what is the holy grail of today's shaving brush?

(Off the shelf... excluding vintage.)
by RazorRamone
Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Best tip or product you learned from someone on this forum
Replies: 16
Views: 1354

I (almost) feel guilty not paying for a subscription when reading Gordon & Bargepole's recollections of former quality scents that have been discontinued or significantly altered as a result of today's fragrance cartel. I have learned a lot about gentlemen's colognes/aftershaves on SWF. It must been...
by RazorRamone
Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Penhaligon English Fern
Replies: 14
Views: 2828

Penhaligons English Fern vs. Trumpers Wild Fern.

Is there much of a difference?
by RazorRamone
Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Recommendations for Higher End Creams and Soaps
Replies: 33
Views: 3756

As a rookie to upper crust soaps, I suggest you procure some vintage tallow Penhaligons soap. English Fern would do nicely. Then you can be miserable like me when reminded that your stock has depleted to 1 remaining bowl. :cry: If you can't find any vintage Pens soap, widely available Harris' Lavend...
by RazorRamone
Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Coffee - Moka Pot
Replies: 19
Views: 2044

Thanks for the suggestions. I enjoy my new panic attacks as a result of high caffeine levels. Hahaha!!
by RazorRamone
Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Coffee - Moka Pot
Replies: 19
Views: 2044

Coffee - Moka Pot

I love strong coffee. I walked by a moka pot today and decided to buy it. I recalled watching a video on YouTube on how people made espresso-like coffee with this stove top brewing process. Does anyone have suggestions as to a widely available espresso roast to try? The stronger the better... RR
by RazorRamone
Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Boxer Briefs, Trunks - ANything keep the legs from riding up
Replies: 22
Views: 4592

"I buy them" means my wife takes my credit card and buys them. :) Apparently, she calls and orders them. I would ask if they have a secure cc payment process. Snob micro-fibre boxers. The Body-Tek stuff is okay but not as good IMO. I will also second the mention of Patagonia Silk Weight Boxers. They...
by RazorRamone
Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Boxer Briefs, Trunks - ANything keep the legs from riding up
Replies: 22
Views: 4592

For the past 10 years I have bought a not-so-well known athletic boxer underwear in Canada called "Snobs". My wife bought me a pair as I had chaffing problems. I was instantly converted these micro-fibre underwear. They breathe, feel supportive - yet minimal, drastically reduce chaffing, and cannot ...
by RazorRamone
Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Acqua di Parma Intensa Oud
Replies: 9
Views: 4068

Oud/attar oils appear to be a good alternative for those seeking natural fragrances versus most of today's mainstream chemical fragrance concoctions. I have yet to try any, but have nearly bought them several times. (I don't know these products well.) Most of these fragrance oils are very expensive,...
by RazorRamone
Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Looking for a new soap that also lathers well?
Replies: 51
Views: 9004

After trying a lot of different soaps, I have remained with Harris' Lavender soap. I use Harris Almond in a stick while travelling and don't recall if I have tested Marlborough. I have a small hord of vintage Yardley that I continue to use too. IMO, there isn't a better soap than Harris, so there is...
by RazorRamone
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: My Next Phone
Replies: 60
Views: 3957

Here is advice to anyone looking for a new phone. Besides checking out all the latest and greatest technology, be sure to ask questions on the warranty and return policies! I bought a Samsung Galaxy 3S on a seemingly great Costco/Bell promotion. After 3 months, my phone started to overheat. The "Wir...
by RazorRamone
Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: I'm looking for a *big* brush.
Replies: 39
Views: 9122

Tulip 4 immediately comes to mind.
by RazorRamone
Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: My Favorite Cologne
Replies: 10
Views: 2875

Not sure of the reformulation date with New York. My old bottle which I used sparingly lasted years. It could have been "vintage" when I bought it. There is definitely a typical strong synthetic top note when applied and it doesn't really have the drydown like my former bottle. (Similar to Cardin......
by RazorRamone
Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: My Favorite Cologne
Replies: 10
Views: 2875

Not goofy at all... I agree with you. I have tried many of Turin's suggestions too. All good picks. Now that one PdN's New York has been formulated into typical synthetic fragrance, I find Pierre Cardin to not only appeal to me more; but the price is great too. (Similar scents... not identical.) San...