Review - The Art of Shaving

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Review - The Art of Shaving

Post by WetTheFace » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:05 pm

Company: The Art Of Shaving
Products: Balm/Shaving Cream
Location: Walt Whitman Mall

When you dive into this hobby, information comes at you from all directions eventually someone tells you about "The Art of Shaving". At the time, I didn't know any better and was willing to just get started so I took a visit to my local mall called Walt Whitman. This is considered a high-end mall you'll find no food courts here no Burger Kings or McDonald's. I located the directory and to my surprise, a brand new The Art of Shaving Store has just opened.

So, I started walking at a brisk fast pace like one of those elderly mall walkers do and found myself in front of the store. I could hear the angels singing as I found myself entering the doorway. This was my utopia my Shangri-La which unfortunately was short lived when I started to notice the prices. They had everything I was looking for they even had a sink for testing products.

I gazed at all the shelves and spoke to the shave consultant and asked a million questions then he reached into the top drawer of the showcase he then showed me the line of shaving creams and balms and razors he even let me try them out. I glanced at the price for the cream my eyes started to roll back into my head but I found a kit that had everything I needed for $95 it included everything but the razor so I broke down and purchased my very first DE razor the R89Grande.

Fast-forward to present day and I hardly use this shaving cream anymore. My knowledge of shaving soaps and creams has surpassed the shave consultant I used to rely on. We have so many great artisans making Brushes, Bowls, Shaving Soap and Creams that I no longer need to visit the store.

This doesn't change the fact that the Sandalwood shaving cream which I still have is one of the best scents of sandalwood out there. The balm is also outstanding I used to come back to the den during the day to apply more even though I didn't really need to. I guess you can say I was hooked.

My shave today was a testimony to how well the products hold up. Mine was a little dry from being dormant for so long. All that was needed was a bowl lather and a little more water than I usually use. This did the trick and I created an amazing amount of lather still rich and creamy and the scent still the best. The slickness and glide had decreased a little but still? I was able to get a close shave without any irritations. My post shave feel was a good one too.

To say The Art of Shaving is expensive would be an understatement. You're going to pay top dollar for the branded products. That being said the R89 Grande was $75.00 you can find it for much less elsewhere. If you're starting out I would suggest the kit if you want to stay with TAOS products. It got me involved and it will for you too.

Company: The Art Of Shaving
Products: Shaving Cream $40.00 Balm $25.00
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Re: Review - The Art of Shaving

Post by slackskin » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:50 pm

Gee - I think your store is out of line. I did check the TAOS official webstore just now, and unscented cream is $25 while the scented varieties are $30. In all cases, significantly less than the $40 in the picture shown in the original post. Yes, TAOS is expensive but their creams are top shelf and not as expensive as the picture indicates.

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Re: Review - The Art of Shaving

Post by brothers » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:26 pm

Currently I have a good supply of the old formula tallow sandalwood shaving soap. The shaving creams are also top shelf. I have 4 of their creams, sandalwood, peppermint, rose, and lemon. I consider these to be equal to the best of their peers.

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Re: Review - The Art of Shaving

Post by jww » Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:28 pm

I just finished a full tub of Ocean Kelp cream and was very impressed with the product. It's the only North American lathering product I have used since C&E discontinued their sweet almond oil (which still sits in my craw - it was that good). AOS scents are very strong - so they can be a bit offensive for me sometimes. Notwithstanding, I did find the Ocean Kelp to be outstanding and would consider buying it again as I don't think they are all that expensive in the grand scheme of things.

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Re: Review - The Art of Shaving

Post by fallingwickets » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:00 am

Very nice to see you out and about Wendell. Where have you been hiding??? :D :D

A partner of mine loved the scent of ocean kelp and bought me a bucket. Its a very nice scent and a very nice cream, however it always makes my face tingle in a not so pleasant fashion, ergo I have stopped using it

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Re: Review - The Art of Shaving

Post by Pointer » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:59 am

I love theirs creams and considering most artisan product pricing has been creeping up to the $25 mark and above, their pricing is well within the norm.

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Re: Review - The Art of Shaving

Post by pausted » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:56 am

Just an update to this older post. I am seeing AOS creams selling on the bay for as little as $11.00 with free shipping. I wonder what's up with that? I hope they are genuine. I am currently working on a tub of the Lemon cream and find it to be excellent. Along with the Lemon I have used the Ocean Kelp. Both of these creams are the newer version made in the USA. I find them every bit as good as the older version made in Europe.

On another note, I found AOS cream at my local Sam's store the other day. The label says that it's made in Canada. I think they wanted about $17.00 per tub. Didn't buy any so can't compare.
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Re: Review - The Art of Shaving

Post by brothers » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:58 pm

I noticed that a while back AOS offered a Vetiver Citron fragrance shaving cream for a limited time, but never got around to getting one for myself. I probably should buy one while they're still available on a couple of the most publicized internet outlets. I have too much stuff now, and chasing fragrances is something that I am trying hard to get away from.

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