- Gillette Ball-End Razor
- Astra Platinum Blade
- Fine Stout Brush
- PAA Crown King Tweed Soap
- PAA Tweed Aftershave
I am a little late getting this festive shave posted, but as the great Blanche Devereaux said, better late than pregnant.
This razor was one of the first razors I bought on eBay. Even though I have had it for a few years, I have probably only used it three or four times. I’m not sure why, as it is a great shaver. I really like the ball-end razors. It has a decent amount of weight to it, but it is balanced quite nicely. It isn’t terribly aggressive, either. I’d venture a guess and say this particular razor is about as aggressive as a Gillette adjustable on about “4”.
This soap is a very nice performer. It loaded nicely in the large knot. I face-lathered, and added about a teaspoon of water throughout the process. The resulting lather was plentiful, slick, and slippery! If I hadn’t read the ingredient list, I would’ve thought surely there was tallow in this soap. I’ve had similar experiences with other Crown King soaps. They have definitely figured out their vegan soap recipe.
The scent of this soap and aftershave are very interesting. I had never smelled the Green Irish Tweed scent by Creed that this is based on, so I can’t say if it is a good match or not. I can say, however, that this is a great scent. It definitely fits the”green” of March and St. Patrick’s Day. It smells slightly woody. The main scent here is of plants starting to bud. It’s fougere, but a fresher “new” version. If the classic fougere scent is summer, than Tweed is early spring. One thing that I liked was the lack of earthy musty notes. Everything about this scent is fresh and new.
When I first applied the aftershave, I was disappointed. Even though the scent is exactly the same as the soap, it isn’t as strong as I had hoped it would be. However, what the aftershave scent lacks in punch, it more than makes up for with its staying power. Several hours after applying, I was still catching whiffs of this. The performance of this splash is top-notch. It starts with a very slight sting (which I enjoy) that gives way to a refreshing cooling sensation. Once it dried, my skin felt toned and soft. Exactly what I look for to finish off a nice shave.
This was a great way to start my St. Patrick’s Day! If you have a chance to grab any of the PAA seasonal offerings, I highly recommend you do.