Spring has arrived!


Here in Nashville it feels like spring is finally upon us. The sun is shining and it is quite warm in the afternoons. However, it is still quite crisp in the mornings. It seems like this is the perfect time to give the Rhapsody a go.

This was my first foray into brush restoration, as evidenced by the glue visible at the bottom of the knot. Even with a little epoxy showing, this brush performs quite well. It holds a lot of lather and isn’t stingy with it. Luckily, I’ve gotten a little better with my knot-setting skills.

This was the second shave with this blade, and I don’t think I will buying any more of them. It tugged quite a bit and had a lot of “blade feel” on my face. I am not a fan of feeling each hair being cut. If that’s your thing, give the SuperMax Platinum a go.

The shave was salvaged by the soap and aftershave. I got this soap early last year, so I am not sure if it is the “glissant” base or the older base. Either way, the performance is as expected from Barrister and Mann. It takes a little more water than you’d expect, but it explodes with a ton of very slick, rich lather. I shudder. to think of what this shave would’ve been with a lesser lather.

The scent of Rhapsody is essentially as described. Immediately it hits you with the pear notes and floral scents. Those give way to something that strikes me as a spiced talcum powder. It is almost a barbershop scent finish. Almost. Somehow this soap brings together flowers and fruit in a way that is surprisingly masculine.

I’m always pleased with the finish of B&M aftershaves. There’s plenty of bite that dissipates quickly, and the scent sticks around most of the day.

In spite of a bad blade experience, this was still a good shave. I ended up just shy of BBS and love the scent. This shave gets a solid “B” grade. Above average, good in a lot of aspects, but still some room for improvement.

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