Art of Shaving was my introduction to the world of wet shaving, after a drunken purchase of one of their carry-on kits; pure badger brush, unscented shave oil, balm, and cream. I’ve since moved on to better things (seriously, that brush kinda sucks, and lord knows I rarely use unscented!), but it’s time to revisit the brand for a review!
The performance of the lather is much like what I remember, rather good. It lathered up quite well, although not all that voluminous, needing a medium splash of water. It provided very good glide with a reasonably thick cushion. The moisturization was not too shabby either.
The scent, meh. It didn’t really manage to avoid the whole “cleaning products” smell that a lot of lemon / citrus scents tend to get. Strength-wise, it also wasn’t there all that much, although given the above that might not have been a bad thing.
- 6/10 Scent Pleasantness
- 6/10 Scent Strength
- 8/10 Lather Quality
So overall, I’m giving it a 6/10. It give a pretty nice shave, but nothing desirable scent-wise.
- Cost: I got the quarter ounce sample shown from Garry’s Sample Shop for $1.50. If you want to go full-sized, a 150 mL / 5 oz tub will set you back $25.
- Brush: Ecotools Kabuki Finishing Brush
- Razor: Gillette NEW Ball-handle
- Blade: Bolzano Superinox
- Scuttle: Robert’s Feats of Clay #4
Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Coconut Acid, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Fragrance/Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium Edta, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone