I've tried quite a few Pre-Shaves (don't like oils!!) And usually there has been a problem with dispensing the product, The absolute worst being AOS. Virtually impossible to use properly (If there is a proper way to use it!) Teeny little spigot and could not use it all. Threw it out with a good 1/5 left. So the Cella looked like a pretty good deal. In a tube, easy to use and no waste. The ones I wanted to try never seem to be in stock, so this had good reviews, thus, I bought it. I would have given it a 5 star but I find it a little too tangy for my skin. So I do recommend it, Easy to use should travel well
I own over 100+ hard soaps, croaps and creams and rotate them regularly. This is my first SV soap. I've used a Simpsons super badger chubby #2, a RazoRock monster (synthetic) and an Omega Boar brush with this soap and got an excellent shave each time. Our water is slightly hard so I soften it with a pinch of pure citric acid in the basin, I cannot therefore speak how this soap would work in hard water. I face lather exclusively. While trying thjis soap I used both a Feather AS-D2 razor with a KAI blade and a Parker 26C with a Voskod blade. My pre-shave consists of a wash with MUSCO glycerin soap. I perform 4 passes: WTG, 2 XTG and a final ATG.
All 10 shaves so far have been BBS or nearly BBS. The ones that were not were operator error not the soaps fault. The later is easy to build considering that this is a triple milled puck of soap. It is not especially "thirsty". The lather is slick and very easy to shave with. The scent is very floral as befits its Italian roots and while not my favorite style is not off putting. The closest other soap I can compare it to is Tabac, except that the scent of this soap is much nicer IMHO than Tabac. Tabac always reminds me of my Grandmothers cologne while Colonia, is to me, much more masculine. The thing about a soap's scent is that after a few minutes it's usually hard to smell and It's gone completely after you rinse and apply your after-shave anyway
I can predict that this soap will last quite a while, as after ten uses with vigorous loading of the brush, I have yet to see much blurring of the embossed lettering on the face of the puck. If I were to pick nits about this soap (and these are TRULY trivial and subjective) I would say that the face feel after shaving is a bit off for me and the scent is a bit too floral, but all in all I am very happy that I bought the soap and I plan to put it into my rotation
I received the razor as a gift a few years ago.
I have an averge to heavy beard that is likely not as thick as it was when I was younger. Nevertheless, I still prefer to be cleanly and closely shavenand normally complete three full passes when shaving.
In almost 60 plus years of shaving the X3 slant razor is one of the best razors I have owned. When used with a Feather Blade the razor glides effortlessly over the skin and removes whiskers without chafing or irritation. the angle of the blade can prevent close shaving under the nostrils and some might find that an easy solution is using on of the cartridges that have a built in blade trimmer. I have not found the learning curve to be at all difficult. The quality of the shave with both sides of the razor are, to me, identical. With this razor I use either Osma or Ziegen Bart soap and find both provide ample protection and allow easy glide of the blade. As an aside, these soaps are very cost effective and contrary to the comments of others are not difficult to use.
To my mind there is little need to consider a more costly or esoteric alternative to the X3. Purchase this razor from Bull Goose and don't look back. It might well be that you will never find the need to use another razor in your rotation.
LPL Oud-Santal is a very nice, woody, oudhy, sweet but subtle scent. Goes great with the soap of the same name and maker. I got both together knowing it was going to be wonderful. Not disappointed. As others have said, I'll be using this more in the Fall/Winter seasons. Very nice indeed.
I've purchased this shower gel from other vendors over the years and am very familiar with it. Unfortunately, the bottle I received from BullGoose appears to be expired or somehow damaged. Rather than a transparent champagne color, the gel itself is cloudy and opaque. The scent is also weaker than it should be and seems "off." It looks like this was improperly stored or transported. I reached out to BullGoose and received no response. Overall a poor shopping experience.
Saw review saying it didn't last very long... DON'T BLOOM this soap. It doesn't take much water at all. I soak my brush, load it, and bowl lather. I shave with it often, soap will last a really long time! Definitely worth the $$$
If you have oily skin or live in a hot climate, this is a great product. If I use an aftershave balm, my face becomes shiny and oily later in the day. I usually use lotions, but this gel works great for me. It is on sale, so I bought two.
For people which like some prickliness, this is 1st choice. The relatively densly packed brush lathers enormous due to its large know. As times goes by and the brush brakes in the prickliness shall soften, but not disappear. I personally give this brush a + compared to other badgers, as one can feel what is happening on yr skin. A good buy and, as always, at very reasonable price from BullGoose
I had read a few reviews & took the plunge to buy a Mergress Adjustable to be shipped to the UK.
It arrived safely at the week end at was great to use from the first shave. I have now been using it for 1 full week & trying the different settings on different parts of my face. The result is fantastic, a really close, smooth shave with just a single pass and no sore patches or razor rash even around my neck.
The razor looks great and has a nice solid heavy feel.
Definitely recommend the Mergress to others.
The most comfortable, efficient razor I have ever used. It shaves like an aggressive razor as far as efficiency, but is so comfortable like a mild razor. I have never experienced a mild razor that shaves this close and I own many DE razors (many vintage and other stainless steel razors). It is a very hefty razor, but feels really nice, and the weight of the razor virtually does all the work. The quality overall is great. Now, the caveat. I do not know about others since they did not mention it, but the blade really can get stuck in the cap. I tried several blades and all the same thing. The blade really gets stuck. You have to be very careful removing it. I am attaching a picture. You probably cannot tell but the blade is really tightly in there. The two portions on the cap are a little wider than the holes on the blade and this makes for a very tight fit. That is the reason why I did not give five stars. But as far as efficiency and comfort, five plus stars. The most comfortable shave I have ever experienced hands down.
This is the second Mergress Adjustable Safety Razor I have owned. The last one seems perfectly functional (have had it for a few years) but I noticed recently that the blade doesn't align with the edges of the razor. I thought maybe I misused it over time, so ordered a new one. It has the same flaw: the blade is off by a fraction, slightly diagonal to (not parallel) to the edge of the blade. Works well enough though, and I'm too lazy to send it back... and even with a flaw I still recommend it over a cartridge razor.
This is a well made razor. It gives a mild but efficient shave, comparable to some of the other top tier stainless steel razors I have in my collection. This razor will find it's way into my rotation.
Bullgoose customer service was superb as usual, my razor was delivered quickly from Phil with no problems.
What a razor. Looks beautiful, great shaving experience as well. I have Merkur 34 C, Merkure 37 C, I haven't tried any other razor, but my search stops with Mergress bronze knob. I found best for me to dial at No.3, than on neck area about No.2. I have even tried when I washed the lather to dial on No.1, just for little clean up without lather and it worked, no any irritation. Simply Great razor. Also shipment from Bullgoose received very quick and in excellent condition. Five stars.
I gave this to a friend to get him started wet shaving, his name is Taylor so I gave him TOBS! He loves it says a little can get tree shave and the smell is a little stronger than his old can stuff, he loves it! A new wet shaver
If I could only use 1 soap this would be it. It's amazing, best post shave I've come across. Lather is amazing, smells great. Lavender does not smell at all like flowers IMO, a smooth lavendar, maybe a little vanilla. Peppermint and Rosemary. Gotta love tallow, great slickness/protection. And again the post shave, just incredible!
IMO even though the container is nice, but I don't think any container for soap is worth $126, wish I would have known they sell a wooden bowl here for $15. https://bullgooseshaving.com/products/black-wood-shave-soap-bowl
This is probably my favorite shaving soap, Martin de Candre (orginal scent) is right there neck and neck, but I think the tallow give O & C the edge if I had to pick. O & C has a little better post shave/slickness, MdC lathers a little easier Both mentioned smelling list lavender, rosemary and peppermint but they smell REALLY different. Buy this soap you won't regret it!
I was hesitant to spend this much on a razor but I pulled the trigger and I'm so glad I did. What a difference - this razor really does make a difference. Smooth and does the job in one pass. Loves my Gillette Silver Blues and does equally well with Astras, Feathers and 7 o'clocks. If you have the money, spend it on this razor - hand made quality beyond compare and a razor that will last a lifetime of smooth shaves
This is a very beautifully made razor that's definitely somewhat mild but yet very efficient and smooth. As JB has mentioned in the first review, "this razor can tame the feather blade." I agree with JB completely and now look forward to using the feather blades with this Rocnel razor. Thank you Phil!!
Yes, it ain't cheap, but it sure is good! It's probably at once the best shave cream, as well as the most expensive I have ever used. It is somewhat economical in that it doesn't require much. A little dip of the brush and you're in business. If you budget can take or you just want to treat yourself to the best, I highly recommend this!!
The razor is exactly as described by the seller. The craftsmanship is superb, the head's size is very convenient for maneuvering in different face areas - i.e. the neck or under the nose - and the handle is as long as it should be.
Because the razor is much heavier than most market SE or DE razors it needs, in my opinion, some practice even for the experienced shaver. It's significantly more aggressive than other SE razors (e.g. HAWK, CLAYMORE) and can provide a two pass BBS even if a blade with a guard is used.
Great healing properties and face feel. The citrus, cedar, and musk scent is a great way to finish your shave. The cooling menthol is a bonus. You can't go wrong with Pitralon Polar!
This after shave is wonderful my wife loves the sent also. I would highly recommend this to anyone. 5 Stars
Has a not unpleasant scent, reminds me of Boraxo, which I have not seen or smelled in 50+ years(Google Boraxo) 1st day, face lathered wet Vie-Long silver tip, dry soap....not good at all. 2nd. day, "bloomed" for 3-5 minutes, face lathered........better, but not great. 3rd. day, bloomed 3-5 min., bowl lathered with Shavemac silver tip. Better, not great. I will say, it rinses out of the brush better than any soap I've used (16+soaps) There are so many good/great soaps in the $5-10 range, no need for me to waste $$$ on this.
I waited too long to get this razor, wish I hadn't now. This is a superb shaver, balance and weight are perfect for me. Fit and finish is top notch. The action is smooth and precise with little or no free play. Gives me a close, comfortable shave. Very happy. Of course the folks at Bull Goose are great to deal with.
Product works well with a good scent. Seem to have fewer ingrowns since using the face wash/scrub and mask.
I have used and have a lot of soaps and I tend to gravitate towards tallow, but Saponificio Varesino is right there in my final rotaion with Cosmo, 70th and Colonia. Saponificio Varesino makes a hard soap that is easy to lather, has excellent custion, slickness and a pleasing scents. I have found as the formula's improve so does the shaving quailities of the saop. I have the first offering of Aromatic Fern, I love the scent and like the soap, the new 4.3 through is a nice improvement to an already excellent soap. it is a delight to use, the shaving qualities are as good as it gets with an outstanding scent that stays with you for a little while.
ABC is certainly a TOP TIER shaving soap, as previous reviewers have stated. As the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for". Cushion and glide are second to none. I primarily use a slant DE loaded with a Feather for a two pass shave, then trim up around the mustache and hair outline with a straight. All of his is done face lathering and ABC performs admirably. I always use an Alum block after the two pass prior to the straight on areas of my face where I need grip for stretching the skin and follow with another cold rinse with Alum after the straight and after a final cold rinse and the moisture left in my skin is really remarkable. The scent in my opinion leans more toward the now discontinued P160 as opposed to CELLA. (Marzipan like scent) LOVE IT!!! The scent obviously does not last as it shouldn't so as not to interfere with your AS or cologne. Everything about this soap exudes class and elegance. The price point may seem a little high, but really it is worth it. There are lots of less pricey choices out there and I have tried many of them, in the end they end up in the never to purchase again bin. This is not one of those.
The soap base is the same as the Neroli and Black Peppercorn soap I've been using for some time, so it's no surprise that this one has such effortless creamy lather. All of my soaps are tallow based, but the Asylum soaps are much quicker to lather than something like Mitchell's Wool Fat. At the same time, it doesn't seem to "wear" as badly as some of the softer soaps, This time I took the plunge and purchased the matching scent aftershave. It's such a great combo I'm going to go back and get the N&BP aftershave. In total, a very good product at a decent price. That said, I really don't like the tins. Just too messy to load up the brush, so I transfer the soap to a small Weck canning jar for day to day use (hint to BullGoose: carry these jars!)
This combination of horsehair and badger works very well.
This is an excellent brush and it has gone to the top of my rotation. It is a pleasure to use and works up a lather quickly on my face. I haven’t added a brush for several years, but I’m glad I picked up this one.
Bottom line up front: by all means do yourself a favor and by this soap.
I missed out on the original issue, and was really excited when they announced an additional batch. The soap comes in very nice and spacious steel can, and although it is not cheap, the 200 gr. of it is pretty generous amount making the price comparable to many other great artisan creations.
The intriguing and really perfume-quality scent, besides the obvious agar- and sandalwood combination, includes some sweet flowery (lavender or patchouli) sub-motifs - making it mellow and dreamy on one hand but very well-balanced by the down to earth woody components - on the other.
The soap consistency is more that of a "croap". I'd really like it to be a bit more cured at the factory - as in its present state it's very uneven mix of extremely soft and creamy substance with multiple random-sized inclusions of hard and more soap-like lumps inside of it. I actually left it open at my working table to cure for additional couple of weeks, simultaneously enjoying the great aroma. This is the reason for half-a-star reduction in my rating.
Another half a star was taken for this soap's performance in hard water. Don't get me wrong: the soap is great! But for such a great one I'd expect it to perform equally well in any kind of water, while in reality the slickness was somewhat undermined by my very hard tap water, and really revealed itself only when I used resin-softened one.
In any other aspect this soap is on par with any first tier soap I own: great and stable lather (use a lot of water - this soap is a thirsty one), perfect skin hydration, good protection and cushion effect, nice slickness (in soft water) - this soap will definitely save you a few nicks. And did I mention the heavenly bouquet already? :-)
After the shave my skin feels great, and the scent lingers for a long time - so you'd better use similarly scented aftershave.
All in all, this soap now resides in my top 5 - out of a few dozens I...
I purchased this cologne based on the reviews I read around the internet, despite not being able to have a sample. I was not disappointed in the reviews! It is a perfect, masculine, fall scent! And Bullgoose as always, provided great service! Thanks!
this razor works great, it's a alternative razor for GEM classic razor, looks solid and industrial finish
Thanks Bullgoose Staff for professional and fantastic service!!
Very good product
This indeed was a splurge for myself. I emailed Phil before I pulled the trigger and I could not be happier. This brush is expertly balanced with beautiful tips to it that can't be denied. My vie-long silver tip is now my #2 brush. As always fast shipping and excellent service from Bullgoose!
Recently have become a fan of LPL soaps after first trying the Oud Santal. I saw that this one had shea butter and I figured the post shave would be much better. The one downfall of this soap is the tub size as it's quite small and filled to the top. The soap is easy to load and very easy to create a lather, the soap was very protective and even slicker. My face felt great after my shave and I was very happy with the results and performance of this soap. Will be looking to add any other LPL soaps with shea butter in it.
I had to confirm that the brush was labeled "Silvertip Fiber" to confirm that it was a synthetic knot. There was no mistake in performance- Muhle synthetics outperform badger knots in generating sumptuous lather with my hard water. Though V2 fibers are different than V1 (softer, denser knot and less bloom), I am not (no pun intended) disappointed at all. I have submitted an order for a larger V2 knot.
As usual, service was excellent.
I am I huge Classic razor collector and user.... si I recently purchased a Gem 1930 razor in its original kit. After some tuneup and cleaning I wanted to make sure that I was paring with the best blade... all research led me to the Personna Gem coated blades. From the first shave it has been baby smooth... no cuts... no irritation... one of the BBS EVER! I purchased. Box of 100 blades and at approx 10 shaves per blade, I am set for the next 3 years plus... averaging only $8 each year for blades.... GREAT SHAVE... GREAT BLADE... GREAT PRICE
My first Asylum aftershave purchased with my second Asylum shave soap. I really like it as an everyday splash in that it smells great when I put it on, but it's not so overwhelming that my co-workers might disagree. I disagree with the description a bit in that I find the "wood" aromas up there with the Tobacco component, which I like. It is slightly moisturizing, which I also like. I've thrown out more than one splash that just sucked the skin oils out and left a really tight/dry feel. In total, I'm happy with my purchase and recommend the product.
I've used many soaps/creams over the years, but this is one of the best finds I've come across. This stuff lathers instantly and very easily (tip: if you have a large brush, bowl lather with caution - you'll end up with enough lather from a small amount to last for 5+ passes). I have sensitive skin and irritation issues with most non-tallow products. The best surprise I found with this soap is that it seems to actually heal my face as I'm using it if I'm starting under non-idea skin conditions (ex: irritation from the previous day). No other soap I've used has this distinction! The scent matches perfectly with the aftershave splash, too. When it arrived, it was a spongy-custard like consistency with a potent scent. I left the top open and let it air-cure for a couple days straight. When I came back to it, it hardened to a soft-soap/hard-cream consistency. The scent is also much smoother now. Perfect on both counts! I'm very happy to have discovered this soap, I can't wait to see what scents WSP & Bullgoose release in this formula next!
I've had my eye on this soap for a while and finally decided to give it a try. I love it! The performance is outstanding: exceptional tallow protection, easy to lather, and a silky application. The scent is old school luxury, rich and complex in an addictive way. This soap is now in my rotation with Martin de Candre, Xpec, Michell's Wool Fat, Mike's Natural Soap, C&S, and a few others.
Blades are indeed sharp
Just like all of Taylor's creams, this Grapefruit scented cream works great. Easy to lather, plenty of slickness, protection and finish. The scent is fantastic, like a juicy grapefruit got squeezed on your face. TOBS got this scent dead on. I've been using Taylor's creams for a long time, never a complaint. One of the best out there and will continue to use. This Grapefruit scented shave cream is a welcome addition to my collection. BullGoose is great to work with and service is perfect every time.
Is it easy to lather this soap?
I keep this razor in my camping DOPP bag so that my 6S stays in the den. I'd rather lose the less expensive one. Shaves just like the more expensive sibling. Can't go wrong with a Rockwell!
This is good stuff, not the best, but good with value. Not as slick as Czech and Speak, but you get twice the amount for about the same price (C&S refill puck). The LPL soap comes in a great tin container too. Solid performance and well worth the price. Several reviewers mentioned how slick this soap is. It is slick, but If you want to experience something super slick, try the ABC cream from BullGoose.
5 stars.....smooth as silk
This lotion/balm from the legendary Alt Innsbruck goes applies easily and soothes irritation well, absorbing quickly. The scent, although not unpleasant, is different than the obvious Tobacco flower of the splash though...more of a woody note in this.
It lathers easily and quickly, does not dry out your skin, and it's slick as ice ! Also it smells fantastic. You think I'm overstating how good it is, but just lather some up. You'll see.
If you are looking for an adjustable razor then your search is over with the mergress bronze knob. This razor really shines with the weight, perfect handle length and the bronze knob. The audible feedback is amazing on the razor and being able to adjust the blade gap without changing a plate is very user friendly. I shave every day and simply turning the knob to adjust for a mild shave on day 2 and 4 has put this razor in my top 2 rotation. The performance is top notch and it also looks awesome. Five stars all the way.
The Trumper Almond shaving cream has a subtle and pleasant scent and it feels great on my skin. I'm a big fan of the Trumper Almond and the Trumper Coconut shaving creams.