Great scent, great lather. It contains sodium cocoyl isethionate, a surfactant not typically found in shaving soaps. In Varesino, together with the other ingredients, it makes for abundant, creamy lather not easily achieved from a hard soap. This ingredient is also kind to the skin and will help the soap lather in hard water. Highly recommended, even at the price point.
I really wanted to like this soap. The labeling is cool, artisinal and so forth, and it smells great. Unfortunately, performance is deficient and the price is high.
The problem is the lather. On the face or in a bowl, it is unstable and dissipates quickly. It never does acquire that slick, cushioned, pudding-like feel of a great soap. It just does not protect adequately. The backbone of most great soaps is tallow or palm oil, while Le Pere Lucien relies on coconut. Coconut oil is a great foam booster, but does not make a good primary surfactant. An eleven buck puck of Mystic Water blows it away, to say nothing of Barrister and Mann, Varesino, or other great soaps, which also cost less.
It is difficult to understand the enthusiasm for this soap. The cruddy lather is obvious, not the "YMMV" kind of thing. Perhaps people like the volume of lather, despite the poor quality. Maybe it's the cache of a French soap. Regardless, spend your hard earned dollar elsewhere.
This is the second time I've bought this soap and, while expensive, I think it offers great value. It lasts forever and provides the most glide and cushion of any vegetable-based soap I've ever tried. It also leaves my face quite moisturized, again in contrast to many of the veggie soaps out there and is very easy to whip up into mounds of thick lather. I love the scent too which is subtle and quite hard to describe. If I had one wish it would be that the scent was a bit stronger actually and the puck does tend to lose it's wonderful smell as the months roll by. If you haven't tried soaps from these guys, give them a try. Don't be put off by the price tag...your reward will be months of effective and enjoyable shaves. Did I mention that the classic packaging is also amazing? :)
I can only add my voice to the others here about how well this razor shaves. Overbladed on my first shave, but had the knack by the second. My quibbles are with the material and the blade changing. Neither criticism is enough to detract from a five star rating.
About the material. Stainless steel falls down in two respects. The mass is high, which makes it more difficult to control than a razor of lower mass. Now, I can already feel the flames about this, about how the high mass makes it easier to control. Can't agree.
Second, stainless will rust with a wet blade left in it, and rust badly. My Above The Tie razor got ruined like this. It's a pain removing the blade after every shave and drying the razor. It is because of this problem that iKon and OneBlade coat their razors.
The blade changing. They go in easily enough, but removing a wet blade is an adventure. Remember, these are injector blades, at least the Feather Professionals I use; they are not supposed to be handled in the first place. When wet, blades stick to the bottom plate, and great care is required not to slice'n'dice the fingers.
Criticisms aside, the thing shaves like a straight, with the protection of a blade guard. With good beard prep, a good brush, good soap, and good technique, you can shave very close with two passes and some clean up of problem areas. There's no call to shunt aside your straights or your DEs, but this razor will make you smile. Just be sure not to let it rust.
I didn't know what to expect with my first slant bar razor. My first shave was very comfortable and close. This razor feels much less aggressive than my Merker 34C but gives the same close shave. It quickly became my razor of choice and I now use it daily. Just take it easy against the grain under the nose.
I couldn't help being impressed by the quality of workmanship, design conception and materials used for this single edge.
It truly delivers a BBs in two passes as promised. Its weight and balance feel in the hand are perfect. There is a learning curve however to be mastered like with every precision engineered equipment, but once mastered the shaving experience of this razor is second to none.
I bought a second one in case Phil decides to discontinue at some point or something happens to this one.
Now I'm thinking to put all my other DE razors on the bay as I don't think they will be getting any more use.
Thank you Phil for creating my dream razor.
I have been strictly a DE for over 50 something years adding a straight every once in awhile. My hands are shaky these days so straights are out of the question because I want to live. I have been using the RX now for a few weeks without interjecting a DE (I shave 7 days a week). I am delighted that I can get a straight razor feel, a close, smooth and efficient shave. I'm not giving up my DE's, but their going to have to make room for a new friend. The RX is Excellent shaver, I played with a few different blades, used a good soap and used light pressure, I couldn't be any happier.
Valobra is the number one shave soap manufacturer for me, hands down. This is the same base as the revered vintage Art of Shaving tallow soap base and the Czech & Speake soaps. You won't be let down.
This sample pack is ideal to determine which blades might suit my skin and shaving style. I look forward to working my way through the selection.
Refreshing splash on the face after a shave, smells like spring in the morning.
Work very well for me. More expensive than Astra, but last longer. Phil has the best price i have found.
World's Best Soap Deserves World's Best Container. here you go.
Yes, I am shaving just with this pre-shave soap only, I am trying to find a soap that leave a slip or oily texture to my face like shave oil. This give a nice shave and a very faint odor of lime that will not stay for a long time for those who don't care for any or much fragrance in there shaving products. I found very little slight slickness with the glycerin but I still got a nice shave. I still hunting around and experimenting. This product is good but everyone has different facial requirements. Next batch I am adding a shot of baby oil with aloe and I'll lather up only in my hand and not on brush. I don't want to mess up the bristle with oil, it may come out easy or not. BullGoose has so many more things still to try.
The construction of the bristles are very well placed together, very super soft and I actual like now over the 39 year old Chinese badger that my mother gave me when I was a teen, this one is much fuller synthetic hair, it makes a nice lather and it dries quickly with no order, except for whatever shaving cream you used you only smell that. Now about that handle its handsome, beautiful twist knurling and very fine to the touch and soft grip and feels very heavy in the hand. The chrome plating is excellent, I highly recommend this brush for daily use if you don't mind the weight. Also for you guys that are very ruff with any of your instruments or tools, you know the type that bangs and breaks tools, through keys on a glass table, you have to be careful with your glass or ceramic bowls, you can crack or chip your bowl when whipping up a lather.
This could be one of my favorite shaving creams. I usually buy Taylor creams with my favorites being Sandalwood, Cedar wood and St James. This shaving cream smells great, good lather and cushion.
Do not waste your money....harder than Cella. Listing it as a cream is just misleading. Smells worse than a drunk hobo on a rail car in 100 degree heat, lather is well below average. I own or have owned over 40 soaps and creams, and this is the worst most disgusting product I've ever bought, and there is not even a close second. I LOVE BULLGOOSE, but this product is horrifIc, and a complete waste of money.
Bottom line? Get one, unless you use very long razors - my Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector don't fit, every other razor I own slides right in along with a pack of blades.
The execution looks and feels top notch, the colour is a close match for my load bearing equipment (not a major concerns for most people), and I know the maker. What is not to like?
Recently I have been using Lime AS, SS, and balm.
Captains choice Lime AS is a very nice way to finish your shave. It's scent is very nice not to overwhelming and really makes your face feel cool and nice.
I really like the smoothness I got from my shaves with this soap and I like the foam this soap makes.... great smell also...slickness on face is good too
A very well made razor. Solidly built, but above average aggressive. Head maneuverability is almost the best in the market. Loading the blade needs care. For sensitive skins, make sure to install a mild SE blade first. Real razor, not a toy. Service from BullGoose was excellent.
Well priced, has a great aroma and lathers nicely.
Certain things like a special sweater, favorite baseball glove, or classic automobile, remain endearing to us and nostalgic. Mitchell's Wool Fat Bathsoap is a soap that my whole family loves - it's formula is gentle enough for infants, indulgent sweet-cream moisturizing feel and scent for a women's hot bath, and body-deodorizing for a guy's quick shower before work. This bath soap is several steps above the typical commercial bath soap - MWF is still practical for everyday use but special enough for any guest as well!
My wife also loves the Mitchell's Wool Fat Body Moisturizer as well!
Le Père Lucien Aftershave Splash is a top-tier aftershave both post shave performance and fragrance. If one likes Crown Shaving Aftershave and Captain's Choice sandalwood or bay rum fragrances then you'll probably enjoy this well balanced but "warm" woodsy fragrance.
Le Père Lucien products are superlatively refined and well thought out. I find this aftershave to reflect LPL's consistent performance -- "highly" soothing of irritation, and just the right amount of light hydration and humectant properties but light on the skin. The essential oils are well thought out for both skincare and achieve a balanced fragrance profile -- once dried its not a bold "in your face" cheap-like fragrance but subtle and "improves" as it wears and easily lingers for 1-3 hours. On my neck or forearm I can get subtle and lingering rosemary, neroli, and sensuous woody hints well into my day as much as any true aftershave should be expected.
This is a subtle but romantic fragrance that my wife comments on when she gives me a hug or kiss. Which is half the reason I am always well shaven and always smell like a gentleman, and manage to stay out of jail. LOL!
Sure the Asylum is a very machining finish quality Razor, but my King Cobra gives me a smoother, closer and comfortable shave after two days with the same feather pro blade in this two Razors.
I have been waiting for this soap to be restocked, great to see it back. Great and fast shipping. Wonderful soap
I have been using these in a new Icon X3 slant and the combination is a great shave. I have a very coarse and thick beard and I still get seven shaves from a blade which is great. Close shave but not uncomfortably aggressive. At the sale price they are a great buy!
I have a very thick and coarse beard and have been using a DE razor for about 10years. I started off with a Merkur HD and stuck with the same razor for 10 years. Well the old Merkur was a little worse for wear and it was time to replace. All I can say is wow! I drag this over my face and could not tell it was even cutting other than the whiskers were obviously gone! Beautiful razor, great shave and great value!.
So far I'm very pleased with the performance of the product. This is my first experience with a slant head and it delivers as others claimed; good with sensitive skin and tough beards. Thanks
Favorite pre-shave product, tried oils, and other balms but this is by far the best.
One of my favorite creams. Love the scent and top notch performance.
First off, I will say that, in agreement with others who have posted here, there can be a learning curve when picking up the Rx after having shaved with a cartridge, DE or even another SE. It's definitely heavier than some of the recent market entrants (e.g., RazoRock, Colonial). And its introduction follows on the heels of some REALLY good razors with multiple release improvements, such as the Cobra and Mongoose.
For me, however, the Rx provides a very unique experience. I'll explain.
For one, the weight is heavier than most entrants, but the balance between head and handle is why I think it's outstanding. We all talk about "shaving a balloon" but I think that's an over-simplification, particularly for some of the recent aluminum and other releases. In this case, you really don't want to apply too much pressure, because the razor almost "sticks" to your face. That in itself helps avoid nicks or weepers from over-shaving.
Secondly, the blade really is embedded in the razor. I'm not sure how to explain that - there is no chatter, no movement, and you will find the right angle after a few shaves. I recommend, as always, great face prep - ample brush-on-face, good wetness and slickness. I face lather. I lather and shave cold, no pre-showers, no pre-glycerine. The work for me is in the lather-on-brush, and then brush-on-face. My beard is wickedly tough and multi-dimensional, my skin soft. I love DEs when the blade is really fixed, such as the iKon Shavecraft Tech and many of the slants out there. I don't need an aggressive razor, but I do need good blade curve without chatter. I think the SEs are superior in many cases.
My advice? I think your choice of razor depends on your experience and appetite to try something different. Would a rookie or cartridge shaver be up for the Rx? I think it depends on the individual. I love it though.
I love the aroma and it foams nicely. Great product at a very reasonable price.
A no problem transaction, pleasure to do business with these guys! It was a gift for a friend, so I have no feedback yet on performance.
Très bon rasoir Slant, doux, bon rapport qualité/prix, rasoir a découvrir.
The 41C is a really nice mild/medium OC razor, with great face feel. The weight and balance are very good for gents that aren't crazy about heavy-weights. When paired up with a Feather and some slick soap, this becomes "1 Sweet Razor"! If you desire a bit more aggression, toss a shim or two under the Feather blade.
I love the simplicity of this soap. Only four ingredients and it has given me consistently great shaves. It lathers easily, and has very nice cushioning and slickness. Leaves my face feeling smooth and hydrated. I can't recommend it enough!
Sharp smooth blades
The fragrance is my favorite. It smells exactly like Aqua De Gio to me. The lather, cushion, and slickness are top notch! Highly recommend!
Effortless, sensational shave from first use and just keeps getting better. Well worth price!
Excellent preshave product. Razor glides easily. Seems to enhance shave cream lather. Very similar to Trumper''s skin food. Previously had been a fan of Proraso but feel this is better, at least for my skin.
I was really looking forward to this, but after two weeks of use, I am quite disappointed. It is not a cream, more like a very hard soap. This is true even after having filled the container to the top with water and left it overnight for a few nights. The lather is o.k., not as thick as many, but the razor does glide very well. In the final analysis, this shove "cream" needs some improvement.
I shave every day but I have been using just regular pump soap for years, I have a very easy face to shave and easy soft whiskers that a single or double blade works great for me. Taylor shaving cream with sandalwood sent creates quickly a nice lather and with just a little amount goes a long way, with what is left on my face from the first pass I can do a second pass with the blade. It leaves my face non oily dry after and a nice scent too.
Excellent scent, some real body to it. Decent moisturizing properties. Attractive packaging. I would buy this again.
Best value I've found in a shave stick in over 10 years of wet shaving. Scent is a little intense out of the box and then comes down to just a fresh soapy smell after it airs out a bit. It's perhaps a little lemon-vanilla smell. Lathers extremely well, much better then Mitchell's Wool Fat if you've used that tallow based soap. Previous review said they felt it was a bit drying and I can't agree with that. For me it was just right but I do tend towards oily skin. Very slick lather with a nice smooth feel when you're done. Travel tube with the little holes in the top is perfect. The stick is not positively attached to the base, just a few notches in the base that jab into the soap so you need to take a little care keeping the stick on the base but works fine. I've used this for travel and find it an exceptional value. If you've got a bunch of other items in your cart go ahead and throw this in too. You won't regret it.
Best razor I've owned. It took a few days to find the right blade for my beard, but once I did I knew this would be my go-to razor for many years. Love the fit and finish-it's superbly crafted-and the weight is perfect. Phil has truly given us a masterpiece.
The razor is the right weight and the angle is perfect for the perfect shave. Great design
My wife thinks this is the best scent ever. Need I say more?
Superbly designed, superbly machined an gives a sensational effortless shave. Would not change a thing.
Enjoy using the razor. It has changed the way I shave.
Right now the most precise razor , be it single, double edge, or injector to hit the market. The machining and precision tolerances are unheard of in an everyday device such as a razor.
All of that would be meaningless unless it delivered a good shave which it does.
As an owner of many razors, the Asylum has become my instant go-to favorite. The weight of the head, combined with a solid handle makes for a very comfortable fit in the hand. I must confess, that I am a bit of a wuss, and have been using Kai and Feather guarded blades. Both worked well. In 2 weeks, have had only 2 small nicks. Very smooth after a WTI and ATG shave. The head even allows a close shave under the nose. Changing the blade is a snap, and once seated, the blade does not move.
Would heartily recommend!!
Let me first start with the amazing shipping time. I ordered my RX on Friday late afternoon more like evening. It was at my door Monday Noon!!! What an amazing razor the minute you hold this razor you will hear the music start playing in your head once you shave with it it becomes more like a symphony although everyone is raving about the feather knife which I have tried I found out that the Kai captain pink works miracles for me. Got a that -BBS shave everyone is talking about with both knives but found a lot less irritations with the Kai Pink. I recommend this razor to all wet shaver enthusiasts to try. Well made Phil. I only wish you can have in the future a longer handle option to buy.
Quite happy with them
This is my first boar brush and I like it! It didn't take long to break in, and is very soft but with plenty of backbone. Nice brush.
Really happy with this purchase, fit my Muhle R89 perfectly. The feel and length remind me of the old Gillette Superspeed with a nice added weight. Seems to balance out my razor nicely for a very comfortable shave. Highly recommended if you're not satisfied with a top heavy razor.
Are you sure this razor isn't made in Germany? Craftsmanship is equal to my Pils 101 NE but the shave is superior. Even with a guarded Kai blade the shave is BBS. The Porsche of razors.
In brief, I bought this to replace a Merkur Vision that has jammed and seems unrepairable. I'm actually glad the Vision broke. This razor is the best I've ever used, hands down. The shave is adequately aggressive, and the heft and balance are even better than the Vision. I recommend it highly!
This is the standard by which I judge all shave soaps. Few approach it for performance, and none match its great scent.
In my opinion this is the best single-edge razor on the market today - significantly so, at least for my sensitive face and course wiry beard.
Context: I've had the good fortune of being able to own many razors, which includes a number of custom-made straight razors and over the years dozens of DE and SE razors. I also hone straight blades and have a very persnickety attitude toward blade efficiency and perfect blade bevel smoothness and refinement.
I have owned just about every popular SE razor brand on the market: Cobra, Mongoose, ATT-SE, Feather, and several vintage SE collectibles. Each one of these razors have certain qualities, but for me the Asylum Rx really stands out for - engineering and machining finish-quality, very high efficiency, but with outstanding smoothness, maneuverability and handling.
With the Asylum Rx I get super close shaves with no irritation, which can be a real trouble prone area for me. Because the blade rest so securely, perfect head and blade angle, and a narrow blade gap, there is no noticeable blade or head harmonic-distortion (chatter or vibration) the Asylum razor shaves like a custom near-wedge 6/8 straight razor - which is truly an amazing balance of maximum blade efficiency and very low aggression feel on skin. When the blade angle is correct against the face and vibration is nearly non-existent the blade does all the work and the beard cuts like melting butter.
Con: If you're not use to a SE razor especially with a larger and substantially thicker blade than a typical DE disposable you will need some practice and patience. (Regardless of the brand or model)
My advice, don't maneuver and buff like you might with a mild DE razor, treat the SE razor like a straight blade - linear direction strokes, slow and longer strokes, stretching skin, etc.
Watch some straight razor videos like Anthony Esposito and glean techniques from others.
PRO: This razor rocks and is a winner right out of the gate! ...
I have been looking for a Murgress for some time and found it here on the BullGoose site. This razor is the right weight and is a smooth shaving, easy to use, easy to adjust, and easy loading razor. This two part razor is just great. I am using this razor almost three times a week, I shave four times a week. Thanks for free shipping! I highly recommend this razor to anyone, first time or long time wet shaver.
I have tried numerous aftershave balms and gels trying to find one that I could stick with. Many of the balms/gels either left my face feeling sticky or dried out. I bought this one because a buddy gave me a sample and I loved the smell and how it made my face feel after the shave. When I use this I pick up a subtle scent of lemongrass and cedar. Even after wearing this 4 hours later I still get whiffs of these scents while at work. Yet the best thing about this is how smooth this makes my face feel. It is very light and absorbs very quickly. It does not leave my face feeling oily or cause breakouts. It is so soothing to my face and immediately soothes any razor burn issues. I have never found another aftershave balm that is so perfect for my skin with such a great sent. Somewhat a little pricy but well worth it.
This razor was worth wait! Perfectly manufactured, it is a pleasure to use. I prefer the Feather mild blades for a smooth, gentle shave.
The scent of Eurcris as enthralled me since I first purchased a travel tube of the shaving cream four years ago. The EDT is slightly more prounounced and has moderate sillage.. This beautiful blend of blackcurrant, oakmoss and musk is as alluring today as it was in 1912 when it was formulated. A classic men's scent. Highly recommended.
I agree that the workmanship is excellent however I am still working to achieve the stellar shave that others have reported. For me it has not performed much better than my other top line razors.I agree that it is quite good and perhaps I need to keep working on different techniques, but I overall expected more.
Without a doubt the best shaves of my life. Balance, ease of changing blades and the design makes for a ruthlessly efficient job. I've used Captain Titan Mild and the Feather Pro Blades. I'm tending toward favoring the Feather blades, but both deliver great performance. Bravo to Phil and all who made this elegant beast of a shaver.
A few years back I saw the plastic model on the forums and was very interested, now I have one and I'm very pleased with it. Of all the modern SE's I've tried this is by far the best for me.
I've heard of this soap for some years, but didn't try it until now. My standard shaving soap has always been Tabac.
I found this soap works equally as well as Tabac, with a more subtle scent. My only complaints are about the packaging. That ceramic bowl is thin and fragile. It will not survive much of an impact. Don't drop it or its cover, or you'll be looking for another soap dish. The other was that the puck size doesn't fit the bowl at all. It's much smaller than the diameter of the bowl. So, what I did was to shred the puck with a large cheese grater and press the shavings into the ceramic bowl. In comparison, the Tabac soap simply presses into the glass bowl in which it is sold, with a perfect fit.
As I said earlier, this soap functions very well. If you want a stronger scent though, this soap isn't it.
I bought the ATT SE a few weeks ago, my DE razors are getting lonely. This razor combined with a feather pro blade is forgiving, the blade angle is intuitive and the shaves it gives are close. I may never go back to my DE razors. My only regret is that I didn't buy it sooner.
Some of the best soap in my current rotation. Easy to lather, fantastic scent, solid performance.
This is one of the best soaps out there! On par with Mdc, lpl, etc. Great scent, performance, cushion, lather. Can't say more.
The RX is one of the highest quality razors I have ever seen. The attention to detail, design and production is PERFECT. I have followed the development of this product from the start and was lucky enough to get one the 1st day they hit the market! Still learning the correct angle but is going to be the ONE!
Again this is the finest product I have owned! Nice work Phil!
I love this handle. Its not a long handle, it fits entirely in my hand. It has a great heft, and its reasonably thick. Its easy to control the razor head with this. Plus it looks great. I use it on a Merkur 23c razor head.
I have a couple reviews on The Shave Nook and on the Facebook Group. My favorite comparison is the review where I compare the Rx to one of the best and most expensive sports cars in the world, the Porsche 918 Spyder. There's just no comparisons out there!
Fantastic razor, I have several other SE razors but the Asylum razor is the best. I find it very comfortable in the hand.
I get a closer shave with less effort with the Asylum razor.
Best single edge razor on the market great quality build great shave beautiful razor
I will not compare the Rx with the One Blade. The One Blades unique pivoting head makes for a completely different type of razor. I will compare it to my experience with All the Mongoose razors , Cobras and ATT SE.
Possibly, because the head is smaller than the other SE I have used the shave went much quicker than shaves with the other razors. That sucker just whizzed over my face. I did a three pass shave with a little buffing in my problem areas. The result was a fast clean shave with no shave burn. I did have 3 small weepers at the end of the shave. I attribute the weepers to my own ignorance. As stated before I did not have the angle down for the first half of the first pass. It is a heavy razor and I think I probably pressed a bit too hard. Finally. I have a light beard and sensitive skin. Weepers on a first shave with a new blade are not uncommon for me with any razor.
The RX is much milder than the Aluminum Mongoose. and even a bit more milder and more comfortable than the SS versions. Based on one shave I would rate the Rx over the Mongoose. The RX is very similar in feel and shave quality as the King Cobra. The Rx also compares favorably with the regular Cobra. Advantage Rx as to loading and holding the blade firmly in place. That is once you figure out how to load the RX. Remember the Rx has 3 pieces. After that it is a no-brainer on loading. The Rx held the blade perfectly aligned with no smile.I had to give a slight edge to the RX over the ATT SE as well. This last remark is simply based on personal preference. I find the ATT a bit aggressive. In addition I like the narrower head on the RX as compared to the head on the ATT. Both razors are definite keepers and will find their way into my rotation.
After a few more shaves I will try and evaluate the Rx further.
Those of you who have not received your RX yet hang in there it is worth the wait.
I like the razor very much. Very smooth shave,and so far I love the adjustability. Now up to about 3 and very close shave!
My only nitpick is, because it is rather heavy, it can slip, so I would like to see some knurled texture to the mid/upper handle.
I would rate it 4.5 stars ....
The Kai Captain Titan Mild blades are the best I have used in my Mongoose razor. They are easier on my skin, and I have a lot less nicks and weepers with them. Highly recommended! Bullgoose had my order to me very quickly, too.
I started out shaving with a Schick Krona (still have it by the way) and have tried pretty much every razor fade that's come along over the past 40 years. A few years ago I bought an ikon (from Bullgoose) and really fell for the weight of the thing. I thought the ikon had some heft to it but that was before the Rockwell 6S arrived. The different plates allow for the correct angle of the blade to the skin for a really enjoyable shave.
A really good value, this one! Spicy with a hint of sweetness that doesn't overpower. Alcohol based but not drying, it gives a wee bit of a bite but that's okay. The burn fades quickly leaving your skin feeling fresh. Pitralon may be inexpensive but it isn't cheap, I highly recommend it.
I have lots of soaps and this one might be my favorite. Fantastic scent, performance, slickness and cushion.
In the past six years I was lucky to try almost every type of contemporary straight, single edge, or double edge razors. Some were good for me, some not so much. Some looked awesome, but shaved less than OK, some looked not really good, but shaved exceptionally well. The Asylum Rx Single edge razor is the ONE. Looks ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, shaves ABSOLUTELY EXTRAORDINARY.
Bought this razor for my 15 year old grandson. He likes the way his face feels after shaving. The razor is not aggressive but is capable of shaving a tough beard. I have two of them myself and they are the best I have ever used.
Phil, you really did it with this razor. It arrived today just in time for the daily shave. First impression was: beautiful design, flawless finish, easy to use. This all carried through to the first shave using Kai Captain Titan Mild. That was one beautiful shave. No awkwardness to the razor at all, providing a smooth, very comfortable shave. I couldn't be happier!!!!
Bought two items, they were shipped next day, happy with purchase, will buy again
The iKon X3 gives me great shaves. I get a closer, more comfortable shave with this than with any other DE razor. Two passes with the X3 surpasses 3 passes with the iKon 101 or any vintage razor for a close shave, with no irritation. Shave quality with the X3 is imo equal to any SE or injector. There was no learning curve. It was instantly intuitive. So far I've used it with the following blades; Med Prep, Lab Blue, GSB, Personna Red, Crystal and 7:00 Yellow. It doesn't matter what blade I load, the X3 works incredibly effortlessly and smoothly. I paired the head with a wave style handle. So not only does it shave great, it looks great, too! If I had to use only one razor for the rest of my life, this would be it. The BullGoose experience was spot on. Price and shipping are the best in the business. I'm thinking of getting another one as a backup ;>)
I really enjoy the Savonnerie du Bon Berger soaps for outstanding glide with straight razor shaving - would be wonderful with the new Asylum Rx SE razor!
I don't grate the soap as many do which is fine also, but instead, wet the small puck in my hand and rub the bar of soap (wet puck) into my course-rough beard (I also do this with Valobra stick)then I wet my favorite Thāter shaving brush and lather off my hand from the puck instead of a bowl. Then proceed to wet-lather the remaining soap already on my beard and in my brush (combining the two forms) and dilute with warm water until the consistency is just right. All of the Savonnerie du Bon Berger soaps lather extremely well and condition exceptionally in my opinion. The lather is wonderful and glide is outstanding for a straight razor or quality SE razor blade.
A mild aggressive head that does a great job. I've tried 3 different blades in it and all worked great. Great razor to use everyday. So far I haven't gotten any nicks or burning sensation with my alum block after shaving. This head is milder but whether I shave everyday or go a couple days it has no problem giving a great effortless shave. Would highly recommend this head to anyone looking for an open comb.
I will start saying that the Mergress was my most expensive safety razor so far; well over 200 dollars delivered, import taxes and handling fee paid. Versus the price for the Progress in Norway is on the 55 dollars range.
Does it shave better than the progress? – No, it does not, they are exactly matching razors.
Does it look better? - Yes it does, much better. I love the shave quality my Progress gives me, but I always thought, how ugly the plastic adjustment knob was. But remember; the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
Sincerely I don’t understand why Merkur do not change it at the production line. Do they hear the costumers?
Would I buy it again? Yes, I would.
If you are unsatisfied with how the progress looks like, buy the Mergress.
This is one of the nicest creams I ever used. It has a lovely, classic scent with great lather and a most pleasant cooling effect. In fact I was surprised at how cooling this cream is. Not a face-freezer, but certainly more than enough menthol to be felt. It also moisturizes very well both during and after a shave which is important!
I received this razor recently and the 1st thing that jumps out is the overall design. Slick, clean lines and very hefty but well balanced. Blade loading is easy, and as mentioned in the advertisements the tolerances are perfect and when tightly assembled it feels as it is just one solid piece of Stainless steel. The Matte finish is flawless. I am normally a straight razor shaver, however this is like a straight with a vertical handle. It feels like an extension of your hand, and due to the slim head profile and tongue and groove system, there is not a spot on your face of neck that will have any trace of whiskers. Also due to the blade profile, it does gather "shaving swarf" rather quickly, as I like to call it so rinse often and lather your soap a bit thinner and wetter for maximum efficiency. GREAT RAZOR, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, WILL GIVE YOU THE BEST SHAVES OF YOUR LIFE!!
This costs over twice the price of the virtually identical Merkur Progress (500 short handle/570 long handle) Safety Razor. Shaves are the same so if thats your criteria then save money and get the standard factory edition! Now what do you get for the extra money, well quite a lot actually! The most obvious is the matching machined adjustment knob and it adds some weight as its now a weightier102g and it feels fabulous! A bonus is in re-assembly they have made a buttery smooth adjustment and aligned the first setting to 1 and the alignment mark. My Progress 500 its aligned to the + so is about half a tun off and it cant be fixed without completely disassembling. Ill point out, that this makes no difference to the shave at all. Its just different between factory razors as you never know if someone else's 3 is the same as yours when set to 3 but with the Mergress they would be identical at the same setting! The shave is perfect and I love being able to dial in settings between passes too but that applies to both the factory as well as the Mergress too.
Now to the knob, its just perfection itself. Made from machined CNC stainless steel thats been polished to match the rest of the razor and its what merkur should be making anyway but wont. While 3D printed knobs are available on etsy you need to still swap it over and align it either yourself or send it to someone knowledgable to do it for you, so this is a great offer on a finished and bullgooose guaranteed warranty. Something a DIY wont give you... The gap between a DIY and the Mergress is small but the extra fit, finish, looks and guarantee is worth the small premium in my opinion!
The last thing is this is a 2 piece razor, so its easy to assemble with wet hands and as its not a TTO (twist to open) you dont have the vagrancy of butterfly doors.
In conclusion you can watch my review of mine on youtube (steve, the daily shaver)
OUTSTANDING product not to heavy and not to light. Two thumbs up. First day while wearing product I got a compliment. From two ladie at the grocery store. THANKS
This is a good shave cream, at a good price.
A gimmick at best. The slant is not a true slant. A true slant "twists" the blade, causing a guillotine effect along with the cutting effect. This is just a diagonal razor head. It doesn't really shave better than a straight bar razor. If I could go back, I would go with something else. I would recommend that you spend your hard earned money on something else.
I've been using this product for a couple of years now. It only takes a very small amount to apply to my entire face. I get a lot of compliments about how nice my skin looks. This is a great product and the price is right.
This is a beautifully machined SE razor from ATT. It is the yin to the yang of Colonial Razors 'The General' which is a wonderfully forgiving take on the Artist Club blade style SE. While I can use an AC Super blade in the General with no problems, a little more attention to technique is requried for the ATT SE1 with the same blade. My go to blade is a Feather Professional in this razor. Also love the handle and have had no problems with slippage. A wonderful, efficient but comfortable SE razor.
this is a very light and soakes in to the skin fast has a bunch of good things in it for sensetive skin.......not to mention the smell is fantastic.....it will become my go to aftershave
In a word - amazing. The Progress by Merkur is, in my humble opinion the finest adjustable DE razor on the market. The Mergress takes the Progress to the next level. Beautifully crafted, fine tolerances, great balance and heft - good grief one would be a fool not to own one of these, let alone make it their #1 razor. I asked Merkur if they'd consider making a stainless steel version of their amazing razor and sadly, they said "no." Eric (Mer) has responded by doing what Merkur won't and improve upon an already great product, making it even better - replacing the Progress' cheap plastic knob with a finely machined steel one. He's tightened up the razor's tolerances - and with undeniably excellent craftsmanship. The ONLY way to improve on what Eric does is to make the entire razor stainless. In the meantime, I'm saving up to purchase another one. Kudos to Eric!!
The quality of this brush is excellent and the price reasonable. The knot is stiffer and denser than any other brush I've tried, this takes getting used to, it attacks the soap and releases all the scents and unguents and penetrates the beard. Have used it for 2 weeks and not one loose badger hair. Am delighted with this brush and definitely recommend it.
Great cream in all catagories; scent, cushion, and post shave.
Really great balm and a tiny bit does the job so don't fret the price.
I used to use cream only occasionally, preferring soap. But after using Art of Shaving cream (this is my third tin) for awhile, I have completely switched over. Art of Shaving cream lathers very well and if you let it sit on your face for 1-2 minutes, it really lifts the beard for a close shave.
I have a new favorite razor! I was a little skeptical because I have the Above the Tie set and have to admit that I have put it aside. The heft is better on the Rockwell, I find it much easier to use,the shave is closer, and it really sings as it glides across my face. Best of all is the price! I highly recommend this product.
I have been using this product as a post shower splash. It's a nice refresher and leaves my skin feeling great. Definitely has a strong rosemary scent, but doesn't linger too long. Not something I use when headed out, but a definite go to when freshening up at home.
One of the best aftershaves I've tried. The tobacco flower scent, while floral, is definitely masculine. It has become a fast favorite in the den. The menthol is just right - refreshing and invigorating, and doesn't get in the way of the scent profile. Skin feels great - calmed and supple, and scent lingers at least half a day post application. Minor nitpick - there is no restrictor, so it pours fast and usually more than needed.
The Rockwell 6S is a hefty razor. The attraction features for me are the weight, stainless steel build and appearance, and the knurled handle. With the three different base plates, there is no concern about the blade gap being out of adjustment, and the shaving angle is just right. This is a perfect easy to hold, heavy razor.
i really like this after shave ....it has the good stuff for your skin and smells out of this world.....i love it....and ohyes non greasy!!!
After 28 years this is saying something. The smell to me is almost a hint of the old Skin Bracer that came in the glass bottles years ago, but much more subtle an refined. Excellent stuff
All the Kai razors are solid and fantatic shavers. No hassle due to stropping and honning and to be honest, it is even sharper!
I got my order very soon and in a good shape, as always, thanks to BullGoose
Shaves well, will buy again.
This is a good smooth and sharp blade. For myself a BBS with two passes and some buffing. YMMV but for me I'll be making a bulk order soon. Service and shipping were great from Bullgoose!
ST. James of London was sold. I had the Cedar Wood and it was great. After the sale I purchased Lavender & Geranium and in my opinion this is an excellent cream. I bowel lather this product. It makes an abundant lather and my razor glides on my face. Post shave is is excellent as well. So because I was so impressed I purchased Black Pepper & Persian Lime. If you have not tried St. James of London you should
This is an excellent soap for its price point, a hard soap that lathers easily and produces really good quality lather. The fragrance is mild and not objectionable, but if you want a top-shelf perfumer's fragrance this isn't it. But it is a super performing soap at a super price and I enjoy using it. The small size (90g IIRC) and easy lathering would make it an excellent travel choice.
excellent soap although a pain in the butt to grate as i am messy. worth it though because a wonderful soap. it sits proudly in a ikea gruntal all labeled and ready
I have Mergress and Progress razors. Heads are identical. Mergress handle is heavier, very nice in the hand. Beautiful balanced, creates a comfortable and very smooth shave and does not require pressure. Calibration is much more convenient than in Progress. To my mind, there is only one negative point: availability.
I've had this stand for almost 2 years, and still looks like it just arrived to my home. It takes up little space on the sink countertop, and does the job for a very reasonable price.
Very neat little brush. Came out of the tube without a funky animal smell. Easy break in. Good backbone as one would expect, but still very comfortable on the face although not exactly soft. Works well with hard soaps, soft soaps or creams, and I've tried a bunch this week. Makes a lot of lather, but small enough to get around the upper lip. Others say paint chips are bound to happen, but at this price it's hardly a lost investment. I recommend and would buy another if the whole thing chipped apart.
I'm surprised there have been no reviews on this brush. I've tried to buy one before at others places but it's frequently out of stock.
I am not going to write a lot of verbiage. But, let me say this a the second of this product I have purchased. That has to tell you something. I purchased it again it's great
If you're going to use a cartridge razor, these blades on the Feather MR3 Neo are simply the best you will find anywhere. Not necessarily a closer shave than the multi-blade Gillettes, but better quality and without all the goop that comes off the Gillette strips. Just better overall shaving experience and precision, and the angle and design of the Feather MR3 Neo is very intuitive. Highly recommend!
Beautiful chrome shine and good value is apparent on this new razor head.
It is more aggressive than the original one I had . I use it every other day and
really like the classy look and the way it performs.
I like face lathering and this soap is great for that. Been using arko mostly and wanted to try another kind. Glad I did. Cella lathers up easily and makes a great thick slick lather with little effort. Has a nice smell to it to. I'll be ordering more soon and service and shipping from Bullgoose was great!!
Nice, mild natural scent. Great performer.
Five stars for me though it is pricey, but it also seems to last a long time. The reason I rate it so highly and have repurchased is because it works better than any other lip balm I've ever tried, and I've tried a lot.
When I first tried it, it seemed fairly strong. So I applied a small amount. The fragrance didn't last, so the next time I used a generous amount. It lasted an hour or two longer, but was rather faint. But I do appreciate the opportunity to try different items.
Excellent service from bullgoose! Ditto to those who have said this is the best SE razor on the market thus far! It may be top dollar but its top dog!
A very well made razor and a mild shaver. Mild is actually good; use feather (or similar) blades and you can't go wrong. Excellent ergos. My only complaint is that the razor is a bit light. If it were 1/2 ounce heavier it would be perfect.
I recently bought a tin of Le Pere Lucien Fougere shaving soap, having enjoyed using the Traditional Scent for quite some time now. Both provide rich lather that allows for a smooth, comfortable shave--each with a distinct, pleasant smell. With the traditional scent I usually finish with Pre de Provence #63 and after shaving with the Fougere use Pre de Provence After-Shave Balm (which has a nice floral/herbal scent that complements Fourgere's understated fragrance. Though I still go back to Mitchell's lanolin-based shaving soap regularly, I find Le Pere Lucien products provides a more comfortable, closer shave--and smell nicer too.
I bought a Feather F System razor for traveling, since DE razors are not allowed through security in airports. I like the shape and feel of the razor and find the MR3 Neo cartridges make for a smooth comfortable shave. As always, my experience with BullGoose is flawless--on time and well packaged.
sums it up...as I said before after using it is hard to cut yourself using this soap..scent is different but very nice.
After several weeks use, without qualification this is my favorite razor. Phil's recommendation is right on: The razor is a dream come true for those with a tough beard & sensitive skin. It readily mows down the toughest hairs without irritation. I use the razor with a Kai blade, a thick but clean rinsing lather, & apply very little to no pressure. Highly recommended.
Great hard shaving soap. Nice scent and terrific lather for a slick shave. Small for the price but still well worth it. Lather in a separate mug or your hand. Soap is meant to be dried between uses as provided for by the simply container. One may want to store in a separate air-tight container after completely dry for long term storage. If you're looking for something a bit different and enjoyable, then this soap is a refreshing choice.
So far great stuff. A little goes a long way. No scent. Soothing and cooling.
This is a serious piece of equipment that could be your one and only razor. It will meet your every need.
Just started using a safety razor and decided to give Extract of Limes a try on a recommendation from the Bullgoose himself. Lathers well and doesn't stick to the blade. Love the citrus scent. Finish up with some Penhaligon's Blench Blenheim Bouquet.
One of my favorites. Easy to lather. Amazingly slick. Awesome scent.
Was a great scent, but doesn't last the morning. Dusappointing.
As a 5-year DE razor user, I was very satisfied with the 4 razors (Feather, Cobra, Tradare and Futur) I had acquired and rotated on each shaving experience. However I noticed the Mergress Long-Handle DL received rave reviews and it seemed to be calling me. I have only been using this awesome adjustable razor since Bullgoose rushed it to me and my other razors may be gathering dust. Wow, do I love this new razor because it gives me the perfect shaving experience and results!!! The weight of entire razor and length of handle is a game-changer for me. The multiple choices of blade exposure add extensive value for the beginner and expert shaver. With the exception of my Futur, the price of my Mergress is less than the other 3 razors. Thanks Bullgoose for exceeding my wildest shaving experience by selling this DE Razor!!!
This, like all Floid aftershaves, is a performer. I love Vigoroso (and by extension Suave) and the blue but the scent of the black is not for me. So I was curious about how this smelled since I was confident it would work well. The smell is often described as powdery and that is true. I'd say it takes the basics of the Vig and the powdery sweetness of the blue and meets somewhere in the middle. Because it's roughly orange I was concerned that it would be essentially like the Vig, as Suave is, and be redundant. But no, it's different. As a top note I get pears but the dry down is more complex. I'm not good with describing scents but I do smell a little of the Vig and blue in there. At any rate, it's soothing and conditioning properties are excellent and the scent is pleasant and subtle. It's one of the main AS splashes in my rotation.
I left a review already, but I will gladly do it again. The service was excellent. The shipping was fast. I would happily deal with Bullgoose again.
Good stuff. Not as conditioning as you might think, but I was wondering if the donkey milk formula could replace sulfur shampoos in controlling dandruff.
The verdict: Maybe. It works better than most shampoo bars, including the Chagrin Valley coconut bar which actually performs a bit better at hair appearance.
But the orange blossom fragrance is a favorite of mine.
Buy it if you use a separate conditioner, have mild skin issues.
This is a great razor. This is a great middle of the road razor. I definitely recommend this razor
Very good and not too expensive.
I own 3 other S/V soaps and this one might be my favorite. A light citrusy type of scent that is not overpowering
but certainly not weak either. I haven't had a bad shave with any S/V soaps. Worth the price IMO. I'm usually attracted to
more robust scents like bay rum, sandalwood, etc. but S/V Dolomiti can satisfy my citrus urge for a lifetime and do so
with a touch of class. Easy 5 stars for me.
My first time using preshave soap, and I like this one!
This is smooth and exact shaving.
Very effective balm, soothes the skin right away. The scent is magnificent, I just wish it was less expensive....
I'm glad i chose Taylor of Old Bond Street Cedarwood as my new shaving cream. I have only use a couple in the past so i really lucked out with this one. It has a fresh scent that is not overpowering and is refreshing to use. I believe it is its lather that i am most impressed with because its thick, slick, and protects your face. I am am very excited to try more of their other shaving creams. My wife likes too!