Incredible scent!!! Very faithful to Pen's English Fern fragrance. And efficacy is second to none. This is among the best shave creams I've used in terms of efficacy. This is more of a "croap" style cream that is very firm relative to traditional shave creams.
I do own the longer version, as the shorter wasn't available at the time I bought mine. The original Progress always lacked somewhat of precision, which also shows in the plastic knob. A renowned company like Merkur should not use bakelite in it's components... And there comes Eric, takes the razor apart, finetunes it and mounts a stainless know. W o w , what a difference, Adjustable razors, I own FUTUR, Fatboy, even VISION, but resultwise and with my technique, my MERGRESS beats them a l l . One can even say, it requires just 1 (one) razor, so can save tremendeous money. But thets the dilemma of all beginners, which grow specialists and end up with 'knowledge'... OnOn, buy yrself a MERGRESS...
This is a very collectable brush however my brushes are meant to be used not just collected. I'm still breaking it in however I'm really enjoying the brush. It's a large brush similar in size to my Simpson Chubby 2 however this brush blows the Simpson away. Do yourself a favor and purchase one of the these Thater 2 band brushes, you won't regret it.
In my opinion, this is one of the most authentic scents. It smells like fresh cut ruby red grapefruit. I buy this mainly for the scent. For sure, ABC and Czech and Speake perform better, but at a much higher price. For the money, it is hard to beat TOBS.
This is a fantastic adjustable razor. The build quality is excellent. A few things to note .... I always disassemble my razors after use and clean and dry them and with this one there are a bit more parts to work around so that's something to keep in mind and the handle is rather thick but I fewl it gives the razor a unique look. All in all a great razor.
Excellent razor providing a great shave. Just what I was looking for for my tough beard especially after a couples days or more without a shave. Looks great with excellent craftsmanship and quaility.
This soap is of a very good quality! I like the smell of frankincense and myrr and provided a very smooth shave without new cod or irritations.
The service provided by bullgoose was excellent and the soap came to me in two days .
Nice soap and very good service !
Product lasts about three months, shaving 6x/week with a day off. Ingredients are refreshing. Soap lathers well on both nylon and badger brushes. Can't go wrong.
The packaging was nice although I am not sure it will prevent drying out over time of the product.
Although the product stated weight was 250g I weighed the product with its cellophane wrapping and it only weighed 224g. This is probably a lack of quality control when dividing the product for packaging, the result not being measured afterwards, In any case, this is a lot of soap.
The consistency is of a sticky putty. I cut off a sliver. I did this with a piece of dental floss a way which I can recommend. You will need a, probably covered or seal-able, container. I used a metal travel soap container. It may have been a bad choice as I noticed some metal discoloring on the outside which may be a reaction with lather. A glass or ceramic container may be better.
I got good lather with a badger, boar hair, and synthetic brushes. It has a almond scent which does not linger, as far as I can tell, on the face. The lather did not overly stick to the DE blade and both blade and face rinsed easily.
The obvious comparison is with Antica Barbieria Colla Almond Oil Shaving Cream which I did. I preferred Boellis Panama 1924 over it. I thought the lather was thicker and liked the stronger almond scent. I find Antica Barbieria Colla lather drys faster, is harder to lather, and is not so slick.
The scent on this shave cream is intoxicatingly good. I love the complex nature of a fine cologne scent but with the fougere being the dominant but not overpowering component. This is really a shaving paste and not a true cream, but it makes a great lather and I find the consistency of the paste similar to that of the Meissner shaving pastes, which are also great. This is my new favorite shaving paste!!
Love it, thanks.
I have hard water and this soap along with any other made by Le Perl Lucien lather up nicely. This soap provides excellent lubrication for my Above the Tie razors and has a pleasant, masculine scent. Excellent quality for the price.
Nice touch to a great classic. Great shaver and nice balance. An instant favorite.
I enjoy using Speick shaving cream so I thought I would give the after shave a try. While I'm sure it's good for my skin and it is soothing after a shave, the lotion doesn't seem to have much of the nice speick scent that I enjoy with the shaving cream.
Everyone who uses one agrees that Semogue makes top notch brushes. This is no exception. Beautiful, ergonomic wood handle, good backbone, soft tips, creates a fine lather. The price is right. All I can want in a brush. A great value. All of that makes for a set of good reasons to purchase this brush, but none of that makes for a reason to purchase the brush from Bullgoose. The reason to purchase from Bullgoose is top notch service. What did I get from Bullgoose? I got immediate shipping, quick, friendly and professional communication from a vendor who did everything that could be done to provide personal service even on small purchases. I cannot ask for better service. I rate the brush at five stars. If I could rate the service I received separately, I would rate Bullgoose at ten.
Tallow base provides a dense and slick lather that is easy to attain. Very pleasant, manly scent. Imagine walking into a cedar forest where a lumberjack was smoking a pipe and cutting cedar logs by hand. I've never experienced that - but I bet it smells like Old Virginia. Very enjoyable shave.
Great service, Good price Blades came in excellent condition nice protective packing. Blades are so smooth and efficient in my GEM 1912 refurbished razor. Best shaving Ive had besides my (2013) R 41 (: Been shaving over 50 years what a pleasant surprise what these blades will do in a Gem razor. Hope these blades get popular again.Thank you for selling them. Hope they make them forever.Only US Blade Company left.
Great stuff. You only need a very small amount to whip up a bowl of lather. The container should last several months if not more with daily use. Very slick, blade glides across your face and moisturizes too. I don't feel that I need to use aftershave after I shave with this product. It is one of the very best shave products I have used (along with Czech and Speake soap), but it does cost $79. It is better than TOBS creams, but you can buy about 5 tubs of TOBS for what you pay for one of ABC. I can't decide if it is worth the price, but I have no doubt this product ranks among the top performing shave creams/soaps. I have not yet tried XPEC, but I have tried over 20 different brands of creams and soaps and this along with Czech and Speake are my top 2. I am glad I bought it and will have a permanent spot in my soap/cream rotation. I forgot to mention that it smells great too.
I need another shaving soap like I need a third armpit. I have been eying this soap for a long time. However, I didn't buy it for fear it would turn out to be just another soap.Finally, the soap went on sale and I decided OK let me try it. This soap has been in the house two weeks now and I have yet to use any other of my 30 some odd soaps. Easy to lather. Thick lather and wonderful shaves. If I had to reduce my soap inventory to five soaps this would be one of them
very nice brush for the money nice soft feel with just enough to exfoliate and make a strong ,fluffy lather.
My husband discovered this shave cream while we were vacationing in Nice seven years ago. He loves the texture and the smooth shave it provides.
I ordered the Mergress with bronze knob based on reviews and looks. The razor did not disappoint. I have used it on every setting and achieved a phenomenal shave each time. The adjustments are super smooth with no hang ups and the adjustment indicators align properly. This is the only adjustable razor I have used/owned and it definitely a keeper.
Love this stuff. I keep one in my travel kit and have another that I grated and pressed into my William Marvy shave mug. Its a great performer and reasonably priced. I also think Palmolive is a nice stick too.
I have a stiff beard and like a very aggressive shave (mergress turned out past 5). This razor won't get as close as a progress / mergress with a huge gap but does a really nice job at knocking down 3 day stubble. What I like most is that when I'm rushed, I can shave very quickly/carelessly with this razor, get a reasonably close shave and not cut myself. Haven't cut myself yet with the Polsilver blades. It definitely has it's place in the rotation and if you don't need a very aggressive razor - this could be the all around razor for you. Great build quality: deeply knurled handle and cool satin finish on the head.
First off not sure how this is classified as a cream, I call it a croap as it is somewhat firm. The scent for me is really unappealing as it reminds me of the smell of my dentist office. There are just too many fragrances mixed up in this and I can't pick out a single note to it. It did lather up easy enough and got a nice rich lather. The feel once the razor passes seemed dry and not much slickness left behind. I did not care for the post shave feel either as it seemed to leave my skin a little tacky. Granted this was only one shave and I need to work on the lather more next time but just don't know when that next time will be. So in conclusion I deducted a star for the scent, another star for the performance and another for post shave feel leaving a 2 star rating. Even though I got this soap at a huge discount it is still way overpriced in my book. There are too many other soaps that cost a fourth of what this does at full price.
So smooth but efficient. I was afraid to dial it up even on for it was very smooth. One of my favorite.
I love the scent and the cream creates a lather very easy, and the lather is quite slick. I will buy more of this cream, for sure.
I just love this razor because it performs flawlessly. Form and function at a very reasonable price.
I bought a sampler pack of 5 types of blades and these were by far my favorite! The Feather was too aggressive, but Sharks were too dull. Astra was OK abut only lasted one shave. The Personas are amazingly sharp, but don't give me razor burn. Gets through 3 shaves with ease! Well worth the money!
My S/S knob Mergress razor is the best shaving razor I have so what the heck I got the bronze knob Mergress to go along with it awesome look.
A little detail before the shave or lead in to my shaving style. First off my neck area like many is tough to shave without irritation. I have tried many razors and diffrent methods to deal with this. I have had good or best results with the 39c, 37c, 34c and the ATT s-1 razors.
My thought was and the issue is I need a more aggressive razor on the first pass and a less aggressive on second and clean up pass. I also have found on my neck to make my first pass cross grain and even against the grain in certain areas for great results. I know this runs against the normal way of thinking with whet shaving. I have tried every way out there and this is what works for me to get the best shaves on my neck area. Any other way gives more irritation.
Now to the shave,
* Prep- a shower and face wash.Then a little pre shave cream applied.
* Lathered up.
* New Mergress short handle razor set on #3 for first pass with a new Astra SP blade loaded cold water rinse on razor during shave.
* Second pass and touch up Mergress razor set on # 1.5 (no third pass done) cold water rinse on razor during shave.
* warm water splash for clean up to face followed by cold water rinse and face lotion
The end result was a excellent smooth comfortable BBS shave with no irritation to the neck area at all. I think being able to dial the Mergress razor down to a lower setting is going to be the way to go for me. I was very impressed with this superb razor. To date this Mergress razor is the best shaving razor I have had in my hand, excellent quality.
Some may consider the below over kill but for me it is worth the effort to keep the razor like new.
I disassembled and cleaned the razor well with hot water and wiped down. Then added a few drops of light machine oil to the razors mechanism to keep all functioning well.
These are the BEST , there the ones sold by Ted Pella, with Pella you have to buy 200 at a time an with shipping cost $$$ here you can buy 100 an at 4 or 5 shaves that is a great deal. I get Two face an two head shaves per blade some guys get more. I use them in my vintage gem an ever- ready. SE razors. LOVE THEM
These blades changed my mind about SE shaving. I had been using carbon steel blades and was getting very irritating, bloody shaves. These blades came recommended by several people so I gave them a shot. WOW! It was like shaving with a different razor all together. I totally understand carbon steel may be better for some ... they obviously were not for me. These blades are shard, smooth and will cut through hair like none other! They are very rigid and will cut through any bumps or ingrown hairs so I do have to take an extra bit of caution, but the results are just outstanding.
This Aftershave has everything you need. Refreshing
Clean and has more then decent staying power.
Plus you get compliments from the work force.
The tobacco sets the middle note. Caint go wrong with this one.
I would totally agree with Mr. Adrian Jordan's comment, an almost perfect brush. It combines the value's of badger and horse and outperformes both unmixed versions. If car's, it is a hybrid of excellent looks and fair price... A great throw fm both Vie-Long and Bullgoose...
This is my go to razor, well balanced and heavy ... a real work horse !!
gorgeous looks, efficient and controllable. Unexpectedly smooth shave on my sensitive skin and thick whiskers! use the set screw to adjust the blade position for the type of cut you want and this is a pseudo-adjustable razor!
Took this to Ireland with me last week on a group trip. So many compliments on the smell saying how different and unique it is.
I love the smell of this aftershave and my skin feels great after using as well. I'll be ordering the limes AS and cream next. Thank you!
I like many of the vintage GEM SE razors but I love this razor!! It works great for coarse beards! Thanks Phil!
I wanted to get some shaves under my belt before sharing my thoughts, and now that I have I can say that this is a very fine brush. Sparse shedding, good water retention, and enough backbone to lather hard soaps. Tiny bit of scritch but not enough that it would dissuade me from face lathering. The tips are actually softer than my Silvertip Badger brush. Works well with both paint brush strokes and circular lathering. Knot diameter is perfect for me. Great looks to boot. I like it a great deal. I have both this mixed knot and the pure horsehair model and can say that this is the more versatile brush. My only complaint is that the handle is a bit larger than what I consider perfect, but that's completely subjective. I'd suggest that if you are in the market then seriously consider this brush.
Best blades and this is the best price and service I have found.
The wonderful GEM blade goes all the way back to the dawn of safety razors in the very early 1900s, but there have been no razors produced to hold them now for decades. Enthusiasts have had to scrounge antique shops or online resellers to come by these unique beasts. Until recently, double-edge and Feather SE razors have received the lion's share of attention in the shaving community. But now Rocnel has released a very masculine looking titanium-coated stainless steel razor especially designed for the GEM blade. It is substantial in weight, the handle heavily knurled for a sure grip and with an ingenious method of holding the blade firmly in the head. On top of that, it is an efficient open-comb design, not seen even in older GEM razors since the venerable GEM Micromatic razor eighty years ago. Its somewhat quirky Steampunkish look may be off-putting to some, but I love it, especially the way it leaves the blade spine in full view.
The Rocnel's shave reminds me of the efficiency of an R41 DE. A light touch yields an easy two-pass shave, no kidding. Be sure to exactly center the blade, as there are no blade end stops on the head to cover the sharp ends. However, this feature allowed me to get up tight in problem areas like under the nose.
The thicker stock and spine on these blades make for a very rigid blade, which does not chatter like DEs can and they shave more like an injector or straight razor. As such, the razor must be held so that the blade is flatter to the face than with DEs.
One caveat for the newbie GEM user: The paint scraper/box cutter blades you see in hardware stores, and which look virtually identical to their shaving brethren, are NOT meant for shaving! Do yourself a favor and order a 100-pack of Personna GEM blades from Bullgoose Shaving when you buy this exceptional razor. This is the same company which has made GEM blades since they were invented and one inexpensive box can give you about a year's worth (YMMV) of close, comfortable s...
This razor secures the blade well, and there is no movement or flex to the blade at all ... I get some of the best shaves I've had in some time with this razor. A permanent part of the rotation.
Such was the effect of using this brush -- I consider it my first REAL badger (despite having 2 other quality brushes). It performs fantastic on the face, building lather, and is like lathering with a luxurious/soft pillow. The handle is great on the hands, as in both ergonomic and easy to grip. This brush is a fantastic deal.
This is my 3rd Thater brush, and the first 2-band. I can't imagine how any brush would be better than a Thater as they hit all the marks for excellence: softness, backbone, density and flow through in a very balanced and elegant package. Well worth the investment.
This is an excellent brush. Just the right amount of backbone. This is an excellent brush for face lathering.
I'm glad Phil talked me into trying the Palmolive cream. It lathers nicely and feels good on my skin. I wish it had a stronger eucalyptus scent, but that doesn't deter the quality of the shave.
Masculine, pleasant, light.
Very soft tips, good backbone, but not too stiff. I have the 3 band thater as well. 3 band feels better on my face, the 2 band performs better. Whips up thick lather with my creams and soaps. I will probably buy the 2 band bulb as well.