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Wm. Neumann & Co. 1911 Shave Soap

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Over the past several weeks, I have been fortunate enough to be afforded an opportunity to test out several products from a newcomer to the wet shaving market.  Bill Neumann II, founder of Wm. Neumann & Co., continues an apothecary tradition started by his great-grandfather, William Neumann, at the turn of the century.  Located in Williamsburg, VA, he opened up for business in the last few months of 2012.  Bill’s great-grandfather made several notebooks filled with detailed notes for fragrances and other men’s products while he operated his own pharmacy in Detroit.  Those notes have been preserved and passed down for three generations, and are now the cornerstone to Bill’s formulary for his fantastic new line of grooming products.  


Cella Crema da Barba All'Olio Di Mandorla

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Traditional Italian soft soaps have been popular among wet shavers for many years.  They blur the line between shaving soaps and shaving creams because they contain soap ingredients, but most are soft and putty-like in texture similar to thick creams.  Recently I tried Cella Crema da Barba All’Olio Di Mandorla, which is another well-regarded example of these classic Italian products.  Having had good experiences with similar soaps, such as P.160 and Volobra, I was looking forward to seeing how Cella’s soap performed.


The Gentleman's Groom Room Essence of Scotland Scottish Heather Shaving Soap

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If there was an award for the longest name of a shaving soap, this would be the winner. The name articulately presents the brand, range, scent, and product description in perfect harmony and leaves nothing to chance. However, shaving soap awards are not only about good names, they should be based on performance, too:  How does it lather? How does it protect and lubricate the skin? How does it smell? Overall, how is the experience? This article takes a closer look at TGGREOSSHSS to see if it is deserving of other acknowledgements as well.


J&E Atkinsons I Coloniali Shaving Cream

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Cultures in India and South Asia have revered mango for thousands of years as one of the most beneficial fruits not only for dietary uses but for skincare as well.  Mango oil has been proven to be one of the best natural moisturizers for dry and sensitive skin.  It is commonly found in baby creams, sunblock balms, hair conditioners, and other moisturizing products. This article puts this famous ingredient to the test for traditional wetshaving as it takes a closer look at the J&E Atkinsons I Coloniali Shaving Cream with Mango Oil.


Sir Irisch Moos Shaving Soap

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Sir Irisch Moos is one of the iconic German-made grooming product lines.  Established in 1969 and produced by Maurer & Wirtz, Sir Irisch Moos continues to enjoy a loyal following around the world.  This article takes a look at one of the most popular wetshaving products from the brand, the Sir Irisch Moos Shaving Soap Stick.

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