Guest Post from “papa pure”
Today I had the chance to try a wet shave with the new C.B. Rowan’s shave line from Maple Hill Naturals. Normally shave time is my “guy time,” but I had my wife take a few pictures along the way to document the experience. It was a good one!
Note: I am not a master barber. I am just a regular guy who occasionally shaves his face and enjoys a great product to do so. A wet shave is supposed to be relaxing and rejuvenating, and is easily done with the right products.
After warming my face with some hot water, I opened up the Preshave Oil to start off the Bay Rum themed experience. The bottle looks small, but this stuff goes a long way! The top of the bottle is a pipette dropper, so that goes to show you how little you need. I did 3-4 drops, and that was enough to cover my face and neck by rubbing it around with my fingertips. Tip: After filling the pipette, squeeze what you don’t think you’ll need back into the bottle before placing the remaining drops on your fingertips. It will save precious Preshave Oil.
Next, I prepped the Bay Rum Shave Soap. The soap is a round puck that has it’s own can for easy storage. I was not able to produce a super thick lather with either a brush or my fingertips. Fret not though, some people may go crazy about a soap’s lather, but the key to any shave soap is the lubrication factor and how well it will slick your face for shaving. That being said, if you only like a soap for it’s deep foamy lather, this is not for you. But keep in mind that a thick lather is created by chemicals in soaps and I don’t want those on my skin. C. B. Rowan’s natural ingredient soap has a pretty impressive lather for an all-natural soap, which is usually difficult to produce without all the artificial ingredients. You can see in the picture that it doesn’t look like I have much of a lather at all…it’s kind of an optical illusion. The puck of soap itself has an opaque hue to it, which I believe to be the reason why the lather may go on white-foamy, but quickly turns to a clear slick surface. The lather from this soap still allowed the blade to glide across my face with ease and made for a smooth shave.
I always have some stubble of the sides of my chin that normally are the most difficult spots on my face to shave. This combination of products allowed me to glide right over it and leave a clean, close shave.
Lastly, I wrapped up my shave with the Bay Rum Aftershave. The bottle is a generous size, and has a plastic insert in the top of the bottle to limit the flow. After rinsing my face with cold water, I splashed some Aftershave on my hands, and patted my face. This was no repeat of Macauley in “Home Alone”, this was a comfortable, cooling, and disinfecting pat of the face. I actually went “Aaaaahhhhhh” because it really topped off a good shave. The Aftershave reminds me of an old school barbershop, and had a little sting. Or should I say zing. A little sting/zing is a good thing and I come to expect it from a man’s product! Overall I would say the Aftershave is mild. I get a good whiff of the Bay Rum when I put it on, but it dissipates within a few minutes. I don’t really need my aftershave to act as a cologne throughout the day, but the smell is just enough to compliment the earlier PreShave Oil and Bay Rum Shave Soap. I sometimes get flare-ups on my cheeks after a shave, and have yet to get that using this Aftershave because all of the ingredients in these products are natural and mild.
I enjoyed the shave experience, and both my wife and I enjoyed the fact that the products don’t contain the chemicals that you can’t even pronounce! If you can’t pronounce it, do you think it’s good to put on your face day in and day out? Final conclusion – a great set of products with good ingredients. Two thumbs up from this guy. With Father’s Day coming up, this would make the perfect gift set!
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