SOTD - April 19, 2017

CL and L&L

Shaving Product Review - L&L Grooming and Chatillon Lux

"Blackberry Blossom Bay"

It's a #HumpBay SOTD! Today it finally came together... The matching #soap by L&L Grooming to go with the #aftershave from Chatillon Lux by the name of Blackberry Blossom Bay!

I actually did a fairly extensive review of Blackberry Blossom Bay by #ChatillonLux in the past, so definitely check that out. The big news today is that this great scent finally gets its matching soap by none other than #landlgrooming to make a perfect combo. I'm a big fan of matching combos; especially if there's a deo involved. It just feels... Right. In any event, the performance of both of these artisan's wares should be well known to my readers by now. To recap, performance is top tier across the board by both offerings.

The hardware was a little interesting today, and what I really wanted to talk about. The #SOC brush did the lathering work in the #GTP scuttle, but that's not the news here. I've been getting a little bored with my hardware lately, so I decided to switch up the razor. I dusted off (or more precisely, thoroughly cleaned) my #Merkur #23C razor head, fitted it with a fresh #PolSilver blade and threw on my stainless steel iKon Bulldog handle. The latter gives this head a lot better heft, as the stock (long length) handle is hollow and fairly light. To be honest, the head itself is fairly light too - it's cast and chrome plated. It's also on the shorter side, allowing the ends of the blade to stick out (to aid in positioning, should it be necessary). It absolutely does not compare, finish-wise, to the #R89 head. That's not to say it's bad. It's nice and shiny in all the right places.

I bought this razor when I first got (back) into wetshaving several years ago for something like $30 (or less). It convinced me to ditch the electric and I haven't looked back since. I remembered that it gave nice shaves that were suitably impressive, yet mild... But the few times I tried it in recent memory, we didn't seem to get along. That turned out to be a flaky titanium blade. The fresh PolSilver made it sing once again! The shave was super comfortable and mild, yet the results were indeed as impressive as I remembered. So much so that I might have to use this bad boy for a while. It goes to show... Do you need a $400 razor for a good shave? The answer is no.

What a great #HumpBay shave today. Great software all around along with a breath of fresh air on the hardware side too. Proof that you don't need a high dollar razor to make your face happy. Be sure to check out the amazing combos by these two coming in June as you probably don't want to miss those.