Shaving Product Review - L&L Grooming "Southern Paradise"
Value (Cost, Packaging and Performance)
Lather (Density, Glide and Feel)
Post-shave (Healing, Moisture and Feel)
Scent (Quality, Strength and Longevity)
Summertime in the deep south. You're in the car on your way to Tybee Island for a weekend away from the bustle of the big city. You see a billboard for a pick your own peaches farm and can't resist. Peaches in tow, you arrive at your historic cottage on the beach. The owner left a fresh pitcher of sweet tea in the fridge. Tea and peach in hand, you head out to the covered porch and recline on the porch swing, taking deep lungfuls of the fresh ocean air and cracking open your favorite book. Welcome to Southern Paradise.
I've reviewed a lot of #landlgrooming here (click on the hashtag to see them all) so I won't get into the soap or aftershave performance here. Suffice to say, you can't go wrong with either of these products as they're top tier and perform appropriately. The cost is average on the soap and below average on the aftershave and considering the performance - excellent value. Southern Paradise was released on July 18, 2017.
Officially, the scent notes are peaches, sweet tea and "ocean." From both the tub and the aftershave, it's mostly peaches. Lots of 'em. If you're a fan of Dr. Jon's Savannah Sunrise (full review here) it's along those lines (but less complex and heavier on the peach). The sweet tea resides mostly in the background, adding a little complexity to what would otherwise be a straight gourmand scent. While I can envision a bit of "ocean" in there, perhaps something slightly ozonic or salty... I think it's mostly the menthol in both the soap and aftershave that represents it... Sort of the cooling breeze coming off the water, or the ice cold tea itself. The menthol level is no face freezer, but just enough and perfect for a summer shave. It's a tad more than Mickey Lee Soapworks Paradise Frost (full review here) in that regard. Scent strength on both the soap and aftershave are a healthy medium and longevity surprisingly long at a good four hours.
Frankly, I expected a bit more complexity and depth to the scent, but regardless... I love it. I truly enjoy both cold peaches and iced sweet tea and this scent puts you firmly there. As I mentioned above, it's a cross between Dr. Jon's Savannah Sunrise and Mickey Lee Soapworks Paradise Frost (two scents that I also enjoy very much). If you're a fan of either or both, then L&L Grooming Southern Paradise will be right up your alley. It also goes without saying that you get the outstanding performance of #landlgrooming to go with it. Win-win in my book.
Hardware for today consisted of the #TimelessRazor in the "mild edition" with a #Stork handle and the #PolSilver blade on shave five. The #SOC brush handled the soft soap consistency with aplomb, loading it easily without bogging down and creating fantastic lather in the #GTP scuttle. It's funny how much you miss "the little things" like a scuttle when you're on vacation... With yesterday's shave I was glad to have it back!
If you're a fan of peaches, Southern Paradise is a must-have scent. If you're a fan of excellent software performance, this is also a must-have combo. If you want all of the above - look no further. This is the good stuff, right here. Southern Paradise indeed.