SOTD - August 2, 2018

L&L Grooming

Shaving Product Review - L&L Grooming "DFS (2017 LE)"

Value (Cost, Packaging and Performance)

Lather (Density, Glide and Feel)

Post-shave (Healing, Moisture and Feel)

Scent (Quality, Strength and Longevity)

Each bar has three metrics, each representing 33% of the total (11% = below-avg, 22% = avg, 33% = above-avg, except cost)

Circling back to review a year-old offering with L&L Grooming DFS (2017 LE) #soap and #aftershave combo - high on performance, light on scent.

I've reviewed a lot of #landlgrooming here (now #declarationgrooming) so I won't get into the soap or aftershave performance here. Surprisingly, I've somehow never posted a review of DFS (2017 LE) (hereafter referred to as DFS) though I know I've used it at least a few times since it's release in early June 2017. Just one of those things... At any rate, it was a Limited Edition run for the Damn Fine Shave forum. Long story short, you can't go wrong with either of these products as they're top tier and perform appropriately.

Officially the notes are blood orange, lemon, sandalwood, amber, black pepper, rosemary and lavender. It's your basic citrusy open of say, an Italian or French fragrance with a slightly spicy MdC middle of rosemary and lavender; found in quite a few scents out there. On the base is an amber-warmed sandalwood. Unfortunately the scent is very light in the tub but slightly better in the aftershave. It just makes the ratings in the Scent chart above. Sillage is minimal and longevity is maybe 2 hours at most. A little disappointing, but it's definitely a very pleasant fragrance otherwise. I don't recall if it faded over the past year or started off that way; perhaps a little of both. Do plan another scent to layer on top for the day.

Hardware today fell to the dressed-up #Mühle #R89 head with a #PolSilver blade on shave three - sitting atop a #Stork titanium handle (talk about light weight) and #TimelessRazor stand. The brush is the somewhat over the top Pueblo brush from #ThatDarnRob rocking a 30mm Maggard Two-band Badger knot. The name and colors are pretty apropos for today's theme. Needless to say, it made a truly epic amount of lather. Finally, there's my trust sidekick, the #GTP scuttle.

Great performance from two L&L Grooming products, hampered only by the scent strength and longevity. As nice as it is, if you can barely smell it... The Mühle R89 head, paired with a titanium handle makes for a pretty lightweight combo! Both are engineered and finished perfectly - and shaved just as well! Proving that you don't need a $300+ razor to get a good shave. Heck, if you stick with a base R89 razor you're looking at $56 - or just $40 for the head alone. If you go with a clone from say Yaqi or the like... You're looking at less than $20 all-in!