Shaving Product Review - Ariana & Evans "St. Barts"
Value (Cost, Packaging and Performance)
Lather (Density, Glide and Feel)
Post-shave (Healing, Moisture and Feel)
Scent (Quality, Strength and Longevity)
St. Barts beautifully blends lime, coconut and rum into a warm, creamy scent, reminiscent of a very high-end niche type fragrance. St. Barts was inspired by Creed Virgin Island Water and is remarkably close to this wonderful fragrance.
I actually reviewed St. Barts by Ariana & Evans already, so check that out for the full background on the software side of things. It's a great scent, and definitely one might equate to warmers days at tropical destinations. To refresh your memory on the scent...
The St. Barts scent is light and tropical. It features top notes of bergamot, lime, mandarin, coconut, Indian jasmine, sweet hibiscus, ylang ylang and ginger; base notes of sugar cane, musk, sandalwood and white rum. If that sounds at all familiar, it's essentially a clone of Creed Virgin Island Water.. The entire dry down process happens over 10 minutes or so before finally settling into a slightly sweet, very light musk. It's a fresh, fruity floral perfect for warmer weather. Longevity is on the shorter side at 2-3 hours.
The hardware today consisted of a #TimelessRazor .95mm and stand in stainless with a RazoRock Halo titanium handle with a fresh #Astra blade. After two months of general apathy and malaise on my part, it was clear that the razor needed some good old fashioned TLC. Using Noxon Metal Polish on a microfibre cloth, and buffing all polished surfaces for an extended amount of time, followed by a quick wash with dish soap liquid, things were back to peak status. It's amazing what a little elbow grease can accomplish - a finish as good as new. I usually use Nevr-Dull but this stuff seems to bring out just a bit more shine, especially on bronze (I did the TRBR38 also. Needless to say, it took off all the hairs.
The brush is the highlight today, really. It's a piece by Dscosmetic out of China. Available in several resin colors, this particular brush sells for about $15! Complete with a nice 24mm knot with a 60mm loft. It's definitely soft and pillowy on the face, had no issues loading a softer soap and made very suitable lather.
The handle is ergonomically shaped and long; especially great for scuttle users such as myself, with the #GTP. It's somewhat reminiscent of probably my favorite handle shape, the Rubberset 400 (but more organic). My only gripe is that the knot could be a hair denser (literally and figuratively) but that's just my preference. Perhaps the 26mm version is. No matter how you look at it, $15 is a great price for this nice brush. Stick around for more reviews of #dscosmetic brushes here soon!
A really pleasant shave with #arianaevans soap, bolstered by the matching aftershave. A completely fresh(ened) razor and blade combined with the software as it should be. Also pleasantly surprised with a low cost brush that you'd be remiss not to check out. High marks all around, people.