SOTD - June 1, 2017

L&L Grooming

Shaving Product Review - L&L Grooming "Trismegistus"

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)

Another fantastic shave on the books with the warm weather friendly and "thrice great" offering that is L&L Grooming Trismegistus in #soap and #aftershave form with a second showing by the new Timeless Razor!

Trismegistus follows in the footsteps of the legendary perfumers at Hermes... This is a scent that's masculine, mellow, and perfect for any situation. Between the scent, slickness, and post-shave, you'll understand why we named it "thrice great."

A quick note on the rating chart today. I docked the software on packaging for two reasons; one is that this is the older style, and not the much classier new style, which improves the containers, labels and branding/artwork - but also because this aftershave uses the old style "restrictor" as well. It might as well not have one at all. The new line is top notch all the way.

I've actually used this soap twice before; the first time I didn't have the matching aftershave splash and the second, I didn't actually flesh out the review. So I'll do that today, at least as far as scent goes. The performance of both products, it goes without saying, is excellent. I encourage you to check out my other L&L Grooming reviews (especially the review of Darkfall) for the skinny on them. Long and short of it; the soap produces abundant, creamy, very cushioning lather with excellent glide and residual slickness. ProTip: Use a wetter, cooler and stiffer brush to load for best results. The aftershave performance is also excellent, with choice healing and face feel properties.

So let's talk about the scent, then. Trismegistus by #landlgrooming has top notes of grapefruit and orange, middle notes of flint, pink peppercorn, geranium and base notes of benzoin, vetiver and cedar. At first, it's very much citrusy but you get the somewhat spicy, mostly woodsy notes down below on dry down. Sufficiently complex, it reminds of a high end cologne (think Terre d’Hermès by Hermès). It's a nice warm weather scent that's on the lighter side and goes with anything... The scent strength is a medium and longevity is a touch less than average. I'd have preferred a bit better longevity, truth be told. You should probably plan on layering a scent on this one.

Hardware today consisted of my second shave with the new #TimelessRazor with a #PolSilver blade, also on shave two. The base cap is again the custom .95 gap with open comb on one side and scalloped solid bar on the other, with a smooth top cap in a polished finish. For today I mixed it up a little and used the RazoRock Halo handle in titanium. I find the machined rings match the open comb perfectly and lighten the razor overall, quite substantially. Whereas the Timeless Razor Pineapple handle weighs 94g (and where most of the weight comes from) the Halo handle is only 45g - so less than half! The sizes are 14x100mm and 13x85mm, respectively. It made for a more nimble razor, but took away a bit of the "heft of quality" vibe. I'll be trying the .68 gap smooth solid bar base and a different handle tomorrow to further mix it up.

Perhaps needless to say, it was again a ridiculously efficient and smooth shave today. I think this combo might be a touch too much for daily use, but that may be primarily because I'm still dialing it in, and I started off the week with a pretty aggressive shave and kept it going. I also think going three passes with it is unnecessary, given the efficiency... On Friday I'll have the scalloped top cap to also bring into the fold and experiment. Be sure to check out yesterday's shave for more on razor. The #BSB Shaving Brush did the needful in the #GTP scuttle.

Today is the one year anniversary of Timeless Razor
- which opened up to us last year on May 31, 2016!

Again, top tier software and hardware today. Outstandingly smooth and close (BBS) shave with excellent pro- and post-shave face feel. A guy can get used to this!