SOTD - November 1, 2017

Shaving Product Review - Barrister and Mann "Le Grand Chypre"

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)

Working the spicy green angle with Barrister and Mann Le Grand Chypre #soap, #aftershave and #EdT and further testing the bronze Timeless Razor!

Le Grand Chypre isn't new, though it has recently been updated as far as artwork on the packaging. Check out my first impression of Le Grand Chypre as well as the follow-up in-depth review of Le Grand Chypre for more. There is one bit of trivia concerning this particular version. Did you know that it was the first Glissant based release - or that it's unique unto itself? This is the only Glissant based soap containing almond oil... It was quickly substituted with high-oleic safflower oil, which had the side effect of increasing slickness even more. Check out this interesting tidbit and more in The History of Barrister and Mann.

Long and short, it's a spicy green scent with notes of citrus, oakmoss, labdanum, rose, frankincense, bergamot, lime, patchouli, Persicol, cedar, various musks and other perfume compounds. Whew. It's a heady, complex scent. The scent strength in both the soap and aftershave is a strong medium. The EdT, perhaps not surprisingly, is strong. Longevity is about average with the base software and the EdT extends that big time - 8+ hours. Less than what I'd like ideally, but I'll take it.

Today I continue my testing of the #TimelessRazor #TRBR38 razor... I know at least a few of you have been following along. My last shave with it on Monday was interesting, because it shaved wonderfully, providing a near-BBS result. The big difference was three days of growth. I was going to shave yesterday, but didn't - I decided to change my strategy a little and hopefully put this to bed once and for all. Today's shave was with two days of growth. Tomorrow I'll have one day only, and where I think the trouble lies for this razor. To sweeten the pot, I'll use a fresh PolSilver blade (which I get the best results with) and follow up on Friday with a comparison to the .68mm gap stainless steel version, also with a fresh blade.

So how was today's shave? Close to Monday's in that it was very nice overall, but the jawline is slipping further. This is kind of confirming for me that this razor doesn't handle short, wiry stubble with the efficiency I need. Tomorrow's shave (originally intended for yesterday) will be the real test I was talking about. I suspect that the jawline will still be an issue, despite a fresh blade. The comparison on Friday will seal the deal either way when I compare the two razors.

The #LowbornSupply brush with its 24mm BOSS knot just works atreat. I'm of the opinion that I like it better than Tuxedo knots. It's a bit closer to "the real thing" as it were. The #GTP scuttle did its usual duty with style.

Lovely shave today with some great software; performance and scent. I've always had a fondness for this one and today I finally got to break out the matching EdT. As for the razor, hopefully I can put my own testing to rest one way or the other. Why all the bother? My own personal curiosity and education (and as a result, hopefully, yours as well). As I've maintained, I really love this razor - but it's looking like a more aggressive base plate may be a better way to go. With Timeless Razor on board with that, it's just a matter of waiting...