Shaving Product Review - Through the Fire Fine Craft "Sucker Punch" and
Murray & Lanman "Florida Water" and
Value (Cost, Packaging and Performance)
Lather (Density, Glide and Feel)
Post-shave (Healing, Moisture and Feel)
Scent (Quality, Strength and Longevity)
As the summer days start to dwindle, citrus and spice are called for! Combining Through the Fire Fine Craft Sucker Punch #soap, Murray & Lanman Florida Water cologne as an #aftershave and Tabac Man #EdT for the finish.
I did a review of Through the Fire Fine Craft Sucker Punch in the past, actually several times if you click the #ttffcrafts hashtag. It's one of my favorite citrus soaps as it's a real citrus bomb. It packs in more citrus per square inch than pretty much anything else out there with a healthy scent strength to back it up. Lather performance is rather nice and for the money represents excellent value.
The exact scent notes in Florida Water are mostly a mystery, but I detect notes of neroli, citron/lemon, lime, bergamot, orange blossom, lavender, bay leaf, rum, tobacco and clove. As a fragrance, it smells quite nice actually; citrusy and spicy, somewhat soapy. Sillage is bare minimum while longevity is barely above that. You won't be wearing this as a scent by any stretch of the imagination. I'd liken the citrus experience similar to Mäurer & Wirtz 4711 products (the same people responsible for Tabac).
The packaging is flat-out horrible. While it pretends to be fancy, it fails at every step. It's a cheap plastic bottle and the label will fall off on a humid day. But that's okay... While performance as an aftershave is also relatively questionable, it actually doesn't feel too bad. It really just contains alcohol, water and fragrance. There isn't even glycerin to provide the slightest illusion of moisturization, so it's a bit drying (though perfect as a light summer aftershave if that's all you need). Then again, it's not marketed as an aftershave - only a cologne. For the whole picture, here are the ingredients:
SD Alcohol 39, water, fragrances, FD&C Blue Color No. 1, FD&C Yellow Color No. 5.
Citrus. Explosion. Both the soap and the "aftershave" (nay, cologne) sported lots of it, and one segued into the other perfectly. Alas, as we know, citrus as a scent is fleeting under the best of circumstances, and Florida Water is a far cry from that. It's one of the (if not "the") cheapest of
drugstore bodega brands going; almost cheaper than dirt itself. That said, it smells fantastic. You can even use it in Santaria and for provoking deep dreams... A few spritzes of #Tabac finished everything off for the day ahead. Despite the rather glum looking chart above, it was a nice shave today!