SOTD - September 8, 2017

Shaving Product Review - Chiseled Face "Summer Storm"

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)

A special #FriYay shave ahead of Hurricane Irma with an apropos combo of Chiseled Face Summer Storm #soap and #aftershave and a beer-inspired ThatDarnRob #brush!

Walking through the countryside, you are caught by a sudden rain storm. Taking shelter under an outcropping of rock, you drink in the scent of nature as it is being washed by rain. This is not a sterile scent, there is some grit and dirt in it, and yet it is clean and fresh. Perfect for those days when you have to spend your days behind a desk, but would rather be out enjoying nature.

I did a first impression and more extensive follow-up SOTD reviews here and here of Summer Storm so I won't get into it too extensively today. It's one of my older software sets from back in 2015, yet still brings a smile to my face every time I use it... It's one of the best petrichor inspired scents out there, if not the best. I did a #PetrichorShootout a while back, which I need to revisit with some new additions.

Notes of moist earth, oak moss, cut grass, pine needles, orange, lemon, ozone, white jasmine, lily of the valley, geranium and musk. It just comes together wonderfully, with a fresh cut grass scent on top with a complex, citrusy and floral middle before heading off into musk-land on the base. The scent strength and longevity are both just a tad higher than average.

Hardware today consisted of the #TimelessRazor "mild edition" with a #Stork handle and a #PolSilver blade on shave two... Along with a fresh brush from #ThatDarnRob on its maiden voyage! It's a hand-poured resin handle that looks like a fresh beer in mid-pour, courtesy of orange and iridescent resins. The knot is a 24mm BOSS knot, a.k.a. "Black Onyx Soft Synthetic." While it's likely made of Taklon just like the APShaveCoTuxedo and Maggard Razors Black knots, as well as the Satin Tip - it feels a bit softer, with less backbone overall like the latter. More Plisson like (but absolutely nowhere near as floppy). Quite plush!

My feelings are that the more obvious differences between them all is the "hair" coloring scheme and the size/density of the knots. Most of these knots are bulb shaped; a few are more of a fan shape. They all perform the similarly, IMO (that is to say, excellent) and have all the nice features of a synthetic knot... No soaking needed, quick drying, easy maintenance, etc. On a more subtle level, the feel of the knots vary - namely backbone and overall softness. This is influenced by the loft height of the particular brush too.

But back to this brush... It comes with a teak wood "coaster" complete with a ThatDarnRob coin inset. Pretty fetching, no?! The #GTP scuttle kept everything nice and warm.

I originally wanted to debut this brush with Tallow + Steel West Coast IPA but the timing didn't come together... Expect that early next week! But it's Friday, so that's half the battle, right? A blast from the past with some great #ChiseledFace software (and one of my favorite scents).