Artisan

Artisan specific (as opposed to a company) - typically made in small batches by a limited number of people.

The Passiflora Horror

Barrister and Mann "Passiflora"

Another week, another shaving #drama. This time it's centered around a soap-only release from Barrister and Mann called Passiflora - the rub being that it was to be offered exclusively to the Shaving Shop Club membership. In principle, it sounds as though it should've gone as planned. But of course you know that's never a given... Little did we know what would go down as another infamous implosion.

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K Shave Worx Black Friday Releases Coming

K Shave Worx Black Friday Releases

The fine folks at K Shave Worx are burning the midnight oil lately, as evidenced by the recent releases of 366, Black Orchid and their latest, Beachwood Forest. Set to drop next (Black) Friday, November 25th - four new ones are coming... New York State of Shave, Kay Rum, Frazzled Kilt and Shaping Up! Profiles down below...

Saponificio Varesino Stella Alpina Coming

Saponificio Varesino "Stella Alpina"

My regular readers will know that I generally consider Saponificio Varesino software to be among the best in the world today. While they don't have a huge catalog, what's there is gold. And each new release makes you wonder how they could have possibly improved upon the previous. Similar to the prior Cosmo release in the new Beta 4.2 formulation, it adds (among other ingredients) Edelweiss Extract (Leontopodium Alpinum) and Hazelnut Oil (Corylus Avellana)... Is a new #soap and #aftershave combo, somewhat appropriately called Stella Alpina (Edelweiss). It has top notes of lemon, bergamot and basil, middle notes of cistus, myrtle and eucalyptus and base notes of cypress and amber. It has been available for a while in another line (notably laundry soap). No release date has been set yet, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we hear something from #SapVaresino.

Avalanche Artisans Suffer Loss of $40K in Goods

Avalanche Artisans Products

A horrible story being reported today; "A year's worth of artist couple's work stolen from trailer in Vancouver." Apparently the trailer containing some $40,000 worth of product made by the Albertan couple Hugh MacPherson and Deb Rowland of Avalanche Artisans was broken into last weekend. While the goods were insured, it's not known if the whole loss will be covered, and the #drama basically ended their holiday market season plans. Thankfully, the items (mostly #razor and #brush) are fairly unique and can be easily spotted should they surface. Keep your eyes out and report sightings!

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Dr. Jon's 13 Pre-order

Dr. Jon's "13"

News from Dr. Jon's Shaving Soap Co. is this new release - 13 is a very limited custom scent made for the Wet Shave Review. This #soap and #aftershave will not be available at any store including their own unless you are part of this pre-order (soap aftershave) - which runs through December 1st and will be shipped on December 10th. 13 has notes of oud, hedione, musk and Iso-E Super (a synthetic cedar and sandalwood scent) and called "dark, musky and floral all at the same time." If you're a #drjonssoapco fan, get in there and get some!

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