Razor: Gillette Fat Handle Tech
Blade: Feather
Brush: Wild West Brushworks Bobcat
Soap: Ariana & Evans NYC
Aftershave: Ariana & Evans NYC
Other: Thirsty Badger lather bowl

I was super excited for this mail call yesterday.  I’ve wanted the NYC set since I got a sample back in February.  Scent notes on this are Lavender, Geranium, Orange, Anise, Chamomile, Tobacco, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedar wood, Hay, Cardamon, Musk.    This is a fougere with a metro vibe to it, very masculine.  Scent is mid-strong off the puck and really comes out once lathered in both strength and complexity.  This A&E tallow and goat milk formula is one of my favourite bases as well.  While you won’t get a huge pillowy lather, the creamy yogurt like lather is very slick and has a fantastic post shave feel.  If you don’t have a soap in this base you are really missing out.

For the razor today, I pulled out an old classic, my Made in Canada Gillette Fat Handle Tech.  This is the mildest razor I own (and one of the lightest) so I paired it with a Feather blade.  I find Feather blades a bit too sharp for me and tend to not get the smoothest shave on the first go.  Today, paired with the top shelf software and the mild razor, I got a really smooth 3-pass shave.  No irritation and no weepers.  This will be a combo I will revisit.

I finished off with the matching splash.  This formulation carries the scent strength from the soap, has decent longevity and has a nice skin food formula.  No burn at all and the skin felts great after the post.  Very happy to have this set in the den.