Razor: Haward Safety Razor
Blade: Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Platinum Blacks
Brush: APShaveCo 26mm Fine Tuxedo
Soap: Master Soap Creations Vintage Lapidus
Aftershave: Master Soap Creations Vintage Lapidus

Wow, it has been a hot minute since I last posted a shave of the day.  Rest assured, I haven’t quit shaving, I just started a new day job and by the end of the day my head is ready to explode.  Luckily I’m continuing to work from home so I can keep wearing stronger scents without worry of offending co-workers…. other than my wife.  Luckily she seems to be on board with almost any of the scents I’ve tried.

So today I’m using a set from a new-to-me artisan Master Soap Creations.  MSC is based out of South Africa and they recently were picked up by a couple of wet shaving companies I frequent.  They have a good assortment of fragrances with several dupe options so I decided to give them a try.  This Vintage Lapidus seemed up my alley as it is an homage to an 80s fragrance, Lapidus Pour Homme.  I do like a good throwback every now and then and the 80s brought some good powerhouse fragrances.  I’ve never tried this one in particular but being a barbershop style fragrance, I decided to give it a go.

The scent notes on this are top: pineapple, lavender, artemisia, juniper berries, lemon, bergamot heart: honey, incense, pine tree, rose, Brazilian rosewood, jasmine, caraway, orris root, lily-of-the-valley, and petitgrain base: tobacco, patchouli, oakmoss, amber, sandalwood, musk, tonka bean, and cedar.  Yes, those 80s fragrances loved to throw everything but the kitchen sink at you.  This definitely reads barbershop.  This has that throwback 80s vibe but with a powdery talc-type punch.  It reads warm, sweet and has a bit of green and pine to it.  If you like those 80s style fragrances like a Drakkar Noir, this would be a big win.  I’d say in that vein, it is like a less played-out barbershop version of a Drakkar Noir.  I don’t know if I’d pick up the matching frag to smell like this for hours, but is awesome for the hour or so you smell it post-shave.  I do enjoy Drakkar every now and then and this I would say is better.

The base on the soap is a fairly basic tallow/shea formula.  It isn’t going to win any awards for performance.  It lathers very easily and is a higher structure lather that will take a good amount of water.   I’d say cushion, slickness and post-shave are about average.   The matching splash is a basic witch hazel formula that smells really nice but also is about average performance for this type of post-shave base.  Even so, it more than does the job and given the types of fragrance offerings they have, I could totally see adding more of them to the den.    You don’t always need a steak, sometimes a great hamburger hits the spot.

No complaints with the shave today.  Smooth and good to go.  All for now – J





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