Razor: Karve CB on C
Brush: Wild West Brushworks Bobcat Synthetic
Soap: Zingari Man The Magician
Aftershave: Zingari Man The Magician Balm
Other: Thirsty Badger Lather Bowl

Well, I guess today I joined the #zingaritribe.  I recently got this set (and several other goodies) from Heather with Zingari Man.  There has been a bit of a buzz about her products of late and she is fantastic to chat shave with on her social platforms.  I figured what the heck and made a swap of some product with her.  Product arrived quickly, even though it was coming from the USA.  Packaging was all very nicely done.  I was looking forward to giving this shave a go.

The soap is a fairly firm vegan base.  It loads fairly easily into your brush.  Be careful not to overload, I was a bit heavy on the load and ended up needing a fair bit of water to get the lather down.  You don’t need a huge load with this soap.  The resulting lather was really nice, it had a nice sheen to it.  Very stable with nice density.  Pretty exceptional for a vegan base.  The scent notes on this are Oakmoss, Orange Blossom and Fern.  It has the brightness and floral notes from the orange blossom with a familiar fourgere vibe of the Oakmoss/Fern.  Heather has stated before that folks “bust her balls” about scent strength, so I have to put my $0.02 in.  Off the puck, this is on the milder side of medium.  Once lathered, it does jump up a bit, but I still wish it was amped up a bit more.  Performance was on point.  Slickness was great (lathered and residual).  With the overload of the bush, I had an abundance of lather and holding the razor was even a bit tricky through the slickness.  Post shave was fantastic.  I could have skipped the post shave…. but I didn’t.

I finished off with the matching balm.  Scent strength was a bit of a disappointment here too.  I really liked this scent but I found the balm strength was lighter than the soap and wouldn’t carry much past the shave.  If you like a lighter scent or have skin sensitivities this would be a great set for you.  The performance of this balm though, man I loved it.  It wasn’t heavy at all, soaked right in and left my dry prairie winter skin feeling nice and hydrated.  A big win on the performance of this too, probably one of the top 3 balms in the den.

So an all around great shave to finish off the weekend.  I have a few more Zingari samples to run through so we will see how the others work out.   I can say this, the performance on this product line, you won’t be disappointed.