Razor: John Clarke & Son Sheffield 3/4″
Brush: Elvado Synthetic
Soap: Zingari Man The Prophet
Aftershave: Avon Tai Winds
Other: Thirsty Badger Brush Scuttle

Today’s #samplesaturday is my version of a spice bomb.  I’ve been itching to try out this vintage Avon splash and today was the day.  I paired it up with The Prophet sample, graciously gifted to me from Heather, owner and artisan at Zingari Man.

The scent on this is a bit stronger than “The Magician”, both off the sample and lathered.  I’d say it is on the stronger side of medium.  I get the subtle citrus and vanilla but the spice of myrrh is the note that really jumped for me.  It is a nice warm and spicy scent.    I’ve written of the base performance before, fantastic vegan base with nice slickness and outstanding post shave.

I opted for a face lather today as I wanted to give the brush scuttle another go.  Pro tip, if you have a Keurig in your house, use it.  I filled both top and bottom with the hot water from the Keurig machine and let it warm while I did my prep.  I then dipped the brush, emptied the top cup and went to lathering.  During my passes the brush sat in the top cup and gave a really nice warm lather experience.  Very nice for the shave.  I used my straight today and did a no drama 2 pass + clean up shave.  No cuts, no weepers and no using a DE to finish today.  A really enjoyable shave.

But for me, the star of the shave was the vintage post.  I picked up this gem online a while ago and man, what a beauty.  The pipe bottle was full to the brim so I wasn’t worried about the scent going off.  (look for that when shopping vintages)  Scent notes on this (form my quick google) are Green notes, Lavender, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Oakmoss, Musk.  It has a nice spice and finished with sweet and musky.  Scent strength is strong so I took care to have a light touch.    A fantastic vintage, I highly recommend picking a bottle up for yourself.