Razor: Ever-Ready 1912
Blade: Gem PTFE single edge
Brush: Paragon synthetic
Soap: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Doppelgänger Black Label
EDT: Dior Sauvage
Other: Thirsty Badger Lather Bowl

#samplesaturday and today’s shave was money. My friend Jason (Distorted Edge Shaving) hooked me up. He sent me this sample of Doppelgänger a while ago and this week he sent me a couple of his SE razors to try out. I have been saving the sample for an occasion and when the SEs arrived, I knew this was it.

The Ever-Ready 1912 spoke to me. This lather catcher looks fantastic, almost too pretty to shave with. It has nice weight and the handle has a nice grip to it. Simple blade load…. a flip of the cap, drop in the blade, and you are ready to rock. The razor itself was surprisingly smooth. The different geometry of the razor head gave a little bit of a learning curve but I remembered the advice, ride the cap, and I was able to navigate an effortless shave.

The soap is the new CK6 formula from PAA. The Doppelgänger line is in their new Premium CK6 formula so I was looking forward to giving it a go. I quite like the existing PAA formula so I wanted to see what this newer formula was all about. It does come with a higher price point so I wondered if it would be worth the difference.

The sample I received is Doppelgänger Black Label, their homage to Dior Sauvage. I just happen to have this EDT and in fact made my own batch of soap with the scent. I’m very familiar with it…. almost too familiar as it is starting to approach overuse by me. I can say the soap scent is a great match, almost spot on, as close as you can get when using a different medium to carry a scent. The soap sample itself was very soft pressed in the bottom of the bowl. It loaded and lathered very easily. I found it had great slickness and cushion. I could barely tell the blade was working other than the audible feedback. Residual slickness was really good to, I could do a bit of buffing with no issue. Post shave was really nice as well. I would definitely recommend the soap, but I also quite like the other formula. I’d probably go that route unless the scent really spoke to me. You wont be disappointed, that is for sure.

For the post, I followed it up with the Dior Sauvage EDT. I don’t wear cologne often, but it is Saturday off, why not go out smelling like a boss. A great shave to start the weekend.