Razor: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements DOC
Brush: Spiffo Two Band
Soap: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Al Fin
Aftershave: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Al Fin splash
Other: Thirsty Badger lather bowl

#samplesaturday and today felt like a Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements kind of day.  I had this sample set of Al Fin so I decided to give it a go.  I matched it up with my PAA DOC.  This is a fun little razor, feedback is great.  I wish it was a touch more aggressive and had some more weight to it.  PAA seems to love those light razors.  Aggression wise, this is more than my Gillette Tech but it is still a mild razor.

Al Fin is an interesting scent.  I have trouble picking out any of the notes but they blend into a really nice scent.  Scent strength is a bit on the mild side but for me that works. Rose, Bay Leaf, Lemon Myrtle, Vetiver, White Clover, Cypress, helichrysum,  Ambrette, Geranium and Tobacco Absolute.  The soap base is your typical PAA/Crown King formula.  It lathers easily, has nice slickness, cushion and post shave feel.  I like the product line, it is just so hard to get here in Canada without a big purchase commitment.

The splash is alcohol based with a bit of alum in it.  You will likely get some burn.  Thay also brand it as an aftershave *cologne*.  Tough sell for me on that one, the scent doesnt carry that long for sure.  Also, the pricepoint on the aftershaves is on the high side compared to other artisans.