Razor: Karve CB on D
Blade: Rapira Platinum Lux
Brush: Rubberset with cashmere knot
Soap: Storybook Soapworks Shaken
Aftershave: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Tombstone

Up today on #samplesaturday is this Storybook Soapworks offering, Shaken. This is their James Bond inspired cologne scent. Gin, tobacco, carnation, gunpowder, paper money, sandalwood and musk. I had to recheck the scent notes as to my note, I get a sweet vanilla vibe going with the musk. I really liked the scent, it reminded me of some notes on a few other soaps (a cross between Wholly Kaw Merchant of Tobacco and The Club La Cosa Nostra). By the labelling I was fully expecting a gin martini vibe, which this isnt.

Performance wise, this was really nice. The base is a some croap, almost cream like, similar to the Declaration Grooming soap I have. I got a really nice dense lather, but I can tell I need to dial in the water a bit. It had nice cushion but slickness and residual slickness were average. I know that those two would improve with dialing in the water content. I worked it a bit after a couple passes and the third pass so a noticable improvement on that. I am sure that if I work on the water content a bit more, this could be a go to in the den in the future.

I had a bit of trouble pairing an aftershave with this. I opted to pull out the gunpowder notes and match this with PAA Tombstone. While not a perfect pairing, they complimented quite nicely. La Cosa Nostra would have also worked but I think that would have just taken over.

A great shave to start the weekend!