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Beau Champion
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Working on a Night Shave

Pre: Shower
Brush: Muhle STF 21mm in Horn
Soap: PAA Speakeasy (sample)
Razor: Standard
Blade: Rapira Stainless (4)
Post: Alum (not pictured), Thayer's Cucumber WH (not pictured) and PAA speakeasy ASC (sample)

Well, it has happened again - my #sotd slipped later and later in the day until it became a night shave.  Everything was going well and then immediately prior to my 3rd pass, I dropped my brush in the sink full of water.  I rescued it before the entire knot got doused, but the lather seemed ruined.  I went back to the mug to grab the infinitesimal amount of soap remaining there and then brought it to my face.  The resulting lather was... great!  It's amazing how PAA soaps are able to handle a wide range of water amounts.  

I liked the scent, but thought to myself during the shave that I probably wouldn't be moved to purchase a full tin.  I am, however, really enjoying the scent of the aftershave.  I guess I'll have to ponder this one a bit more.

Shave 5 of 7 days of samples!
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It'as less sweet but more a dark maple scent, if you can imagine maple syrup without the sweetness. But the food type scents are not for everyone.
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Soap Commander sale is live! 22% off of everything in honor of the Sieberts' 22nd wedding anniversary and upcoming move. $50 free shipping threshold. 
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+William Lusk Coppage ha ha. That's my wife's doing. She told me she liked "old Spice" and I saw that SC (an artisan I wanted to try) had one. Ironically, my wife's memory of old Spice doesn't mesh with any of the old spice scented stuff I have! Oh well, I like it. 
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la rasage du Catie's Bubble

Pre: Shower
Brush: Muhle STF 21mm in Horn
Soap: CB LMR (sample)
Razor: Standard
Blade: Rapira Stainless (2)
Post: Thayer's Cucumber WH (not pictured) CB LMR PS toner

7 days of samples #sotd number 3! You guys (and those knuckleheads on YouTube) weren't lying about the performance of Catie's Bubbles! Good stuff. I have to admit that I didn't love this scent as much as I thought I would. That said, it is good and I do like it. I'm utterly confused the toner. Do I use that instead of witch hazel? Do I use an alcohol based aftershave too?

I have to say I'm enjoying working through my samples. Each day is an adventure! I have no earthly idea what I will use tomorrow. I'm also using a new (for me) method, one similar to Chris Bailey. I'm scooping a small (Peanut sized?) amount of soap out of the samples and loading it in a shaving mug. I'm still face lathering after loading the brush. It's working pretty well! 
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+Todd Molina The scent really doesn't linger for long, so I think I might just wait a bit and spray something else over it.  
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Pre: Shower
Brush: Muhle STF 21mm in Horn
Soap: PAA Mal Pais (sample)
Razor: EJ DE89L
Blade: Astra SP (4)
Post: Alum (not pictured), Thayer's Cucumber WH and Chiseled Face Groomatorium Ghost Town Barber (sample)

This #sotd has its positives and negatives. First, the negatives - it just wasn't a great shave. The Astra was super smooth on the first two passes but it falls short ATG. It just doesn't shave super close in my Edwin Jagger.

On to the positives! Mal Pais - wow! I love the scent! I'm not going to discuss PAA performance for the 1000th time. I have a lot of PAA samples to work through, but I'm clearly going to have to make room for another big tin. CFG GTB drew a rare and elusive unsolicited compliment from the wife!!! I really like the scent and the performance is pretty darn good. The scent definitely lasts a while. So that'll almost definitely be placed on the future acquisitions list.

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Me too. I'll probably go for about a week then I'll have withdrawals from my pucks.
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Old AND Spicey!

Pre: PAA ICE (not pictured)
Brush: Muhle STF 21mm in Horn
Soap: SC Endurance
Razor: EJ DE89L 
Blade: Astra SP (2)
Post: Alum (not pictured), Thayer's Cucumber WH and PAA Cold Spices

This #sotd  was an afternoon shave.  I spent the afternoon painting the ceiling in our Master Bedroom and decided to take a few minutes for me.  This shave has been on my mind since yesterday.  GREAT products!  Good shave.  I'm already thinking about tomorrow's shave.  Does that mean I have a problem? :)
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Nice shave and yes, I regularly think about tomorrow's shave while wrapping up today's! We all share the crazy!
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This came in the mail today.  My den has been devoid of Catie's Bubbles since I traded away LPV.  First sniff - LTV is a winner! I like it more than I thought I would.  UJG will take a little more investigating.  It's a lot darker/earthier than I expected.  The Fine Clean Vetiver was lagniappe and I spritzed a little on my wrist and really enjoyed it.  It's my first foray into vetiver.

I have to say that purchasing from +Justin Bailey was one more in a string of awesome sales/trades I have participated in from this group.  One of my favorite things is people who communicate well and he was great.  I asked him to hold off shipping so I could get back to town and he happily obliged.  What an excellent group of guys in this group.
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I have never used a Strop Shoppe product, therefore I cannot comment on the quality. Two soaps for $20 sounds like a solid deal to me though. Sale ends at 5 pm. (not sure which time zone) 
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+Mark A Todd I wouldn't bet against it :)
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Dad's Shady Past

Pre: ICE (not pictured)
Brush: Muhle 21mm STF in Horn
Soap: La Pere Lucien Classic (sample)
Razor: Standard
Blade: Rapira Stainless (3)
Post: Thayer's Cucumber WH (not pictured) and F&C Shady Past

This is #sotd  number 4 of 7 days of samples.  The background sound was provided by a summer storm.  (If I had the soap of that name, I would have used it!) I was slightly underwhelmed the LPL.  Don't get me wrong, it performed well but it certainly didn't surpass some of the artisans I like.  Let me know if there is any special trick to it.  I found the scent to be very faint.  Now, I know that you might chalk this up to it being a sample but it wasn't the case with my  previous samples which had ample scent and great performance.  
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I think the scent tones down a bit in the small container. Out of the tin it's fairly strong. I'd put it around a 6 out of 10 or so. The vetiver one is much more subdued in person than the classic as well.
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Tiny Totem Tues-BAY!

Pre: PAA ICE
Brush: Muhle STF 21mm in Horn
Soap: PAA Pomegranate Bay (sample)
Razor: Standard
Blade: Rapira Stainless (1)
Post: Thayer's Cucumber WH and CC Lime (sample)

This #sotd couldn't come soon enough! I wanted to shave this morning, but the whiskers just weren't there! So instead, I chose the software for my 7 Days of Samples shave number 2. Good products makes for a good shave! 
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Well constructed effort Mr. Champion!
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Easy Like Sunday Evening

Pre: Shower
Brush: Muhle STF 21mm in Horn
Soap: CB LTV
Razor: EJ DE89L
Blade: Astra SP (3)
Post: Alum (not pictured), Thayer's Cucumber WH and Fine Clean Vetiver

Guys (I mean that inclusively, no offense to the ladies), this was a great shave. It may not be the closest, but it is one of the most comfortable. The hardware performed wonderfully. This is my first go with these scents, but they pair beautifully and I really like them. Before experiencing them I expected them to smell like fresh cut grass - something I smell often in South Louisiana. I am pleasantly surprised that they are so much better than what I expected. Beautiful, clean, masculine scents. Good night, everyone! 
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+Beau Champion Nice shave Mr. Champion! Love that Fine Clean Vetiver AS! :-{D-
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Did Someone Order Waffles?

Pre: Shower
Brush: Muhle STF 21mm in Horn
Soap: PAA Malbolge (sample)
Razor: EJ DE89L
Blade: Astra SP (1)
Post: Thayer's Cucumber WH and PAA Tamanu Noir (sample)

For this #sotd I paid Malbolge (which I love) with Tamanu Noir because I heard they might be related. Tamanu Noir is dark and sweet. While it is certainly not one note, I am overwhelmed by the scent of maple syrup! I have never used Eh+, but I suspect these two would pair well! Astra SP is such a unique blade in that it is so ordinary. Normally I pay attention to how a blade feels in a razor, but I completely forgot today. It's just so... normal. :D
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+Karl Hildebrand we have a winner! 
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Tree-sday

Pre: ICE (not pictured)
Brush: Semogue 1305 LE
Cream: TOBS Sandalwood
Razor: Standard
Blade: Ladas (2)
Post: Thayer's Cucumber WH and PAA Sandalwood ASC

Wonderful #sotd with TOBS. Love the artisans, but respect the traditions! 
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+Todd Molina Lol! Well, it is in fact a tree. 
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I have used this place several times for packaging/mailing and printing (usually invitations). I have been very happy with the level of service and quality of the work. Their prices are fair and their staff is great to work with. I have a friend who does my custom design work, but their staff seems very knowledgeable and I would use them if I didn't have a personal connection.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I stopped in here with my wife and two year old while sightseeing on 16th street. My expectations weren't very high, but I was definitely impressed. My dish (chicken bacon Mac and cheese) and my wife's (steak taco appetizer) were delicious and generous portions. I smoked several beers and all were good. The waitress did a very good job. The only thing preventing five stars is the prices. They aren't bad for downtown Denver, but they aren't a bargain.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I have been wanting to try this place for a while. I thought it would be a fun place to take visitors from Houston since they always take us to interesting and delicious restaurants there. When I saw on Facebook that they were participating in Restaurant Week, I made reservations. Side note: I ended up needing to alter the reservations and the employee who answered the phone was very nice and welcoming. They had a small but nice selection of beers on tap, highlighting the local microbrews. I was happy about that. I ordered a three course meal from the Restaurant Week selections. My cane salad was nice. The ingredients were fresh and well balanced. Little did I know that my experience had just peaked. My entree, shrimp and grits, was unimpressive. It didn't taste bad, but it was very underwhelming. The shrimp were small and had been frozen. For a restaurant in South Louisiana that shouts about LOCAL, this was very surprising. They garnished the dish with rosemary which led to an overwhelming flavor of rosemary in the food that it had touched. The grits were okay, but a little on the stiff side. For dessert I had the fried cheesecake. I'm not sure if this was a restaurant week special, but it was a little on the small side. I also found it to be a little lacking in flavor. I wiped all of the sauce off of my plate in order to get some flavor into the dish. When the bill arrived, my beer had cost me $6.75! I'm glad I only had one! The most that beer would cost you anywhere else in town is $5, which is inflated. Most places have it for $4. I had high expectation for this place and maybe that was my mistake. I won't say that I'll never go back, but I'm going to want some evidence that things have changed.
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I emailed Allied (and a few others) about tires for my wife's car. Their responses were great and speedy. They emailed me when the tires arrived so that I could get them installed. It took about an hour. I will definitely use them again.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
My favorite Mexican restaurant in Baton Rouge. The food is not your typical "tex-mex." The tortilla and bean soups are very good. The alambres is amazing.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
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