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It's Finally Here Folks, Pareidolia!

Scent Profile: Mysore Sandalwood, Sage/Patchouli Hydrosol, Oakwood Absolute, Benzoin Resin, Hedione & Artemisia Essential Oil (Wormwood).

Let the curious emails and PMs stop! Lol, that's right folks the day is finally here. For the few that don't know what I am talking about, I apologize...and allow me to explain.

Since November of last year I have been randomly selecting outgoing orders and including samples of my latest mysterious, whimsical concoction, Pareidolia! The feedback & fanfare have been overwhelming...but the timing was never right to release it...Until Now!

Mysore Sandalwood: Deep, Rich, Sweet, Woody, Buttery, Creamy, & Balsamic. Considered The Best variety of Sandalwood in the world.

Artemisia: Best known form is Artemisia absinthium, (Grand Wormwood or Absinthe Wormwood), which was a key ingredient in the alcoholic drink Absinthe made notorious in the 19th and early 20th centurys by writers and artists. In perfuming, Artemisia herba/alba imparts a Green, Cool, Slightly Camphoraceous scent.

Oakwood Absolute: The quintessential wood that vintners utilize to bring flavor and color into a bottle of wine through the use of oak barrels or chips. It was once thought that these barrels were used to extract oakwood absolute. This may have been true at some point, but today this exquisite oil comes from virgin wood that is usually a byproduct from the local lumber industry. Rich smoky wood, reminiscent of whiskey, with oaky vanilla undertones.

Benzoin Resin: Benzoin has been used for centuries in Asia and India as an incense and perfume, truly mystical, magical, heady stuff. Soft, sweet, warm, vanilla-like.

What's with the name Doug?

Lol, what is with the name? Pareidolia is a fascinating phenomenon that all of us hairless monkeys experience every now and again...yet no one know the name for it. I mean, if Deja Vu is the salt on the table of human existence, Pareidolia would definitely be the pepper!

Pareidolia (/pærɪˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists (e.g. in random data).

Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, the Man in the Moon, hidden messages within recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds, and hearing indistinct voices in random noise such as that produced by air conditioners or fans.

If anything, we experience this much more than Deja Vu. So often it becomes an inside joke with ourselves, delivering chuckles daily. In short, we see faces (and things) that are not there everyday!

I'd love to hear what you see in the Lather created by Pareidolia. Done right, this could be the beginning of a holy pilgrimage my the masses to your shave den!

I am very, VERY Pleased with how this blend came out and I have a good feeling this will be worn by many this Spring into Summer evenings!

Shave On & THANK YOU for Your Patience...Stay Groovy!

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Superb Saturday Morning Shave!

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#SOTD #SamplesWeek

Brush: APShaveCo Faux Horse Blue Lagoon
Soap: Barrister & Mann Reserve - Cool
Crown King Travel Scuttle
Razor: Parker Variant
Blade: Rapira Swedish Supersteel (1)
Post: Barrister & Mann Reserve - Cool AS

I don't have any experience with Floïd Blue, but I do have experience with another interpretation of it in the way of RazoRock Blue Barbershop. What I find interesting is that both renditions feature bergamot, lemon and lavender (RazoRock adds baby powder), however, RR is sharper and somewhat L shaped if we were too look at the scent strength as a graph, where the citrus accords peak, then mellow into lavender and baby powder. B&M's interpretation is softer, but somehow more pungent. I would draw B&M Cool as a relatively flat graph as the accords appear to be more balanced. Longevity with the B&M Cool AS is above average, lasting about 7 hours.

I enjoyed using the Variant today. The extra heft definitely scratched that itch of using something more substantial. However, what was gained in mass came at a slight sacrifice of maneuverability. The head profile is quite a bit larger than the Super Adjustable, but was satisfied with that compromise as it delivered a close and comfortable shave. With that said, I'm appreciating the simplicity of the TImeless Razor Bronze. It has heft, while remaining compact and maneuverable. I will come back to the Bronze after a week. I'm going to use my Feather AS-D2 next week.

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#SOTD #SamplesWeek #latepost

Brush: APShaveCo Faux Horse Blue Lagoon
Cream: St. James of London - Black Pepper & Lime
Razor: Gillette Super Adjustable
Blade: Rapira Swedish Supersteel (4)
Post: Darwin - Classic

When I first received St. James of London Black Pepper & Lime, put it off to side with my other PIF items never intending to use it. I expected the scent to be a strong fresh cracked pepper with bright lime citrus. Boy was I wrong. Both accords are light and on the softer side. There is a light woodiness that gives way to tannic earl grey and lavender tea notes. It was quite lovely and was pleasantly surprised.

I ditched the marble bowl for my CK Travel Scuttle. Warm lather just feels so luxurious. The faux hair brush whipped up a nice lather from an almond sized dallop squeezed directly into the travel scuttle. I probably could have put half the amount as my scuttle was filled more than halfway after building up the lather. This was my first time using St. James of London and if I were into creams, I would definitely buy a tube for travel. As with most creams, it's very easy to lather, provides very nice protection, cushion, slickness and post shave feel.

For as long as I've owned my Black Beauty, I never noticed until this morning's shave that one side is more aggressive than the other. To compensate for the blade gap difference, I flipped the razor to the other side with followup strokes. This razor is going to be sent in for a tune up and most likely a revamp for sure.

The Darwin Classic aftershave made for a wonderful pairing with the Black Pepper & Lime cream. The splash opens up with nice orange and lemon citrus note and then a nice light dose of lemongrass. The splash is also scented with ginger and patchouli, but could not detect it. I think the aftershave is aptly named "Classic" as it does have an old timey classic scent to it. Longevity was only a few minutes on my skin. Even though the scent staying power was short lived, that did not take away from my enjoyment of Darwin Classic.

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Very good lather, minimal scent on the soap.
A/S a nice compliment.

Rating: 4 / 5

Razor: Ming Shi Futur Clone
Blade: Ming Shi
Brush: 200t
Lather: C F Sandalwood
Aftershave: PAA Sangre de Drago
Additional Care:
Barbero Alum Block
3P La Crema

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#sotd #WildWestShaving #SchickInjector
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Shaver: Schick Injector by Mac Metalworks
Blade: Personna
Soap: Wild West Shaving Black Bart
Brush: Vie Long horse hair
Post shave: witch hazel, PAA alum, Black Bart aftershave and Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements beard oil Malbolge. PAA Ice pre-shave soap

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Crockett & Tubbs never had it this good!!

BRUSH...24mm blonde boar custom resin by +Matthew Marting

RAZOR...Gillette Tech w/ Ladas (1)

SOFTWARE....PAA “Miami Libre”

POST....Local Gent Shaving Co. balm

Very nice scent to close out the work week. Might take a siesta or two, this weekend! Waiting on a couple very anticipated mail calls that may hit home this weekend....stay tuned!

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Due to a confluence of circumstances I had to abandon the Starling in the first pass for my beloved Standard. I feel like the scent on the soap completely changed when I lathered it, but my son decided to shave with me so I'm not sure it wasn't the scent of his soap interfering with mine. I really like the scent dry, so I might use it again tomorrow to get a better feel for it.

#paa #sotd #SampleWeek

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2.23.18 travel night shave
#sotn #paa #semogue #crownking
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