ZIRH Corduroy

ZIRH Corduroy

www.zirh.com

It’s about that time of year to start thinking about switching out your lighter summer fragrances for those of the more woody notes for fall and winter.  With the cooler air aplenty, you’ll need a bit of a heavier, muskier fragrance to cut through the fall and winter chill.  The lighter citrus-y scents of summer just don’t stand a chance on cooler days. Eau de Parfums (EDPs) are ideal for cooler weather as they tend to be a bit stronger and will also last quite a bit longer, although there are many quality Eau de Toilettes (EDTs) on the market that will do just fine.

One of the ZIRH line of EDT colognes, Corduroy ($58 for 4.2oz), is a carefully concocted potion that includes notes of lavender, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, amongst others, and you’ll have no problem attracting the women.  While there is a very masculine woody scent, it’s not so much that it is overbearing.  The complexity of the cologne is what I find great, because you can catch different notes at different times.  In cooler weather, your body doesn’t product as much moisture and natural oils, which in summer react with the fragrance tend to magnify it. But because there are so many different fragrant components, you’re guaranteed that your scent will not be lost in the cool breeze.

When I put Corduroy on, it makes me want to throw on my heaviest flannel shirt and go build a log cabin with my bare hands, yet it works just as well when I put on my suit and tie and go to the office.  Just make sure that whichever cologne you choose, it is something that fits with the time of the season and climate you are in.

www.zirh.com

Dreadnought Shaving

Dreadnought Shaving

www.dreadnought-shaving.com

www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk

Dreadnought Shaving is the US brand of the more familiar UK-based Bluebeard’s Revenge shaving products.  Because of trademark issues, the company had to re-brand the products to be sold in the US…different name, but the same great product!  When I received my shipment, the first thing I noticed was the packaging.  It’s not flashy or overdone by any means, but it takes a rather simplistic approach that is still able to grab your attention.  I get giddy over great packaging and Dreadnought did not disappoint.

What I received was the Luxury Pre-Shave Oil, Luxury Shaving Cream, and Post Shave Balm.  I gave them my typical two-week test run, using these products exclusively (except for the addition of a pre-shave exfoliating face wash, as Dreadnought does not currently carry one, and we all know every great shave begins with exfoliation).  The products all have the same fragrance, which I cannot quite put my finger on, but it is a nice clean, yet masculine scent that is rather pleasant and not at all overbearing.

Luxury Pre-Shave Oil ($19 for 125ml)

Pre Shave Oil

I commend Dreadnought on the bottle they used for the pre-shave oil.  One of my pet peeves is when you get a bottle of pre-shave oil that takes about 26 shakes just to get a couple measly drops out of it.  The Dreadnought bottle is designed so that you can control the amount dispensed, while not having to complete a full bicep workout before you even get to shave.  The oil goes on smooth and remains on your skin without feeling like it soaks in too much.  A good pre-shave oil not only provides your face with the proper lubrication for a smooth shave, but it prepares your beard by lifting the whiskers, which Dreadnought is able to accomplish.  Overall, one of the better pre-shave oils I have come across, and the price is worth it for the amount that you get.

Luxury Shaving Cream ($19 for 100ml)

Shave Cream

I was very pleased with the results of the Luxury Shaving Cream, and that was even before I truly understood what was even in it.  After doing some research, I discovered that both the Shaving Cream and Post Shave Balm contain something called “Decelerine” which allegedly helps reduce the appearance of beard growth and helps your skin recover post-shave.  While I won’t ever completely understand the science behind Decelerine (click here to read about it on Dreadnought’s website), I once again got giddy about this product as I have a beard in which the hair grows in every different direction, and at a rapid pace.  I’ve actually had people ask, “Oh, you didn’t shave today?” literally a couple of hours after I shaved.  The magic number for the real results comes after 60 days, so I’d really like to try this stuff out long-term to see if it really works.  Nonetheless, the Shaving Cream does a fantastic job doing what it does- providing a smooth, effortless shave.  It can be applied with a brush, or simply using your hands.  Either way provides a rich, thick, and creamy lather that lasts throughout the entire shave.  No razor burn or irritation was experienced while using this product, so that is always a win in my book.

Post Shave Balm ($19 for 100ml)

Post Shave Balm

The Post Shave Balm again features the Decelerine, which Dreadnought seems to be pushing as the key ingredient.  While results are pending on the effectiveness of Decelerine, the Balm does act as a great post shave product.  While I was initially a little curious by the look and texture of the product (it looks like really runny Vaseline or KY Jelly), I found it to be very effective. It was actually very similar in texture to one of my other favorites, Trumper’s Skin Food.  I didn’t find anywhere that it is promoted as a post shave moisturizer, but truthfully, I didn’t feel the need to moisturize after using the balm.  Just a finger tips amount is all you need for your face and neck.   The light fragrance is a nice subtle finish to a great shave.  Using all three products in conjunction really adds to the effectiveness of each individual product, truly a shaving product trifecta.

I’d really like to see Dreadnought/Bluebeards develop a pre-shave exfoliating face wash to complete the set (hint, hint).  Either way, Dreadnought has something good going on, and I would highly recommend their products to any guy looking for a high quality shaving experience, especially those with the Brillo Pad beards like me.

www.dreadnought-shaving.com

www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk