245 – On The Mid-Tier Shave

What do you know, it’s been five years ever since I last reviewed a shaving product!

I was supposed to write a review for another shaving cream and aftershave balm after the ones I purchased from Lush and Beauty Bar ran out. A local barber shop and men’s grooming products retailer (Slickville Barbers) had some in stock, so I paid their Katipunan Avenue branch a visit and bought the shaving cream and aftershave from Suavecito. This American brand is mainly popular for its hair styling products such as pomades.

It took me some time to finish the Suavecito shaving set; terrible products in big sizes.

Unfortunately, both the Suavecito Shaving Crème and Suavecito Menthol Vanishing Crème failed to live up to my expectations.

For one, the Suavecito Shaving Crème was difficult to apply because it was too frothy. It did not easily dissipate in water because of its overly frothy consistency. The Suavecito Menthol Vanishing Crème was far from an aftershave that your skin absorbs over time. You literally must wipe it off your skin, which I found wasteful. On the other hand, washing it off defeats the purpose of putting on aftershave. So much for something that’s “vanishing.

I decided to look for an entirely different shaving product to use. This set from Woody’s got my attention during a 2017 visit to Beauty Bar in UP Town Center. Woody’s is an American men’s grooming brand whose products – such as pomade, body spray, body wash, and bath soap – are stocked by Beauty Bar.

Let’s start by talking about the Woody’s Shave Lather. Its consistency is akin to the Lush Ambrosia Shaving Cream, with the extra lather contributing to a slick shave. I usually leave this for some time before shaving to make the hair softer and easier to remove. The product’s scent reminds me of the iconic Davidoff Cool Water fragrance, which makes me feel more awake in the morning.

I discovered the Schick Xtreme 3 razor by accident when the original Gillette variant I preferred was out of stock. I eventually stuck with it as it was more affordable than the one I used before. While the Schick Xtreme 3 razor is not exactly economical as each pack only comes with one razor, it lasts a pretty long time. Three blades plus a lubricating strip deliver a smooth shave. Do note, however, that the Schick Xtreme 3 razor is now in a green and black colorway compared to its old black and white.

If there’s one low point I find in this razor, it would be its rather fragile construction. I usually tap my razor onto the sink to get rid of any hair that remains after rinsing the blade in running water. I might have tapped it too much – the razor head blew apart. I just put everything back into place.

I usually do a final alcohol rinse after shaving before putting on aftershave balm. The Woody’s Shave Relief Balm is literally a relief! It’s like the Groomed Cool It! Post Shave Balm in consistency, but with a more subdued scent. It also has the skin-absorbing quality present in the VMV Hypoallergenics 1635 Invigorating Aftershave Gel – minus the astringent sensation. I put it on and it gets absorbed throughout the day, leaving a shine.

I bought these two products for P650 each, for a total of P1300. Some of you might find it expensive, but these products last a long time. I already used up the Woody’s Shave Lather, but the Woody’s Shave Relief Balm is still with me! I’d say the price is truly mid-tier, as these are more expensive than the drugstore shelf editions yet are priced lower than high-end variants.

To end this entry – if you’re looking for a good shaving set for everyday use, I  very much recommend the Woody’s shaving set.

Until the next review!

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