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mgross
08-08-2008, 07:06 AM
Hi,

I live in NYC on the upper east side and am planning to go to Pasteur's pharmacy tomorrow on 62nd and Lexington (for my first time). I have the following products, but am looking to enhance my collection with some aftershaves, colognes, and perhaps some more shave soaps and creams, etc... I am not sure what I should buy and am having a tough time picking and choosing through the reviews.

My beginner collection:

1. Merkur HD (Derby Extras)
2. Shavemac 25mm Silvertip
3. Taylor of Old Bond Lavender Cream
4. AOS Lavender Cream
5. Proraso Cream
6. Tabac Shave Soap
7. Proraso Pre-Shave
8. Neutrogena razor defense balm

Any help is appreciated in recommending products that I should buy. Thank you so much in advance.

Jim
08-08-2008, 07:11 AM
With what you have on hand already I would say try a DR Harris soap or cream, or a Trumpers soap.A nice aftershave splash would fit in your stash as well. Cambridge Chemists is just across the street at 64th so stop in and say Hello there as well, Scott gives a nice discount to B&B members.
Have fun!

Suzuki
08-08-2008, 07:24 AM
If you tell a bit about your likes/dislikes, we'll be able to give you better recommendations.

Its sort of like asking "How long is a rope?"

Here are some suggestions:

AS products

Musgo splash - one of the best out there - good scent, good on the skin

Spieck splash - another winner

Proraso Splash - you seem to like the Proraso stuff and this is good stuff

Proraso Balm - another winner fromthe Proraso line

Trumper skin food - very light glycerine-rich balm that I really like - it really seals the skin and I use it a lot in the winter - pricey, but it lasts a long time - my bottle is over a year old and and I still have 2/3 left. I have the coral, which I enjoy - I've sampled the sandalwood, which is on my list of products to buy - likely in another couple of years when my current bottle runs out!

Soaps (if you buy the refills and not the ones in the wooden bowls, you save a ton of money and the refills fit into ziplock bowls pretty well).

Harris soaps
Trumper soaps - I think the sandalwood and coconut are tops.
Palmolive shave stick - great soap for the price IMHO

Creams - I don't use a lot of creams, so I wont make any recommendations.

Scents - I am a sucker for Penhaligons and Floris - the best thing to do is try a bunch and see what you like. They also have a great range of scents from Trumper and T&H (I quite like the Grafton and Trafalgar).

Brushes - there is absolutely nothing wrong with your Shavemac and there's no need to get another.

But...if you're in the market for a new brush, I'd see if they have any pre-Vulfix Simpson brushes left in stock. I'm not saying that the Vulfix-made Simpsons won't be good, I think they'll be different and the Simpson brushes had an undefinable "something" about them that kept many of us going back for more - even though they had QC issues from time to time. If you do buy an old-stock Simpson brush and find its not for you, you'll be able to sell it for what you paid - no problems.

The "best" grade of hair is great and represents excellent price/value.

Happy shopping!

Oh yeah, load up on the samples - especially the colognes!

mgross
08-08-2008, 08:10 AM
Amazing information! Thank you so much for the help.

With respect to what I like and don't like, I still think that I am too much of a newb to really have preferences. I like the way that the AOS cream lathers and it has great lubrication. However, since I've refined my lathering, I haven't used the Taylor's much. Also, using a soap with this brush is really tiring, so I've stuck with creams for the last week or so. Going to go back to the soap this weekend!

I really like the neutrogena post-shave balm, and I do have proraso post-shave lotion as well (I forgot about that).

So, I am still trying to develop my tastes and determine what I really like.

Thank you very much for the help. Now, I have some idea as to what people like and what I should try.