I decided to break out the CF Cedar/Sandalwood travel kit I won in the Carnival of Smiles. At first look I'm in shock at how small everything is. I'm even more shocked that they say the cream can last 5/6 months. Next I can't move past the scent. My goodness, it smells like I've landed in the lumber yard. So, with my trusty warm scuttle and equally trusted EJ SBB, I dive in remembering that I read here on B&B a little bit of CF goes a long way.
First, I apply the pre-shave oil. I put about a dime size amount in my hand. Surprisingly, it's enough to coat my entire face. When I'm done I can't really feel it on there.
Next I add some cream to my scuttle. I put in a little less than an almond size amount with maybe a tea spoon of hot water. As I'm trying to produce a lather I notice all the bubbles in my scuttle. For a minute, I felt as though I didn't put enough cream in or put in too much water. Then, the magic happened. Like an explosion of Arko, the CF exploded into a bright lather. The more I pumped and swirled my brush the more lather was produce. What was said about a little bit going a long way is true. I think I perhaps had too much. The lather was very cushioning on my face and slick too. Although I'm still trying to like the scent, the properties of the cream is top notch.
Finally, after multiple passes, blade buffing my face and adding some witch hazel, I look to the ASB. My instincts is to stay away from the cedar/sandalwood lest I smell like Home Depot and go for the 1445. But to be fair to the product I finish off with the cedar/sandalwood. Again a dime size amount was enough to adequately cover my face including a my back neck area where I shaved.
I'm thoroughly impressed with this product. I understand the cost factor as this is a higher quality product than most out there. I got a DFS bordering on a BBS due to blade buffing my hard to get areas. There is a very small patch on my lower neck that is still a minutely prickly. The rest is so very smooth. I'm not too sure how much the pre-shave balm helped as opposed to my normal warm water routine before shaving. Despite a little irritation from blade buffing, there was absolutely zero burn after applying the ASB. It's been about 3 hours ago that I applied the ASB and I really can't smell it. SWMBO said it's a light scent and she likes it.
To fully understand and appreciate this new product I am going to shave with it this week. I am also going to use a new SE blade to make sure I'm giving this product a fair review. I'll keep this thread going with shaving updates as they happen.