So I was thinking recently, if I had to do it all over again, how would I do it? And then I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to come up with a list of must-haves from my experience, with a focus on the best bang for the buck items for the newbie. So here it is:
Omega Boar or Tweezerman Badger
Merkur HD or Edwin Jagger 89/86
Red Pack Israeli Personas
Kiss My Face (unscented, lime, mint, lavender – get the tubes, not the pumps to begin with)
Tabac (because why mess around with anything else for starters?)
Superior 70 bay rum
Flag & Sail Old Spice clone from CVS or Dollar Store
Mennen Skin Bracer or Acqua Velva (smell first, see which you like better, and buy)
Clubman Complete or Nivea Extreme Comfort
And there you have it. To me, this combo is the perfect newbie bang for the buck start up shave den – all the absolute must haves, plus a touch of decadence foreshadowing things to come. And total price tag for all of it should come under $100. How do ya like them apples?
Next acquisitions should include: Shark blades, Taylor creams, Arko creams, Godrej creams, Speick cream & aftershave, Musgo aftershave, Artisan vendor: SCS particularly sandalwood aftershave, Proraso, Clubman Special Reserve, and Thayer’s Witch Hazel.
From there on, you’re hooked and sky’s the limit! (sure has been with me!!!! Hello AD!!!!) Actually, I take it back. From then on, if you are smart (read: unlike me), you should ALWAYS buy samples of the expensive stuff first, or trade for them, before plunking down a ton of jack and realizing you don't like the product.
As always, YMMV.
What do you think?