This morning’s shave features the relatively new wet shaving company, DeLuxe Shaving Co. I’m excited to give DeLuxe Midnight Garden shaving cream a try for the second time with an accompanying suite of tried and true wet shaving tools. My face is feeling healthy and taut with about two days of whisker growth ready for destruction. Let’s give DeLuxe Midnight Garden a go.
Preparation: Hot shower
Razor: Muhle R41 Open Comb Safety Razor
Blade: Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Razor Blade
Soap: DeLuxe Shaving Co. Midnight Garden Shaving Cream*
Brush: Semogue 620 Superior Boar Bristle Shaving Brush
Finish: Thayers Aftershave Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula
That was a pleasant shave. Loading from the dry, and relatively soft DeLuxe Midnight Garden puck with the damp, Semogue 620 boar brush was quite simple. After approximately 10 seconds of light swirling, an abundant amount of paste had built between the boar bristle. While Deluxe Midnight Garden is billed as a shaving cream, it has a structure much similar to a softer shaving soap rather than typical creams on the market such as Taylor of Old Bond Street or Proraso. That said, a little goes a long way as I quickly whipped-up a profuse amount of DeLuxe Midnight Garden lather with about 30 seconds of brush swirling on my moist, freshly showered face. I probably could have loaded the brush for about half the time and, consequently, with half the product and still had plenty of lather for my shave. The Deluxe Midnight Garden lather is capable of taking on a significant amount of water in the mix and builds to a very slick and relatively dense, creamy consistency with a remarkable sheen. I took note from a previous shave and several test-lathers with DeLuxe Midnight Garden that, while it can hold a relatively high amount of water in the lather mix, you can over do it which results in a loose lather that dissipates quickly. I found that starting with a drier brush and keeping an eye out for that telltale sheen while slowly adding water to the mix by dipping just the tip of my brush into hot tap water allowed me to achieve a “just right” product-to-water ratio.
I completed a standard two pass shave with one pass straight down the length of my face, then a final pass straight up, from neck to cheek. I finished with some light touching-up on my neck. The venerable Muhle R41 paired with the balanced, sharp and smooth Gillette Silver Blue glided effortlessly atop the protective and quite slick DeLuxe Midnight Garden lather. I’d rank the slickness of the DeLuxe lather in the top-tier of other shaving soaps I’ve utilized and far superior to any other shaving cream I’ve experienced. I found that the DeLuxe Midnight Garden lather offered a substantial protective barrier for the aggressive Muhle R41 and left behind a fair amount of residual slickness after the razor pass. In between passes, I did notice a bit of sheen to my facial skin which felt slightly oily to touch. Scraps of remaining DeLuxe Midnight Garden lather rinsed away cleanly leaving my face feeling very soft and supple. I quite enjoyed the luxurious DeLuxe Midnight Garden post-shave feel that was highly moisturizing.
The scent of DeLuxe Midnight Garden off the puck is strong and heavy with a tart lemon/floral lead. As I built the lather, a sweeter citrus scent revealed with light hints of sweeter florals. As I continued the shave, I picked-up on a solid earthy green base that somewhat subdued the brighter citrus and floral notes. I enjoyed this pleasant mingling of fragrances that was strong but not overpowering. In the end, the sweet/tart scents battled for prominence atop the vetiver grounding which lingered somewhat after the final rinse. This was a quite enjoyable fragrance experience that I can see myself returning to.
In lieu of a proper DeLuxe Midnight Garden aftershave pairing, I opted for the light, naturally scented Thayer’s aftershave. Upon initial application I reveled in the bracing alcohol sensation which gave way to a soothing dry down. The scent of Thayer’s aftershave is mild with a slight witchhazel woodiness. It was a fine pairing for DeLuxe Midnight Garden that allowed for the residual soap fragrance to last as long as possible. After about 10 minutes of drying, the aloe tackiness from the Thayer’s subsided and my face felt soft and nourished, ready for the day.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 4
Overall – 4.33 A close, slick shave.
*Disclaimer – DeLuxe Shaving Co. contacted Anthronicle.com to offer their product for review. After agreeing to the Anthronicle.com Product Acceptance Policy, DeLuxe Shaving Co. provided a sampling of their products to Anthronicle.com including the Midnight Garden Shaving Cream featured in this Shave Experience article.
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