Chisel Shave Club

I recently received a delightful box of wet shaving supplies from Chisel Shave Club. I haven’t used them yet, but the presentation is outstanding and the contents seem quiet interesting.


A little about Chisel: Chisel Shave Club is a new subscription box that started in late 2015, dedicated to helping men discover the lost art of wet shaving. Chisel is designed to help men find the wet shaving products that are best for them. Each box includes shaving soap, razor blades, aftershave, lotion, pre-shave oils, and other men’s grooming products.

The box I received also included a traditional safety razor and a shaving brush. I already use a shaving brush because it provides a superior lather and makes for a closer shave. I ‘m excited to try the razor and the other products.


My initial impression is that the Chisel box is very nicely done and the products smell amazing. As I use what’s in the box, I’ll let you know how I like it.

For now, you can get started with Chisel Shave Club and enjoy a 10% discount on your first order when you enter discount code: STERLINGGENT10

Happy Shaving!

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Review: Penhaligon’s No. 33 Cleanser

I wrote recently about my decision to purchase Penhaligon’s No. 33 Cleanser and try it out.

It’s a men’s soap for facial cleansing and it’s scented with their new fragrance, No. 33.

I’ve been using it for about a week now, and here are my thoughts:

I use Penhaligon’s No. 33 Cleanser in the evening, with my shower after work and/or before bed.

The soap is clear out of the dispenser and lathers nicely on a wet face. The smell is exquisite. Like you’d expect from a luxury soap. Light, pleasant, and invigorating. It makes me look forward to the cleansing ritual in the evening.

Here’s what I’ve noticed. My face is incredibly soft and clear and looks fresh when I finish the shower. The scent lingers for a bit, maybe an hour.

But to me, the real test is the way I feel and look in the morning.

When I wake up, 8 or more hours after having used the cleanser, my face is soft and looks clean and clear and bright.

I like the confidence of starting a day feeling refreshed and knowing I look refreshed, too. I like the fact that after a week of use, my face appears brighter and my skin seems clearer.

I’m going to keep using this stuff — and I’ll let you know how it goes, but for now, I’m very, very happy with my purchase of Penhaligon’s No. 33 Cleanser.

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Penhaligon’s No. 33 Cleanser

Penhaligon’s is out with a new men’s fragrance, No. 33 and it comes in a variety of grooming products.

As I’m a fan of Blenheim Bouquet, especially in warmer months, I chose to begin my No. 33 experience with the cleanser. Should I enjoy it, I’ll likely consider a purchase of the cologne.

The cleanser arrived today and I’ll be using it this evening. I’ll be reviewing it after I’ve used it for a day or so.

Ahead of the arrival, I wanted to see what I might expect in terms of the scent. Here’s how Penhaligon’s describes it:

It opens in an aromatic burst of crisp citrus, rustic armoise and clary sage alongside a bracing lavender note. Incredibly smooth, the heart is enriched by warming pepper, ginger and cardamom and fresh, rosy geranium. Tobacco, cedar and vetiver add a dry smokiness, balanced by the restrained sweetness of tonka, amber and vanilla. A contemporary celebration of lavender in all its bracing charm.

I’m intrigued by this description and from the rather sparse reviews I found that indicate the cologne is light and pleasant and clearly masculine.

More later as I try this iteration of Penhaligon’s No. 33.

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Review of Harry’s Shaving

Last year, I wrote about my switch to Dreadnought Shave Cream — a switch I have not regretted at all. To the extent shaving can be enjoyable, Dreadnought makes it more so.

Now, in this review of Harry’s Shaving, I’ll tell you about another important switch.

When I was 18, Gillette sent me a Mach 3 razor and 2 blades in the mail. I think it came with some aftershave, too.  The razor was nice, a decent weight, felt good in my hand. The blades were sharp — and there were THREE! A big improvement, I thought, over the two blades on the plastic disposable razors I’d been using through high school.

And, well, the shave was better.  By a lot. The blades lasted a bit, then, at college, I bought replacement blades.

Fast forward 22 years. I’m using the Gillette Fusion razor and blades. Yes, a simple marketing trick — mailing me their nice razor and blades — resulted in 22 years of my business.

Then, a few weeks ago, I went to buy replacement blades. And the price is crazy. And I think about the ads I’ve seen for Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club. I checked out both sites, and the prices were definitely cheaper. Harry’s seemed to cost a bit more, but also had a blade that seemed similar to the 5-blade Fusion I’d been using. I decided to try Harry’s and see what happened.

For about $15, I got a razor with a blade attached and 4 replacement blades. In looking at replacement blade prices at Harry’s, they come in at about HALF what I’ve been paying for Gillette.

Of course, if the shave isn’t good, the low price doesn’t matter.

So, my Harry’s Truman razor in olive green came in on Saturday along with my 4 replacement blades. The packaging was quite nice.

I knew they were on the way, so I hadn’t shaved that morning. And once they were in, I knew I’d wait until Sunday morning to shave.

With one day of beard growth, I was pretty stubbly Sunday morning. I have dark hair, so my beard is noticeable even when I skip just a day of shaving.

I lathered up with Dreadnought and a shaving brush.  And started my first Harry’s shave.

I’ll admit, I noticed a bit of pulling at first, but nothing too bad. The glide was nice and the overall experience smooth. The blades cleaned easily when water ran through them.

I finished up and my face was — WOW — incredibly smooth. This was the smoothest, closest shave I can remember having. After patting down with water and applying a light aftershave, I headed off for some coffee.

My face felt a new sensation. Smooth. Rubbing my hand across my face in any direction revealed soft, clean skin.  The irritation and bumps I’d sometimes get from shaving were not present.

I used my Harry’s Truman razor again today. And again, an amazing shave that seems better than anything I’ve ever used.

To be clear, the combination of a good cream, a shaving brush, and a great razor makes the shaving experience. I’ve had the great cream for over a year. I’ve recently added a shaving brush. And the sharp, smooth Harry’s razor and blades seem to be the perfect touch. After all, it’s the razor that removes the hairs from your face. Harry’s is a winner in my book — and at half the price of what I was using, I’ll be ordering more from them.

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A Gentleman and Hair Loss

Many a gentleman, no matter the age, will face the issue of hair loss.

Some will embrace it. Perhaps shave your head. Or just let it go the way it’s going to go.

Some men, though, want to fight hair loss. Or, at least, make the process a little less unpleasant.

If you’re going to fight your hair loss, you may as well resist with a natural product that gets real results.

Have you ever read the side effects of Rogaine? Ouch! No, thanks!

So, here’s some information on Nioxin – which has been around for some time and which seems to get pretty decent results, at least according to a guy who has written about it:

Well, you can fight hair loss with Nioxin.

I use the full system — the shampoo, scalp therapy, scalp treatment — for a while, this seemed to slow my hair loss and keep my hair looking full.  Plus, it’s a great shampoo that makes your hair soft and thick-looking.

As I’ve aged a bit, my hair loss is now accelerating somewhat.  That’s when I added Nioxin intensive hair follicle booster.  It’s supposed to work to stimulate your follicles and keep them growing. No, it won’t regrow hair from lost follicles, but it DOES keep your hair growing.  Those follicles that used to have only that tiny peach fuzz are now sprouting hair.  That’s after about 5 months of regular use.

Plus, I find the product works a bit like a pomade and helps keep your hair in place.  Combining it with the scalp treatment makes for a red scalp at first, but it works.  It makes my hair look thicker and I can tell that I’m keeping more. 

It’s especially helpful (to me) at the front of my scalp where I was slowly losing my hairline. 

So, if you are a gentleman struggling with hair loss and you want to fight it, you might give Nioxin a try.

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Quercus Bath and Shower Gel

I’ve written before about a man and his shower.

And, I’ve also written about a warm season fragrance I love, Quercus by Penhaligon’s.

And despite the late season snow yesterday, it is spring.

Now, about Quercus Bath & Shower Gel.

First, it is pitched as a unisex scent.  This is certainly true and I’ve had the pleasure of sensing it on a woman.  Luxurious, indeed.

Quercus is also strong, refreshing, and powerful. A man who has finished a long day at the office and wants a warm, welcoming shower will appreciate Quercus. As will the man who spent his day working under the car or tending to the landscaping.

When combined with heat and steam, Quercus is simply exquisite. It is a vacation unto itself.

As I’ve written before, Quercus cologne goes great with sweat and heat.  Its power is intensified when your body heats up.  Likewise, the shower gel gains strength and force when matched with a hot, steamy shower.

For a shower experience you’ll relish every single time, Quercus is for you.


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Dreadnought Shaving Cream

What is the best shave cream for men? Do premium shaving creams really offer a noticeable difference?

Here, I attempt to answer these questions.

I was first made aware of Dreadnought Shaving Cream by @HeyClurra.

While I’ve used some higher-end shaving creams before, I usually stick to the Aveeno Active Naturals stuff — it’s about $4, so a little on the higher end for the store.  There’s no added scent, and it smells a touch like an oatmeal cookie — a hint of vanilla and a fragrance that quickly dissipates post-shave.  It’s a good, solid shave and it’s not that expensive.

Dreadnought shaving cream comes in at $18.  Not the most premium price point, but not cheap, either.

Dreadnought shaving cream comes in a delightful canister.  It’s perfect for using a shaving brush, but I just added a dot to the palm of my hand and used some warm water to work up a lather.

I was impressed by how thick and rich the lather was.  The scent was definitely present.  It’s a light, soapy scent.  A traditional men’s shaving smell to be sure.  After working the stuff into my face, I shaved as I normally do.

My initial impression was positive. The glide was smooth and nice and the stubble cleared nicely. Plus, the scent made me feel fresh and clean.  I noticed less irritation than normal, so that’s a plus.

I applied my normal aftershave balm and went about my day.

I noticed my skin felt soft and smooth, seemingly more so than usual.

I used Dreadnought Shaving Cream for a full work week and found it pleasant.  Certainly, a good experience.

But, worth $18?

I decided to return to my old standby.  I used the old stuff for the weekend.  Still, a good, rich lather.  But the shave was slightly painful.  The irritation post-shave more apparent.  After two days, I went back to Dreadnought.

I love it! The shave is clean, the glide is great, the irritation is minimal, the scent is welcoming and I’m imagining will be even better on a warm summer morning.  I’d also imagine a woman leaning in for a kiss or to whisper something sweet might find the aroma inviting.

Is it worth 3 times what I used to pay for shave cream? I think so. It is supposed to last through 50 shaves, so about 2 months.  If it does, it’s definitely worth it.  For now, I’m using Dreadnought and loving it every single day.



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The Best Shave Cream for Men

Is it DreadnoughtMale Standard seems to think so.

So, try for yourself and see if you believe it is the best shave cream for men. If you try it, please let us know!


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Some Gentlemanly Advice

From our friends at Penhaligon’s


Ensure you are always Clean Shaven
Headwear should never be worn indoors
Ensure your footwear is always Well Polished
Ensure your bristles are Crumb-Free
A light splash of scent will ensure you make a Fine Impression
Eyeing a lady's ankles in public may result in a Slapped Cheek
Blowing one's nose in the company of ladies is not acceptable
Ensure your collar is always pristine and stiffened
Ensure your underarms are suitably fresh
Should a lady refuse your advances it is wise to reapply your scent


The Scent of Summer

A gentleman pays careful attention to details.  And that includes his shower.  I’ve written before about the importance of gentleman enjoying his shower (or bath).

And, now that it is officially summer, I’d like to share one of my shower favorites.

I included Quercus in my list of favorite masculine scents.  I noted how perfect it is for warm summer days.  How it blends wonderfully with that inevitable summer sweat.  How it is fresh, and light, and wonderful. Simply put, Quercus is the Scent of Summer.

Now, I’m offering a free bottle of Quercus Bath and Shower Gel in a little #QuercusSummer giveaway.

Penhaligon's Quercus Bath & Shower Gel 300ml

Here’s how it works: Simply tweet out this link and tag it #QuercusSummer and of course, mention @SterlingGent in your tweet.  Everyone who tweets out the link as instructed by Tuesday, July 2nd at 12PM Central Time will be entered in a drawing.  I’ll announce the winner Friday afternoon and we’ll work out the shipping details.

Every gentleman should enjoy summer – and a #QuercusSummer is just the way to go.