Razor: DS Cosmetic DS-D8 w/ RazoRock Barberpole
Blade: Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge Yellows
Brush: Wild West Brushworks 26mm Brown Synthetic
Soap: Ariana & Evans Ouddiction
Aftershave: Ariana & Evans Ouddiction
Other: Bond No 9 New York Amber

It was a rainy and cool morning when I woke for my morning shave.  I figured it was a good day to pull a more robust scent.  Luckily this new offering from A&E just arrived.  I was a bit nervous picking it up as I’ve had a lot of reactions with the A&E/Club stuff of late, along with a bad negative reaction with another honey-scented soap…. but the price was right and it got me to free shipping on a deal I was working.  I figured what the heck.

Ouddiction is a release from A&E in their OG Kaizen base.  Scent notes are Bergamot, Honey, Oud, Rose, Tobacco absolute, Saffron, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Patchouli.  To my nose, this is a very honey-forward oud scent.  The honey is very natural smelling and very sweet.  I can pick out a touch of tobacco and definitely vanilla but the honey and oud are primarily what comes through.  Scent strength is strong.  It is a powerhouse.  I find this fits perfectly in the family of the A&E Club releases The City (Sandalwood & Oud) and Wake the F* Up (Coffee & Oud).  If you like sweet and powerful scents, this would be a big win for you.  It for sure isn’t a scent to take lightly and is absolutely suited to the cooler months.

It has been a while since I last used Kaizen (I moved all the ones I had because reactions were becoming commonplace) but I remember the base being quite good.  It performed very well and it was honestly easier to load/lather than I remember.  I’m thinking as the soap has aged and dried out a touch, it has made that soft/super thirsty base work itself out a bit.  Top marks on all metrics and, I’m happy to say, I had no skin reactions today with the soap or the splash.  No issues with the shave, it was a great one, however, the scent wasn’t really a win for me.  It was a little over my sweetness threshold.  It will likely move to the sell/trade pile.

Once the scent had started to fade from the splash (it was a while) I decided to top it up with Bond No 9 New York Amber.  I received this in a frag lot a while ago and today was the first cool day I could use it.  I can say it doesn’t read Amber to me at all.  A subtle rose with a bit of sweetness and woodsiness overtop of the base of oud.  It is a nice (and powerful) scent but like the Ouddiction, probably not a keeper.

Scent wise today wasn’t a big win but I can’t complain about the shave.

All for now – J



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