Mail calls that turn into Shave of the DAYS!!!

For the past couple of weeks I have been picking out my 5 or 6 soaps that I plan to use for the week on Sunday night. I leave all the rest of my soaps stored away until its their turn. However this all gets messed up with awesome MAIL CALLS!!!!!

So I went to the post office yesterday afternoon and had a parcel waiting for me. As a wet shaver I find it hard to keep track of trades and purchases sometimes. So I rarely know what I am picking up. I also rarely check tracking numbers, because they just tend to drive me crazy waiting. Needless to say I didn’t know what I was picking up. Turns out it was a soap I had traded for a couple of weeks ago. A soap that really intrigued me scent wise. An artisan whom I have used a few times through samples and simply put LOVE the performance of……….


That’s right!!! Barrister and Mann’s Nocturne! Most wet shavers have heard of Barrister and Mann (B&M) and know their reputation. Great performing soaps with complex scents. I have used Seville and Cheshire, as well as Roam and enjoyed them all. However this particular scent intrigued me. Apples, fallen leaves, wood smoke, and cinnamon are all in the description and are right up my alley as far as scents go. With a name like Nocturne I assumed the scent would be dark and mysterious…I was thinking Nocturnal and darkness. I thought it would be very smokes and spicy from the cinnamon and very in your face……..not the case at all. That’s not a bad thing though. The apple and fallen leaves REALLY stand out. It’s not overly apple scented at all but it does remind me of apple picking and the fresh scent of fall in an orchard. It is lovely to my nose.

My first impression when I opened the jar was “It smells like The Body Shop” at the mall. Just a nice bright and inviting scent. However upon more sniffing it is a nice somewhat subtle scent which I think will become one of my favorites. It just smells comforting and inviting. Its one of B&M’s seasonal scents and was Discontinued in December…….. I almost forgot…..I shaved with it this morning!!!!


Razor : Gillette New

Blade : Gillette 7 O’clock Black

Soap : Barrister and Mann Nocturne

Brush : Zenshave/HTGAM Canadian LE

Toner : Thayer’s Rose

Aftershave : Nivea Soft

BBS for DAYS!!!! Seriously awesome shave. This soap not only smells great but performs like a monster. This lather is thick, cushiony, and very slick as well. It felt like I had silk on my face……just awesome, and the post shave did not disappoint. After one use this soap is one of my faves. Just typical B&M quality.

The Gillette New was very efficient. I noticed my shave yesterday didn’t last as long as usual. Obviously due to the fact I dialed the adjustable down to 3 for a milder shave. A new 7 O’clock blade was used and these are just great blades. I’d say a must try if you like Gillette Silver Blues, Platinums and Feathers.

The brush was a lather beast. Love the feel of this brush on my face. Ones wet the tips become luxurious yet have enough backbone to whip up awesome lather.

I finished it all off with Thayer’s Rose witch hazel and Nivea soft and I am very happy with the results. Its been 3 hours and my face feels amazing. Soft, supple and nourished. Just a fantastic shave from start to finish. I’m definitely going to be trading away some soaps in the next few days in an attempt to narrow my den down to below 25+ soaps……I have two more on the way as well.

I have a question for all of you whom have read this. What do you do with your mail calls? Are you like me and use stuff as soon as possible? Do you just put it into rotation and use it when its time comes up? Or do you put it away and forget about it? I myself am a user! If I get a couple of mail calls I may forget about something, but I tend to try to use stuff as soon as I can!! Please comment in the comment section and let me know your thoughts.

Enjoy the rest of this shortened work week and keep it BBS!!!



  1. Justin · April 9, 2015

    I always use my mail call items once they arrive or the next day if I have already shaved. The anticipation of receiving these items makes me want to use them asap. I am waiting on my first badger brush and I will be using it first shave after it gets here.

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    • Froogle_Jimmy · April 9, 2015

      I like your style. You may want to clean your brush once before its first use. New badgers can be slightly dirty. A good cleaning gets rid of any dirt etc…


  2. Mike Baker · April 9, 2015

    I love B&M! Fine stuff! As for mail calls, it depends. I do try to use them as soon a s possible, but I do the shaving video thing, so usually anything new I want to shoot video of, so sometimes I will hold off till then. Yhe exception to that is if it is something that I have never used before( a new line of soap, a new type of razor, etc). Then I kind of like to use it once before I shoot video, and get a better feel for it. I find I can better evaluate it for my viewers that way. But all of that goes out the window if it is something I’m really excited about. It is also great fun to share that first time excitement with everyone. Fun, fun fun.

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    • Froogle_Jimmy · April 9, 2015

      I hear ya on wanting to use something before you make one of your videos….makes total sense especially with NEW product lines!!!! But, like you said some stuff I am sure you cannot resist!!


  3. Jason r · April 9, 2015

    Mail calls are used asap for this guy where possible anyway. Sometimes I have a mail call that includes a pass around product that I only have for a limited time. In those cases I use the pass around product for the week then get to my mail calls.

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  4. steve · April 11, 2015

    I always use stuff that arrives in the mail. I’m with you on setting out stuff to use that gets put to one side whilst I’m trying out new stuff. I have a few things I want to use again at the moment but also have some stuff I haven’t used yet which I’ll use first.

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    • Froogle_Jimmy · April 13, 2015

      Its tough to decide when you have so much stuff…both new and old. But as Variety is the spice of life I guess its a nice problem to have

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      • steve · April 13, 2015

        It sure is. I just can’t see an end to it all at the moment. I better stop buying for a while.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Froogle_Jimmy · April 14, 2015

    Good luck with that….I keep telling myself that as well 😉


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