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Review: Wet Shave Club, January 2015 Box

Hey Shavers,

Taylor from Wet Shave Club recently contacted me to review one of their wet shaving starter kits. Disclaimer: I received the kit free of charge.

At the beginning of 2014 I tried the original Wet Shave Club subscription, but cancelled after 3 months due to lack of interest and waining funds; you can read about how it was sold to it’s current owners and what they did to revamp it here (an interesting read).

Contents

  • Double Edge Safety Razor
  • Leather Double Edge Razor Covering
  • Boar Hair Shave Brush
  • The Legends London Styptic Matches
  • Ellington’s Shave Soap
  • Shark Chrome Razor Blades
  • Super Max Platinum Razor Blades
  • Wet Shave Club coupon and instructional card

The Razor

The safety razor provided has a very nice heft and is based upon the popular Edwin Jagger/Mulhe head design. I spoke with Kevin, a co-owner of Wet Shave Club, and he told me the razors are manufactured in Pakistan. The razors are visually inspected before shipping, and Kevin said that WSC will replace any member’s faulty or broken razor. My razor handle was slightly uneven where the bottom plate and handle screw in and connected, but it didn’t affect the shave at all. I did a smooth 2 pass shave with it and enjoyed the knurling on the handle. The blades fit snugly and exposed evenly. The leather top cover would be nice for travel, but I doubt I’d use it daily (in the photo below, I used it to stand the razor upright).

The Blades

I initially tried one of the Super Max Platinum blades, but it felt dull and was tugging before the end of the first pass, so I switched to a Shark Chrome blade (I have a preference for Lord manufactured blades in general) for my second pass and touch up.

The Brush

The provided boar brush was decent quality, and would be a good starter brush for a shaver (however I personally prefer synthetic bristles). I was able to generate adequate lather immediately, although the brush will perform better after a breaking in period. There wasn’t much “new brush” odor, and it only shed 3 bristles during my trial.

The Shave Soap

A 2 oz Ellington’s Natural Shave Soap was featured; it reminded me of Ogallala Bay Rum shaving soap in scent and performance. It lathered quickly, but also dried quickly; I had to reapply lather more than usual. I was able to get a decent shave with it, but wouldn’t buy a refill. While I didn’t care for this soap much, YMMV. In a short interview with Kevin, he listed Mickey Lee Soapworks and Stirling as his favorite shaving soaps. He said that WSC generally tries to feature lesser known brands and artisan soaps in their boxes.

I really like the idea of a wet shaving subscription service and with the expanded product samples, I’m definitely interested in Wet Shave Club again. It is a good starting point for those just discovering wet shaving, or for people, like me, who constantly want to try new products. The initial starter kit including a razor and brush is on par with kits offered by other vendors, like Maggard or Italian Barber. I PIF’d my WSC kit to my barber school friend Anthony; I’ll update this article, or possible post a follow up article after he’s reported back to me.

Promo Code

If you’d like to try Wet Shave Club for yourself, use the code SHAVE5 for $5 off your purchase!

Until next time, Shave Well!

Handsome Rob (Instagram)
“I’m handsome, and you can be handsome too!”

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7 comments on “Review: Wet Shave Club, January 2015 Box

  1. Nathan
    February 10, 2015

    Have you tried the Shave Select box? It’s at shaveselect.com/box and it’s cheaper ($30 vs $25), and has a store similar to Maggard and Italian Barber, but much cheaper prices.

  2. Ryan N
    February 27, 2015

    I hope this finds you well. I was told by a few of my safety razor friends to send you a link to my review of 8 different blades i did the other day. I do not really have an outlet for this, i just wrote this up for fun in my spare time. I have put a link bellow. I look forward to hearing what you think. If you happen to take the time to read it, make sure you expand all the photos as you scroll. Thanks

    http://imgur.com/gallery/ag6BY

    Ryan

  3. Frank
    July 15, 2015

    This is a great box for anyone looking to take the plunge into wet shaving. It basically contains everything you need. Definitely worth a try.

  4. Ben Rose
    July 28, 2015

    Thank you for your honest review of wet shave club. I have been meaning to try them out for a while. I own a Edwin Jagger de89lbl and really enjoy the shave that I get. That is really cool that they mimic edwin jagger and muhle in regards to the headpiece. I will have to make the plunge soon and give it a shot!

  5. John Lark
    August 24, 2015

    I tried WSC or tried to try it and there was one hassle after another. The best thing I can say about the company is that they had/have a first rate customer service department who really did go out of their way to correct all the unfortunate things that happened to me after signing up. Some of these things included not having a razor included in my initial box, being charged improperly for the shipping on the box. I actually had to pay to pick up the box from the post office because the shipping label was not the accurate weight of the box. I liked the products but as you mentioned they were probably not products I would buy again. The biggest hassle was the razor being missing, (they did say they were happy to send another for free), but by that point in time I was just very frustrated and they were very gracious in offering me and giving me a full refund so kudos to them for that. As I said this company does have a great customer service department, and I definitely did get the feel that they will go out of their way to do right by their customers, unfortunately at the time I just determined it was not for me. Maybe I will give them another try in the future.

  6. I tried WSC back in April and was impressed with what I got in the first box. I didn’t get the razor or brush as they were extra. But as far as the blades, shaving soap, aftershave, shaving oil that I received it was great .I am new to wet shaving so it was nice to get sample products that I would never use and get to use them like the shaving oil which is nice as it has an old fashion smell and the aftershave which smells nice. The only thing I hated was I wanted to cancel so they gave me 20% off my next box. I said ok I’ll keep the subscription but then they cancelled me. I found out that they have a revamped 2.0 version with now includes a safety razor and brush included so decided to give them another go. What’s cool is I forgot to use a code for $5 off but they gave me back the $5 in my credit card so instead of paying $32 I actually got the $5 back making it $28. Probably keep the subscription if they don’t cancel it again.

  7. Keven Delouise
    February 1, 2017

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Many thanks, However I am experiencing troubles with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I cannot join it. Is there anyone else getting identical RSS problems? Anyone who knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanx!!|

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