Wednesday, February 27, 2013

If you're anywhere in Canada or the Northern states of the USA right now, the weather is probably a bit on the "cold and damp" side. This weather sets the perfect mood for wearing some of the more warming, complex fragrances available from the traditional shaving brands. Whilst Britain does not have the monopoly on inclement weather that stereotype suggests, the various London based traditional perfumers do a very good line in scents that help lift the mood during the colder, darker months. Here are three notable picks: 

D.R. Harris's "Marlborough" fragrance is one of the lighter and brighter scents that has warming notes, with a slightly citrus opening that settles into a woody, cedar and sandalwood scent. On some people, the Marlborough cologne also has subtle notes of dry tobacco. Overall a subtle and warming fragrance suitable for everyday use.

First made available in 1902, Geo. F. Trumper's "Spanish Leather" is a very well-regarded and quite masculine fragrance. A clean but very warm and heady fragrance, Spanish Leather's main tones are a sensual musk over woody, spicy notes of patchouli. There are elements of something smoky, and on some people, hints of floral notes.

Most fans of traditional shaving products will have tried something in a Sandalwood scent at least once. With so many companies offering a Sandalwood scent, each is a little different from the other. Taylor of Old Bond Street's Sandalwood features a base of woody patchouli and sandalwood, powdery musk and slightly earthy and smoky vetivert. Over this are top notes of fern and orange blossom. This results in a comforting and slightly old-fashioned, woody, powdery and soapy sandalwood fragrance.

The experience of wearing a cologne will of course vary between people. Mood and personal preferences aside, everyone has slightly different body chemistry, and a perfume will dry down. mellow and develop differently for different people as it interacts with their skin. There are even anecdotal accounts of fragrance developing differently on the same person revisiting it months later, due to subtle changes in body chemistry throughout the course of the year.
All three of the scents featured are also available in aftershave strength and as a shaving cream or soap.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Kaliandee now has a selection of 3 piece wet-shaving sets, with a range of brushes, double edge razors and Mach 3 razors from Edwin Jagger, Merkur, Vulfix, Simpsons and Taylor of Old Bond St. These are ideal for the beginner, as well as the more experienced wet-shaver looking for an upgrade.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Geo. F. Trumper (are good for winter blues)

Geo. F. Trumper are one of the big 3 names in English traditional shaving. Established as a gentleman’s barbers in 1875 by George Trumper, they rapidly gained a reputation for their perfumery as well as their luxurious and professional barbering services. One of their most iconic product lines is their Extract of Limes, available as fragrance, shaving soap, shaving cream and a bath and shower gel. Launched in the 1880’s, and packaged in a distinctive pink since wartime paper shortages made other colours unavailable; this intensely sharp and fresh lime fragrance is perfect for getting your day off to a good start, especially at this time of year when the days are still short and the weather harsh.
Probably the best way to enjoy the Extract of Limes range is to shower using the Extract of Limes shower gel, then shave using the soap or cream. 
The cologne has a very intense opening, but is somewhat short-lived, and is best used as an occasional pick-me-up rather than as part of a fragrance wardrobe.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Simpson's Wee Scot

The Simpsons Wee Scot is one of the more charismatic brushes available to the wet-shaver, but is occasionally overlooked as a novelty. At just under 70mm in height and filled with Best Badger with a 40mm loft (the height of hair protruding from the handle), it is the smallest brush Simpsons make, and probably the smallest brush intended for actual shaving use in production anywhere. Despite the skepticism its size may invite, the Wee Scot is a very capable and serviceable shaving brush. Handmade on the Isle of Man to the same high standard as all of Simpson’s brushes, the Wee Scot has a dense knot and is firm enough to lather solid soaps, yet as a Best Badger grade brush still offers a pleasantly soft lathering experience on the face. The density of the knot also allows the Wee Scot to produce and hold enough lather for multiple passes (with the right technique!). 
The diminutive size of the Wee Scot lends itself to the precise application of lather, useful for “touch-ups” as well as less messy shaves; conservative use of shaving cream or soap, ideal for making the most of samples or travel sized shaving creams; and of course the Wee Scot makes a great travel brush. Many a wet-shaver has purchased a Wee Scot as a travel brush only to discover quite how good it is and include it in their regular rotation. 
One of the older brushes in Simpson’s stable, the Wee Scot has actually slightly increased in size over the years, as well as reverting to a more “classical” style handle, complete with Alexander Simpson’s signature printed on the side. The fact that this is the ONLY Simpson’s brush to bear their founder’s signature may be the greatest endorsement that this brush can receive.
This charming little brush may be a novelty, but it’s no toy.
Currently available from and

Earlier this month we added a few more models from Merkur, including both versions of the Classic, and the polished finish Futur. We also now carry brushes by Simpsons and Vulfix- including the legendary Simpsons Chubby and the charismatic Wee Scott. We also have a few more new brands on the way which we should be able to announce later this month. We will also be adding sets with double edge safety razors and more contemporary systems (such as the Mach 3 and Fusion cartridges), for those in Canada and the United States who would like a more traditional shaving experience but who prefer modern cartridge blades. Check out our store for more details!

The Kaliandee store now has a rather nice line-up of wet shaving basics (we’ll be expanding our range in the future, and we’re trying to get hold of some rarer items), and we also have a few non-grooming leather items from Bosca (belts, bags, wallets, travel kits and phone cases) that you may wish to treat yourself to, or drop a few hints about! We also offer a gift wrapping service, with some very swanky wrapping.
The photo doesn’t quite do the gift wrapping justice, we’re really quite proud of how good it looks!