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What's New

Chasing the Dragon - Now in Kaizen 2 (K2) for VIP Members.

Chasing the Dragon is our flanker to the immensely popular Khalifa. However, Chasing the Dragon is a bit more refined and less aggressive compared to Khalifa. I think we did a superb job in creating this scent, while maintaining a mysterious, veiled fragrance that can be worn day or night. Khalifa is a very dark, decadent and an unapologetic punch in the face. Dragon shares some of the notes, but is a bit more sophisticated, with edges rounded and some added notes of star anise and a hint of burnt maple syrup with a hint of florals. It's amazingly complex and beautiful. 

Notes: Star anise, coffee, pepper, jasmine, oud, rose, cedarwood, sandalwood, H*shish & other ' resins'(synthetic and nothing illegal) vanilla and hint of bourbon. 

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Khalifa in Kaizen 2

Currently available to VIP Members only. Public release will be available soon.

Peach & Cognac Review

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Skin Essentials

Introducing our Skin Essentials Shaving Butter

Not Your Ordinary Soap

I wanted to challenge myself and see if I can create something different. My goal was to create a superb vegan soap, providing the slickest shaving experience in the industry, density reminiscent of Kaizen and the very best post shave in the world. If successful, this elite level experience would be introduced in upscale packaging at an affordable price. I think we succeeded!

This line is created and scented in-house with essential oils, resins and absolutes.

Two Brands...Three Extraordinary Bases

The Back Room   

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The Back Room Access

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How to build a lather

It all begins with a great shaving soap. A&E and Club branded soaps are among the best in the industry and will work with any type of brush or water.  If you are a beginner, we recommend a good synthetic, as they're virtually maintenance free and super easy to build a superb lather. This is personal preference.

1. Fill your bowl (if bowl lathering) with hot water and warm your bowl & brush together.

2. Place brush into bowl  and soak for 5 minutes or so. Most people do this while showering and most effective using a natural hair brush.

4.  Remove brush  and squeeze bristles lightly to get rid of excess water. You can also give it a few light shakes as well.  

5. Start load your brush by swirling brush in soap jar using circular motion. We recommend light to medium pressure. Add some plunger motions as well. This will help in significantly building up your lather.  Continue swirling until a paste-like consistency begins to form on the top of the soap and on the brush. 
Bubbles (like a hand soap or bubble bath) are the result of too much water. 
Continue to swirl until it's pasty and almost looks like Elmer's glue. I personally love this consistency. 

6. You can now build your lather on face or use a soap bowl. Either one will work just fine. 

7. Add water as needed- a few drops at a time. I will normally wet my hand slightly from faucet and let a few drops drip from hand onto brush. Most of the time a few drops is all that's needed to make a difference. Our soap in particular can handle a large range of water and is quite thirsty, so don't be shy if you'd like to experiment by adding more water.   The consistency of the lather should be Greek yogurt-like, with a nice dense lather. The lather should feel slick, cushiony and protective.

Enjoy your shave!