Ruds Shaves - Ariana & Evans/The Club - Post Shave

Ariana & Evans and The Club offer a wide range of scents from ground up fragrance ideas, collaborations with fragrances houses and duplications of popular fragrances for men. Always pushing the boundaries of both scents as well as label art, the companies have quickly become one of wet shaving's favorite brands. While the soap rates extremely high on the ShaveScore system, the post shave is no slouch itself. The Club requires a membership which will run you $12.95 for 6 months, but Ariana & Evans is available at these third party retailers; Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving, Smallflower, Top of the Chain and TVB Shaving.

Forbidden Fruit consists of notes of: Apple Brandy, Jasmine, Rose, Anise, Resins, Hashish, Cannabis, Sandalwood, Oud and Cedarwood. This mysterious blend is the completion of the trifecta built around Khalifa and Chasing the Dragon. While Khalifa is dark and mysterious, Chasing the Dragon is sensual and foreboding and Forbidden Fruit is a friendly variation. The scent opens with the sweetness of the apple brandy before the resinous notes envelope the apple. The base is dark but smooth. Having a deep affinity for Khalifa, this variation is right up my alley. Mrs. Ruds approves of this scent and finds it appropriate for use for multiple occasions. Strength of scent is mid-strong out and the sillage is very good, lasting 4-5 hours. Try That Soap recommends the aforementioned Ariana & Evans offerings for a similar scent profile.

Ariana & Evans uses a unique postshave formula that features: Aloe Vera Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, SD 40B Alcohol, Rose Hydrosol, Calendula Extract , Red Clover Extract, Chamomile, Plantain Leaves, White Willow Bark, Vitamin E, Caprylic Triglycerides. The aftershave has a low alcohol bite upon application and sort of a milky look to it. While it feels silky to the skin it is not an oily residual silkiness. The face feel of this aftershave is elite and among the absolute best I have ever used. This is the type of postshave that soothes and comforts even after a rough shave. Given my experience with this post shave, Ariana & Evans/The Club receives a PostShaveScore of 91. For similar performance in post shave, I suggest; Chatillon Lux and Maol Grooming.

Disclosure: Products used in this review were acquired via the following:

  • Soap - Ariana & Evans Forbidden Fruit (purchased)
  • Brush - Turn-N-Shave "Tusk" (purchased)
  • Razor - Dovo "Bismarck" (gift)
  • Post - Ariana & Evans Forbidden Fruit (purchased)