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What does Alum DO?


 Alum is a double salt of potassium and aluminium sulphate. It is a versatile product that can be used for many applications. But nowadays it is mostly known as a shaving tool. Alum is used as styptic by people who have cut themselves during shaving. Alum binds itself to proteins of the damaged skin, which causes the skin to contact and stop bleeding.

The benefits of alum

  • Alum works as a disinfectant and helps to stop the bleeding
  • It prevents skin irritations, calms and restores the skin after shaving
  • Alum neutralises soap and prevents dehydration by soap residues.
  • It closes the Pores.
  • Gives a refreshing feeling
  • Suitable for people with sensitive skin
  • Cheap and odorless

Block or Stick?

Alum is  available in various shapes. You have the block and the Stick. The sticks are best when dotting small shaving wounds. A block is much cheaper and will last you longer. When you want to use the block for shaving wounds, First, wet your block with water and gently press the block on the skin of the irritation of wound.

Alternatives uses of alum

As mentioned earlier, Alum is a versatile product. Besides having many benefits for shaving. Alum is also a very effective neutral deodorant. Alum neutralizes the sweat smell and leaves no white spots on your clothing. Because alum has a disinfectant effect, it's also very effective for people with acne. Alum is always useful!!


Mr. Cornelis Greveling

Professional Butler



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How to – Clean your shaving brush


To be sure that your brush will last a long time, it is important that the brush is cleaned regularly. Below is a step-by-step explanation of how to keep your shaving brush clean.


  • Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a little white (natural) vinegar.                                                    In a ratio of 10 parts of water and 1 part of vinegar.
  • Soak the shaving brush for a few minutes.
  • Wash the hair of the shaving brush with a mild shampoo (Zwitsal for example).Wash your brush as you prepare your shaving cream. (Use linear motion, if you turn in circles the hairs can become entangled and this can cause them to break off.)
  • Rinse the shaving brush thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  • Shake the brush well and hang it upside down in your shaving brush holder. Do you not have a shaving brush holder? Dry the shaving brush very well and carefully in a cotton towel.


Mr. Cornelis Greveling 
   Professional Butler

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Socks, socks and socks, a Guid

The First socks in human history were made from animal skin to protect our ancestors’ feet from the elements. In medieval times, socks were a real status symbol for the wealthiest people in society, like kings and princes, and the richest of tradesman wore them. These socks were made from exclusive natural fibres like silk and cotton and thus very soft and comfortable. Starting around 1700/1800, the lower class also wore socks more often, although those were not so comfortable because they were made from rough wool, as woollen fibres were not that smooth yet..  
A sock is worn under your suit to make sure your leg will never be visible during the day. To make sure you sock won’t slide down, making it look sloppy, choose an over-the-calf sock. Due to the elastics in the upper part of the sock, it will firmly stay on your calf and not slide down as mid-calf or ankle length sock will do. If you are not a fan of over-the-calf socks, of course, a pair of mid-calf socks works as well, but make sure they won’t slide down. With a more casual outfit like jeans or chino’s, a shorter sock will off course work perfectly.
When buying socks, make sure they are made from natural fibres like cotton, wool, silk and cashmere. They have a much softer touch and will easily absorb moisture and make you sweat less, characteristics nylon and other plastic fibre socks do not have. Of course, you will need elastic fibres in your socks to make sure they fit well, but make sure other than that, you are wearing a natural fibre sock.
With a suit, you want a sock that is elegant and thin, for example, a 70% cotton sock by Pantherella and not a handknit woollen sock. These thin socks are made with a really high number of up to 250 needles for a single sock! Due to this extreme number, the sock will become really thin and will be soft and smooth, but still very strong. Socks should be matched with your pants, not with your shoes. Make sure to never-ever wear white socks other than while doing a sportive activity. Also, never wear socks that look very worn or have holes in it. You never know when you might have to put off your shoes and damaged socks look very sloppy and shabby.
Most men wear black, navy or charcoal socks because they match easily with most blue and grey suits. This is a safe decision but try not to copy the colour of your pants for choosing which socks to wear. Your socks will simply blend in with your suit and no clear contrast is made considering trouser – sock – shoe. A different colour, of course, well matched with the colour of your pants will make a beautiful contrast and makes your outfit look much more sophisticated and shipshape. For example, with a charcoal grey suit, wear light grey socks, or with a light khaki, wear dark green socks. Try to stay away from socks with lots of patterns and colours but keep it simple and save those Happy Socks for a casual outfit with jeans or chino!
Mr. Cornelis Greveling 
   Professional Butler

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The Cocktail dress code
Summer is on it’s way. Parties and celebrations will take place in plural and sooner or later we all will end up having a big party with the dress code: Cocktail attire.
We all know approximately what is looks like, but not really! Is it a suit or a pair of jeans with a shirt? What exactly are the do’s and don’t within this dress code. We will tell you all about it in this article, so your summer can start without any worries!
The misconceptions.
Let’s start with the misconceptions within this dress code. The mistake that is often made when thinking of cocktail attire that it is thought to be fully dressed up for the occasion. People go for the full black tie look or a ‘preppy’ option with a colored suit and crazy tie.
But believe it or not, the official rules are amazingly simple and somewhat reserved.
How it should be?
Starting with the basic, cocktail attire is a dress code which is based on a semi-formal outfit in a darker color, think of dark gray or navy, with neat shoes and a tie.
Compared to other dress codes, cocktail attire always has some room for adjustments in your own style and taste. Feel free to experiment with different fabrics and materials. Cotton works well in summer and flannel for the cold days.
You can also chose for a deeper cobalt kind of color rather than the common navy. Burgundy also works well. In addition, a subtle pattern is always welcome. Think of a navy marine diamond or a dark gray thin pinstripe. As long as you careful with playing with dark shades, you can’t go wrong.
One tip, try to avoid black. You will merge into the crowd and before you know it you will be seen as a waiter and walking around serving drinks. This is obviously not the intention:)
The white shirt.
White shirt are actually almost always and easy and good option for cocktail attire, but it is not very challenging. Yet cocktail attire has some room for creativity. It is definitely challenging, but a shirt with a pattern is totally excepted. Within the black tie dress code or the conservative business attire it is obviously unaccepted.
There is some more freedom for your accessories. And again the patterns work very well. Think about pocket squared with patterns, floral ties, brooches etc. These accessories will stand out, but within this dress code you create a fully accepted but visually interesting look! And off course you can wear a different pair of shoes too. Think about changing your oxfords for a beautiful pair of loafers or a monk strap. 
Feel good!
All with all it is important to create a look that suits you. By experimenting with different (darker) colors and patterns, there is a look for everyone! But never forget that it is not a casual event. Provide a respectable but interesting look without deviating from the tips above. Subtle changes are always welcome, as long as they do not deviate too far from the semi-formal dress code rules.
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Mr. Tempelton 

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The smoking, dinner jacket or tuxedo is a classic evening suit created for the real gentlemen of the world. It’s usually worn when attending gala’s, luxury dinners or other occasions that take part during the evening and late night. 
The tuxedo is regularly used anywhere in the world and is the more trendy version of the tailcoat. A full smoking consists of a jacket, usually black or dark-blue with a silk peaked lapel or silk shawl collar. The trouser has a silk line from the hip down to the ankle. The tux made its first appearance in 1887 in England and little later, in 1889, it appeared in the United States. Its name ‘Tuxedo’ was also introduced in the States: In Tuxedo, a wealthy suburb north of New York City, the smoking rapidly became a common piece in men’s wardrobe. Also, the smoking is often called a penguin-suit, due to its resemblance with the beautiful bird that only lives in the southern hemisphere. A couple garments are essential to accompany your tux. First off, you need a well-ironed shirt with visible or hidden buttons. The collar can be a normal one but the wingtip collar is a perfect example as well. Usually, the suit is finished by a beautiful handmade silk bowtie. Make sure you tie your bowtie yourself, this gives flair to your suit and makes your outfit a little less formal. Add a nice pair of socks and patent leather shoes and you are good to go!
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Saphir Medaille d’Or shoe cream!

Quality shoe care starts with Saphir: one of the oldest, most traditional and best shoe care producers in the world. The French brand has evolved over the nearly hundred years it exists, but has never lost its glory. 
The way you treat your shoes, is the way you treat yourself. Saphir, the French brand, originally established in 1920, won the Medaille d’Or (gold medal) at the Paris fair. Since then it is called Saphir Medaille d’Or. And although nearly hundred years have passed, it is still a leading brand when it comes to shoe care. Many years later a lot has changed, but the product is still the same.
‘We have a different formula than any other cream. It is solvent based, instead of water-based. Solvent cleans and cares at the same time,’ explains Birot. The shoe creams are made out of beeswax, a natural ingredient that feeds, protects and helps waterproof the leather. It’s important to always use a shoe cream that contains beeswax. The creams are completed with seven other nourishing and natural ingredients – such as carnauba wax, which enhances the shine of beeswax. If you’ve invested in quality shoes, invest in a quality, natural shoe cream.
Anyone who is serious about looking groomed should be serious about polished shoes. 'For me, the look is the most important reason to polish my shoes'. But it also makes the life of shoes a lot longer. By caring for your shoes you avoid leather chaps and burned stitches.’
It might seem like an old, almost forgotten tradition, – polishing shoes – but there seems to be a rising popularity for shoe care products. More and more people seem to want to go back to the basics, to more authentic ways. 
Since winning the price for their shoe cream, Saphir has expanded the range of products. Although the traditional cream in a jar, Pommadier, is still the most popular, there are many other great products. To name a few: Saphir Pate de Luxe – a rich, high gloss wax, Saphir Renovateur – to restore your leather, Saphir Lotion – for the cleaning of your leather, Saphir Omni’Nettoyant – for the cleaning of soft leathers such as suede, and so on. There are also special products for different types of leather, such as nappa and reptile, and brushes for suede, shine brushes and cloths. Shoe lovers can indulge in some serious shoe care with the wide range of Saphir. Especially for them there is the Distinctivo Saphir shoe care valet; a high end valet that was designed to combine functionality with beauty, equipped with all the luxurious necessities of Saphir.
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How to clean your smooth leather shoes! 
We offer you a more in-depth, step-by-step guide on how to clean your smooth leather shoes. It’s important to remember that there are multiple ways to polish your shoes. Different people prefer different methods and approaches and also have different philosophies when it comes to shoe care. In this guide we will show you some basic steps that will help you achieve one important thing; prosperous and good looking shoes.
Step 1 – Wash
When you need to wash your shoes depends on several factors. You can easily tell: if your shoes look dirty or dull (because of the many layers of shoe polish) it is time to wash them. There is no standard period of time after which you need to wash them. However, it’s recommended to do it at least every 6 months. See it as putting new layers of makeup on your skin, and never removing the old one. Every once and a while you need to remove old layers of polish and give your shoes some new energy.
The first step is to wash your shoes with a good cleaning product. Two great cleansers are
  • Saphir Renomat and
  • Saphir Saddle Soap
You can choose the one you prefer: Renomat is easier to use but is not as gentle to the leather as Saddle Soap.  Both products will leave your shoes in a perfect, clean condition.
  •  Renomat can be applied with a cloth and needs to dry for only five minutes. Simply douse the cloth in a little bit of Renomat (you do not need a lot) and rub it on your shoes. You will quickly notice how much polish the Renomat actually removes. Don’t overdo it with the Renomat because it will keep removing polish and eventually color. Most of the time a simple wipe will suffice. 
  •  With Saddle Soap you really have to scrub and wash your shoes with water and let them dry over the night. Simply moisten a sponge or cloth with water and apply a little Saddle Soap to it. Keep washing until the entire shoe is covered in soap. Afterwards, wash the soap off your shoes with water and let dry overnight, preferably with newspaper or shoe trees inside and tilted on the side to dry faster.

Step 2 – Nourish

To keep leather looking healthy and shiny, it needs to be nourished. The best way to do this is by using Saphir Renovateur, a colorless renovating cream that will restore the leather. It also cleans the leather mildly – making it the perfect product for the weekly polish.
Saphir Renovateur is best applied using a cloth. Apply a small amount of cream with small rotational motions, massaging the cream into the leather. Use an applicator brush (or old toothbrush) to apply Renovateur in the space where the sole meets the upper part of the shoe. To give your shoes the chance to revive fully, let the Renovateur soak for about fifteen to thirty minutes. Then remove the excess cream by brushing them quickly with a shine brush. The Renovateur will leave your shoes nourished, but not finished: it still needs a top coat for shine and protection.
Step 3 – Cream Polish
The actual polishing starts with a good shoe cream, such as Saphir Pommadier cream. A cream is essential for polishing shoes. It colors the leather better than any wax and also covers scuffs and marks that may arise from daily use.
Apply a small amount cream using a cloth or applicator brush with circular movements. Let the leather soak for ten to fifteen minutes. Don’t forget the space between the sole and upper. Use a horsehair brush to make the shoes shine and remove the excess cream.
Step 4 – Wax Polish
If you wish to finish off with a high gloss and even more protection, you can use Saphir Pate de Luxe wax after the cream. The cream is the base for the wax, enabling the wax to attach perfectly to the leather. You apply the wax in the same way as the cream: use a cloth and circular movements to apply the wax. Let it dry for a few minutes, enabling the moist to evaporate and by doing so, your shoes will have an extra gloss. Always finish the polishing with a horsehair brush to make your shoes shine perfectly.
If you want the best shine possible: apply extra (three to five) layers of shoe wax. In between the layers you let them dry for a few minutes, brush them and rub gently with a cotton cloth with some drops of water. A great and luxury must-have for the perfect shine and to step up your game is the Saphir Polishing Glove. Or simply borrow your lady’s torn nylon pantyhose; also works perfectly fine!
Tip from Mr. Tempelton:
Are the edges of your soles damaged or dull? Use some dark wax on them 
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Mr. Tempelton