Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Fragrance

Did Father’s Day sneak up on you or are you still wondering what would make a thoughtful gift? Take advantage of our clearance on Taylor of Old Bond Street products. Treat him to a signature fragrance bath and shower gel or shampoo, or help him lessen shaving irritation with a classic wet shaving cream or shaving soap (best used with a shaving brush). Pair up a lather product with a pre-shave and/or after-shave to really give him a treat. Add the products you think he will love to your cart and we will have them ready for you to pickup at Fate Salon the next day. We also have many Taylor of Old Bond Street products on display at Fate Salon so do feel free to drop in and browse.

Prices Worth Celebrating

We have many specially priced items to share this holiday season. We are also offering 20% off all products not specially priced. To claim the discount simply enter coupon YULELUVUS in your shopping cart or request it at the counter at Fate Salon when you check out our products. See our promotions page for details.

We always insist on a quality Merkur double edge safety razor as a solution for those who have been unable to escape shaving irritation. Although our premium shaving creams and shaving soaps are usually all that’s needed to elevate a man’s routine into a more comfortable (and dare we say, pleasant!) experience sometimes a change in the tool set is required when awesome doesn’t just come naturally. For those who prefer and enjoy a Gillette™ system razor we have some very attractive pricing to let you help them step up their routine in style.

Save more than $50 on the Bolin Webb Gift Set with X1 Fusion compatible razor. This elegant razor defies gravity with magnetic stand. Holiday pricing $146.02 (Reg $199.12)


For the Mach3 fan we are offering $40 off the Bolin Webb Gift Set with R1-S Mach3 compatible razor. Holiday pricing $110.62 (Reg $150.44)

If you want to impress that special someone with a meaningful gift – think Bolin Webb.


Save more than $60 after tax on this IL Ceppo 4 Piece Mach3 compatible shaving set (cream). Made in Italy.  Holiday pricing $88.50 (Reg $146.02)


Still more complete Gillette™ system shaving sets have been specially priced for this holiday season. Visit us in store or online to view.

We are your source for pre-shave and post-shave products as well!

We also carry a variety of beard care products that can go far to tame his mane. Let us introduce softness, sheen and manageability to his beard.

Visit us online at or in store inside Fate Salon, 31 Jarvis Street.

The Right Way to Shave – November 30 at FEPL

right-way-to-shave_smallOur goal to help men discover a love of shaving came a long way last year at our “The Right Way to Shave” workshop at Fort Erie Public Library Centennial Branch.  We’re still getting great feedback about that event and the demand for another workshop has left us humbled and committed to do it again. On Wednesday, November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm the workshop will be hosted again at Fort Erie Public Library Centennial Branch. Mike Daigle, proprietor of Bridgeburg Gentleman’s Shoppe and barber at Fate Salon will give helpful advice to men who are seeking to step up their shaving routine and eliminate irritation. This hands-on workshop will coach shaving techniques using cartridge system razors, double edge safety razors and straight razors.  Call the FEPL at 905-871-2546 to register for this free event. Seating is limited. When attending the workshop you will need to bring your razor in a mug or small bowl in a medium sized bowl wrapped with a couple of small hand towels. Bring a shaving brush if you own one. Wet shaving cream and hot water will be provided.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Have you been wondering what to get the Greatest Dad Ever for Father’s Day? Take a peek at our online catalog and you will definitely find that perfect item that tells him you think he deserves the best.

We are just getting settled back into the newly renovated 31 Jarvis Street location (our offerings available at F8 Salon) and products are not yet on shelves. Please check out using our online catalog. In stock items will be ready for pickup next day. Pay at F8 Salon or online.

For the bearded Dad…

For the Dad who needs new tools…

For the sensitive Dad…

For the clumsy Dad…


For the Dad who likes to finish on top…

Earth Day Every Day

Earth Day celebrations have concluded but it’s never too late to make a resolution to be more kind to the environment. Wet shaving products make it easy to make a difference. A tub or puck of wet shaving cream or soap will outlast a can of foam by several months. These products are concentrated and use little packaging. You add water when ready to use. Our razors can last a lifetime, even generations. For those with sensitive skin double edge replacement blades are 5 to 10 times less expensive than cartridges and contribute far less to landfill. You can easily reduce your contribution to landfill by enjoying the fine products we have to offer. Although you may not save a truck load of money by switching your canned lather for a premium wet shaving cream or soap you will be rewarded with an improved glide during shaving and avoiding chemicals that may contribute to premature aging of your skin. You can appreciate substantial savings by converting from a cartridge razor to a double edge safety razor because the razor will last a lifetime and the replacement blades are inexpensive. If you love your cartridge we can help you wield it in style with a Mach3 or Fusion compatible handle that’s built to last and express your personality. Treating yourself to our premium products makes good economical and environmental sense. Visit us soon and discover how we can elevate your routine and reduce your footprint in landfill.

Introduction to Shaving Brushes

A quality shaving brush allows you to create a lather to your liking in the scent of your choice and to apply it to your skin in soothing, warm comfort. A quality shaving brush serves to create and distribute lather, exfoliate skin, and to lift and suspend hair for a comfortable and easy shave. The cost of a shaving brush varies greatly according to two factors: bristle type and bristle count (knot size). Economical shaving brushes will have fewer bristles (a smaller knot). Boar bristles are least expensive. They are coarse but split and soften after repeated use. Boar is often mixed with badger to enhance initial comfort. Horse hair shaving brushes are softer still but like synthetic bristles offer very little water retention so you will add a few drops of water more often when lathering. Synthetic bristle brushes are generally quite soft (comparable to Super Badger) but the extra comfort comes at the cost of poor water retention. They are still a great alternative for consumers who do not want to purchase animal hair.

The cost of badger shaving brushes varies the most and extends far higher than other bristles. Each successive grade is finer, softer and has better water retention. Another factor of cost is bristle preparation such as hand or machine selected, and hand or machine cut. The more efficient a shaving brush is at retaining water and infusing it into a shaving cream or soap the less shaving cream or soap you will need to generate lather. It would be reasonable to conclude the more you spend on a quality shaving brush pays back over time by yielding a superior lather using less product. Comfort and competence might then be enjoyed at no premium at all. You might find yourself with more than one shaving brush in your kit because one of your favourite shaving creams or soaps lathers best with a firmer or softer bristle then you generally like to use. Despite their differences each type of shaving brush is a favorite to an owner who wouldn’t want any other kind and will last many years when used and stored properly.

The Badger Grades

Pure Badger

Pure (and “black”) badger bristles are sourced from about 70% of a badger’s cover. The ends of the bristles are machine or hand cut. The blunt ends are not as comfortable as higher grades but this type of brush is quite inexpensive so it makes a great introductory brush.

Best Badger

Best badger bristles are longer and thinner and generally come from around the belly. With better water absorbing qualities than Pure Badger they are better equiped to allow you to generate a quality lather without having to repeatedly add more water.

Super Badger

Super badger bristles hand selected from the back offer even higher performance and greater comfort. The bristles retain heat and water quickly and efficiently to allow you to most effectively infuse water into a shaving cream or soap to generate a superior lather with the least amount of product.

Silver Tip Badger

Silver tip badger bristles from the nape are the least plentiful and the most expensive. They are remarkably soft and very comfortable to the skin. The bristles retain heat and water quickly and efficiently to allow you to most effectively infuse water into a shaving cream or soap to generate a superior lather with the least amount of product.


Exploring Wet Shaving

When you ask a wet shaving enthusiast what drew them to explore wet shaving many lead with a statement that tips a nostalgic nod to the days of old when real men created their own lather with real shaving soap and a shaving brush. You can’t help but admit it does bring a sense of manliness to a routine that often depends on using a rather uninspiring molded plastic instrument much like the one their female companion uses to shave her legs. We ought to be greatful the safety razor, straight razor and fine handles that accomodate popular razor cartridges are available for those of us with a slightly elevated sense of Machismo who would endeavour to groom ourselves as differently from our female counterparts as possible. No matter what you shave with or what happens there’s always alum to seal, protect and promote healing of nicks and cuts as well as to disinfect and tone the skin post-shave.

The superior buffer and glide of a quality wet shaving soap or cream can improve your shave regardless of the type of razor you use whether it be cartridge, disposable, double edge or straight. No one can take away from you that timeless experience when the fragrance of a freshly infused lather fills the room. If you are using a wet shaving soap or cream you are a wet shaver. If your grooming arsenal includes a fine handle to house whatever type and number of blades you enjoy most you just might be a gentleman. No matter your inclination we invite you to recommend your fellows (riff raff, scrappers, gents, the whole lot!) to visit our little nook of civilization inside (F8) Fate Salon in Fort Erie’s historic downtown. Please remember F8 is temporarily located at 96 Jarvis Street while construction and renovation are completed at 31 Jarvis Street where we they will also be joined by Atrium Spa where together we can provide ladies and gentlemen with full product and service support for everything to do with grooming and pampering.

Step Up Your Beard Game

Growing an awesome beard doesn’t just happen when you stop shaving. All too often men go back to the razor because a dry, bristly, uncomfortable beard is not what they had in mind. Don’t give up just yet. We’ve got your back. In addition to our very popular imported beard grooming products we have just expanded our inventory to include the best that Canada has to offer. We now carry an amazing line of products from Always Bearded Lifestyle and Urban Beard (both are based right here in Ontario). Natural shampoo bars, wash and conditioners can be used to gently cleanse your beard without stripping away natural oils needed to maintain health and natural sheen. Products such as a beard oils & butters will moisturize the skin and the hair from the follicle out while also softening the hair and preventing dry flaky skin known as “beardruff” (beard dandruff). They also help to create a healthy, shiny and manageable beard. A beard balm will provide a leave in conditioning effect while also providing a medium hold to maintain those unruly straggling hairs. Although you can work products in with your hands we also have some wonderful combs and brushes for beards and moustaches to help you achieve that awesome final finish. So, remember that “scruff” is what you get when you don’t shave. A “beard” is the result and reward of proper care. Step up your beard game and come in and visit us.

Shop Local Saturday, November 28


On Saturday, November 28 everyone across North America will show their support for small business by trying to do much of their holiday shopping at owner-operated establishments within their local community.

By planning to #shoplocal, #shopthehood or #shopsmall you are encouraging economic growth in your local community and directly supporting the mom-and-pop stores that strive to provide you with quality products and exceptional service that large franchises don’t often seem driven to provide.  The shop local and shop small movements are important to our economy because it keeps your dollars in our country. Better still, your shopping dollars can be invested right here in your local community. Show your support of the movement and get introduced to your local retailers and service providers. They are everyday people just like you and also have families to support. They appreciate your business and will shake your hand and tell you so right there on the spot.

We would like to get to know you and we are hoping you will stop in and say hello on Saturday, November 28. We have some great gift ideas we would love to share with you. Some combo’s are already gift wrapped and include a $25 gift card as a bonus! We will be offering 10% off all regular price items sold in store during the promotion. Enter coupon SHOPLOCAL when completing an online purchase before midnight Saturday to save 15% on all in-store pickup and local delivery orders. Purchase a $50 gift card and we will load an additional $20. Purchase a $100 gift card and we will load an additional $50. A gift card makes a great gift because the recipient can use it to purchase exactly what they want. There’s no guessing involved. Our gift cards are reload-able so they can be re-used or re-gifted anytime.

Come on in and visit us inside Fate Salon at 96 Jarvis Street where exceptional products and service are an everyday thing.

A Perfect Gift

From the Forbes Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland comes this elegant gift set featuring the elite fragrances for which Castle Forbes is well known. These paraben-free products made with essential oils are calming, soothing and nourishing for your skin. The pre-shave is water soluable so will allow substantial hydration of your beard lending to a more comfortable shave while also rinsing clean from your shaving brush.

The Castle Forbes Travel Kit is the perfect size for trial or travel.  Enjoy the deep cleaning action and heavenly fragrance of lime for skin prone to nicks and cuts, the thoroughly relaxing fragrance of lavender for sensitive skin, or the unique fragrance blend of cedar and sandalwood for skin of all types.  Experiencing a Castle Forbes product is one of the best things that can happen to a gentleman. Although Castle Forbes essential oil shaving cream can be applied using the fingers we encourage using a shaving brush to generate what will be a most substantial lather with limited use of product. Purchase a Castle Forbes Travel Kit before Christmas and enjoy 25% off the purchase of any shaving brush included in the same purchase. Offer valid for all sales completed online and in store.