As a firm convert to shaving soap I had been expecting this to come in paper packaging (I find that incredibly irritating for shaving soap) so when it arrived from their lovely PR people I was shocked by how much it weighed when there was apparently only 100g of the soap - had I developed a muscle wasting disease overnight (not a stretch of the imagination with my health history)? No, much better, as soon as I read the front that it was soap in a bowl I could wait to take a peek.
It just looks so cool - this is something I’d have on display in the bathroom constantly, not hidden away in the cupboard (like the other soggy wrapped shaving soaps I use). It oozes class and the bowl comes with a handy lid - personally I like to leave the lid off for a while so that the fragrance fills the bathroom. Ah, the fragrance, yes……
This smells sooooooo good it’s fine…..OK, a bit more depth you say? Well, most shaving soaps that I’ve come across tend to be either Old Spice replicas or they dominate the room with their fragrance either leaving you gagging or thinking you can smell it lingering on the skin for the rest of the day. Not this, it has a very subtle aroma, oriental with a hint of spice that gives it a warmth on the nose without being overpowering. The bergamot acts as a wonderful balance to the spicy Myrrh. It is a perfect blend and I personally was impressed, having smelt a Myrrh based fragrance once and being repulsed I find myself strangely attracted to this.
This is what that say about the soap at the Crabtree & Evelyn website here:
‘There’s something quite reassuring about shave soap. Our rich-lathering, dermatologist-approved Moroccan Myrrh Shave Soap updates this classic with an intriguing, exotic fragrance. An experience that gentlemen across all ages can enjoy.
Contains skin-conditioning Moroccan Myrrh extract.’
A quick swirl around the bowl with a damp shaving brush and this lathers up brilliantly, although it feels a bit of a shame to ruin the way it looks with the branding on the top. Rich, creamy and long lasting the lather here doesn’t start to evaporate off your face the moment you move on with the brush. Reassuringly thick I have to say it doesn’t seem to clog my safety razor, something I have found when using gels in the past.
With a touch more oil in this I think the glide would be perfect as the razor passes over the skin, but as it is I have to say it’s good, not great, but good. Maybe I’ve turned into a shaving snob, I’m not sure, but after using a few creams with Argan Oil I’ve found there to be no razor burn or irritation. Using this I feared the worst, but it wasn’t as bad as I feared.
I had a few nicks here and there, but in terms of razor burn and irritation there was none. The nicks probably did come from me thinking so much about how the soap had lathered rather than concentrating on the razor blade running millimetres from my jugular.
At $25 for this lovely bowl and enough of the soap to keep you shaving for months on end then I think you can do a lot worse, I know I have in the past. This not only looks uber cool (I know it’s not cool to use the term uber anymore) in the bathroom, it smells divine and lathers up better than about 99% of the soaps I’ve tried. As I said at the start, this would make a perfect stocking filler or just a random gift - did anyone say Secret Santa (too early?!?!?)?
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