Alphy & Becs Mango & Pomegranate Shaving Soap

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Alphy & Becs Mango & Pomegranate Shaving Soap

A fruity scent on a soap made in the UK.

Used with: Wilkinson Sword Classic (1st shave)

It’s quite a hard soap so I covered the top with water and soaked alongside my boar brush. Loading for thirty seconds provided enough lather for my usual routine no problem. Slickness when wet was okay. I only picked up a couple of nicks and they were sealed by cold water. My neck was about average, only one real rough patch but not particularly close either. My jawline was perhaps a bit better than usual. Above that was pretty good. Nowhere quite made it to BBS ATG and I had a couple of rougher spots. Post shave feel was okay. The fragrance is nice, a sweet, fruity mix. I got a good blast when I opened the tin but it died into the background and slowly disappeared as the shave progressed. It didn’t linger. A good shave all-in-all.

Used with: Rapira Platinum Lux (2nd shave)

I added a few drops of water to the surface before lathering with my badger brush. It didn’t create much in the way of suds and I wasn’t sure the paste would be enough, but it built plenty of lather. Slickness was okay, at best, but I didn’t pick up any nicks, despite the blade tugging a lot on the first pass. Although I gave it special attention my neck was still patchy, but a little better up by the jawline than usual. Same story on my face: generally smooth but with a few rougher patches. Nowhere made it to BBS ATG. Post shave feel was okay. I fragrance was strong when I opened the tin but slid into the background, I did get the odd blast during the shave though, which was nice. It didn’t hang around. A good shave.

Used with: Bolzano Superinox (4th shave)

Sprinkling a few drops of water on the puck, I lathered with my badger brush. Thirty seconds loading provided plenty. Slickness was fine, not great but adequate. I picked up a few nicks, but these sealed themselves by the time I had applied cold water. My neck wasn’t particularly close (it never is) but it was largely patch free, even my jawline wasn’t bad. WTG my face was pretty smooth, but when you switched direction it wasn’t particularly close. There weren’t any rough patches just nowhere was very close. The scent was present throughout the shave. It’s quite subtle but a pleasant accompaniment. It didn’t linger afterwards. An average shave.

Used with: Perma Sharp Super (3rd shave)

I covered the surface of the puck in water and then loaded for thirty seconds with my boar brush. Slickness when wet was fine and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was pretty good but there were a few spots of roughness. Same with my jawline. My face was nice and smooth WTG but against it wasn’t too close and nowhere got close to BBS.

Used with: Super-Max Stainless (1st shave)

A handful of water sat on top of the puck as I filled the basin. Throwing it off I loaded for thirty seconds with my boar brush. This gave me plenty of lather. Slickness felt adequate. The blade tugged on the first pass but I didn’t pick up any nicks. The finish on my neck was very good. It wasn’t perfect, I had the odd bit of roughness, mainly at my jawline, but was much better than usual. Similar story with my face. Smooth WTG but a few places caught ATG. Nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was okay, but not great. I got a nice whiff of the fruity scent when I opened the tin, but I don’t remember it during the rest of the shave. I do like it. A good shave.

Verdict

I like trying out lesser-known products, but invariably I’m left disappointed. That was the case here.

Producing a lather was no problem; thirty seconds was always enough to produce tons of lather. I may not have picked up many nicks, but slickness was only okay.

Post shave feel was also very average, with my skin being left a little dry (and I followed it up with their own post shave balm). The fragrance was nice, but while strong at the start it disappeared during the shave and nothing loitered afterwards.

For those of you with an interest in ingredients, note that this soap contains both Jojoba and St. John’s Wort oils. It also contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) if that matters to you.

I didn’t have a bad shave with it, but equally I didn’t get a great one. The finishes were satisfactory but nothing special. So a solid, but not spectacular, proposition.

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Last updated: December 21, 2015