Col. Conk Bay Rum Shave Soap

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Col. Conk Bay Rum Shave Soap

A ‘world famous’ glycerine shave soap.

Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (4th shave)

I soaked the puck in the sink alongside my brush before lathering for thirty seconds. It needed a bit more water than my shaken out badger brush had but one dip of the bristles turned into plenty of glossy lather. I had plenty for my usual routine. Slickness felt pretty good and I only picked up a couple of nicks, one due to overzealous touching up. The blade tugged like mad on the first pass. The finish on my neck was pretty good, though not 100% perfect, with a couple of minor rough spots. My face was very good WTG and pretty good ATG. Nowhere quite made it to BBS, but a couple of places went close. Post shave feel was very nice. I didn’t detect any fragrance whatsoever, so I couldn’t tell you want sort of bay rum it was. A very good shave.

Used with: Sputnik (2nd shave)

I left the puck dry this time and loaded for thirty seconds with a shaken out boar brush. I wasn’t sure I had enough lather but a couple of dips of the bristles and some work on my face produced plenty of lather for my usual routine. Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. The finish on my neck didn’t feel particularly close anywhere and I had several significant rough patches. WTG my face was pretty good. ATG there was plenty of resistance. I had a few rougher spots and nowhere made it close to BBS. Post shave feel was nice enough. I shoved my nose into the plastic container before I started and was just about able to pick up some scent, although I would have been hard pushed to call it bay rum without the packet telling me. An average shave.

Used with: Wilkinson Sword Classic (3rd shave)

I sprinkled a few drops on the surface before loading with my badger brush for just over thirty seconds. I had plenty of lather but I had to add some water and work it a bit to get a good covering. Slickness felt pretty good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was generally pretty good, but I did have a few rough patches. They weren’t bad though and even my jawline was relatively smooth. My face was smooth WTG, and pretty good ATG too. There were no significant patches and only some slight resistance from the remaining stubble. Nowhere was close to BBS. Post shave fell was pretty good. I stuck my nose up to the puck at the start and was just about able to pick up a scent, though I couldn’t have told you it was bay rum. I didn’t pick up any fragrance during the shave or after though. A very good shave.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (1st shave)

I didn’t add any water to the puck before loading with my boar brush. I was able to produce plenty of suds but I had to dip the bristles a couple of times to build a good lather. I also had to work it a fair bit before the second pass. Slickness felt good but I did pick up a nick, although it sealed itself before I’d finished. My neck was very good, nice and close except for the odd hint of roughness. WTG my face was smooth. Apart from a patch around my mouth, ATG was pretty good too, but nowhere came close to BBS. Post shave feel was very dry. I’ve given up even checking for the fragrance. A good shave.

Used with: Schick Premium (4th shave)

I added some water to the surface of the puck just before lathering, then loaded for a bit over thirty seconds using my boar brush. I needed a bit more water and I had to work the suds to build it into a suitable lather for both the first and second passes. Slickness felt very good but it didn’t prevent me picking up a few nicks. I didn’t have a lot of lather for touch-ups. My neck wasn’t especially close and I had a few rough patches. WTG my face felt nice and smooth. ATG wasn’t bad either. There was a bit of resistance and a couple of rough spots, but that was it. Nowhere quite made it to BBS but a couple of places were close. Post shave feel was fine, but maybe a little dry and I had some irritation. I did pick up some sort of fragrance this time, at least at the start, but it wasn’t bay rum and bordered on the unpleasant. Still a good shave.

Verdict

I’ve had mixed experiences with glycerine-based soaps, but they’ve tended towards the bad with some being terrible. Slickness isn’t usually an issue, that’s what the glycerine brings, but getting a good lather and a suitable shave experience was impossible.

This was certainly an improvement on that. I was always able to get a good lather, although it sometimes required some work. The experience was still a bit of a let down though.

It’s not that the results were particularly poor, but they were hugely variable, with one shave being excellent and the next below par. It wasn’t a product I looked forward to using and I was glad when my five shaves were up (although I have a few more scents in my collection).

The pucks, although small (there’s a larger version available too), aren’t particularly expensive and offer pretty good value. I found the glycerine had a tendency to leave little granules on the surface when it had dried out.

Something it lacked was fragrance. I struggled to pick up anything from the puck at all, and when I did I couldn’t have told you what it was. If anything, it was slightly unpleasant.

I found it a product that will provide a perfectly good shave, in the right circumstances, but it’s not a soap I would recommend.

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Last updated: April 16, 2016