Czech & Speake No. 88 Shaving Soap

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Czech & Speake No. 88 Shaving Soap

Another from the well-known design house.

This was a quick review of a product I have previously looked at in more detail.

Used with: Gillette Silver Blue (4th shave)

I pressed some of the sample into a bowl and loaded dry using my synthetic brush. I was a little dubious about the amount transferred to the bristles but it produced more than enough lather with minimal effort. Slickness didn’t impress me and I did pick up quite a few small nicks, they were all sealed by the time I got to cold water though. My neck wasn’t bad, but I did have some roughness in my usual trouble-spots. There was also some slight irritation. Very good WTG on my face. ATG wasn’t bad either. Largely minimal resistance but a few spots were a bit more than that. No actual roughness but nowhere got to BBS either. Post shave feel was okay; it didn’t feel particularly soft and was fairly dry. Well-known for their fragrances, this one was able to stay with me throughout the shave. It wasn’t too strong but was easy to find. Complex and spicy, I like it but it’s not a favourite. A good shave though.


One shave doesn’t give me much to go on, but this certainly seemed to perform pretty well when it came to latherability. I had no problems getting a good coating.

It didn’t seem to back that up with slickness or protection, but was far from bad. From this perspective it mirrored my previous experience.

The fragrance is probably the standout thing on any C&S product, it’s what they’re known for, and it offers quite a lot compared to most soaps. That said, it wasn’t overpowering.

It’s certainly a nice enough scent, but didn’t rank among my favourites.

So a perfectly adequate performance, but considering the price premium, not really worth it.

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Last updated: October 21, 2017