Haslinger Sheep’s Milk Shaving Soap

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Haslinger Sheep's Milk Shaving Soap

Another product from this Austrian soap maker, but how will it compare to Mitchell’s Wool Fat?

Used with: Super-Max Blue Diamond (2nd shave)

I used my usual technique, soaking the puck and then loading for 30 seconds. Opting for my badger brush, I generated plenty of lather, although I had to work the brush to build up enough for my second pass, which seemed odd. I was expecting it to be a bit like MWF, but it has a very different scent, much sweeter. It’s still quite a neutral smell, but not as industrial as MWF. There was plenty of slickness left by each pass, and post shave feel was good. The blade felt smooth, but I picked up plenty of nicks, most coming while I was touching up. I had to do an unusually large amount compared to most blades. Even so, the finish was a little patchy and not close where it was smooth.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (4th shave)

I opted to try a dry lather this time, squeezing out the brush and getting a paste onto the bristles before building on my face. Seemed to take longer than my usual method, but I got a good lather, and enough for two passes plus touch ups. Slickness was average after the first pass, but much better by the second. Post shave feel was fantastic. I didn’t pick up any nicks or irritation, but I did have to do a lot of touching up (almost an entire third pass). The end result was smooth, save for the odd rougher patch, but this was counterbalanced by some BBS areas. Overall a very good shave. While the scent isn’t something you’d crave, it’s sweet and neutral enough to be pleasant.

Used with: Treet Platinum Super Stainless (4th shave)

I went back to soaking the puck and loading for 30 seconds, using my boar brush. Lather exploded off it and I was left scooping it onto my face. The lather was thick and stiff, to the point where I tried adding water in an attempt to soften it a little, but that didn’t seem to have much effect. Slickness was good after each pass, but this didn’t help the blade. Although I felt no irritation, I picked up a ton of nicks that left me more red than not. Aside from the odd rough patch, my face was BBS or close to it. It wasn’t a pleasant shave though, and my top lip was left burning. I thought this soap smelt very similar to the coconut one I’ve tried, and it does contain coconut oil, so that may explain it.

Used with: Gillette Nacet Stainless (1st shave)

I loaded my badger brush for 30 seconds after soaking and once again generating lather was no issue. I had to work it a bit to build up good coverage for my second pass, adding a little water. I took the shave very carefully after my previous one had left me cut to ribbons and the blade was smooth throughout, producing no nicks. The finish was patchy though, with only my cheeks being anywhere near reasonable. It was still a relief not to be left bleeding. Post shave feel was pretty good where it was smooth.

Used with Lord Platinum Class (3rd shave)

I used my badger again this time. After soaking the puck I loaded very slowly and gently, which meant I didn’t throw off much lather. Not the best method, as it turned lathering into a big effort. I had to work it a lot to generate a coating for each pass, and didn’t have much left for touching up. The lather from this soap has always been quite dense and lays close to the skin (it’s not your typical meringue style). This time seemed denser still. For all my worrying, I didn’t pick up any nicks or irritation. It did mean I didn’t do as much touching up as I’d have liked, which left me a little patchy. Slickness was average after the first pass, but very good after the second. Where it was close it strayed into BBS and was soft and smooth. So a good shave, but not a great one.

Verdict

Although this was a good soap to use, with an easy lather, nice slickness and good post shave feel, I don’t think it’s in the same league as MWF. It’s a sold performer, but I’m not so keen on the smell, even if it is fairly nondescript. You can’t say it doesn’t do a good job though and it’s not bad value either. A soap that deserves to be better known.

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Last updated: December 20, 2014