Henry Cavendish Luxury Lather Himalaya Shave Soap

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Henry Cavendish Luxury Lather Himalaya Shave Soap

An English-sounding but American-made soap.

Used with: Personna Med Prep (4th shave)

I sprinkled some water on top before loading with my badger brush. Nothing happened for ten seconds so I loaded a little longer than my usual thirty seconds. I had to add some water to get it to reach a reasonable consistency on the first pass. I was so disappointed with it for the second I went back to the puck and loaded some more, which resulted in a pretty reasonable lather. Slickness didn’t feel very impressive and I picked up a lot of nicks. Most were small but a couple survived past even cold water. I also had a fair amount of irritation on my top lip. My neck wasn’t very close and I had roughness in my usual trouble spots. Yet it also felt raw. WTG my face was smooth. It was pretty good ATG too, with no significant rough patches and minimal resistance. Nowhere made it to BBS though. Apart from the irritation, post shave feel was pretty good. The fragrance was reasonable at the start but slipped into the background. It’s supposedly a mix of wood, musk and amber. Quite pleasant. A pretty good shave (would have been good except for the rawness).

Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (2nd shave)

Taking advice from the box, I decided to rub the puck into my stubble, as you would with a shave stick, before proceeding to lather with my boar brush. I needed to add some water and the first coat seemed to take a while to build, but gave a good result. Enough to even clog my razor a little. I had plenty of lather for my usual routine. Slickness was good and I only picked up a solitary nick, which was sealed by cold water. The blade tugged ruthlessly throughout the first and some of the second pass. Although largely smooth, there was some roughness in the usual trouble-spots on my neck. No problems WTG on my face. ATG was good too, with little resistance and no rough patches. Equally, nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was soft but dry. I got some of the fragrance during the shave and it even lingered afterwards. It’s the sort of scent you have to hunt for, but is an energetic, bright and woody fragrance. A very good shave.

Used with: Gillette Silver Blue (1st shave)

I dunked the puck in a sink of water before loading with my synthetic brush for slightly more than thirty seconds. The proto-lather was quite thick, rather than the typical suds consistency. I had to add some water as I was building it up but there was plenty. Slickness was okay and the only nicks I had were down to re-opening a couple of prior scrapes. I was left with a lot of irritation on my top lip. Aside from some roughness along my jawline and another common place, my neck was pretty smooth, though a touch raw. WTG my face was fine. ATG was good too, with only a slight area of resistance on one cheek. Some of my chin made it to BBS and a few other areas went close. Post shave feel was very dry but reasonably soft. There was a strong blast of the fragrance right after I dipped the puck, but I don’t recall it after that. A very good shave knocked down to a good shave due to irritation and dryness.

Used with: Personna Platinum (3rd shave)

I doused the top of the puck with water as I shook out my synthetic brush before loading for thirty seconds. I had some suds and paste on the bristles but I didn’t think it was enough. As I worked it up and added a drop of water I found I had tons. Slickness felt good. I did pick up a couple of nicks but they sealed themselves before I finished. I also had a little irritation on my top lip. While generally smooth, there were rough patches in the usual spots on my neck. There was some slight roughness WTG on my face too, on my chin. There were some areas of significant resistance ATG, but it was largely okay. Nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was soft but dry. The fragrance isn’t especially strong but I was able to pick it up at the start and several times during the shave, although I had to hunt for it. A good shave.

Used with: Rapira Swedish Supersteel (3rd shave)

I sprinkled some water on the surface before loading with a shaken out synthetic brush. I was rewarded with plenty of lather as soon as I added a bit of water. Slickness was good. I picked up a single nick but it sealed itself before I finished. Despite spending a lot of attention on touch-ups, the usual trouble-spots on my neck were a bit rough, but the rest was nice and smooth. No problems WTG on my face. There was some resistance ATG but no real roughness. A couple of places went close to BBS but nowhere quite made it. Post shave feel was soft, but a bit dry. The fragrance was present again, but I had to hunt for it. A very good shave.

Verdict

To me, the name Henry Cavendish sounds English, but don’t be fooled, this is made in the USA. The ‘all natural’ soap is glycerin-based (it’s the first item on the ingredients list) and contains no animal products. My experience of glycerin soaps isn’t great. Some do the job pretty well but don’t rank among the best soaps I have used. This was pretty good though.

Show it a bit of water and it lathers eagerly, giving plenty for a multi-pass shave. I found slickness to be good (a strong point of glycerin) and protection was generally adequate too, although I did have a few instances where I was left with irritation (and when I say irritation, I’m not talking mild).

Post shave feel was reasonably good and I’d say the fragrance was something in its favour.

The box describes the ‘Himalaya Fragrance’ as a blend of Indian cedar, Himalayan blue pine, Cashmere musk and Indian amber. It’s a very pleasant scent, woodsy but fresh and different from anything else I have come across. It’s not in-your-face strong, but can be detected throughout the shave.

As a side note, I happened to also receive some Men’s Soap Company Himalaya shaving soap, and it was immediately apparent the two pucks are identical. The only difference is the box.

It’s about middle of the road, perhaps even lower, when it comes to pricing (the puck is relatively small) but it still offers good value and a pleasant shaving experience.

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Last updated: March 4, 2017