Le Père Lucien Shaving Soap

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Le Père Lucien shaving soap

An artisan vegetarian soap made in France.

Used with: Perma Sharp Super (3rd shave)

I tried to bloom it, as I do with all soaps, but there wasn’t a lot of room. Still, thirty seconds with my boar brush created plenty of lather. Slickness was okay, not the best I have used but far from the worst. Protection was obviously up to the task as I only picked up one minor nice during touching up. My neck was generally pretty good but despite repeated passes there was still some roughness, though no out-and-out patches. No problems WTG on my face, there was obviously more resistance ATG but not much. Nowhere quite made it to BBS, but a few places went close. Post shave feel was pretty good once again, though perhaps a little dry. The fragrance is pretty potent. Filled with herbs, but with a few other things thrown in. It’s no unpleasant, but not something I’d crave. It did fade over the course of the shave (either because the amount of lather dropped or because my nose simply got used to it) but it did linger of my skin subtly afterwards. A very good shave.

Used with: Ladas Super Stainless (2nd shave)

I didn’t add any water to the soap this time and shook out my badger brush as usual before loading. After thirty seconds I had quite an airy proto-lather, but a but of work on my face quickly turned this thick and glossy. Slickness was passable, but it seemed to get worse after the first pass. It was good enough though as I didn’t pick up any nicks. It wasn’t perfect, with the odd rougher patch, but my neck was actually pretty close, better than usual. WTG my face was very smooth, ATG was a little rougher, but nothing significant and a couple of places even made it to BBS. Post shave feel was very nice, though it was a little dry, something common to everything I’ve tried of late. I got a good whiff of the fragrance at the start but it dissipated as the shave went on and I didn’t notice anything in the latter stages. Again, not unpleasant, but not the sort of thing that will have me reaching for more. Another very good shave (which continued to impress me all day).

Used with: Treet Platinum Super Stainless (1st shave)

I soaked the whole tin in the basin alongside my badger brush, then loaded for thirty seconds. I got plenty of lather that quickly developed into a thick coating. Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. There were a couple of small rough patches on my neck, mainly along my jawline, but otherwise it was very good. My face was nice and smooth WTG. I had a couple of rough areas ATG, mostly around my mouth. My top lip had a little irritation. A couple of places made it to BBS though. Post shave feel was soft but a bit dry. The fragrance was strong at the start but I don’t remember it much during the shave itself. A very good shave.

Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge (4th shave)

I shaved much later in the day than normal. Soaking the tin alongside my badger brush, I then loaded for thirty seconds. I generated plenty of suds, but felt like I needed some water to thin it out for the first pass and it didn’t have very good slickness. That improved with the second as subsequent passes. I had some rough patches low down on my neck and some small ones along my jawline too. WTG my face felt nice and smooth. ATG was pretty good, with no significant patches. There were a few hints of BBS, but that was it. Post shave feel was pretty good. The fragrance comes through nice and strong. There’s a medicinal edge to it, eucalyptus I suspect. A good shave.

Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (2nd shave)

I only sprinkled a few drops on the top before loading with my boar brush. Thirty seconds created enough suds for me to work into plenty of lather. Slickness felt good throughout and I didn’t pick up any nicks, despite a fair bit of touching up. The blade tugged a bit on the first pass. My neck was very good, generally smooth but I did have a little bit of roughness low down. My jawline was pretty smooth for a change though. No problems WTG on my face, nice and smooth. It wasn’t as good ATG. There were no significant rough patches, but nowhere approached BBS. Post shave feel was nice. The fragrance didn’t seem as strong this time, though I did pick it up at various points. I don’t remember it much late on and it didn’t linger. A very good shave.

Verdict

It’s a pretty hard soap and comes somewhat crammed into the metal tin. I like the packaging but the lack of any room means it’s hard to bloom without soaking the whole container. Not that I found you needed to bloom it to get a good lather.

It bills itself as a 100% vegetarian soap. Some veggie soaps I’ve found to have poor results, especially when it came to lather. Not this though, it was easy to lather, generally provided good slickness and protection and the post shave feel was pretty good too.

I didn’t manage any truly fantastic shaves with it, but all of them were of a high standard.

The traditional fragrance will likely divide people. I didn’t mind it, but it’s quite strong and certainly not something I wanted to linger. I’d even class it as a slight turn-off.

It wasn’t a product I fell in love with, but had performance that was hard to ignore.

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Last updated: March 16, 2016