L’Occitane en Provence Cade Shaving Soap

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L'Occitane en Provence Cade Shaving Soap

Another French soap from the Provence region.

Used with: Lord Platinum Class (2nd shave)

I pressed some flakes into a bowl and loaded with a shaken dry badger brush. After thirty seconds the amount loaded didn’t look enough so I dipped the bristles and loaded for an additional ten seconds. It quickly built a good lather and I had plenty for my usual passes and touch-ups. Slickness was good but not great. I picked up a few nicks, none major and most were sealed by cold water. My neck didn’t feel especially close, but then there were no rough patches either. My usually troublesome jawline was much improved too. Nice and smooth WTG on my face. ATG wasn’t bad either, there was some resistance but not much and no roughness. Nowhere made it to BBS though. Post shave feel was nice, soft and smooth. I got a whiff of the fragrance at the start and a couple of times early on in the shave, but it receded and I don’t remember it after that. That nice juniper scent. A very good shave.

Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (1st shave)

I loaded with a shaken out boar brush for thirty seconds on the dry flakes. It didn’t look to have loaded enough but a few dips of the bristles as I worked it turned it into plenty of lather. Slickness was good but I picked up a few small nicks, sealed by cold water. My neck was pretty close, though not too smooth. There were some hints of roughness and more than a hint along my jawline despite extra attention. Smooth as can be WTG on my face. There was some resistance ATG, way more than I’d have liked, but a couple of spots on my chin made it to BBS. Post shave feel wasn’t bad but a little dry. The fragrance was subtle once again, but present. I had to hunt for it as the shave progressed but the sweet juniper scent was there. A pretty good shave.

Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (3rd shave)

I covered the flakes in water as I wet my face, then used the run-off as a pre-shave. I then loaded for thirty seconds with my badger brush. The first pass was fine but I had to add some water to boost the amount for the second, leaving me with a runny mixture for touch-ups and not much of it. Slickness wasn’t great as I got a sticky coating, but I didn’t pick up any nicks. It left a film on everything afterwards. This seems to happen randomly to the samples I have. Despite all the tribulations my neck was actually pretty good. The only roughness came in the usual places and even that was toned down. I was left a little raw though. WTG my face was smooth. ATG wasn’t bad considering the lack of touch-ups I was able to do. The finish was very uneven with some significant resistance but no real roughness. Post shave feel was average, not especially soft or smooth and a bit dry. I got a faint whiff of the fragrance a couple of times but I had to hunt for it. A pretty good shave.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (1st shave)

Once again, I covered the sample in water and used the run-off as a pre-shave. I loaded for longer this time, about forty seconds, with my badger brush. Similar story to before, a good lather for the first pass but I had to work it quite hard and add water for the second, meaning the touch-up wasn’t a great composition (though slightly better than my previous shave). Slickness was poor once again, but again I was nick free. I was also left with a residue. My neck was fifty-fifty with plenty that was good but some rough areas too, mainly along my jawline. WTG my face was fine. There were lots of areas of resistance ATG. Nothing really rough but a lot more than I’d have liked. Post shave feel was nice. I don’t remember the fragrance at all this time. Another pretty good shave.

Used with: Bolzano Superinox (4th shave)

I bloomed the sample, with released a great fragrance, then used the run-off as a pre-shave. I loaded for thirty seconds before working up the lather. I wasn’t sure I had enough but it did get me to the end. Slickness was pretty good. It didn’t prevent me picking up a few nicks low down on my neck, but they sealed themselves before I finished. The finish on my neck wasn’t particular close and I had some roughness in my usual trouble-spots, although better than usual. WTG my face was smooth. Apart from a rough patch on a cheek, it was pretty good ATG. Nowhere came close to BBS. Post shave feel was good. As I said, I got a whiff of the fragrance and the start. I don’t remember it much after that though. A good shave.

Verdict

Having found the cream to be excellent and hearing good things about the soap I had high expectations, maybe too high. It would be fair to say it didn’t blow my socks off.

I like the juniper fragrance, but I didn’t get a lot of it. Blooming it seemed to help, but even then I had to hunt for it and it all but vanished while shaving. So not an olfactory smash.

Slickness was hit-and-miss, generally good but never outstanding. Protection was found wanting a few times too.

Post shave feel was generally up to snuff though, but not exactly top-notch.

It would be fair to say I wasn’t as enamoured with this as I was with the cream. Which may be moot as it’s not currently available on the UK website (and the cream is sold out), so your chance to pick this up may have passed anyway. There are rumours it’s being discontinued, but maybe they’re planning to relaunch it. Going on my experience, I won’t miss it if it stays dead.

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Last updated: November 26, 2016