Another British product, this one aimed at ragtaggle, ruffians and royals. Or so it says.
Used with: Lord Platinum Class (4th shave)
I received some Mr Natty Shave Oil as well and it was suggested I use it as a pre-shave, which I duly did. This is a hard soap so I simply added a few drops to the top and began lathering with my badger brush. It was quick to produce a proto-lather but when I transferred it to my face it remained a foamy consistency. It disappeared almost as fast as I was applying it. I cleaned out my brush and soaked the whole tin for a minute before trying again. Still no joy, despite loading for 60 seconds. I thought I would persevere. Slickness was okay and I didn’t pick up any nicks. I tried to stick to my usual routine, although there were times when it was hard to tell where I had applied it because it vanished. My neck wasn’t too bad, but had a few more patches than other recent shaves. I had some very rough areas on my jawline. My face was actually pretty good, with the only real roughness in the nooks around my mouth. It even made BBS ATG in some places. Post shave feel wasn’t bad either. The peppermint of the Shave Oil was pleasant and the soap itself has a nice, herby fragrance (the female contingent liked it). The scent is described as lime and peppermint, but I didn’t get any lime, more of a rosemary vibe. Not a pleasant experience, but quite a good end result.
Used with: Bolzano Superinox (3rd shave)
I added the shave oil first, then lathered the soap with my boar brush. I didn’t use any water on the soap this time, just a shaken out brush. Proto-lather exploded off it easily but I continue to load well past my usually thirty seconds before applying it to my face. I worked it for some time, but it never changed from foamy to proper lather. This meant I had to shave fast, as it quickly dissipated and figuring out where I had and had not shaved became an issue. The blade tugged painfully through the first pass (and was only a bit better in the second). Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks, I suspect that was down to the shave oil. I had some rough spots on my neck and jawline. I had a few patches on my face too, but it was generally smooth. Nowhere got close to BBS ATG. Despite that, post shave feel was nice. A very inconsistent finish and an unpleasant experience.
Used with: Personna Med Prep (2nd shave)
I took a different approach this time; no shave oil and I soaked the puck alongside my badger brush. I then loaded for sixty seconds, twice as long as normal. Once again, foamy lather was no problem, but no matter how I worked it I couldn’t get a proper lather and it stayed as a bubbly, airy mess. It vanished before I finished each pass. For all that, slickness was fine. I did pick up a couple of nicks, but they were sealed by cold water. My neck was pretty good, with the only real patches coming by my jawline. My chin had a few rough spots. There were a few patches around my mouth but other than that my face was smooth. It didn’t make it to BBS ATG though. Post shave feel was good. Again, a poor experience, but a pretty good end result.
Used with: Super-Max Stainless (1st shave)
I opted for no water and a shaken out boar brush for this shave, but without any difference, lather was still elusive despite loading for sixty seconds. Slickness was okay and I didn’t pick up any nicks. The blade tugged for the first couple of passes, but settled down. My neck wasn’t very close, with the odd patch that was even rougher. My jawline wasn’t very close either. My face wasn’t particularly close and I had lots of patches. I got a whiff of the scent when I opened the tin but nothing after that. Post shave feel was very average. In fact, it was a very average shave.
Used with: Personna Platinum (4th shave)
I tried something different this time. I rubbed the puck into my stubble to start, then applied a layer of their shave oil before loading my badger brush from the puck. As it was so dry I managed to produce a reasonably pasty lather that built up a hung around for the first pass. It was still foamy and on later passes it disappeared as before. Slickness was pretty good but I still picked up a couple of nicks. My neck was a little patchy and there was plenty of roughness on my jawline. My face was reasonably smooth but not universally. Nowhere made it to BBS ATG. Post shave was average. I could smell the fragrance close to the puck, but I didn’t get anything else during or after the shave. A bit better than average this time, but not much.
There isn’t too much to get right with a shaving soap, it needs to produce a good lather while providing slickness and protection. When it fails on one of those counts, it’s going to get a hard time. That was the case with this. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get a good lather from this soap.
Slickness and protection seemed passable, which I can only assume was a layer of glycerin. That is one option for shaving soaps. That’s fine, but you can pick those sort of soaps up cheap. This normally sells for £16.50, which is expensive, even more so when you consider this is only 80g.
I got pretty average shaves and spent a lot of time hunting for where I had shaved and where I hadn’t. The experience was not good. I like the packaging, I like the branding, but if the product doesn’t perform then I can’t recommend it.
Disclosure: I was kindly sent this as a free sample by Mr Natty