MÜHLE Sea Buckthorn Shaving Soap

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Muhle Sea Buckthorn Shaving Soap

MÜHLE is a German company that has been around since 1945, and began making brushes, but now makes razors, blades and software too.

Used with: Gillette Rubie Platinum Plus (3rd shave)

It’s a very hard soap, so I loaded by adding just a few drops of water to the top and shaking out my boar brush. The scent is amazing, fruity and tangy, although I didn’t notice it much during the actual shave. Very little slickness after the first pass, but it was much better after the second. I didn’t get an explosion of lather, but enough for two passes and touch-up. The lack of lubrication may account for the number of nicks I picked up, one a weeper, although some of it probably came down to the amount of touching up I had to do, especially around my mouth. The end result was generally smooth, with few patches, but not quite BBS (though close). Post shave feel was good though.

Used with: Super-Max Stainless (1st shave)

I soaked the puck alongside my brush, then loaded with a shaken out boar, and the lather exploded off it. Again, I struggled to pick up the scent while I applying, you have to get quite close to smell it, but it’s still good. I had a nice amount of slickness after the first pass, and lots after the second. There was more than enough for two passes and touch up and still had loads left. The final finish was a little patchy, but was generally pretty good.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (2nd shave)

I decided to use a synthetic brush for this shave. I soaked the puck, and the brush. When I loaded it produced zero lather, which is unusual, but it was also a struggle to produce lather on my face too. I knew that synthetics don’t hold water as well, so made sure to dip my brush often to add more. I didn’t get much volume, but I did get a reasonable coating for my first pass. After trying to do the same on my second, I went back to the puck to load some more. Slickness was good after the first pass, but average after the second. The shave was reasonably comfortable, although I picked up a few nicks (one a weeper) due to the amount of touching up I faced. The end result was good though, even BBS in places, but patchy where I didn’t go over it as much. Great post shave feel.

Used with: Treet Platinum Super Stainless (2nd shave)

Soaking the puck, I used my boar brush, and there was so much lather I didn’t bother loading for a full thirty seconds. Both passes gave a good coating and left good slickness behind. I had plenty more for touching up. The blade was a little tuggy at first, but seemed to settle down. I didn’t pick up any nicks, but the finish wasn’t the closest I’ve had. It was generally smooth though, with only the odd patch. I was left with a soft finish and the smell was so fruity it had me salivating. A good shave.

Used with: Gillette Nacet Stainless (2nd shave)

I used the same method as my previous shave, with resulted in plenty of lather, more than enough for a couple of passes and touch-up. I felt the slickness after each pass was average-good rather than great, but more than enough. This blade felt sharper, and I picked up a couple of nicks, but nothing serious. Despite that, the shave was patchy, and not especially close. An average shave at best.

Verdict

The puck is identical to the Edwin Jagger refills I’ve previously used, and seems to be the same hard-milled soap. Unlike the EJ Sandalwood I tried, I never struggled to get a lather. Slickness, and therefore cushioning, seemed more average than great, but was generally adequate. The scent was the saviour though, with a great smell. That was part of the reason I opted for this, and I’d certainly recommend giving Sea Buckthorn a try if you want something fresh and fruity. A solid performer.

Filed under: Soap, Software

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Last updated: November 1, 2014