I’ve been impressed with the Nanny’s soaps so far, would that continue?
Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge (4th shave)
The sample pot is small, but large enough that I decided to load directly from it. I wasn’t sure my badger brush had enough soap but it quickly exploded into lather. It didn’t have quite as much as I would normally use, so I didn’t get to do as much touching up. The lather seemed a little foamy and started to vanish a little during my final tweaks. I suspect this was my lack of load though. My neck ended up a little patchy. Above my jaw had a couple of rougher areas and I didn’t get into all the crevices around my mouth, but elsewhere it was smooth, though not BBS. Where it was good it was very good though. Not bad post shave feel. It has a strong lime scent and I also got a nice cooling sensation, nothing too harsh, just pleasant. It’s a nice accompaniment to your shave. A good shave with some points deducted.
Used with: Schick Premium (3rd shave)
I opted for my boar brush this time and had no problems loading, producing plenty of good lather (which hung around). Slickness felt fine but I did pick up a few nicks, only one of any significance. My neck was a little patchy. Above the jawline the finish was smooth, but not BBS, certainly not ATG. The fragrance is really punchy, with a strong hit that stays with you. The cooling sensation was nice and refreshing, not an icy blast. Not the greatest finish, but still a good shave.
Used with: Gillette Nacet Stainless (1st shave)
Switching back to my badger brush, I loaded for thirty seconds after sprinkling a few drops of water on the top. I didn’t have as much lather for touch-ups as I’d have liked, but it was enough. The blade tugged a ton to start with, but settled down. Slickness was fine but I picked up a couple of nicks. The finish on my neck wasn’t good at all. It was better above my jaw, but the limited amount of touching up left it patchy and nowhere was it BBS. Not a bad shave, more average.
Used with: Lord Super Stainless (2nd shave)
I went badger again this time. I bloomed the soap for a bit before loading as usual and got plenty of lather, enough for my usual routine. I felt slickness was a little average, but I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck had a few rougher areas, as did my jaw. Above that was better but not perfect. Nowhere quite made it to BBS, but some areas went close, which is a surprise from a relatively blunt blade like this. Post shave feel was okay. I got a good hit of the lime scent again plus the slight cooling of the menthol. It’s not as strong as the Kent cream I’ve tried, but refreshing nonetheless. Another fairly average shave.
Used with: Personna Med Prep (1st shave)
Going back to my boar brush, I wet the top of the soap, though not for long, before loading. I got plenty of lather. Slickness felt pretty good, but it didn’t stop me picking up plenty of nicks, though none serious. My neck was patchy, as was my jawline, above that was better but still not perfect. I failed to clear all the nooks around my mouth. My cheeks were pretty good, though not near BBS. Post shave feel was a bit average. I got a subtle breath from the menthol and the lime was strong once again. A solid shave.
Starting with the positives, I like the fragrance of this soap. If you’re a fan of lime, this is definitely one to try. I also liked the little kick of menthol. Producing lather wasn’t generally an issue. Where it lacked, or at least wasn’t on par with what I’ve to expect from Nanny’s products, was slickness and post shave feel. Neither was great, just passable. I also struggled to get a close shave, even from blades that were performing well with other products. Having set such high standards with the Signature and Hard Soap ranges, I found this fell a little short of them, not that it didn’t do the job, it just didn’t perform up there with the best.
Incidentally, I happened to pick up some Executive Shaving Deluxe soap recently, it’s exactly the same as this. So save yourself some money and buy Nanny’s direct instead.