RazoRock King of the Castle Lavender Artisan Shaving Soap

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RazoRock Lavender Shave Soap

Another of the RazoRock line, this time from their King of the Castle range.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (1st shave)

While this is by no means a hard shaving soap, it is firmer than the Don Marco I have. So I opted for my boar brush to whip up my lather. I soaked it and loaded with a shaken dry brush for 30 seconds. Lather exploded off it and there was never any doubt I would have enough. This is my first lavender soap, so not sure how it compares, but I’m not a fan of the scent. Reasonable slickness left by the first pass, great slickness after the second. The blade felt a little tuggy, backed up by the need to do a lot of touching up, although I only picked up one nick. The finish was a little patchy, especially in areas where I didn’t go over it multiple times. Nor was it especially close. Post shave feel was good though.

Used with: Lord Platinum Class (2nd shave)

I soaked the puck again, and loaded for 30 seconds. Producing lather wasn’t a problem again, I had plenty for two passes and touch ups. Good slickness after each pass and I only picked up a pair of nicks, which sealed themselves before I’d finished. The blade was smooth throughout but I did require more touching up than usual. The scent is very subtle, but not pleasant to my nose. The finish was a little patchy, especially on my neck, but practically BBS on my cheeks and top lip. Nice post shave feel too.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (1st shave)

Same method as before, but I only loaded for about 20 seconds this time. Lather wasn’t a problem, but I didn’t think the slickness was as good this time, although it improved as I went on. Still not impressed by the scent. While I may not like it, it’s also very weak. Good post shave feel. The blade was smooth, and I was nick free, but it was far from a consistent or close shave.

Used with: Treet Platinum Super Stainless (3rd shave)

Soaking the puck, I loaded for twenty seconds this time. Lather exploded off it as before, with plenty for the whole shave. Slickness was reasonable, better after the second pass. The blade was a little rough ATG and I picked up several good nicks. A couple of them were the re-opened ones from my previous shave I suspect. I ended up fairly smooth, though it was a little patchy on my neck. Certainly not a perfect shave. Post shave feel was again good.

Used with: Gillette Nacet Stainless (4th shave)

I soaked once more and used my boar to load a ton of lather, I stopped before I hit thirty seconds and lather was practically falling off the brush. Good slickness after each pass, but not up there with the best I would say. The blade tugged throughout but I only picked up a single nick. Magnificent post-shave feel.

Verdict

The disappointment was the scent. It turns out I’m not a fan of lavender (this is my first soap/cream with that scent). Even if I did like it the fragrance, it was so weak it was hard to pick up while shaving, never mind after. I also felt the glide wasn’t perhaps up there with the very best, though it was still good. Lathering and post shave were certainly strong points. Another quality product and RazoRock’s prices just add to the appeal. There are other scents in the same line, so don’t let this put you off.

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Last updated: December 13, 2014