One of the multitude of US artisan makers, though one of the lesser known.
Used with: Super-Max Super Platinum (1st shave)
The tin is filled to the brim, so there’s no room to bloom it, all I could do was add a thin layer of water to the puck before charging up my badger brush. I loaded for the usual thirty seconds but I should have gone longer. I had enough lather (with the help of some water) for my usual routine, but I felt like I was having to stretch it. Slickness felt fine, though not up with the best. I picked up one nick, albeit a significant one. Where it was smooth, my neck was very good, but it wasn’t uniform and I had some patches. My jawline was also pretty rough. WTG my face was very smooth, but ATG there were some rough spots. Having said that, a few places made it to BBS though. Post shave feel was excellent. The fragrance is quite strong in the tin, but much more subtle in the lather, I don’t remember picking it up during the shave or after. It’s called Classic Barber but doesn’t remind me of a barber shop. The description mentions bergamot and oak moss. I found it a very sweet scent rather than earthy, with a hint of lavender. It’s pleasant enough, though not something I would seek out. A bit up and down, but overall a good shave.
Used with: Personna Super ‘Lab Blue’ (2nd shave)
I sprinkled a few drops of water on the puck as I soaked my boar brush, then loaded for thirty seconds. Again, I think I should have gone longer. I did have enough lather, but I felt like I was stretching it, and I wasn’t able to do as much touching up as I’d have liked. That and the slickness, which was adequate but not great, was probably what led to me picking up quite a few, albeit small, nicks. The finish on my neck was pretty good, but there were a few patches, mainly on my jawline. My face was nice and smooth WTG. It wasn’t bad ATG either, but there were some rough spots. Equally, there were a couple of places where it managed BBS. Post shave feel was nice, though maybe not quite as good as the best. Again, I don’t remember picking up the scent except when I had the puck under my nose. It’s a sea-like scent, with something refreshing. If I’m honest it reminds me of the sort of smell used in bathroom cleaners, that’s not to say it’s bad. A good shave.
Used with: Polsilver SI (3rd shave)
I again wet the puck, but also left my badger brush a little wetter and loaded for forty seconds. I got plenty of lather, or so I thought. The first pass was fine but the next two seemed to be a struggle. Slickness was okay, it improved with each pass. I picked up a couple of nicks and some minor irritation on my top lip. The finish on my neck wasn’t bad but I had some roughness, especially near my jawline. My face was good WTG but not as good ATG where I had some rough patches. Post shave feel was average. I did pick up the fresh scent a bit more during the shave this time. Not something that grabs me very much. Overall a good shave.
Used with: Schick Premium (4th shave)
I left the puck dry and loaded with a slightly wetter badger brush for forty seconds. That gave me plenty of larger for my usual routine. Slickness felt pretty good and I only picked up a couple of microscopic nicks. The finish on my neck was a bit rougher than some and despite extra attention I still had some rough spots. My jawline was pretty good though. My face wasn’t bad but didn’t feel especially smooth WTG. It felt as good ATG, no real roughness but not especially close. Post shave feel was good. The fragrance was with me throughout, not overpowering but present. A bit of an average shave.
Used with: Lord Super Stainless (1st shave)
I didn’t add any water to the puck but left my boar brush a little wetter than usual as I loaded for forty seconds. I had enough lather for several passes and plenty of touch-ups. Slickness felt okay and I only picked up a couple of tiny nicks. The finish on my neck was pretty good but I did have a few rough patches, especially along my jawline. My face was good WTG and not bad against it, though nowhere was close to BBS. Post shave feel was nice, though perhaps a little dry. I don’t remember the fragrance so much this time, though I did get the occasional whiff. A good shave.
It’s described as Classic Barber, but to me the fragrance was a fresh, clean, sea-inspired scent more reminiscent of cleaning products than a classic barbershop. I even checked the descriptions on their other fragrances to see if this may have been marked-up wrong, but I don’t think it was.
I struggled for lather quantity and found I had to load for an extra ten seconds compared to any other soap I have used. Slickness was okay when I got the lather going though and post shave feel was generally pretty good, though not up to the best.
I rarely comment on packaging as it’s usually unimportant (and the majority simply come in plastic tubs). I liked the tin this comes in, it feels solid. My only complaint is it’s filled to the brim, so there’s no room to bloom the soap with water.
It normally retails for $11.99 so is far from expensive. For the money it does a perfectly good job, but I think there are better products available for the same or less money. It was a very middle-of-the-road soap for me.
These weren’t shaves I looked forward to and, in the end, I was glad to see the back of it.