Stirling Soap Co. Grapefruit Shaving Soap

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Stirling Soap Co. Grapefruit Shaving Soap

Despite the name, this is a US artisan with a good reputation.

Used with: Lord Platinum Class (1st shave)

I pressed the sample into a bowl and loaded with a shaken dry badger brush for the usual thirty seconds. It didn’t look like a lot of product but I had plenty for my usual series of passes and touch-ups. Slickness was good and the only nick I picked up was due to my own cack-handedness. My neck was very good with only the barest hint of roughness in the trouble-spots. My jawline was perhaps the best it’s been. No problems WTG on my face. ATG was pretty good to. I had a little resistance on one cheek and a tiny patch of roughness at the corner of my mouth but otherwise good. Nowhere quite made it to BBS though. Post shave feel was excellent, soft and smooth. I got a whiff of the fragrance at the start but don’t recall it after that. It’s sweet and not much like an actual grapefruit, but pleasant enough. A very good shave.

Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (2nd shave)

I left the sample dry and loaded with my boar brush. On reflection, it could have used a bit more water. It didn’t look like I had enough, but dipping the bristles during lathering of the first and second passes provided a reasonable coating and I had some for touch-ups. Despite that, slickness was good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was very good except for my jawline. WTG my face was good too. There were a couple of places that had resistance, but ATG was otherwise excellent. Several places made it to BBS, in fact it was one of the smoothest shaves I’ve ever had. Post shave feel was pretty good but a touch dry. I picked up the fragrance a little at the start but can’t say I remember it after that. An excellent shave.

Used with: Personna Med Prep (3rd shave)

I loaded from the dry sample using my badger brush. Again, I probably should have left my brush wetter or bloomed it before loading as I had to stretch the lather a bit. I had enough for what I wanted, just, but it was an effort. Slickness was still good and I didn’t pick up any nicks, though I did have some irritation. My neck was largely smooth with only a single rough suggestion to spoil it. Even my jawline was pretty good. Excellent WTG on my face. ATG was good too. I had a couple of patches of resistance, but not enough to call rough per se. Nowhere quite made it to BBS. Post shave feel wasn’t bad but very dry. I don’t remember the fragrance at all, at any point in the shave. A very good shave.

Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (4th shave)

I soaked the sample as I filled the sink and wet my face, then used the run-off as a pre-shave. I used my badger brush and loaded for a bit over thirty seconds. Lather quantity was better this time, but I still struggled for my second pass and didn’t have quite enough for the full range of touch-ups. I got the problem of stickiness rather than slickness, which I seem to be getting randomly but quite often at the moment (with a range of products). I picked up a few small nicks but they were sealed by cold water. My neck was pretty good, but I had roughness in the usual spots, mainly along my jawline. It was a touch raw too. My chin had a little bit of roughness WTG, but otherwise it was smooth. There were a few patches where resistance was more than I’d have liked ATG, but the finish was generally good. Post shave feel was nice, if a little dry. I got a couple of faint hints of sweetness from the fragrance, but not much and certainly nothing strong. A good shave.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (2nd shave)

I covered the sample before loading with my badger brush for thirty seconds. I used the run-off as a pre-shave once again. The quantity of lather was fine but I needed water to work it for the second pass, meaning it was quite runny during touch-ups. Slickness was pretty good though and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was very good, nice and close except for the usual places, although these were better than normal. Nice and smooth WTG on my face. There were a few areas where resistance was much more than I’d have liked ATG, otherwise pretty good though. Nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was nice and soft, but a touch dry. There were some suggestions of fragrance, the sweet tinge, but that was as far as it went. A very good shave to finish with.


These soaps come with a good reputation and my experience boar that out. In fact one of the shaves was the best I’d had in a long time, pushing over from very good to great.

Slickness was good, providing a nice level of protection. That was to be expected considering it contains tallow, lanolin and Shea butter. It was pretty easy to lather too, though I did find that with later passes I had to work it up. More so than most products.

Post shave feel was generally very good, but it did leave my skin a little dry most of the time (as I find with many products, so that be my methodology).

The fragrance was a bit of a let down. To be fair, I only had a sample and it was kept in an open bowl, rather than a sealed container, but even at its strongest it was more of a suggestion than a solid fragrance. I don’t think that’s the case with their other soaps but I’m not the only one to have found that with the grapefruit.

A soap worthy of your time then, and one that appears to have earned that reputation.

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Last updated: November 16, 2016