Tanglewood Garden & Farm ’57 Chevy Spearmint & Sandalwood Shaving Soap

6 Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (6)
Tanglewood Garden & Farm '57 Chevy Spearmint & Sandalwood Shaving Soap

A Canadian soap with the longest name I’ve ever encountered.

Used with: Super-Max Super Platinum (2nd shave)

The ingredient list had me worried about this one. That proved accurate when it came to the lather. It wasn’t great when I worked it up, being airy and full of bubbles. It dissipated with each pass. That didn’t seem to matter as the soap was still able to put a layer of slickness on my skin that provided plenty of protection and I didn’t pick up any nicks or irritation. My neck was good, pretty close and the only roughness was in my usual trouble-spots. WTG my face was nice and smooth. ATG it was a little uneven, with some areas being very close and others bordering on roughness. Post shave feel was soft. I did get a whiff of the fragrance at the start, mainly the spearmint, but I don’t recall it during the shave. Not quite very good due to the inconsistencies, but definitely good.

Used with: Gillette Super Thin (4th shave)

I used my boar brush and lathered for my usual thirty seconds. It took a while to generate anything and what I did get was thin and airy. With some water it produced a coating for my first pass, which soon started to dissipate. There was barely anything on the brush but some more water got something for my second. My touch-up passes were left with a meagre amount and what slickness I could generate from applying water. That said, slickness was generally very good. It didn’t stop me picking up a few nicks though. Most were sizable, but not weepers. They were all sealed by cold water. A lack of touch-ups left my neck with some serious rough patches. WTG my face felt pretty good. ATG there was some resistance, bordering on roughness in places. Post shave feel was okay, reasonably soft but dry. I don’t recall picking up the fragrance at all during the shave. I’d say an average shave.

Used with: Kai Stainless (3rd shave)

I loaded with my synthetic brush again, producing a lot more suds than the boar, but still a poor, airy, translucent lather. I was able to re-work it for my second pass but had to eke out what I could and rely on the previous slickness for touch-ups. I did pick up a few substantial nicks, but cold water was enough to seal them. That said, slickness was pretty good. My neck didn’t feel particularly close, but the only real roughness was limited to my usual trouble-spots. WTG my face felt smooth. ATG there was some resistance, but not much except for a patch that bordered on roughness. Post shave, my face was left feeling a little tight. I picked up a faint waft of the fragrance at one point during the shave, but otherwise it wasn’t noticeable. A pretty good shave.

Used with: Race Super Stainless (1st shave)

I dipped the puck in the sink before loading for thirty seconds with my synthetic brush. Suds poured off it, but they were still airy and unsubstantial — as proved the lather. Slickness was still pretty good. Didn’t stop me picking up a few small nicks though. They sealed themselves by the time I hit cold water. My neck was very good, with the only roughness along my jawline. WTG my face was nice and smooth. ATG there was some resistance, that bordered on roughness in one place, but was otherwise fine. Post shave feel was okay, reasonably soft but dry. I don’t recall the fragrance at all. It was hard to pick up with my nose against the puck, to be honest. A good shave.

Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Platinum (3rd shave)

I loaded for a bit over thirty seconds using my synthetic brush. I got plenty of airy suds again, but a disappointing lather that vanished quickly whenever I applied it. That also made touch-ups difficult. Slickness still felt good though and the only nick I picked up, a weeper, was likely a re-opening of an existing cut. My neck felt okay, not especially smooth but the only real roughness was limited to the usual trouble-spots. WTG my face was great. ATG there was some minor resistance, but that was it. Nowhere went close to BBS though. Post shave feel was pretty good. Once again, no fragrance to speak of. A good shave though.

Verdict

My first Canadian soap and not a company I’d heard of before — someone bought it as a gift while passing — but similar offerings exist in multitude. By that, I mean shaving soaps made by artisans who don’t specialise in shaving and simply adapt other soap recipes. They also tend to shout about ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ingredients.

I was proven right in this case. Lather was, frankly, terrible. It threw off suds no problem, but it was impossible to generate a decent coating. Slickness wasn’t bad though. I did check the ingredients but couldn’t find mention of glycerine, which is what I assumed was the culprit.

The fragrance is unusual, but smells great. It doesn’t smell like any other sandalwood I’ve tried and I can definitely pick the mint out of the mix of other scents.

In terms of results, I never managed more than a good shave. So it’s not a particularly good performance (good is basically middle of the road). Yes it did the job, but it was nothing remarkable.

So no, not one to seek out.

Filed under: Soap, Software

These reviews are updated based on ongoing experience, so ratings and opinions may change.

Last updated: May 25, 2018