An American artisan focused on improving men’s grooming.
Used with: Personna Med Prep (2nd shave)
I dug a small amount out of the travel-size tin and put into a larger container to give me a bigger loading area. Then I used a shaken-out badger brush to load from it dry. No problems producing plenty of lather. Slickness felt good but didn’t prevent me picking up a few small nicks and some irritation. The nicks were sealed by the cold water stage. My neck was nice and close with only one suggestion of a rough patch. It was a little raw though. The copious amounts of lather allowed me to target some of the problem areas meaning my jawline was better than usual. WTG was nice and smooth on my face. ATG was good too with only minor resistance. Nowhere quite made it to BBS though. Post shave feel was soft and smooth. The fragrance was strong and stayed with me throughout, though it did start to dwindle towards the end. Not what I was expecting, more of a cologne-like scent. Complex and very nice. A very good shave.
Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (1st shave)
I loaded from a dry sample using my boar brush. It took a while for the lather to start forming and I was worried I wouldn’t have enough. A drop of water as I worked it on my face was all it took to be able to get plenty though. Slickness wasn’t good this time, with a sticky soap-like coating. That said, I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was good except along my jawline. It was a little raw though. Nice WTG on my face. ATG wasn’t bad either, but I had a small rough patch at the corner of my mouth and a little resistance elsewhere. Nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was smooth but a bit dry. I was accompanied by the fragrance throughout, but it obviously tailed off as I went on and I had to hunt for it. Again, very pleasant. A good shave.
Used with: Lord Super Stainless (4th shave)
I left the sample dry once again, but loaded with my badger brush. Lather poured off it. I had so much I abandoned doing touch-ups rather than going until I ran out. Slickness was a mixed bag, generally it felt good but I had some soap-like stickiness too. Only one nick though. My neck was very good with the only roughness along my jawline, even that wasn’t too bad. Very smooth WTG on my face. ATG was impressive as well, with my chin making it to BBS and nowhere offering much resistance. Post shave feel was soft but a bit dry. The fragrance wasn’t too strong this time, but I did pick up throughout. Not sure how to describe it, but it’s quite heady. A great shave.
Used with: Bolzano Superinox (3rd shave)
I again loaded from a dry sample using my badger brush. Lather wasn’t as prodigious as previously but I had just about enough. Slickness wasn’t bad but there was some stickiness. I picked up a couple of nicks that were sealed by cold water. My neck was pretty good with only hints of roughness in my usual trouble-spots, better than the norm. My face was smooth WTG. While ATG wasn’t bad, but there were a few areas with more resistance than I’d have liked. There weren’t any real rough patches, but nowhere made it to BBS either. Post shave feel was nice and soft, a little dry though. I just about picked up the fragrance, though it was very subtle. A pretty good shave.
Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (1st shave)
I soaked the sample as I wet my face before loading for thirty seconds with my badger brush. Plenty of lather this time. Slickness was pretty good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. Some roughness in the usual spots on my neck, though lesser than usual, but otherwise a nice finish. It was a little raw. Smooth WTG on my face. There was little resistance ATG but nowhere quite made it to BBS. Post shave feel was soft but very dry. I got a whiff of the fragrance at the start and it was there subtly throughout the shave but wasn’t especially strong. A very good shave.
The founder of WSP states that “I set out to make the easiest lathering, longest lasting, and slickest shave soap. Then I found out that Martin de Candre had already done that, so I set out to one up them.” — now that’s a bold aim!
Has he achieved it? Well, based on my experience, I’d give WSP the edge. It’s certainly easy to lather, producing plenty of suds with little effort. I did have a few cases where I had to work it a though.
It’s got a great scent, definitely one up on MdC. Although called tobacco it’s apparently blended with bay leaf. To my nose it’s more of a cologne-like scent, the bay overpowering any hint of tobacco. It’s strong enough to stay with you through the shave too.
Slickness was generally pretty good, but with the odd occasion where it didn’t live up to expectations.
Aside from one slip, I had nothing less than a good shave with it, but equally only had one instance of a great shave. Post shave feel was good too, though I found I was left a little dry at times.
Price-wise it obviously destroys MdC. So definitely worth a go. The only negative is it’s not the easiest to get hold of outside the US.