An unusually named soap that is super-cold.
Used with: Racer Super Stainless (2nd shave)
I pressed some of the sample into a bowl, with difficulty, then loaded for thirty seconds using my synthetic brush. It didn’t look like much, but I had tons of lather, way more than I needed. Slickness felt okay and I only picked up a single nick — a weeper — but that was due to me going over and over some spots as I had so much lather. My neck was generally good, with the only roughness reserved for my usual trouble-spots. It was nice and smooth WTG on my face. ATG was good too, but I did have a few patches of resistance. Nowhere made it to BBS but a couple of spots went close. Post shave feel was pretty decent, soft and not too dry. This is all about the menthol, and it does not disappoint. It hits you early and never leaves. Each time you re-apply the lather you’re hit again and it lingers post shave. The fragrance is non-existent aside from the menthol and peppermint. A very good shave.
Used with: Kai Stainless Steel (4th shave)
I loaded for thirty seconds with my badger brush. As I loaded I found the brush head was loose in the handle, so I took it careful. As I built up the first lather it was a bit disappointing so I went back and re-loaded. I was then able to get a good coating. The second coating was poor and started to dissipate. For my touch-up pass I loaded yet more soap as it had vanished from the brush. My neck wasn’t very close anywhere and yet had some irritation. There was some proper roughness along my jawline. WTG my face felt good. There was some resistance ATG, with the odd patch that went beyond that. Post shave feel was soft but very dry and I had lots of irritation. Again I got a good blast of menthol. It’s intense when applied and when I washed down with cold water it practically froze my chops. I got a menthol hit when I put my nose to the sample, but I didn’t get anything during the shave. An average shave.
Used with: Gillette Super Thin (1st shave)
I loaded for thirty seconds with my boar brush and I struggled to get a good lather so went back to the sample to load up some more. That afforded me a good coating for the first pass, but I had to go back to load up again for the second pass and for touch-ups. Both on the brush and my face, the lather simply disappeared. I didn’t get a chance to measure slickness but I only picked up one nick, sealed before I finished, which was down to me catching the blade. My neck felt pretty good, with the only roughness limited to the usual trouble-spots, while the rest was very smooth. WTG on my face was good too. ATG wasn’t that great, with plenty of resistance and some mild roughness. Post shave feel was passable. No fragrance again but definitely plenty of menthol. Possibly because I had to go and re-load so often, it seemed even stronger this time. A good shave overall.
Used with: Kai Stainless Steel Blades (3rd shave)
I added the remaining sample as the quantity in the container had started to dwindle, then soaked it before loading for thirty seconds using my synthetic brush. I was able to generate plenty of lather and it didn’t dissipate at all — I had plenty leftover even when I’d finished. Slickness was okay and I only picked up the odd tiny nick. One did survive past cold water though. My neck was okay, close but not super-smooth. I had some roughness in the usual places. On my face, WTG was good. ATG there was a little resistance but no real roughness, a couple of places even made it to BBS. Post shave feel was soft but dry. When I searched for it, I was able to pick up the menthol fragrance faintly. The cold was there in abundance, especially any time I applied water. A good shave.
Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Platinum (2nd shave)
I briefly wet the sample before loading with my synthetic brush. I wasn’t sure I had enough loaded but a bit of water turned it into plenty of lather. It lasted throughout the shave. Slickness didn’t feel great but I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was left very smooth, even my usual trouble-spots were tamed somewhat. It was smooth WTG on my face. ATG there was enough resistance to prevent anywhere reaching BBS, but nothing really rough. Post shave was okay, but very dry. I got a slight whiff of the menthol during the shave. It was certainly cold again, practically freezing when I lathered for my second pass. A very good shave.
I wasn’t aware of this soap before I tried it — it was bought as a gift alongside a bunch of others. The name should have given it away but it was a little bit of a shock when the menthol hit me on the first use.
It describes itself as an “ultra menthol shave soap” and it more than lives up to that. Easily, and by far, the coldest soap I have tried. I’ve tried a few that are supposed to include a good amount of menthol, but this is what I expected from those wimpy things. This has a teeth-chattering cooling effect.
Their own description makes it clear that any fragrance was sacrificed on the altar of menthol. That became apparent in use. I was only able to pick up the occasional whiff of menthol.
I should also mention that the chunks of soap were very hard to press into a container and kept coming unstuck so they moved around (which may account for some of my loading issues), and they dissolved in water, so soaking it is not advised.
I had some inconsistencies in use, especially in generating lather. The tip seems to be that you shouldn’t bloom it or scrimp on the amount. Do that and you should get plenty of lather.
Slickness didn’t feel great, but I rarely picked up any nicks, so it was obviously sufficient. Post shave feel was lacking, with my face often left pretty dry.
For all that, aside from one average shave, I typically got good results. So not a bad performer.
The big selling point of this is the coldness, due to all the menthol, but that would be pointless if the soap didn’t perform, and it’s capable of doing just that.