Fantastic performance rich lather and great cushioning and slickness. I prefer the peppermint scent which is subtle over the Almond but that might be because I have other Almond soaps (Cella, TOBS) but no peppermint! Thumbs up from me and expect an order for that peppermint! Thanks for organising this trial and for providing the soaps and of course for letting us know they even existed!!
I've ised the almond so far. As I face lather, some cream was scooped out and put onto the brush. It didn't produce much of a lather so more cream was added, using half the pot. Again, the lather wasn't that thick, thin infact and seemed to dissapate quickly. There was barely enough for a third pass, considering I used half the pot which is a good amount given, I was surprised.
The cream had a lovely scent, sweeter than Cella maybe? But that could be down to the age of the Cella. At first my skin felt nice and moisturised but soon felt dried out and tight, needing some balm to be applied. Nothing major though.
Overall if I'd bought the cream out of my hard earned pennies then I may lean towards being disappointed. Harsh to say after one use, so it may improve.
Used the mint today. Same as before really, not a great lather, protection was good though but ended up using half the sample. I wouldn't mid how much product it took in order to get a stable lather but when it doesn't get thicker then its annoying.
Not a fan tbh, wouldn't buy a pot in the future.
Thanks for the opportunity to take part.
3rd shave yesterday, with the peppermint scent this time:
I couldn't build a thick lather, I used about half of the cream left in the jar, the texture was barely satisfactory, and gave me only 2 passes, I had to face lather again for the 3rd pass. The lather dried rather quickly too despite the watery texture. On the other hand protection and slide are really good even if the lather is close to soapy water.
So a big + for the protection and a big - for the lather.
First shave with the Peppermint soap. Tech razor, Personna blade, bowl lather using a synthetic brush.
Initial impression - a thick consistency that, unsurprisingly, needed a little more moisture in the brush than other products to actually form the lather. The lather was quite thin but gave a decent coverage over the beard.
The shave itself was smooth and there was enough lather for 3 passes (just). At first my skin felt very well moisturised but now, some 30 minutes later, it feels a bit dry.
I will try the same product again tomorrow using a little less moisture in the brush to see how we get on.
First shave with the Almond.
BodyShop synthetic brush
No pre shave
Scent from the jar was equal to Cella. Using a good finger full and a soaked and rung out brush proceeded to create a lather. Although plenty of lather is produced its mostly air and a very thin one. I added more cream incase I had added too much water but the quality of the lather didn't improve just the quantity.
Applying to a 2 day growth and working it didn't help, still thin and I could see my skin.
1 pass with the RazoRock Hawk went without issue but by the end of the pass the remaining lather on my face had almost dispated and the lather in bowl was going the same way...I had to try and work the bowl contents again with my brush.
2 pass was no different. Weak thin lather and the scent had completely gone. I didn't bother with a third pass. Face feels dry and chalky
Opinions. Being an Almond scent it's easy to compare to Cella and to be honest Cella out performs it in all areas. Cella is a cheap soap and even if this cream is half the price I still wouldn't recommend it.
First shave with the Peppermint
BodyShop synthetic brush
No pre shave
Today I tried the peppermint. The scent in the jar is good, not blow your head off mint but equivalent to openning a new pack of gum.
As the almond was watery I thought I'd forego soaking the brush and add drops of water as I went. The texture of this cream was lumpy, not the smooth cream of the almond. The lumps didn't want to combine. I put half in my bowl and started lathering adding drops of water when it was looking thick. Several minutes and drops later this was going no where. More cream, more drops more lathering. After 10 minutes and more than half the 10g sample gone I had a lather, not as weak as yesterday but nothing to get excited about and at the stage were if I added more water it would have fallen. Bearly enough for 2 passes.
On the skin there wasn't any great feeling of mint to get from other creams or soaps. Seems slick but no volume. Coming to the end of the first pass the last of the lather was drying on my face and it felt like I have mixed talc with water and dorbbed it on.
2 pass no different. I can honestly say I never want to see this stuff again. I've never used a shaving cream or soap that at the end I've actually had to wash my face with proper soap to feel clean. I've Derby creams in tubes that are a fraction of the price, easier to use and perform better.