B&M Eigengrau

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I just received & used a sample of the new Barrister & Mann seasonal shaving soap Eigengrau. Now before I tell you my opinion I want to "set the table" by saying two things: firstly, their soaps are easily in the top five best shaving soaps in the World IMO; second, their scents can be controversial and often are either love or hate with no middle ground.


Eigengrau, upon whiffing the small tub, shares DNA with another soap of theirs that I despise for the scent: Fougere Gothique. That said I was not real optimistic before using. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong as upon lathering I was engulfed in a simply beautiful cool iris scent like no other!! :love: I've never smelled another shaving soap like it. Really, really novel.

Of course, their Excelsior soap base can only be matched by a mere few performancewise as well. Big thumbs up!! (y)
 
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I have Reserve Lavender and Frankly my Pear. The scent of Pear is growing on me slowly, but I do prefer the base compared to Reserve Lavender. The Lavender scent is awesome though.

I was gifted a tub of Reserve Lavender and although a great soap, the scent is just not for me. I passed on buying Frankly my Pear for the same reason as I had a sample of West Coast Shaving's pear soap and although I love to eat pears the scent was just not for me. One man's trash is another's treasure as they say.
 
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Just received my first tub of B&M and chose Waves..

Smells a bit like Lynx but am looking forward to the performance, I've only heard good reviews. I don't mind the scent, so long as it isn't too strong once lathered.
 
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Just received my first tub of B&M and chose Waves..

Smells a bit like Lynx but am looking forward to the performance, I've only heard good reviews. I don't mind the scent, so long as it isn't too strong once lathered.
Was supposed to receive my waves soap yesterday but wasn't home to take delivery so hopefully it's being re delivered Thursday
 
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I have used the soap the last two days and you wont be disappointed! Actually really like the scent and the performance is stellar.
Just arrived today haven't used it yet but smells just like that Gillette scent I used to smell in the 90's so he has certainly got the scent right and I know the performance of B&M has never let me down before so I know it will be excellent, will give it a run in the next few days looking forward to it
 

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I bought some 'Eigengrau' on BST this week. (Thanks Sean)

I wanted some B&M soap for the performance and would probably have bought 'Octopus and Aard-vark' scent if that was all I could get. I knew Eigengrau would be a polarising scent and I might not like it, but how bad could it be?

Well - I am amazed! I have never smelt such a convincing 'Walk in the winter woods scent' in my life. Not the warm summer woods nor even the frozen depths of winter, but damp, mossy, muddy woods with temperatures hovering just above zero. The scent has hidden depths and is the only shaving soap I have ever used where I can smell scent development as the shave progresses. To me it has a vibe of Sultan Pasha's 'Ame Sombre' attar.

Not everyone will like it but I think it's marvelous and the soap performance is, of course, spectacular!
 
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