Extro Cosmesi Soap Review Thread

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Are they comparative in performance to other soaps you've tried as regards performance? For instance, SV, Tabac, etc, whatever you've tried in the past.
I think they're a very good performer. If you like the performance of P&B, Wickham and OSP, you'll like this. It's a veg based soap so it's not worth comparing to super-fatted American soaps but the scents and lather quality are right up there. They're better than the RazoRock and Goodfellas Smile ranges.
 
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Razor: Blackbird SB
Blade: Gillette 7 O'clock Sharp Edge (2)
Brush: Yaqi 26mm Moka 2B
Soap: Extro Egyptian Oudh
Pre: Proraso Red
ASL: Proraso Red
ASB: RSC


This soap does not smell good from the jar. I can only describe the scent as 'sweaty Egyptian man'. Fortunately the scent improves once lathered. I'm not overly familiar with Oudh (Oud?) So can't comment on the smell but this soap has a combination of something strong and dark with a cologne type scent over the top of it (once lathered!). If there's a thin band of performance in which the Extro soaps have operated so far, this felt slightly on the lower end in terms of performance. Perfectly acceptable but I feel some of the others have performed better.

The Blackbird and 7OC delivered the goods in 2 passes for a finish that should comfortably get me through to tomorrow evening. I love the audible feedback from this razor. It's like a scythe!
 
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Razor: Blackbird SB
Blade: Gillette 7 O'clock Sharp Edge (2)
Brush: Yaqi 26mm Moka 2B
Soap: Extro Egyptian Oudh
Pre: Proraso Red
ASL: Proraso Red
ASB: RSC


This soap does not smell good from the jar. I can only describe the scent as 'sweaty Egyptian man'. Fortunately the scent improves once lathered. I'm not overly familiar with Oudh (Oud?) So can't comment on the smell but this soap has a combination of something strong and dark with a cologne type scent over the top of it (once lathered!). If there's a thin band of performance in which the Extro soaps have operated so far, this felt slightly on the lower end in terms of performance. Perfectly acceptable but I feel some of the others have performed better.

The Blackbird and 7OC delivered the goods in 2 passes for a finish that should comfortably get me through to tomorrow evening. I love the audible feedback from this razor. It's like a scythe!

Oud is my favourite scent but I don't get any Oud at all from this soap Chris. I don't know what scent I get from it, but it's not Oud.
It performs well enough though.
 
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Razor: Blackbird SB
Blade: Gillette 7 O'clock Sharp Edge (2)
Brush: Yaqi 26mm Moka 2B
Soap: Extro Egyptian Oudh
Pre: Proraso Red
ASL: Proraso Red
ASB: RSC


This soap does not smell good from the jar. I can only describe the scent as 'sweaty Egyptian man'.

:LOL:

So what would happen if a Sweaty Egyptian man would use this soap?

Maybe the forces combined would create some kind of almighty Ambergris like the world has never seen before.

Or a very, very sweaty Egyptian man.
 
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So what would happen if a Sweaty Egyptian man would use this soap?

Maybe the forces combined would create some kind of almighty Ambergris like the world has never seen before.

Or a very, very sweaty Egyptian man.
:LOL: it's only on jar opening you're confronted by sweaty Egyptian man. Should he use this, I'm convinced his overall scent would improve
 
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Razor: Blackbird SB
Blade: Gillette 7 O'clock Sharp Edge (3)
Brush: Semogue 830
Soap: Extro Positano
Pre: Proraso White
ASL: Williams AV
ASB: RSC

The scent profile of Positano is described as a fragrance packed with memories of the warm Amalfi Coast. Notes of figs, jasmine, cyclamen, pink orchid all combine together with amber, wood and musk.

To my simple nose it's smells fruity and flowery. Really nice from the jar but quite weak once applied. Lather quality was superb though and the Smog worked well with the soap.

The Blackbird continues to impress.
 
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Razor: Bastardised Blackbird SB
Blade: Gillette 7 O'clock Sharp Edge (4)
Brush: MÜHLE XL STF
Soap: Extro Arzachena
Pre: Proraso Blue
ASL: L'Oréal Skin Purifier
ASB: RSC

Used the Arzachena today which is a soap I've tried previously with success. I'd describe the scent as a nice marine/aquatic one. The notes are stated as:

head: bergamot-lemon-green
heart: lilac-jasmine-earthy-violet-pink
background: amber-woody-cedar-musk-hay wood

The lather was plentiful using my new MÜHLE STF brush. Off topic but these brushes are amazing. I know it's been said before but they really do replicate badger hair - especially when compared to the super soft fibres currently available. Great slickness for my not-so-pleasing-to-the-eye Blackbird modification. I used a titanium handle to test a lower weight but increased handle length. The titanium handle worked well with the Blackbird head. The weight, length and balance came together nicely. I'm going to use this razor set up again for my next shave.
 
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Razor: Blackbird SB
Blade: BIC Chrome Platinum (1)
Brush: Oumo Chubby
Soap: Extro Del Don
Pre: Proraso White
ASL: L'Oréal Ice Impact
ASB: RSC

The Del Don reminds me a bit of the Pirata. I wouldn't say one is better than the other but there's no point in buying both. This is coming from the guy that puts scents in to three groups so take my comments with a pinch of salt. The notes are:

head: mandarin -petit grain -basil -lily-of-the-valley
heart: lavender-sage-thyme-cassis
background: amber-patchouly-guaiac wood

For the avoidance of doubt, I really like the Pirata and I really like the Del Don. The lather was excellent despite the efforts of the Oumo brush to ruin it. I'm not convinced I like dense stiff brushes.

Because of some new inclusions in the shave, I moved back to the standard handle. I used a BIC Chrome Platinum for the first time thanks to the generosity of B. @Palmolive fox and I'm really impressed with it based on the first shave. If it continues to perform like this, I could have a new entrant to my top 3 blades. 2 passes for an exceptional finish.
 
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