I was prompted to bring out my dish of Durance L’òme shaving soap on reading this post at BruceOnShaving. As you can see, he did not like the soap at all, and yet I have quite positive memories of the soap (which I’ve not used lately). I dug it out just to try, and it is still a really excellent and enjoyable shaving soap.
Given the enormous differences in our experience with the soap, and the fact that Bruce’s soap is quite new, I suspect that the soap has been reformulated sometime in the years since I bought my bowl. And we have certainly recently seen other shaving soap vendors ruin their products by reformulation—someone just recently wrote to say that Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet shaving soap is now no longer the good product it once was.
I decided to take photos along the way. Here’s the brush just after I loaded it, before working up the lather on my face:
I set up a blue background so you can see the lather. I returned to the bathroom (photos are done in the hall) and worked up lather for the first pass. This is the brush after that:
Yes: at that point the batteries in the camera went out. I was not interested in finding new batteries and doing a battery exchange in the middle of a shave, so I’ll try the exercise some other time. Suffice it for now to say that I enjoyed bountiful, luxurious, lubricating lather for all three passes, with lots left at the end, from the initial loading. It has to be a change in formulation.
The shave, BTW, was great. I am liking the Progress, as you can tell.