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SOTD 21 Oct 2013

Another superb soap from However, I see a flaw in the design of the label: the lid label should include identification of which fragrance it is. I normally store my soap with the top uppermost, but of course with HTGAM soaps, that hids the fragrance, so these will have to be stored upside down. I think not having a place on the top label to indicate fragrance is a mistake—particularly should the soap start being carried in B&M stores: getting home and finding that you inadvertently got the wrong fragrance is not going to sit well.

Still, the lather was superb. I used the Omega boar brush shown, and the large surface area of the puck gave me a better chance to observe the loading process and how the soap gradually moves up the knot as you load the brush. The soap’s fragrance is light but pleasant. I think I would like a straight Vetiver better, however.

No problems at all in getting three, passes from the brush, which held enough for several more passes. The Personna Lab Blue blade in the bakelite slant is still doing well.

A good splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Very V aftershave. I suddenly am really tuned in to this fragrance, and I’m liking this aftershave a lot.

Next week will be the Sharpologist “Scent-off”: an examination by several judges (including me) of a variety of shaving soaps just recently formulated to have fall/winter fragrances—associated with season, with holidays, with whatever. More later.

Written by Leisureguy

21 October 2013 at 8:40 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Looking forward to the “Scent-Off”, keep me posted. I’m thinking about TOBS Sandalwood soap and aftershave as a fall/winter scent. What do you think?

    Michael Napier

    21 October 2013 at 12:00 pm

  2. I like both of those, but note: Some men turn out to have a skin reaction to some fragrances, and sandalwood and menthol+eucalyptus seem to be common culprits, but depending on the guy, almost anything can trigger a reaction—reactions to lime are not unknown, for example. If you know your skin is fine with fragrances in general, charge ahead; if you’re unsure or if you’ve had skin reactions to anything in the past, you should at least test a new product by smearing some on the crease inside your elbow joint and letting it sit 10-20 minutes to see whether your own skin reacts. It’s better than smearing some on your face and making it red and burning.

    I frequently use TOBS Sandalwood aftershave. I think I have some Geo. F. Trumper Sandalwood shaving soap. I’ll dig it out.


    21 October 2013 at 12:10 pm

  3. So is the Vanetiver sticker something that you added?


    23 October 2013 at 6:39 am

  4. No, that was how it was labeled. But the label is on the bottom of the tin, and I’d like the identification to be on the lid. I can understand, though, why it’s not: by having the bottom labeled, you can use the same lid for all variants. But in use, the customer generally is viewing the lid, not the base.

    I suppose, ideally, I would have the little sticker in both places, but I do realize that I’m an outlier among customers: most do not have dozens of tubs of soap. 🙂


    23 October 2013 at 6:45 am

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