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Seifenglatt/Seifneglatt Vanilla Rose and the Walbusch humpback slant

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SOTD 7 Nov 2014

I had thought the soap was called “Seifenglatt” (German for “soap smooth”), but as you see, the tub is clearly labeled “Seifneglatt,” doubtless a typo. The maker pretty clearly intends for customers to have but a single tub of his soap, because nowhere on top or sides is the fragrance identified. Contrast that approach with the quite clear labeling of, say,  Maggard Artisanal soaps: on those, the ragrance is clearly identified on the side of tub, which allows you to stack several tubs and see at a glance what each tub contains. What Seifenglatt does is to put a handwritten round adhesive label on the bottom of the tub with the fragrance name abbreviated. (Rose Vanilla, the fragrance I used today, is labeled as “Rose.” So if you do get a Rose Seifenglatt, you’re going to have to unscrew the lid and sniff to see what the tub actually contains, or else attach your own label.)

I’m harping on this a bit because this is a first-rate soap and I expect it to become increasingly popular, but the tub labeling definitely needs improvement, particularly if he hopes to sell multiple tubs to the same person. He should look at the situation from the customer’s point of view, and ask whether the customer wants a variety of soaps in identical tubs, so when searching for a particular fragrance he must take every tub off the shelf, turn it over, and see the fragrance.

Just a thought. But I think customers will want to (a) stack multiple tubs and (b) see at a glance what each tub contains. So I hope he follows the lead of Maggard and places a clearly printed label on the side of the tub.

All that said, I got a great lather with the Simpson Chubby 1 Best, and the Rose Vanilla fragrance is very nice and could even be stronger.

Three passes with the Walbusch humpback slant holding a Personna Lab Blue blade, and I still do not feel the difference between the humpback slant and the torqued slant. Unfortunately, the engineer who asserts there is considerable difference in the action, and that a slant alone doesn’t do anything, cannot offer his own take on the difference since he has not (and will not) get a humpback slant. Why? Because he views the difference between torqued and humpback slants to be so great that the humpback is (in his view) not worth trying—so he doesn’t try it. But I simply cannot feel that difference, though I can detect a difference between feel and performance of a regular razor and a slant (whether torqued or not). I’d be interested to hear from any who can feel a difference between the torqued and untorqued slants.

Three passes, BBS, and continuing the rose-variant theme, a splash of Saint Charles Shave Savory Rose aftershave.

Written by LeisureGuy

7 November 2014 at 9:30 am

Posted in Shaving

11 Responses

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  1. Michael, thanks for your thoughts. Labeling issue was a disaster and it’s already being addresses, that was shortsighted and we are correcting it for our next release. That said, Rosilla will be making our permanent lineup, yes with much stronger scent. We have about 12 prototype jars left, after that it’s on 🙂
    Thanks for your support!


    7 November 2014 at 9:56 am

  2. Have you ever had issues with hypersensitivity to blade coatings? After literally painful tests, I realize certain elements irritate my skin, even though the blade is right out of wrapper. Since I cannot determine which ones are harmful, I finally found that Derby blades do the job without causing major issues, & just require a 5-7 day change. Since I shave face & head for cosmetic reasons, I got Derbys in bulk from Amazon. Won’t need to buy again for “roughly” 10 years.


    7 November 2014 at 11:15 am

  3. Certainly Seifenglatt is a first-rate soap, and with somewhat stronger fragrances, it’s going to be enormously popular. I was sort of reacting to trying to find the Rose Vanilla among my stash, and then noticed the typo.

    I totally understand start-up glitches—all part of the learning process, a process, I discover, that continues over years and decades, so long as one draws breath and stays reasonably alert.

    I’ve made Seifenglatt one of my standard soap recommendations, along with Maggard soap and Strop Shoppe’s Special Edition soaps. And the great thing for us shavers, these are but the tip of the iceberg.


    7 November 2014 at 11:25 am

  4. Another general question – do you rinse thoroughly between passes. If not what is your between passes routine.

    Michael Napier

    7 November 2014 at 11:33 am

  5. @BigChrono: I have not, but I have read posts by others who suffer from (for example) chrome contact allergy and nickel contact allergy. Thus I would think guys with the chrome allergy would have a reaction to, say, Shark chrome-coated blades. This may be at the root of it.


    7 November 2014 at 11:37 am

  6. When I finish the 1st or 2nd pass, I splash a little water on my beard, not really a rinse. I use the rule that lather is always applied to a wet face. Then I proceed. The final rinse, of course, is more thorough. (I also do only a partial rinse after the pre-shave beard wash with MR GLO.)


    7 November 2014 at 11:39 am

  7. Thank you!

    Michael Napier

    7 November 2014 at 12:02 pm

  8. Why is the Seifenglatt soap £7.77 on the Etsy site but €18.99 (£14.89) on the Seifenglatt site itself?

    Gavin Groom

    7 November 2014 at 1:17 pm

  9. @Gavin we only sell prototypes on Etsy, our regular production soaps are available in US from vendors or in Europe directly from us.


    7 November 2014 at 1:51 pm

  10. What is a soap prototype? An experimental version?


    7 November 2014 at 1:53 pm

  11. Only the scent is. We use the same soap base in every soap, but before it goes out to vendors, we get opinions on the scent and tweak it, like we did with Rosilla based on your input.


    7 November 2014 at 1:59 pm

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