Floris No. 89 and the RazoRock Baby Smooth
The problem with having too many good soaps is that you have trouble using them all in a timely manner, so some are neglected even though they are good—or, as in this case, excellent.
No. 89 is the house number of the Floris home store, and Floris No. 89 was a favorite of James Bond. This soap is from before the most recent reformulations (one reformulation which totally ruined the soap, then a second reformulation to try to fix the damage, and I lost track after that), and it is an exquisite tallow-based soap that has an extremely fine fragrance and easily makes a creamy lather, this morning with the Simpson Persian Jar. I really was struck by the fragrance: intense and extremely pleasant. From the Floris web site:
Top notes: bergamot, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, orange, petitgrain
Heart notes: geranium, rose, ylang ylang
Base notes: cedarwood, musk, oakmoss, sandalwood, vetiver
Orange and bergamot blended with lavender and neroli give No.89 its classical cologne aspect. Warmed with a touch of spicy nutmeg, the floral heart is underscored by the dominant woody accord of sandalwood, cedarwood and vetiver in this quintessentially English gentleman’s fragrance.
Introduced in 1951, No 89 takes its name from the number of the Floris shop in Jermyn Street. Devoted followers include Ian Fleming.
I normally detect the citrus notes, but today the woody scents (and the vetiver) came through more clearly. This is a keeper, I think.
Three passes with the Baby Smooth left my face absolutely… well, baby smooth. This is a terrific razor, and it’s a shame the line was not continued.
A splash of Floris No. 89 aftershave, and we are on the verge of the weekend.