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Review: Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave

Whats up guys!

It’s been several months since I visited Pasteur Pharmacy in NYC, but after having a really awesome conversation with Leon, one of the guys working there, he gave me several samples of products that were new to the amazing shelves of shaving products.  One of these was Jack Black’s Beard Lube.  I tried one of these a little while back, and haven’t touched it since. That is until Movember came along.

So as this year’s Mo began, I decided that maybe this shaving cream (or gel?) might be the best one to use for week one.  Seeing that I don’t have to bowl or face lather, but rather just apply it to the areas I want to shave.  You see, I’m doing a really badass trucker mo this time, so I wanted to be sure I don’t under- or over-shave the appropriate areas.

Movember 13th

Movember 13th

What I found very beneficial was not only could I apply it to only the areas I wanted to, if I over-applied it, I could see right through and notice where I should shave and where I shouldn’t.  It was kind of the perfect solution for precision shaving that this awesome moustache required.

But let’s move on to the performance.  If I could say anything about this product, I would say it came from a bottle of hair conditioner.  I say this from experience, as many guys have reported that while showering, they put conditioner on their scruff to soften the whiskers in preparation for their shave.  You’ll also notice that the way conditioner feels on your facial skin is exactly the way this Beard Lube feels on your skin.  And it definitely softens the beard whiskers too.

During your shave, you’ll notice that no matter how wiry your whiskers might be, once they are lubed up with this stuff, they can hardly put up a fight.  So the whiskers do get softened.  And there is a degree of slickness to this stuff, but it’s no match for a really good shave soap, which provides more slickness and more cushion.  I did notice tho that even when I was shaving ATG, I did not get any nicks.  So this stuff did remove the whiskers without too much skin damage.

Sadly, theres no lather, and as such, no cushion.  So if that’s your thing, and its kind of my thing too, then this might not be the product for you.  I suspect you already knew that.  But if you’re into trying something different, and maybe you just don’t feel like getting your shaving brush wet today, then you may want to give this stuff a shot.

The scent is straight up peppermint and menthol.  Not exactly my thing, but not terrible by any means.

In the end, if you are into traditional shaving and the like, stick with soaps/creams.  If you miss the days when you shaved with a gel, or if you like menthol, or don’t have a brush, then this is definitely a contender.

  • Scent – 2
  • Lather Performance – 4
  • Lather Life – N/A
  • Overall – 3 (a decent non-brush shaving product)

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Review: MOVEMBER starts with a Meta Nectar shave from HTGAM!

CaptainRob in the shave den on Movember 1st.

CaptainRob in the shave den on Movember 1st.

November is finally here, and that can only mean one thing: I missed Halloween.  No, of course I didn’t.  Halloween was actually very good for me, as I won a contest whose prize is 5 brand new tins of soap from Douglas Smythe and HowToGrowAMoustache.com!  The timing could not be better.  In fact, this Movember is the perfect storm, because this year I am growing my mo’ as a part of Team HTGAM!!

So throughout this month, not only will I be growing out my genetically thick Eastern European moustache (most likely with a little handlebar action), but I will also be posting pictures along the way, and of course more product reviews, especially those delicious HTGAM tins that’ll be coming in the mail soon.  And hopefully in the process I will help raise some funds for men’s charities.

If you would like to donate through my Mo Space page:  http://mobro.co/robc43

And if you would like to visit the HTGAM Team page:  http://moteam.co/htgam

Now, some of you may be asking, what is with this Meta Nectar shave?  Oh, well, this just happens to be one of my favorite product lines from HowToGrowAMoustache.

Meta Nectar has been described as Arabian Nights in a tin.  It’s a deeply robust, sweet, flowery, maybe even fruity, scent made up of orange blossom, honey, vanilla, and other scents that I cannot even attempt to pick out.  It’s not very spicy or woody, but damn is it good.

When lathered up, the scent will fill your shave den and take you on a journey.  You might find yourself strolling down a middle eastern market.  Or maybe out in the desert with the pyramids in the background.  Or being oogled and pampered by the seductive local persian women like a hardworking swashbuckler should.  But what you won’t feel is that feeling like you got a can of shaving goo shmeared on your face, running late for work, wondering if there’s even time for breakfast, while you tear off tiny bits of toilet paper to stick on the wounds your crappy cartridge razor left in it’s wake.  That ain’t happening because you are a smart man.  A man with dignity.  A man who shaves like a man, and treats his face with respect, dammit.

As for the lather, man if you’ve been reading my blog at all, you know that HTGAM is the bomb when it comes to lather.  These soaps are top of the line artisan products and need to be in every shave den.  Lately I have been whipping up some incredible lathers with these soaps.  Typically I face lather with a boar brush.  One pro tip is to put some hot water on top of the puck before you attack with your brush.  This leads to a quick and easy brush load and the lather will just explode, easily creating enough for a fantastic 3-pass shave, which is exactly what I kicked off this Mo’ with.

And I finished with the Meta Nectar aftershave lotion.  Oh man.  For a relatively cheap price, you get a bottle full of magic.  The Neem, Argan, and Calendula Oils.  The organic aloe juice, witch hazel, vitamin E, Spirulina, and on and on and on.  One teeny pumpfull of this stuff will spread on your face evenly with enough goodness to keep your face amazingly moisturized and in a state of healing for many hours.  And not only will it feel great, but it will smell great too.

I’m not saying all this because I won 5 tins of HTGAM soaps, tho it was pretty kickass and totally unexpected.

I’m not saying all this because I am a member of team HTGAM this Movember, tho this is also crazy kickass.

I’m saying all this because it’s damn true.  HTGAM’s stuff is really good.  If you haven’t checked it out, what are you waiting for?

Happy Movember everyone.  Life is good.  Set up an appointment with your doctor for a physical and blood test.  Make sure you’re in good shape.  Exercise and eat right.  And let it grow.  If you’d like to read why I first got into Movember and wetshaving, check out the about me article.

And please support the cause.  You can click on the banner below to donate.

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Review: HowToGrowAMoustache.com Bay Rum Cologne/Aftershave (Alcohol Based)

HGTAM.com - Alcohol-Based Bay Rum Cologne/Aftershave

HGTAM.com – Alcohol-Based Bay Rum Cologne/Aftershave

Good day readers!  Today I bring you yet another offering from a man amongst men.  Douglas Smythe, the Willy Wonka of the shaving world, keeps pumping creation after creation upon us.  Just as soon as we receive a package of his newest creation, he announces another.  But there’s a very special one that caught my eye, and I’ll be damned if I’m not going to write about it: HowToGrowAMoustache.com’s Alcohol-Based Bay Rum Cologne/Aftershave.

The Packaging!  Just try to convince me that these bottles from HGTAM are not one of the best lookin things in your shave cave.  That little brown apothecary-style bottle with the awesome pirate smiley just begs to be at the front of your array of aftershaves.  (By the way, if you don’t have an “array” of bottles in your shave cave, start with a bottle of this stuff).

The Scent!  Yeah!! This is a dirty, no-holds-barred, kick-you-in-the-face-with-an-awesome-smelling-boot kind of bay rum.  Think Clubman VIBR, mixed with Captain’s Choice.  It’s spicy, it’s warm, it’s a little sharp.  Off the top theres some light citrus notes, a touch of lime and maybe orange but not too strong. And the bay is a little more prominent.  I would also say it’s light on typical bay rum ingredients of cinnamon and clove, if there’s any at all.  I also detect heavier woodier bottom notes, which are hard to identify.  The bottle says there are 10 essential oils.  No wonder I am having a hard time describing the scent.  As a whole, this is definitely a smart bay rum.  But it also succeeds at not smelling like clove, or Christmas potpourri, or any of the negative comparisons I see out there for bay rum.  The scent is strong (it -is- marketed as a cologne/aftershave, so it should be), and stays with you for a long time.  And as a person with sensitive skin, I was worried that the strong scent would translate into itchy skin.  Not even a little, and I’ve been using this every day for a while now.

The Alcohol!  Right on.  This stuff is bracing.  Do you like that alcohol kick in the morning?  Get this stuff now.  To me, it was very reminiscent of Captain’s Choice’s Cat’O’Nine Bay Rum.  You’ll splash it on, and almost instantly your skin will feel the kick.  After about a minute things will calm down and the scent takes over.  It’s a rush that will definitely open up those groggy eyes.  Not uncomfortable, mind you, but more awesomeish.  And there is also a healthy amount of glycerin in this stuff to moisturize your skin after the battle.

Overall, this stuff is one of the best smelling bay rums I have tried.  If you look at HTGAM’s catalog, or have tried any of their other products, you will understand exactly why I call Mr. Smyth the Willy Wonka of the shaving world.  His whimsical nature and uncanny ability to blend scents make for some really fantastic-smelling and great-performing products.

This bay rum is great and holds a prime spot on my overpopulated shave shelf.  And if you happen to not be an alcohol kind of guy, there are alcohol-free options as well.

Long live Douglas Smythe and his factory.

Review: Barrister & Mann Kyovu Aftershave Splash – Bay Rum

Barrister & Mann Kyovu Aftershave Splash - Bay Rum

Barrister & Mann Kyovu Aftershave Splash – Bay Rum

Ahh the life of a fake pirate is good.  There’s nothing like pretending to be on an old pirate ship, completely not at sea, nor smelling the salty air.  I also am very lucky because don’t have to pay attention to the upkeep of our cannons, mainly due to the fact that I don’t have any.  But what I do have is this incredible aftershave on my face that makes me think that indeed I am sailing the seas in search of rum, women, and booty.  Often the latter two are one in the same.

Today’s smell is one I often wear.  Barrister & Mann’s Kyovu Aftershave Splash in Bay Rum.  Kyovu comes in three scents:  Bay Rum, Seville (the scent of which I have already given a tremendous amount of love), and Cheshire, which is a lovely patchouli-based scent.  But this bay rum.  Yeah, it’s awesome.  Yet another take on bay rum that is just outrageously good.

First off, it’s alcohol free.  So this should reside right at the front line of your “My skin is a bit irritated today” aftershaves.  And for a splash, this has a lot of botanical ingredients that make this feel like you just put on a balm.  It starts out with two of the best ingredients for aftershaves:  witch hazel and aloe.  Awesome.  And then there are a half dozen or so botanicals, like lavender water, willow bark extract, Qinoa extract, cucumber water…  I could go on.  The ingredients list is very large, and for the most part they are not the hard-to-pronounce chemicals.  It’s just a large list of botanicals.  Really really awesome.  And it definitely feels that way when you put it on.  Ingredients-wise, I friggin love this stuff.  One special ingredient is panthenol, a powerful redness reducer and moisturizer.  And yes, it does reduce redness, which can come in handy considering how often you shred your neck with that blade.  Easy son…

As for the scent.  Here we have a really nice take on bay rum.  Luckily the maker of this stuff lists out his bay rum scent profile:

a rich, spicy blend of West Indie Bay oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Styrax Benzoin (a warm, woody vanilla scent) and a touch of Cinnamon

Let me tell you something… That is a really great blend.  No clove, and no christmas potpourri worries here.  Strait up bay with that orange/cinnamon scent.  Now the benzoin, which you don’t see too often, is a damn-near perfect ingredient for this profile.  That woody/vanilla base is just right up my alley for what I like in a bay rum.  And it’s something I’m going to look for in future bay rum purchases.  The combination is a really spicy warm sweet bay rum.  Really really awesome stuff.

And let me tell you something.  I have all three scents.  You really should at least order a sample of this Kyovu stuff.  I feel strongly that you will love it.  If bay rum is not your thing, then don’t even think twice about trying the Seville scent.  I can’t get enough.

Review: L.A. Shaving Soap Company – Spring Street Shaving Soap

LA Shaving Soap Company - Spring Street Shaving Soap

LA Shaving Soap Company – Spring Street Shaving Soap

As I look out the porthole of this fake pirate ship, I see the sun a-shining.  I can only imagine the fine ladies in their brightly colored dresses looking as fine as can be, finally coming out of this horrible winter’s hibernation.  I imagine green lawns dotted by daisies and tulips, and smudged lipstick on mint juleps.

If only I had a shaving soap that has that scent.  That amazingly fresh air of spring.  And you’ve heard me say it and I’ll stand right up and say it again.  I am a lucky guy.  And today I’m lucky because I got to shave with L.A. Shaving Soap Company’s Spring Street Shaving Soap.

I have reviewed their bay rum soap before, and I really enjoyed it.  Spring Street presumably has the same soap formula, as this soap is also a “croap”, meaning a soft soap that is somewhere between a cream and a soap.  So I was easily able to scoop the soap out of it’s sampler container and schmeer it into the bottom of my pyrex sample jar with my finger.

It is a vegan soap as well, so there is no tallow.  However, I have really come to not care so much about whether a soap has tallow in it or not.  I have had such great performances out of non-tallow soap, and have had just as many so-so performances out of tallow soaps, so .. whatever.  This soap is great.  It’s very slick and cushiony.  Not as thick as some soaps I have tried, but it does a fantastic job of protecting my skin.  And the soap lasts and lasts.  I had a nice three-pass shave today and I have -plenty- of delicious smelling lather left in my mug and my brush.  And it stays thick and doesn’t start thinning at all, so you can really take your time with this one.

The scent is a light, bouncy, floral scent.  And I just had to look up the scent formula because there is something going on beneath that floral bouquet.  And I was right.  Up front, there is no doubt this is a floral soap with lavender and geranium in your face.  But buried underneath all this loveliness are notes of patchouli, labdanum, orange, peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove.  Almost all of these are inperceptable until you really sniff a few times and hunt for the note.  Then you *might* find it.  They’re not there to beat the scent down, they are there to bolster the floral fougère.  It’s a very lovely scent that is perfect for spring.  Fans of rose will love this…

  • Scent – 4
  • Lather Performance – 4
  • Lather Life – 4.5
  • Overall – 4

Review: BebeLush Bay Rum Shaving Soap (plus a discount!)

BebeLush - Bay Rum Shaving Soap

BebeLush – Bay Rum Shaving Soap

I’ll say it again:  I am a lucky guy.  I used to shave in the shower with a vibrating cartridge razor and no shaving cream.  Yup.  Just used the natural oils on my face and rinsed.  I also used to get a lot of pimples and irritation, and also hated shaving.  Yeah.  I used to be that guy.  Then luckily I stumbled upon traditional shaving and now I can’t wait to shave.  And oh man did I have a good shave today (and yesterday actually).  For the past couple days I have had the distinct pleasure of shaving with BebeLush’s Bay Rum Shaving soap.

Let’s talk scent, as this is a bay rum.  I’ve been saying it for a while in reviews of bay rum products that the “bay rum” scent is kind of a conduit to a soap maker’s soul.  What does that soap maker think bay rum smells like?  Should it be citrus-heavy, and if so, what citrus?  Should it be spicy?  Are we going to use clove?  How about sweet/spicy bottom notes like vanilla, or cinnamon?  So many ways to interpret bay rum and so many people like different things that bay rum really lets us know a lot about the maker…

Well the good folks behind BebeLush are orangetastic!  There are three scent profiles in their Bay Rum:  Pimenta Racemosa (bay), Five Fold Sweet Orange (oh yes), and clove.  I know I have readers who don’t like clove, but just hear me out.

This soap smells overly of a sweet/spicy orange scent.  And just under the orange hood lies a perfectly balanced blend of the bay and clove scents.  They are almost imperceptible under that deliciously dark orange scent that you would never know they were there, however you would definitely notice if they went missing.  And you would be sad about it, because this trifecta smells awesome.  From the second you open the tin to the moment you walk out of your shave cave.  While this does lean more towards a spicy orange than your traditional bay rum, it still smells great and if you’re a bay rum and/or a citrus fan you’ll absolutely love it.

The lather is no less stellar.  This stuff whips up super easily into a really great lather.  This lather is not as tacky as some lathers I have tried recently, but it is also no lemon meringue either.  I have bowl-lathered and face-lathered, both with a boar brush (Semogue SOC cherry wood) and a badger brush (Simpsons Duke II), and have gotten excellent results each time.  The lather is slick, thick, and cushiony, all while being light and non-tacky.  And it really lasts too, I had plenty of excellent lather still left after a full three-pass shave.  No irritation, no weepers, and it left me with a damn fine shave.

The ingredients list is also highly deserving of some mention as it is loaded with stuff that loves your face:  another trifecta of shea butter, mango butter, and cocoa butter.  And its colored naturally with chlorophyll.  Really a unique soap that lathers up far easier and better than you might expect.

And oh yeah, that discount!  As if all of this wasn’t good enough (and it is!), the folks at BebeLush have provided the readers of this review with a huge discount (one third) off the full retail price of their bay rum soap.  Just follow THIS LINK for instructions on how to redeem your discount.  Now you have absolutely no excuse.

  • Scent – 4.5
  • Lather Performance – 4.5
  • Lather Life – 4.5
  • Overall – 4.5

Review: Shaving Yeti – Yeti Snot Shaving Soap

Shaving Yeti - Yeti Snot Shaving Soap

Shaving Yeti – Yeti Snot Shaving Soap

I had to do it.  You can’t have a soap called Yeti Snot and not expect me to jump on the bandwagon and review it.  So here we go.

So I ordered a sampler pack from The Shaving Yeti, and was pleasantly pleased to see a package of a few cubes of soap arrive in the mail.  Kind of cute, as these are easy to put into your own containers.  Get yourself a set of pyrex glass containers, drop a cube of your choice in, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds, and you’re ready for your shave.  This is a glycerin-based soap, meaning that its safe to microwave for a few seconds, which is enough to fully liquefy the soap so it perfectly fits your container.

One word of warning tho, if you’re doing this with Yeti Snot, don’t take a sniff while it’s still warm.  HOLY SIBERIA!!!  Yeah you know that sensation when you sniff a scotch and the alcohol blasts out your nasal passages?  Same deal X 1000.  Mentholated Menthol from Mentholand.  And it’s scented simply with peppermint, which enhances the frigid blast that you get when you sniff this stuff.  Scentwise, for me, I really like the scents of soaps.  I get into soaps when I know the crafter has put a lot of effort in the lab to create a really awesome scent.  And I get that this is about the menthol and not the scent, so yeah, it is what it is.  But it would have been nice to see a little more complexity in the scent.  Or maybe not, what do i know?

As for the lather, I feel it’s ok.  As a glycerin-based soap, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away.  I have tried the soap with both a badger brush (Simpson’s Duke II) and a boar brush (Semogue Owners Club), and I got the same result, which is a middle-of-the-road lather.  One thing is that it is very slick, which would be impossible not to be as it’s got a heart of glycerin.  But it doesn’t provide as thick a lather as more traditional soaps do.  More of that meringue-type lather with small bubbles, as opposed to that thick, cushiony, yogurt-like lather that I really prefer.

However the lather does last through the shave, allowing me three full passes without thinning out too much, or at all, actually.  And each pass was even colder than the previous.

One last thing to mention is that I do love the sense of humor of this company.  Their products are humorously named and I really appreciate that.  It’s a breath of fresh air.  And the other soaps in their arsenal smell really nice too.

  • Scent – 2
  • Lather Performance – 3
  • Lather Life – 4
  • Overall – 3

If you really like menthol, and wan’t a real icy kick in the face while you’re shaving, give this stuff a try.  It’s also very economical.  The price is really competitive.  At the time of this writing, you’ll shell out only $6 for a decent 4.2 oz of this stuff.  So it’s worth a shot.  As they say in the shaving world over and over, YMMV, or Your Mileage May Vary.  Maybe this inexpensive, slick, icy soap is right up your alley.  Wouldn’t hurt to find out!

Wickham Soap Company offers 10% discount for BayRumDiaries.com readers!

Wickham Soap Co - Super Smooth Shaving Soap

Wickham Soap Co – Super Smooth Shaving Soap

To my fellow shavers and readers of my blog:  For the month of April, Darron at Wickham Soap Company in the UK has offered all my readers a 10% discount on the soap I just reviewed:  Bay Rum Super Smooth 160g tub.

To get the discount, just use the coupon code bay-rum-diaries during the checkout process.

The soap is of excellent quality and is a great and classic take on bay rum.  It will make a great addition to any shave cave.

Here is their website:  http://w-soap.co.uk

Click here to read my review of this soap!

Thanks Darron!

Review: Wickham Soap Co. Super Smooth Shaving Soap

Wickham Soap Co - Super Smooth Shaving Soap

Wickham Soap Co – Super Smooth Shaving Soap

Ahh yes!  A bay rum soap from across the pond!  There have been many American artisan soap makers that have graced these pages with their awesome wares, and I am extremely pleased to finally have a new artisan soap from England to bring to you, my fine readers:  Wickham Soap Company’s Super Smooth Shaving Soap.

What I have been shaving with for several days now is called Super Smooth, and aye, that it is.  First of all, it’s super soft!!  One of the softest soaps I have tried, I might add.  Definitely one of the top candidates for being called a “croap”, somewhere between a cream and a soap.  This made it very easy to take it out of the sampler container and move it to one of my pyrex sample bowls, so that I can easily attack it with my badger brush.

While loading, I notice almost every time that the suds I am building up remain a little on the wetter side, more wet than I am used to seeing when loading the brush.  But, I have learned to have no fear at this stage.  Whether you face lather or bowl/mug lather, you will end up building an incredibly rich and slick lather.

This lather is one of the slickest I have come across.  I hope I don’t say that too often, and I probably do, but honestly, this stuff is just about as slick as it gets.  Even after the rinse, I am reminded of the incredible slickness of Mitchell’s Wool Fat, however, without the lanolin.  So it goes without saying that with all the many passes I have had with this soap (about three shaves with three passes per shave), I have not nicked myself once.  I’m pretty skilled, but a 100% perfect no-nick shave is not that common.  It really helps to have a soap this slick..

You also get a great deal of lather with very little brush loading.  I still haven’t learned that I don’t need to load the brush that much to get enough lather for at least six passes.  And the lather is very stable and would last all six if I was silly enough to go that far.

The scent is on the lighter side.  And does seem to have a note of clove in there.  And I know there are those of you out there that love bay rum but hate cloves, but I have to say I believe this scent is closing in on what I feel the traditional bay rum scent is all about.  Personally I think it is great.  And while it’s a little light compared to some of the other soaps I have been using lately (How To Grow A Moustache, Barrister & Mann, Al’s Shaving Products), it’s also made with sensitive skin in mind, so as someone with sensitive skin, I really appreciate it.  And the scent is present throughout the shave while not being overbearing.

All in all I am really impressed with this soap, and all my UK/Euro readers who don’t like to pay those high shipping charges from US->UK should really check into the Wickham Soap Co.  And to my US readers, now you have an artisan soap from England to look into!

  • Scent – 4
  • Lather Performance – 4.5
  • Lather Life – 4.5
  • Overall – 4.5

For the curious, I used my Weber DLC razor with a Gillette 7o’clock sharpedge razor (those two work brilliantly together).

Review: Al’s Shaving Products – Calypso Shaving Cream

Als Shaving Products - Calypso Shaving Cream

Als Shaving Products – Calypso Shaving Cream

If you’re reading this, then I have no doubt you’ve heard of Al’s Shaving Products.  They’ve been around for a while, and the big guns in the shaving world, folks like Mark H. (Mantic59), and Michael Ham (LeisureGuy) have given them great reviews.  So who am I to judge?  I figured it was time to find out.

I ordered a sample pack from Al’s website and it arrived fairly quickly.  In the sample pack was an assortment of 7 small tins with creams in it.  They are all very interesting and very pleasant scents.  Highlights for me include Goodfellas, Al’s take on barbershop, Calabria, a citrusy-musky treat for the senses, and of course, Calypso, which is Al’s take on bay rum.

Let’s talk scent.  Here is how Al describes it on his website:

Calypso can be described as cool, refreshing, bracing. There is also a warm, friendly, honest feel to this fragrance and one that is extremely natural. On top of this, there is also, strangely, a shadowy, deep, mysterious, spicy quality. The scent itself may be relatively simple but its impression is complex

Indeed!  It is a very warm take on bay rum.  And it seems to be built more on the middle and base notes, so you get a lot more of the spicier, sweeter, and more complex side of bay rum.  Another thing to note is that once you get water involved the scent opens up, in the same way a great scotch will often open up a little after adding a splash of water to it.  Really nice indeed.  And the scent is quite present throughout the shave.  It’s not light in any sense but also not strong enough to anger my sensitive skin.  A very nice balance.

As for the lather, this does produce as advertised.  It is often referred to as the bomb because very little of the product is needed to achieve the explosion of lather you will get when lathering this up.  Seriously, I used a small amount of cream, and after a 3-pass shave I squeezed out my brush and scooped the leftovers from my mug and had a tennis-ball sized dollop of lather in my hand.

As for the performance, this is a very slick lather.  Not as cushioning as, say, Taylor of Old Bond Street’s cream, but where it might lack in cushion, it makes up for in slickness.  And let me just say that Taylor of Old Bond Street is so good at being cushioning, that it’s almost unfair to throw this comparison around.  As for the lather life, it did feel slightly thinner on the 3rd pass, but still provided an ultra-slick layer of glide for my razor (a Merkur Futur set on 1 for the last pass).

The price for a tub of Al’s is a little higher, but the soap is a little more dense, and you also need less of it to get the same, or more, lather out of it.  It really is as advertised, a lathering beast!  A very excellent-smelling lathering beast.

  • Scent – 5
  • Lather Performance – 4.5
  • Lather Life – 4.5
  • Overall – 4.5