This shaving soap is different in several ways. First off, let’s talk consistency. It is a very soft soap, with the consistency of perhaps playdough. So the sample I have was very easy to press into the bottom of my mug. For a tallow soap, this was a nice change of pace.
Now the scent of this soap is not what I was expecting. This is quite an off-the-beaten-path take on bay rum. It is a very fragrant barbershop-style scent, which reminded me of the old-style London scents that come out of Truefitt & Hill. Rather than sweet, citrusy, and spicy notes, there were manly, floral notes. It’s a very intriguing and clean scent, perhaps calling in a little of that clean note from Mitchell’s Wool Fat. In all honesty, I think it might be a little bit too removed from your classic “bay rum” scent for my taste, but that’s not to say it smells bad. I noticed on the Mystic Waters website that they use fragrance oil rather than a blend of essential oils. Maybe that is what is different? I don’t know.
As for the lather, this was my first experience with Mystic Waters Soap, and the lather was a tad disappointing. I could not get a thick lather on any pass. However, I just did some searching and found a few how-to videos directly related to Mystic Waters Soaps, and learned a lot. I’m coming off of a streak of hard soaps, and as such, perhaps didn’t do this quite right. I have two other samples fo Mystic Waters Soaps, and will do my diligence to give this company a fair shake. There are several videos, and many message board posts wherein people proclaim their love for this soap and how easily and wonderfully their soaps lather. Yup, I must have done it wrong. Stay tuned for more MS sample reviews to see if I can redeem my lathering skills.
This soap is loaded to the gills with great stuff for your face. Organic shea butter, castor oil, avocado oil, palm oil, glycerin, aloe vera, and on and on and on. The tallow is rendered from beef suet purchased by the owner from farmer’s market vendor who raises grass fed beef on her local Maryland farm. This stuff is made with love, and while I didn’t get the best lather, my skin was left feeling fantastic and… loved.
I do want to make a special note that this is yet another small artisan company. Actually, this is a one woman army, Michelle. And she reached out personally when I placed my order. I can’t help but tip my hat and say thank you. Thus, she will get a fairer shake than other larger companies might get in these diaries. Thanks Michelle!