Yup. With tallow. I know, it’s not fair. I have not tried the new non-tallow formulation, but I can tell you that I’m astounded that Art of Shaving (or more properly, their parent company) would mess with something that is so dead-on awesome. And I apologize to all of you who will probably not have the chance to try out this amazing shaving soap. All I can offer is a chance to experience it in my own words… Ok I’ll shut up and get to it 🙂
So yes, I had read that some time recently Proctor & Gamble, the parent company of Art of Shaving, decided to cut corners and remove tallow from the entire line of Art of Shaving products. This devastated the fans of their soap, whose glowing reviews fill the halls of Amazon and all the shaving forums. When I read of the demise of Art of Shaving tallow, I decided that I would keep out an eagle eye for any sales of the tallow formula.
About a week ago, it happened. Someone had stumbled upon a cache of Art of Shaving’s Lavender Shaving Soap with tallow at a local grocery store for a decent discount. He bought all of them and came back to the forum to share the news and offer some for sale. I jumped at the occasion, and purchased not only my first Art of Shaving shaving soap, but also my first lavender-scented soap.
Fast forward. It arrived. I also had just purchased some 1-cup pyrex bowls to mill my soaps and soap samples into. So I did just that, maybe 1/4 of the soap went through a small grater and into the bowl.
So today was the day. While showering, I left my mug and best-badger brush in hot water to soak, and also left a thin layer of water on the top of the soap. Once out of the shower, I softly shook out most of the water from the brush, poured the water off the soap, and loaded the brush for about a minute, until I could tell it was thickened with a great amount of soap. Into the mug it went, where i spent another minute or two whipping up a super-thick, wonderfully fragranced lather.
I could tell right then and there that I was in for a real treat. This lather smelled ridiculously good right there in the mug, and was so thick that the brush easily stands on it’s own. I went to lather my face and felt that if I let go of the brush, it would stick to my face. The smell was gorgeous, the lather was ultra rich and thick.
While shaving I took note of not only of how well this lather provides a great cushioning, but also is very slick, allowing the blade to slide across my skin, but take the whiskers away with little to no effort. And as thick as the lather was, it wasn’t gunky, and didn’t stick too badly to my Weber DLC DE razor. As I rinsed after each pass, I could still feel the slickness. And right after that the soap rinsed completely clean.
The second pass (my personal test of how good a lather holds) was even better than the first. The same goes for the third pass. And there was enough luxurious lather for at least another 3-4 passes when I was done shaving. I used this to wash my hands, if anything to impart a little more of that delicious lavender scent to them.
My shave was smooth as silk, and left my face wonderfully moisturized.
And now I am pissed. Because I found a great great soap. At least I am at the beginning of this puck. I am going to try the new non-tallow formula, and see how it compares. But you can bet your ass that I am going to be on the lookout for more pucks of the tallow stuff. Oh man is it good….
Oh, I should probably be doing this more, but here is my full lineup: