Recently, I’ve been doing several writeups on the new generation in shaving products. Not your traditional names like Taylor of Old Bond Street, Truefitt & Hill, or D.R. Harris. True, those guys have been around for a long time, and theres a very good reason for that. But there is a new crop of shavemakers that truly deserve some high-end recognition because their products are just outstanding. And recently I have added a new favorite to my list: Barrister & Mann.
I recently ordered a sampler pack of their soaps, which also came with a sample of their awesome Kyovu aftershave. The aftershave will get a separate review another time because it’s that good. For today, I want to tell you about the first soap in their sampler that I have tried, Seville. Oh man is it good.
This is a tallow soap, which is a breakaway from what seems to be the normal in the new generation of soaps and creams. Most of them are vegan, or at least non-tallow soaps. And they’re good. They’re really good. And this soap is on par with them all the way, and meets the demand of those shavers out there who prefer tallow soaps.
The scent is a blend of everything that is right in the world. I have been a bay rum guy for a long time, but this scent is muscling its way into the #1 spot in my routine. It’s an amazing barbershop scent that just leaves me floored with how good it is. It’s a blend of bergamot, lemon, patchouli, oakmoss, lavender and rosemary. I’m sure most of you are scratching your heads trying to imagine the scent, and thats why I almost hesitate to list it. When lathering, shaving, even rinsing, the scent is the right blend, at the right strength. This is one of those rare scents that simply take you away from the daily grind and make shaving something you want to do. When you hear dorks like me say “the zen of shaving”, it’s scents like these that make up the zen part. Have I mentioned yet that I like this scent…. a lot…?
As for performance, this stuff is right up there with the best. I used my Duke 2 badger brush and built up a substantial lather, that was exquisitely thick and creamy. It whips up super easy compared to other tallow soaps, that can sometimes flatten. It does exactly what you’ve come to expect from a quality soap, giving your face an ultra-slick and cushioning layer of protection. The razor glides with ease right through the whisker, leaving your skin feeling untouched yet as smooth as it can get.
One more thing to mention, their prices are outstanding for the quality inside of these products. This is one of the better price-to-value ratios in the market. Once you try them out, you’ll feel like you just ripped them off. In my opinion, you did.
I say it all the time: I’m a lucky man. And I’m lucky now because I still have an entire sampler pack of Barrister & Mann soaps to go through. And one of them is a bay rum. Oh yeah. Life is good. Barrister & Mann is great. Get some.
- Scent – 5
- Lather Performance – 5
- Lather Life – 5
- Overall – 5
5’s are for those things that just seem impossible to prove. The scent is great, the lather is great, super slick and super protective, and is easy to whip up. The lather lasts wonderfully for a full three-pass shave and then some. I can’t think of any way to improve it. How can I not give it a full 5. Nice work guys. Nice work.