So I received this package of samplers from Queen Charlotte Soaps a while ago, and have only just now gotten around to sampling their bay rum scented shaving soap. Queen Charlotte Soaps have named their signature bay rum scent “Cayman”.
I shaved with the setup pictured here; a Weber DLC with Personna Medical Prep blades, and used my Simpson Duke II best badger brush. I’m just getting used to the brush and the water here in the new apartment, and I think I’m really finding the sweet spot with lathering soaps. So I am really happy that I held out this long to try out QCS’s Cayman, which I’ve been using for two days now.
So here’s how I worked the sample. I have this Col. Conk mug (also pictured) that I pressed the slice-of-pie-shaped sample into the bottom of. I made sure the mug and the soap were dry so that it all stuck to the bottom, then used some pressure to spread it around, mostly lining the bottom of the mug.
I prepped the brush under warm water for 45 seconds, enough to get the hairs all wet and loose. I then shook most of the water out of the brush, but not shaking hard. Enough to leave a decent amount of water still in the center of the brush. Then I began loading the brush, which I did for about a minute, adding a few drops of water from my fingertips only once.
I then brought the brush straight to my face and face-lathered for my first pass. The lather was super-thick and rich, and definitely benefits from back and forth paintbrush style lathering, as opposed to swirling. This left me with a rich, thick cushion for my first pass.
The lather didn’t quite hold up for other passes tho. It did stay rich on my face, but weakened slightly by the end of each pass. Also each pass’s lather was less thick as I went along. I added a little water to the mug and lathered up for one more fake pass, just to test, and the lather was back again, a little more substantial than the previous pass, so it’s pretty clear that this soap loves water.
The bay rum scent is great. As you should probably know by now, I love bay rum, and this particular version is pretty much exactly as advertised. Its complex yet delicate, and spicy. However I found it a little on the light side. I would have liked just a little more oomph out of the scent. I got a good whiff of it while building the lather out of the mug, and also when it was on my face. Then again, sometimes less is more. I didn’t find it overly clovey, nor was it a straight up bay rum scent. There was citrus and spice. Honestly, I think Queen Charlotte Soaps has a great take on bay rum. Quite pleasant indeed.
Oh and I should mention, this is an artisan soap company, based in Charlotte, NC (one of my favorite cities), and this tallow soap is LOADED with stuff your face will love, including palm, avocado, castor, and olive oils, and cocoa and shea butters. And it doesn’t stop there either. Glycerin, kaolin clay, aloe vera, and Vitamin E round out the intensely good-for-your-skin ingredients. As I sit here writing this, my face feels not only BBS (baby butt smooth), but also it feels soft and well-conditioned, with no irritation at all.
I had a great shave today.