I think I’m a really lucky guy. I spent many years shaving in the shower with a 4 or 5 blade vibrating cartridge razor, not using any shaving cream because I felt my oily face did enough of the lubrication. And I always had razor bumps on my face, and lots of nicks, and still not anywhere near a bbs (baby butt smooth) shave. And in prep for Movember 2012, I started really digging into the vast world of traditional wetshaving. I’m really lucky because I showed up to this world at a damn good time.
There are so many artisan, homemade startup companies selling really, and I mean really fantastic products. Yes, the classics are the classics, and they are still around for a reason, and I won’t deny them their greatness. But these newcomers really bring some awesomeness to the table. Case in point? Queen Charlotte Soaps.
I love Charlotte. I’m in a rock band that tours around the US very frequently. And Charlotte, NC is one of our sweet spots. We have a lot of fans, and even more friends, in Charlotte, and have had for years now. And as I have been browsing on the shaving forums, I keep seeing the initials “QCS” come up over and over again. Then came a name, Queen Charlotte Soaps. What? Someone in one of my favorite cities is making something that I am now obsessed with and they’re doing a great job of it? That’s when I ordered some samples. And I can’t wait to tell you about them.
My first sample to try was their Key Lime shaving soap. As I am a newbie to wetshaving, I am also a newbie to key lime. My girlfriend, who is starting to get a little tired of hearing about shaving (I’m sure I’m not the only one, right gents), got me to try key lime pie for the first time a couple of years ago. What the hell have I been thinking not trying it? It’s now my favorite desert. Ok, personal story over.
I crushed the sample of key lime soap into the bottom of my old spice mug, and I could already smell the lime scent jumping out of the mug. As I started loading my brush, the smell started really filling the air around me. But then I lathered with it, and there it is, full blossom on my face and in my nose, the gorgeous scent of key lime. Now I have tried several lime-scented products from shaving creams to aftershaves to skin food. This scent was unique in that it was not too sweet and not a dark lime smell. Some of those products smell like lime jello. Some smell like lime jellybeans. And some smell like a dirty spicy lime. Queen Charlotte’s Key Lime is a light, bouncy, smart kind of lime scent, definitely not sweet, but not unsweet, and not a heavy smell. I really really like this smell.
And this soap performs as good as it smells. I face lathered and this stuff exploded with just a few dabs of water. And after a few paint-brush strokes, thickened up like a delicious key lime cream. It lubricated and protected my face fantastically, and rinsed from the razor easily. Shaving once again with my Weber DLC and Personna Med blades, I had zero nicks, zero weepers, and completely BBS shave.
I am very impressed with Queen Charlotte Soaps. Their key lime is spot on awesome, and if you like key lime, this is a must-try. I have several samples of their soaps and creams, and will be reviewing them soon as well. I really can’t wait to shave again. And again. And again. I told you I was a lucky guy. Check back for more updates soon! Thanks 🙂