Ahh yes! A bay rum soap from across the pond! There have been many American artisan soap makers that have graced these pages with their awesome wares, and I am extremely pleased to finally have a new artisan soap from England to bring to you, my fine readers: Wickham Soap Company’s Super Smooth Shaving Soap.
What I have been shaving with for several days now is called Super Smooth, and aye, that it is. First of all, it’s super soft!! One of the softest soaps I have tried, I might add. Definitely one of the top candidates for being called a “croap”, somewhere between a cream and a soap. This made it very easy to take it out of the sampler container and move it to one of my pyrex sample bowls, so that I can easily attack it with my badger brush.
While loading, I notice almost every time that the suds I am building up remain a little on the wetter side, more wet than I am used to seeing when loading the brush. But, I have learned to have no fear at this stage. Whether you face lather or bowl/mug lather, you will end up building an incredibly rich and slick lather.
This lather is one of the slickest I have come across. I hope I don’t say that too often, and I probably do, but honestly, this stuff is just about as slick as it gets. Even after the rinse, I am reminded of the incredible slickness of Mitchell’s Wool Fat, however, without the lanolin. So it goes without saying that with all the many passes I have had with this soap (about three shaves with three passes per shave), I have not nicked myself once. I’m pretty skilled, but a 100% perfect no-nick shave is not that common. It really helps to have a soap this slick..
You also get a great deal of lather with very little brush loading. I still haven’t learned that I don’t need to load the brush that much to get enough lather for at least six passes. And the lather is very stable and would last all six if I was silly enough to go that far.
The scent is on the lighter side. And does seem to have a note of clove in there. And I know there are those of you out there that love bay rum but hate cloves, but I have to say I believe this scent is closing in on what I feel the traditional bay rum scent is all about. Personally I think it is great. And while it’s a little light compared to some of the other soaps I have been using lately (How To Grow A Moustache, Barrister & Mann, Al’s Shaving Products), it’s also made with sensitive skin in mind, so as someone with sensitive skin, I really appreciate it. And the scent is present throughout the shave while not being overbearing.
All in all I am really impressed with this soap, and all my UK/Euro readers who don’t like to pay those high shipping charges from US->UK should really check into the Wickham Soap Co. And to my US readers, now you have an artisan soap from England to look into!
- Scent – 4
- Lather Performance – 4.5
- Lather Life – 4.5
- Overall – 4.5
For the curious, I used my Weber DLC razor with a Gillette 7o’clock sharpedge razor (those two work brilliantly together).