42. It is “the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything”, according to one of my favorite books ever, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I loved the books so much I even have a gold-embossed collector’s edition hardcopy of the entire trilogy. Yes, all 5 books!!
So grab your towels my friends, because that is exactly the one thing you need when you’re a galactic hitchhiker. That and, if you’re lucky, a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster: an alcoholic beverage which, when drunk, feels “like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped ’round a large gold brick”. This drink happens happens to be one of the ingredients of this incredible smelling soap. Ok, Don’t Panic, I’ll start making sense now.
First things first, this is a very limited edition soap that was created to celebrate Towel Day, which is a celebration of the life and writings of Douglas Adams, the author of the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. When I got an email from Barrister & Mann announcing that only 140 jars would be made, I had to get one immediately. And this is now my go-to soap.
I have reviewed B&M’s Seville before, giving it the rare 5/5 stars. The performance is just about the same for this tallow soap, and while I will not edit my previous review, I will bring it back just slightly from the edge of perfection, because I didn’t -always- get a perfect lather. That said, what I like about this soap is that if lathered up right, in the right conditions, it is just that, perfect. It’s super cushioning, it’s super slick, and it rinses clean and easy. For me perfection was found in face lathering with a boar brush (my Semogue Owner’s Club boar brush), which with a good amount of water, and a decent amount of swirling, produced a super rich lather that was enough for a minimum of 4 exceptional passes. It’s hard for B&M’s soap to let you down, thought a few times I didn’t get the lather I hoped for when using my Da Vinci badger.
When I first saw this soap, I -really- hoped that I would like the scent. I love the books, the story, the characters, and I’m sure the style of the writing influences even the style of these reviews. And seriously, it was not a letdown. The scent is awesome. Like Arthur Dent, the main character, it’s distinctly British. It is very much a gentlemanly scent that could fit right in with some of the old-time British soaps like Truefitt & Hill and Taylor of Old Bond Street. It’s citrusy-floraly with a hint of muskiness and … well, downright Britishness. But Britishness with a bit of an aloof character to it. To be direct, it’s a mixture of items plucked from the storyline: Petunia, Ambergris, Tea, and Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, which for the sake of simplicity, is lemon. It’s a light, fresh, and delicious scent that’s perfect for summer, and it is my absolute go-to soap, probably until it’s all gone.
I’d say get some, but you can’t, because like I said, it’s limited edition. You may notice that I like to start my reviews by saying I’m a lucky guy. I figured in tribute to the silly nature of Douglas Adams, I would end with it: To be one of the few people in the world to have this soap in my rotation, yeah, I’m a lucky guy.
- Scent – 5 (well done)
- Lather Performance – 4.5
- Lather Life – 5
- Overall – 5