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Review: Shaving Yeti – Yeti Snot Shaving Soap

Shaving Yeti - Yeti Snot Shaving Soap

Shaving Yeti – Yeti Snot Shaving Soap

I had to do it.  You can’t have a soap called Yeti Snot and not expect me to jump on the bandwagon and review it.  So here we go.

So I ordered a sampler pack from The Shaving Yeti, and was pleasantly pleased to see a package of a few cubes of soap arrive in the mail.  Kind of cute, as these are easy to put into your own containers.  Get yourself a set of pyrex glass containers, drop a cube of your choice in, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds, and you’re ready for your shave.  This is a glycerin-based soap, meaning that its safe to microwave for a few seconds, which is enough to fully liquefy the soap so it perfectly fits your container.

One word of warning tho, if you’re doing this with Yeti Snot, don’t take a sniff while it’s still warm.  HOLY SIBERIA!!!  Yeah you know that sensation when you sniff a scotch and the alcohol blasts out your nasal passages?  Same deal X 1000.  Mentholated Menthol from Mentholand.  And it’s scented simply with peppermint, which enhances the frigid blast that you get when you sniff this stuff.  Scentwise, for me, I really like the scents of soaps.  I get into soaps when I know the crafter has put a lot of effort in the lab to create a really awesome scent.  And I get that this is about the menthol and not the scent, so yeah, it is what it is.  But it would have been nice to see a little more complexity in the scent.  Or maybe not, what do i know?

As for the lather, I feel it’s ok.  As a glycerin-based soap, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away.  I have tried the soap with both a badger brush (Simpson’s Duke II) and a boar brush (Semogue Owners Club), and I got the same result, which is a middle-of-the-road lather.  One thing is that it is very slick, which would be impossible not to be as it’s got a heart of glycerin.  But it doesn’t provide as thick a lather as more traditional soaps do.  More of that meringue-type lather with small bubbles, as opposed to that thick, cushiony, yogurt-like lather that I really prefer.

However the lather does last through the shave, allowing me three full passes without thinning out too much, or at all, actually.  And each pass was even colder than the previous.

One last thing to mention is that I do love the sense of humor of this company.  Their products are humorously named and I really appreciate that.  It’s a breath of fresh air.  And the other soaps in their arsenal smell really nice too.

  • Scent – 2
  • Lather Performance – 3
  • Lather Life – 4
  • Overall – 3

If you really like menthol, and wan’t a real icy kick in the face while you’re shaving, give this stuff a try.  It’s also very economical.  The price is really competitive.  At the time of this writing, you’ll shell out only $6 for a decent 4.2 oz of this stuff.  So it’s worth a shot.  As they say in the shaving world over and over, YMMV, or Your Mileage May Vary.  Maybe this inexpensive, slick, icy soap is right up your alley.  Wouldn’t hurt to find out!

Review: C.O. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream

C.O. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream

C.O. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream

First, I should mention a couple things.

1) This product is marketed as C.O. Bigelow Shave Cream, but in reality this product is essentially identical to Proraso Shave Cream, and is made by Proraso using the exact same ingredients.

2) The product I am using is known as the “new formula” and therefore does not include the parabens that were found in the “old formula”.

So for Christmas I received a Bath & Body Works gift card from my girlfriend’s mother.  It was a lovely gift, and afforded me the opportunity to try out a shaving cream that I have heard a lot about, and one that receives almost constant glowing praise:  C.O. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream.  My girlfriend and I have been visiting her family in Florida for the past week, and I have shaved with it every day, and it has been awesome.

As with other creams, you only need a small, almond-sized dab.  Whip it up a little with your brush, add some drops of water, whip more, add more water, whip more.  Eventually within a couple of minutes, you will have a rich luxurious lather that whips up super-thick and creamy on your face.  A small dab will give you enough lather to last 10 passes.  And the cream does not age.  My last pass is just as luxurious as the first pass.  It is an AMAZING latherer.

On the face, it smells fresh and clean.  The camphor-eucalyptus smell is an invigorating scent, and the menthol cools your face more and more with each pass.  It will moisturize your skin, with the included glycerin.  But the way this stuff works as a shave cream is the best part.  It allows the razor to do exactly what it wants to do, and that is to glide on your skin while removing your whiskers.  In the entire week I used it, I needed my styptic pencil only one time, for one weeper, which was my fault anyway!  Seriously, this stuff is awesome.

And when you go to rinse off after your shave, your face will feel amazing, glowing in a menthol breeze, with that clean feeling still lingering, though thats not to say the soap is clingy.  No, the soap will rinse right off, and leave nothing but that menthol trace on your skin, a great way to start the day.

Oh, and if you have sensitive skin, as I am discovering that I probably do, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about with this stuff.  I had zero rash or anything using this product.  It totally rinses clean and was super gentle with my skin.

I wasn’t sure when I bought this if I would like it that much.  I was wrong.  I love it.

C.O. Bigelow Shave Cream is available from Amazon.com!