Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there who are probably not reading this. I was going to just shave with whatever I felt was next in my rotation of creams and soaps and then I realized, “Hey, I’m pretty sure I got a rose sample somewhere, maybe I should review it”… And here we are.
Today, in honor of my mother Eleanor, who’s recipe for Pink Potato Salad is listed in the vaults at Food Network, I shaved with a rose-scented soap, a sample that I have had lying around for a while now. Today I bring you a review of Mike’s Natural Soaps – Rose & Cedarwood Shaving Soap.
You hear a lot of guys going nuts about tallow. I get it now. Yes I am not new to tallow soaps and I have had the privilege of trying out a wide swath of soaps and creams. It really does seem like every time i try a tallow soap I go nuts over the lather. And conversely, every time I try a non-tallow soap I am left feeling ‘ok’ about it.
Today I went nuts. Mike’s Rose is just an amazing soap. The scent is unique thanks to the cedarwood. Now from what I understand, rose essential oil is extremely expensive, due to needing so many rose petals per drop of oil. So many soapmakers use fragrance oil for rose. This is one of them. I honestly wouldn’t have known if Mike didn’t say it on his website, but regardless. The rose scent is wonderful. It is the driving force of this shaving soap. But then there is the cedarwood, which adds a sharp, fresh note to the fragrance. It’s truly something you have to just smell to understand. Overall the scent is wonderful and bright, while retaining it’s floral presentation. Really nice scent that is present but not overbearing.
The lather is simply perfect. I like a nice thick lather, with cushion and slickness, that lasts. The lather that I got from this soap could easily be the bar that I measure all other soaps up to. As I mentioned before it’s a tallow soap, that also is loaded with other amazing ingredients like avocado oil, kokum and shea butters, and lanolin, the magical wax from sheep that makes Mitchell’s Wool Fat so extraordinarily slick.
The lather was ultra-thick and creamy, with enough to last 5 passes. Each pass got better and better, too. And it stayed thick on my face while I was going through each pass – I never needed a touchup. And it was amazingly slick, allowing the blade to glide right across my skin and through each whisker. I could still feel that slickness as I rinsed between passes. If I had any complaints it might be that the lather got a little bit dry by the third pass, maybe too thick. But then a few drops of water and a re-whip will bring it right back to where it was. Still a fantastic lather… Mike’s mom should be proud.
My hardware was pretty usual for me, but the software was tailor-made for mother’s day:
- Razor – Weber DLC
- Blade – Personna Medical Prep
- Brush – Simpson Duke II Best Badger
- Soap – Mike’s Natural Soaps Rose & Cedarwood Shaving Soap
- Toner – Thayer’s Rose Witch Hazel
- Aftershave – Geo F Trumper’s Coral (rose) Skin Food
And here are my ratings for the shave:
- Scent – 4.5
- Lather Performance – 5
- Lather Life – 4.5
- Overall – 4.5