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Review: Queen Charlotte Soaps – Green Irish Tweed Type Shaving Cream

Queen Charlotte Soaps - Green Irish Tweed Type Shaving Cream

Queen Charlotte Soaps – Green Irish Tweed Type Shaving Cream

It’s good to be back!  I’ve had a few rough weeks, that started with packing up for a move, then moving, then unpacking and finally getting so sick that I lost my sense of taste and smell for a week.  Well folks, I am back, ready to shave, and better yet, ready to write about it!

While I was sick, I decided to sell some of my shave den supplies that I don’t use much, and replace them with things I have not yet tried.  I recently picked up a bundle of barely used shaving creams that are new to me, and they arrived today.  First up?  Green Irish Tweed Type Shaving Cream by Queen Charlotte Soaps.

Let’s talk scent.  The scent is light and fresh.  Citrusy up top, floral in the middle, over a mysore sandalwood base.  I know that it’s hard to imagine the scent.  Those of you who know Creed’s Irish Tweed scent will know what I am talking about.  I would also hazard to say it smells a bit like Irish Spring soap.  Maybe a bit warmer to the nose.  It’s not heavily scented.  You have to go really close to the soap to smell it out of the tin, and even when lathering and shaving it’s still a light-handed approach to a scent.  Personally it’s not my favorite scent.  But I wanted to give it a try.  That said, it’s not a powerful scent, and is quite clean and provided a nice little spark to my morning.

As for the lather, it was great!  First off, the shaving cream made by Queen Charlotte Soaps is frequently described as a “croap”, somewhere in between a cream and a soap.  It’s hard but softens to pressure.  And it didn’t take much to whip up a this tallow cream into a nice thick yogurty lather.  Some cream lathers I have tried recently have disappointed me in that the lather whips up a little light and foamy.  Not QCS.  This lather, like I said is nice and thick.  It provided a nice cushion and plenty of slickness for my razor.  The lather also rinsed clean, leaving just a slight hint of the sandalwood base for me to smell after the shave.  And on top of that, it did that thing that I love: it got better and better with each pass.

  • Scent – 3
  • Lather Performance – 4
  • Lather Life – 4.5
  • Overall – 3.5

I gave this cream a 3.5 rating only because the scent is not for me.  Otherwise, it was a really great shave.

Oh and Queen Charlotte Soaps gets a big hi-five for ingredients too.  Almost entirely natural, and with great stuff for your face, especially aloe vera and vitamin E.  If you have not tried any of their soaps or creams, do yourself a favor and give them a shot.  They have a wide array of fragrances and their creams and soaps perform exceptionally well.  I even love their shampoo bars!

Review: Queen Charlotte Soaps – Queen Charlotte Shaving Cream

Queen Charlotte Soaps - Queen Charlotte Shaving Cream

Queen Charlotte Soaps – Queen Charlotte Shaving Cream

As a musician, let me put it this way: this is the “title track” of the Queen Charlotte line of shaving soaps and creams.  I have already done two reviews of Queen Charlotte shaving soaps, and was excited this time to try out one of their shaving creams.

Their cream could effectively be called what we in the shaving community call a croap.

Yes, I agree, it is a bit brash of me to use the word “we” just there, as if I am some spokesman of the shaving community which has been around for hundreds of years. However, you are here reading this blog are you not?  Ok, yeah that was a bit brash as well.  My apologies.  Let’s move on, shall we?

Croap is a portmanteau, a word that is a combination of two words.  In this case, a croap is somewhere between a cream and a soap.  And Queen Charlotte Soaps’ line of shaving creams are just that.  Croaps.  So they hold their form like a solid soap, but are very soft, and very easily give in to any pressure.  Think of butter at room temperature.  It’s not quite that, but very close.

This review will have some good news and some bad news.  But even the bad news just might be my fault.  As with any review, your mileage may vary (YMMV).  Regardless, let’s start with a big heap of good news.

This stuff smells wonderful.  Now when you first read the maker’s description of this scent, it may be hard to imagine:

A heavenly scent made from only the most rare absolutes and essential oils, Queen Charlotte starts with sweet top notes. As the scent grows, delicate floral notes come through. We have added just the right amount of earthy and woody notes to complete this exquisite scent.

Once you shave with it, you will come to realize that that is exactly what you just experienced.  In the shaving mug, as you lather, you will smell that wonderful citrus scent. It was hard to pinpoint exactly, but quite citrusy.  On your face, your nose will swim with a light floral scent.  As I discovered on my own while reviewing Geo F Trumper’s Rose Shaving Cream, floral shaving cream scents are absolutely nothing to be afraid of.  In fact, they are surprisingly refreshing and will up your stud ranking by at least 5 points.

The entire time you will also be experiencing the woody and earthy bass notes.  This isn’t a cologne, so it may be harder to detect as you wash each pass of cream off your face, but by the end of your shave you will notice it more and more.

Good News #2: I had a 100% nick-free and irritation free shave.  This stuff is fantastic, and being made by a guy who loves his trade, is loaded with moisturizers and other ingredients that your face will absolutely love.  Oils and vitamins and glycerins and on and on and on.  And to top it all off this is a tallow soap too!

The bad news on this soap, at least for this shave, was that the lather was lacking a little.  I have had great lathering experiences with their hard soaps (cayman and key lime), and was excited to try the croap out, but wasn’t as thrilled.  But it was still better than other stuff I have tried.

I’d be thrilled to hear from you if you have had better lathering experiences from Queen Charlotte’s creams.  Leave a comment below and let me know!

Review: Queen Charlotte Soaps – Cayman Shaving Soap

Queen Charlotte Soaps - Cayman Shaving Soap

Queen Charlotte Soaps – Cayman Shaving Soap

So I received this package of samplers from Queen Charlotte Soaps a while ago, and have only just now gotten around to sampling their bay rum scented shaving soap.  Queen Charlotte Soaps have named their signature bay rum scent “Cayman”.

I shaved with the setup pictured here; a Weber DLC with Personna Medical Prep blades, and used my Simpson Duke II best badger brush.  I’m just getting used to the brush and the water here in the new apartment, and I think I’m really finding the sweet spot with lathering soaps.  So I am really happy that I held out this long to try out QCS’s Cayman, which I’ve been using for two days now.

So here’s how I worked the sample.  I have this Col. Conk mug (also pictured) that I pressed the slice-of-pie-shaped sample into the bottom of.  I made sure the mug and the soap were dry so that it all stuck to the bottom, then used some pressure to spread it around, mostly lining the bottom of the mug.

I prepped the brush under warm water for 45 seconds, enough to get the hairs all wet and loose.  I then shook most of the water out of the brush, but not shaking hard.  Enough to leave a decent amount of water still in the center of the brush.  Then I began loading the brush, which I did for about a minute, adding a few drops of water from my fingertips only once.

I then brought the brush straight to my face and face-lathered for my first pass.  The lather was super-thick and rich, and definitely benefits from back and forth paintbrush style lathering, as opposed to swirling.  This left me with a rich, thick cushion for my first pass.

The lather didn’t quite hold up for other passes tho.  It did stay rich on my face, but weakened slightly by the end of each pass.  Also each pass’s lather was less thick as I went along.  I added a little water to the mug and lathered up for one more fake pass, just to test, and the lather was back again, a little more substantial than the previous pass, so it’s pretty clear that this soap loves water.

The bay rum scent is great.  As you should probably know by now, I love bay rum, and this particular version is pretty much exactly as advertised.  Its complex yet delicate, and spicy.  However I found it a little on the light side.  I would have liked just a little more oomph out of the scent.  I got a good whiff of it while building the lather out of the mug, and also when it was on my face.  Then again, sometimes less is more.  I didn’t find it overly clovey, nor was it a straight up bay rum scent.  There was citrus and spice.  Honestly, I think Queen Charlotte Soaps has a great take on bay rum.  Quite pleasant indeed.

Oh and I should mention, this is an artisan soap company, based in Charlotte, NC (one of my favorite cities), and this tallow soap is LOADED with stuff your face will love, including palm, avocado, castor, and olive oils, and cocoa and shea butters.  And it doesn’t stop there either.  Glycerin, kaolin clay, aloe vera, and Vitamin E round out the intensely good-for-your-skin ingredients.  As I sit here writing this, my face feels not only BBS (baby butt smooth), but also it feels soft and well-conditioned, with no irritation at all.

I had a great shave today.

Review: Queen Charlotte Soaps – Key Lime Shaving Soap

Queen Charlotte Soaps - Key Lime Shaving Soap

Queen Charlotte Soaps – Key Lime Shaving Soap

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 🙂