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Review: Klar Kabinett Shaving Soap

Klar Kabinett Shaving Soap

Klar Kabinett Shaving Soap

Klar Kabinett.  For those not well-versed in the ways of wet shaving, you might mistake this for a pack of butter, or maybe some old… cabinet cleaner?  Then you dig a little deeper, and find that this is a very special soap indeed, one that is loved by many traditional wetshavers.  Like my review for Art of Shaving’s Lavender Shaving Soap with tallow, this one is a little unfair because Klar Kabinett is about to become a thing of the past.

Klar Kabinett comes in two 250g sticks, very much like a pack of butter.  Considering that most shave soaps come in 100g pucks, to get 500g of a quality shave soap for almost the same price is pretty astounding.  Add to that the fact that Klar has discontinued the Kabinett soap, this is a steal.  I just purchased one of the last pucks available from Fendrihan.com only a couple weeks ago.  I say this confidently because they are now out of stock, as is all other wetshaving suppliers that I know of.

So this review may be one for the archives, which is a shame because it really is a great shaving soap.

The scent is straight up rose.  There may be other background hints of other scents; my untrained nose picked up hints of eucalyptus and maybe geranium.  But all in all its a very light, powdery rose scent.  It’s extremely subtle, and probably on the too-light side.  But then again, it may be just exactly right.  Its very light when smelling the bar, but comes more to life when mixing up the lather and while shaving.  All in all a very pleasant and soft rose, that gains strength as you use it.

The lather is exceptional.  It doesn’t need much water either.  It was extremely slick.  In fact as I was rinsing my face between passes I was amazed at how slick my face felt while rinsing.  And it provided great cushion as well.  And the super rich lather lasts and lasts.  With a very average amount of loading the brush, I got enough lather to last two 3-pass shaves.  I could have kept on going and going….

Today I shaved with the first DE razor I ever bought: my Merkur 34HD, loaded with a fresh Personna Medical Prep blade.  I had a completely nick-free and super smooth shave and my skin feels great afterwards.

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

500g of this soap is going to last me for a very very long time.  That to me just screams value.  It’s a fantastic soap, and if you are a true fan of rose, you need to keep an eye on the B/S/T boards on Badger & Blade and hopefully someone might want to share some.  Good luck, gentlemen.

Review: Mike’s Natural Soaps – Rose & Cedarwood Shaving Soap

Mike's Natural Soaps - Rose & Cedarwood Shaving Soap

Mike’s Natural Soaps – Rose & Cedarwood Shaving Soap

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:

And here are my ratings for the shave:

  • Scent – 4.5
  • Lather Performance – 5
  • Lather Life – 4.5
  • Overall – 4.5

Review: Geo F Trumper – Coral Skin Food

Geo F Trumper - Coral Skin Food

Geo F Trumper – Coral Skin Food

I really do like Geo F Trumper’s skin foods.  They are excellent moisturizing balms that all smell wonderful.  I received a free (just have to pay shipping) sampler pack from Geo F Trumper a month or so ago and included in this pack was a sample of their Coral Skin Food, which I’ve been wanting to try.  Today was the day!

My shave was great today, totally nick free and irritation free.  I used a Queen Charlotte shaving soap that I will review in a couple days, after a few shaves under my belt.  But the combo of that, my Weber DLC double-edge razor, and a fresh Personna Medical Prep blade made for a simply perfect shave.

So the skin food!  Ok, for those who are not sure what coral smells like, let me put all your questions to rest.  Coral Skin Food smells like rose.  It’s pink, as you can see from the image, but it’s scented with a fresh rose scent.  It’s a stronger than expected scent when it goes on, but as it settles on your face, the scent really smooths out wonderfully.  It really is a great fresh scent, that doesn’t smell girly.

As a balm, this stuff is just awesome.  Geo F Trumper’s skin foods are absolutely worth the money when it comes to a clean, non-irritating, great smelling aftershave balm.  They have a thick texture to them, and you might think they will end up feeling sticky, but absolutely not.  Within a minute or two it is absorbed into the skin, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth, and not sticky at all.  The scents all have great staying power as well, including this great rose scent.

All in all I am thoroughly happy with Geo F Trumper’s skin foods.  I do like the coral, but having tried all three scents, I personally prefer the sandalwood, which I will review for you all soon.

Review: Geo F. Trumper Rose Shaving Cream

Geo F. Trumper Rose Shaving Cream

Geo F. Trumper Rose Shaving Cream

Our ship is sailing in a sea of samples.  And one lot that I received a short time ago is from a very special brand, Geo F. Trumper.  Their sandalwood skin food, which I have yet to review, was the first non-modern shaving product I tried.  I fell in love with the scent, and it was that scent that truly opened my eyes to the whole world of shaving products out there that are not your typical go-to things like the can-of-goo shaving cream, and aqua velva aftershave (no knock intended).

Anyway, in browsing the shaving forums, I discovered a post saying that Geo F Trumper offers free samples of their products, all you have to pay for is shipping.  So I instantly went over to their website and ordered a sampler (they choose which items to send).  So now I have 2 skin foods, and several shaving creams and colognes.  So we are all set for some smooth sailing my friends..

The first one I am trying is Geo F. Trumper’s Rose Shaving Cream.  The sample comes in a small flat round glass jar, which supplies an ample amount of cream.  I always hear people say that you want an almond-sized amount of cream to shave with.  I’d say that this is about the right size.

The scent out of the jar is a light but present rose scent.  It’s also a pink-colored product, and when whipped up retains a light pink hue.  The rose scent also holds up in similar fashion.  The scent infiltrates the air around you as you whip up the lather.  Oh yeah, let’s talk lather.

This cream whips up into an incredible amount of lather.  With the amount supplied, there is easily enough lather for 6 passes, and as with several creams I have tried, the lather seems to get better and better with each pass.  When applied to the face, the scent is very light but clean and refreshing as well.  It’s a really beautiful scent.

And this product, meant for sensitive skin, has an ample amount of glycerin included to moisturize your skin as you shave.  In fact, using my Weber DLC and a fresh Feather blade, I had one of the closest BBS shaves I’ve had to date, with absolutely no nicks and zero irritation.  It was an awesome shave, with an awesome scent, and an awesome lather.  I was actually very surprised how much I liked this shaving cream.

Geo F. Trumper, you continue to make this guy a very happy shaver!

Check out Geo F. Trumper’s Rose Shaving Cream at Amazon.com!