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Rating:
Great smelling soap with outstanding lather
7/3/2017
#8 Silk Road Shaving Soap I picked up the sample of these soaps from West Coast Shaving and man, I'm hooked. This particular scent is the best one to my nose, with Gatsby coming a close second. The soap lathered up very well, went on smooth, and gave me a great shave. If you like this type of soap then I highly recommend it.
Rating:
Great Soaps!
5/29/2017
Artisan Shaving Cream Sample Pack These are some great soaps, and I love the smell of almost all of them. It may be a bit tricky to use them because of their small size, but I just removed them from their container and put them into separate cups and loaded my brush from those. The amount of soap you get compared to the amount of money you spend isn't too great tho... but if you aren't sure what soap companies you like and don't want to go out and buy a 4oz puck its helpful.
Rating:
Absolutely fantastic
5/26/2017
Midnight & Two Shaving Soap, Citrus Island Best soap I ever tried. Perfect in all aspects.
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campfire shaving soap
4/9/2017
West Coast Shaving, Shaving Soap, Campfire "Lathers up great mild pleasant scent smooth as silk shaves.
Rating:
Solid Product!
4/8/2017
West Coast Shaving, Shaving Soap, Campfire "LATHERABILITY (10/10)



The Method: I wet the puck using lukewarm water at the time I start soaking the brush by running it under the water and then allowing all the excess water to drain off. While I soak the brush, I allow the puck to breathe. Once the brush is ready, I gently squeeze out the excess water, leaving the brush rather wet. Then I take that to the puck to begin swirling.



The Experience: Immediately, this soap absolutely explodes in gobs of frothy lather! That??s a good start, but we know frothy is no good for shaving. I kept swirling, being sure to collect the runoff from the sides of the tin, reincorporating that into the building lather. After about 90-120 seconds, I don??t count, I just go for feel, so that??s an estimate, the lather was developed to a dense, creamy, stiff, slightly under-hydrated lather.



I gathered as much as I could get on the brush and took that to my face to finish by face lathering. I added several generous splashes of water by dunking the brush in the soak water. After incorporating the added water, I was left with mounds beautiful, glossy, slick, protective lather, plenty for a four pass shave. And with the amount of water I was adding at a time, I??ll say this is a very water-friendly latherer. It has an apparently wide sweet spot and incorporates large amounts of added water without getting frothy and bubbly.



SCENT (6/10)



Performance: I??m not rating the scent based on personal preferences which I find to be too subjective to be useful to anyone other than myself. Rather, I??m basing it on potency and sustain. The scent is moderately potent in the tin. Moving into the lathering phase, it??s still noticeable, but I did have to look for it. It??s not an assertive scent. During the shave, same deal. I would get whiffs of it here and there, but had to concentrate on it if I really wanted to smell it. Post-shave, the scent is lingering, but not surprisingly, it??s not overwhelming at all. Rather it??s very subtle, barely there about an hour later.



Description: Like I said, this is just my $0.02, not counted in the score. Maybe it??ll help you if you??re on the fence. The scent, in my opinion, is very sweet, soft, and warm, perhaps a tad bit of spice with just a breeze of smoke to it. In trying to liken it to something tangible, I??d say the smell of laundry that was line dried near a fire. At one point during lathering, the smoke scent really jumped out at me, but it was fleeting. That moment aside, mostly what I smelled was the other scents mentioned. It??s not the type of scent I normally go out for; I like crisp, fresh scents. But it??s pleasant enough, and I??ll enjoy having the variety in my rotation.



PERFORMANCE (9/10)



9/10 is a high mark. I??m giving that in light of what the product is. I??m not comparing it to milled soaps, or croaps, or creams, or lubes or whatever else. This is a melt-n-pour soap in the same category with Van Der Hagen and Arko (and many many others), so I??m applying the apples-to-apples analysis. And in its field, I??d put it right at the top of the pack. The lather is durable and provides a great deal of glide and cushion. It rinses very easily from the razor and takes well to extended passes where a lot of lather builds up in the head. It didn??t seem to matter when I rinsed, the razor continued to shave without issue. And for buffing, the lather tracks along with the razor and deposits back onto the skin, helping to grease the blade for the next pass in the rapid buffing motion. I??m pleased with the performance.



POST-SHAVE (10/10)



This is where this product really shines. Most MP soaps in my experience, leave my skin very tight and dry after the shave. I love Arko, but man that stuff is like lathered alum to my skin. WCS, however, is rather moisturizing. It??s not perfect. There are other types of soap that I have better post-shave feel with, but for this type of product, it??s great. I splash on some Thayer??s witch hazel and I??m good to go.



VALUE (8/10)



For me, I prefer to use ingredients that I can pronounce and know what they are. I wish they would have found something better to use than PG and fragrance, but that aside, the ingredient list is simple, and pretty good as ingredient lists go. Not perfect, but good. The tin that the puck is packaged in is attractive, durable, and easy to use. And the rounded edges of the tin are gentler than the sharp edges of cheap plastic containers on the brush bristles, which helps to protect your hardware. And this product is made in the USA, whereas much of the competition in this category of soap is made overseas, which keeps product costs down in those other products. All in all, for a product made in America, with a reasonably clean ingredient list, in a quality container, and being a quality product, it??s a fair price.
Rating:
Great soap
4/5/2017
West Coast Shaving, Shaving Soap, Campfire "The scent on this soap is great. I really love it and it gives a great shave. It loads quickly onto the brush
Rating:
Excellent performer, complicated smell.
3/5/2017
Chiseled Face Shaving Soap, Summer Storm, 4oz "As a performer, this soap does a great job of protecting the face. Enjoy the smell, it's easy to say that it just smells like grass. But there's a lot more going on than that. A lot of very subtle smells that really do evoke experience of being in a summer storm.
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Lathered up very well and it passed my "stress test" easily.
2/11/2017
West Coast Shaving, Shaving Soap, Campfire "One first stress test I give to any shaving product I try, is the "no prep" method of shaving on a 3 day old beard. I don't wet or wash my face first. I don't use pre-shave oil. I don't shave after showering. Instead, I simply lather up an otherwise dry face and have at it with a DE Merkur 34C. I was very pleased with the performance of this product when used with my typical "wet brush" method and a fairly aggressive application of the brush against my face. As for the fragrance, it's a bit unusual, but neither is it objectionable, and it fades within an hour or so. Actually, I believe the residual fragrance is emanating more from my coarse and bushy mustache than it is from the bare skin of my face. I am pleased with the performance of this product and I will be trying some of the other offerings, as well. FWIW, I first started wet shaving with a brush and a DE razor back in the early 60's.
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