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Rating:
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:
Wonderful Fragrance
3/24/2017
West Coast Shaving, Shaving Soap, Citrus Basil "For me personally, I love the fragrance of this soap. Performance wise, it gives a an incredibly close and smooth shave. It does make a nice lather but I was having to reload my shaving brush with soap for each subsequent pass. It was a super value because it was free with my purchase, but I do think I would order it again simply because of the fragrance.
Rating:
WCS Citrus Basil Shaving Soap
3/22/2017
West Coast Shaving, Shaving Soap, Citrus Basil "I mistakenly noted that I had not received this yet, but I just clicked on the wrong thing. I did receive this, and I think it is a good product. It has a nice, if mild scent, and though it's a little thirsty, blooming it helps.
Rating:
Super Easy Lather!
3/18/2017
West Coast Shaving, Shaving Soap, Citrus Basil "I would call this an excellent beginners' product. It provides a very easy lather with very little work, and the performance is, in my humble opinion, about average, which is not a knock. I have chronic folliculitis, which makes my beard a very particular shave in order to be perfect. This product on the first run, and without having taken a shower first, performed beautifully overall.



I say it's about average, mostly because the soft soap market is heavily populated with high performers. And this one doesn't fall short.



Form: The puck size is just about perfect to fit into my Old Spice mug. I was pleased to see that. I wasn't able to push it all the way to the bottom, but I didn't plan it, I just noticed they were about the same diameter. All the same, the spines inside the mug do grab the puck and keep it from spinning.



Scent: The first thing I noticed after opening. The scent is accurate to its description, with distinct basil and citrus notes. I didn't smell much of anything else. However as others have noted, it's not a strong scent. I could just make out whiffs of it here and there as I face lathered. It smells pretty potent in the tin, but in lather form it dissipates quickly. This is pretty much par for the course with this type of soap.



Glide/Cushion/Protection: Razor glide was pretty good. Not outstanding, but good. Very good for soft soaps. Tallow soaps like MWF and Sterling are hard to touch for glide. Cushion was very good. I was out working in the yard all day yesterday taking care of my fruit trees and getting my planter beds ready for vegetables. The heat generally plays havoc on my neck where I'm most sensitive, giving me a rash. Today, I did not shower before shaving, but was able to shave without irritation or any sort of nicks. Very good protection performance.



Latherability: 10/10 here. I left my brush a little wetter than I usually do. I only squeezed it out, didn't shake the daylights out of it. That was almost a mistake. Lather immediately exploded off the puck. I had to remove a bit of the airier bubblier fluff in order to develop a denser lather. But the lather was pouring over the sides of the mug, and well loaded into the brush by the time I took it to my face. I added just a little more water, followed by a little more soap, and a little more water, and ended up with a brush still quite full of lather after three and a half passes. A++ Very little work = very much lather



Quality of Shave: Pretty darn good! It's not the smoothest shave I've had. But I'll caveat that by reiterating I didn't shower first, so my skin wasn't in the best possible shape for the shave. But on the fourth pass over my sensitive places, I was able to bring all the stubble down to skin-level without irritation, pain, or blood, which I can't do with just any soap.



Overall: I'd say if you're not a fan of tallow soaps, favoring products that are easier to work with (I was in that crowd for a long time), definitely give this a spin! It's perhaps a little pricier than comparable products, but you have account for the fact that the ingredient list is not perfect, but pretty good as far as toxic ingredients are concerned. And also, the fact that it's made in the USA, not China, India, etc. If you want to support an American-based company producing an American-made product, you won't be disappointed here.
Rating:
Smells amazing and my wife
2/26/2017
West Coast Shaving, Shaving Soap, Sweet Almond "Smells amazing and my wife loves it as well . Nice slickness for a close shave and skin protection. Had to work a little for a decent lather, but once lathered up it held up well.
Rating:
Good product
2/24/2017
West Coast Shaving, Shaving Soap, Ocean "Make sure to only lather portions of your face as it will disappear kinda quick. Other than that it does what it needs to.
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