A clean, fresh Vetiver blend
Scent Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Coriander, Tarragon, Haitian Vetiver, Cedar, Purple Ginger, Tobacco, Nutmeg, Madagascan Pepper, Tonka, Capsicum
A traditional hot process handmade shaving soap formulated especially for wet shaving poured into low profile container to allow for easy brush loading.
(This product requires a shaving brush)
Canard Base: Stearic Acid, Water, Kokum Butter, Potassium Hydroxide, Palm Kernel Oil, Duck Fat, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Glycerin, Jojoba Oil & Sodium Lactate
Vegan Base: Stearic Acid, Water, Shea Butter, Potassium Hydroxide, Kokum Butter, Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance & Sodium Lactate
Razor: Fatip Grande (Open Comb)
Brush: Mühle Cosmo Bog Oak Silvertip Synthetic
Preshave: Sudsy Soapery Doublemint
After the shave: Thayer's witchhazel followed by Eufros AS balm followed by face lotion.
The scent is very, VERY faint. What little I can smell is a very light, soapy vetiver. No scent component or aroma really stands out and the vetiver is NOT at all smokey. Many will find this scent far too weak. I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. Most of the new entrants to the shaving soap game show up with strong scents and after a while, that gets to be a bit much. This Jacmel is actually far more in line with some "older school" scents.
This soap is harder than the current spate of croaps and I had no issues puck lathering it at all. I was able to whip up a good lather on the puck quickly and then continued to face lather for a few seconds. My first impression is that this lather isn't at all like the yogurty consistency that many croaps have. The consistency of this lather reminds me greatly of how top tier vegetal soaps lather. Nice and cushy but with teeny tiny bubbles in the lather. No matter what I tried, I just couldn't get it to turn to freshly whipped cream.
While slickness is (IMO) not as good as in the current croaps, the shave was nevertheless ultra smooth during 3 passes (WTG/XTG/WTG) and it protected me exceptionally well.
Where this soap really shined was in the post-shave. This will be a personal preference thing, but this soap left my face beautifully moisturized but not greasy or oily feeling. Just exactly what baby skin feels like. I actually like the post shave on this better than the other soaps mentioned previously. When I looked in the mirror before leaving the house, I could see what a great shave I had just by looking at my skin...zero irritation, zero cuts, zero nicks, no stray hairs, and clear looking skin.
In the end, this is an excellent soap that, while it isn't as slick as others, does provide one of the best post-shave feels of any soap I have in my den. The more I think about it, the more I think this soap doesn't necessarily provide the OH-AH factor WHILE I shave with it (no strong scent and not the gooey lather), but when I am done shaving, I ALWAYS marvel about how good the shave was.
This soap base is the best vegan formula I have used. Right up there with MDC in overall performance and has an upper hand in the post-shave/moisturizing department. Seriously, it makes me want to ditch my tallow-based soaps which have great slickness but may be too much for my oily skin.
This earthy/fresh Vetiver scent is complex and notes are well balanced. Beautifully composed!
I bought the Vegan version of Jacmel. It lathers quickly and provides good cushion and glide. Post shave, it did not leave my face feeling especially moisturized (the canard base does), but it didn't feel dried out either. It's winter now so I needed a moisturizing aftershave, but in the summer, I could not needing anything after my shave. The scent it very nice. It's definitely a vetiver scent, but to me it's a good middle ground. It's not to dirty/earthy and it's not so bright that you can't really tell there's vetiver.
I bought the Vegan version of Jacmel. It lathers quickly and provides good cushion and glide. Post shave, it did not leave my face feeling especially moisturized (the canard base does), but it didn't feel dried out either. It's winter now so I needed a moisturizing aftershave, but in the summer, I could not needing anything after my shave.