A tart juicy Cherry scent!
Scent notes: Cherry, Dark Cherry & Lime
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
I have to say, I was surprised at how strong the scent was on this when I first opened it. It's diminished a little, but it's still quite powerful. That's not to say this is necessarily a bad thing, especially if you like the smell of Kool-Aid, which for summer makes this a great soap.
The lather itself is fantastic, and I dare say it edges out Stirling's mutton tallow just a wee bit for slickness. The lather is rich and creamy and leaves the face feeling moisturized upon completion. I would give this soap five stars, but the aroma is a bit strong and for that I have to knock off a star because I can't subtract half of one. Still, the scent doesn't linger afterward so you can shave with this and walk out the door with a subtle cherry-lime about you.
I'm planning to get the Windy City Barbershop canard soap, which I've heard great things about. If you're looking for a fruit profile for summer, you can do a lot worse.
I'm going to be brutally honest, but fair, in my assessment of this soap. Bear in mind that the good far outweighs the bad and I am in no way disrespecting this product or the hard work that went into its crafting, only giving my honest critique in hopes that it will lead to improvements to an already good product.
The Bad: I found the scent to be artificial-smelling and, frankly, nearly overpowering in its strength. I'm a fan of cherry, so I'm not inclined to give the soap away, but I can see why another might. I recommend experimenting some more with more natural-smelling, less powerful aromas to see what can be crafted.
The Excellent: Everything else about this soap is fantastic. The lather generated using my Omega boar brush was simply phenomenal! It's rich and creamy, and most importantly, incredibly slick and moisturizing, leaving my skin feeling refreshed. I even rate it higher than Stirling's mutton-base soaps—not much, but noticeably higher in terms of richness, creaminess, and slickness. Duck fat is definitely a winning base for soap!
Like I said, if the makers can keep experimenting to improve the scent, that would get this soap a five-star rating from me every time. It's definitely a keeper for the performance, but having so strong and artificial a scent does diminish it somewhat. I can certainly go with the unscented variety of the canard base soap once this one runs out.
Great aroma, leaves face feeling great
Have you ever painted the inside of a house with some premium, I’m talking real good, paint? This is the equivalent! This soap lathers easy (I literally lathered it out of the sample cup) and paints on like silky, yougurty, paint! Bountiful lather for 3 passes. The post shave feel is very hydrated but not heavy... just a nice, quality, slick soap! The smell is very close to a cherry limeade, though the cherry is definitely the star here. The matching aftershave compliments extremely well... will definitely be back for more of this canard base!lather for 3 passes