Having enjoyed Barrister & Mann’s Bay Rum Shaving Soap over the past few days I was eager to test out another of their scents. I received a few soaps and samples last week from Barrister & Mann and decided to go with the Lime, Lavender & Cedarwood for my second sampling. I notified my wife of my decision, as I do with anything new with my shaving routine, a futile attempt to get her excited, and her reaction was to question why there were so many scents involved.
I’m happy to say that her doubting of the combined scents was unnecessary. The Barrister & Mann Lime, Lavender & Cedarwood makes for a great combination. I found the dominant scent to be the lavender, but like the Bay Rum it wasn’t overpowering at all, providing a just enough of a scent to make the soap enjoyable with the hint of Cedarwood providing a nice masculine scent. While shaving the scent had a nice balance, reminding me that it was there, but not in the way. If anything the Cedar was a bit more evident in the lathering than straight off of the soap. I would say though, at least for me, the Lime was the least evident of the three scents.
I learned from the Bay Rum that Barrister & Mann’s soaps enjoy their water. With the Bay Rum I used both my Omega Boar Brush and my Vie-Long Horse Hair Brush, having a better result with my Boar Hair. For this soap I decided to go with my Omega Synthetic Brush, partially out of curiosity, and partly because I find that the synthetic brush does a nice job at retaining water. So with my wet Omega Synthetic Brush in hand, and a bit of water in my shave bowl I was able to whip up a lovely, rich lather, relatively quickly.
As with the Bay Rum, the Lime, Lavender & Cedarwood provided and excellent slick surface for my blade and razor. There was enough lather on my brush for my second pass, but my third required a bit more of a build up. I find that creams like Taylor of Old Bond Street provide a bit more in the way of moisturizing compared to pucks of soap, but the Barrister & Mann did a good job of keeping my face feeling soft; if it isn’t moisturizing, it isn’t drying it out.
Of the two Barrister & Mann’s soap I have used thus far I prefer the Bay Rum – it has a bit more of a bite to it. That is not to say that the Lime, Lavender, & Cedarwood doesn’t have its place in my rotation; as Spring roles in (hopefully soon), I see myself using it more and more. You can check out there shop here.