Barrister & Mann Vetiver, Heather, Clary Sage Shave Soap – A Review

Price: 5
Lather: 4
Scent: 4
Moisturising: 4
Overall: 4

For the first time in a very long time I have four days of beard growth – a perfect occasion to break out the Merkur 37C along with my final Barrister & Mann sample – the Vetiver, Heather, Clary Sage blend.

P1020951I have enjoyed every soap I have used from Barrister and Mann, both in performance and scent and the trend continued with the Vetiver, Heather, Clary Sage. Each Barrister & Mann soap I have used has been unique with no soap reminding me of another, and with each providing a different experience. The Vetiver, Heather, Clary Sage is by far the most flowery of the soaps I have tried, nothing like the fragrance from say Geo F. Trumper Rose shaving cream, but it is in the fragrance spectrum of flowery. Like their other soaps the blend of fragrances are nicely balanced making it difficult to for one to pick one scent out from another, but if I had to state which seemed to be slightly dominant it would be the sage. I wasn’t a big fan of the Geo F. Trumper Rose scent because it reminded me much too much of a flower shop or funeral home, but the same cannot be said of the Vetiver, Heather, Clary Sage – it is floral – but just enough.

There is really no need to go into great detail regarding the performance of the Vetiver, Heather, Clary Sage, as with the entire Barrister and Mann line, the soap offered a quality shave with a slick, cushiony shave surface, and didn’t leave my face feeling dry.

I decided to give face lathering a go with my final Barrister & Mann sample. With the exception of my stick of Arko Shave Soap, I tend to not face lather, preferring to use my shave bowl or scuttle. I find it more comfortable and efficient, but for curiosities sake, I picked up my Edwin Jagger Best Badger and opted for the face lathering. My results are in the video below. I will have to say that I don’t see myself converting to face lathering any time soon, but if you do prefer to face lather, the Barrister & Mann soaps will work for you.

I look forward to any and all future fragrances from Barrister & Mann and I’ll spend much of my time until then revisiting all the soaps I have used. If you are on the fence as to whether to give them a try – you shouldn’t be – they now offer a sample pack of all of their soaps. Check them out at