Out of the box I had great difficulty picking up any scent out of my puck of Col Conk Amber Shave Soap, which was disappointing because one of the things I enjoy most about wet shaving are the fantastic scents available to those who choose not to use the mainstream canned goo. So it is a bit of a let down when I receive a soap that I really need to try hard to find the scent. However, after rubbing the surface of the soap I was able to pick up on the fragrance but it was still somewhat subdued.
Lathering the soap did very little, at least for me, in releasing any added scent to the soap. Of course fragrance isn’t everything and if it is not important for you than you may not have issues with the Col Conk Amber. If you are just starting out (I believe every starter kit should have at least one soap from the Colonel by the way) and like the price point of the Col Conk Soaps, but want something with a little more scent I would maybe suggest trying one of other soaps, perhaps their almond soap.
As for lather performance I have no complaints. It is what I have come to expect from Col Conk Soaps. For the price you get a nice lather that requires just a little bit of work to build up, a decent amount of cushion and slickness, and a lather that didn’t disappear before you finished shaving. The Col Conk Amber soap didn’t do much in terms of moisturising, but at the same time didn’t dry out my skin.
If you have read some of my other Col Conk reviews you will know that I have a bit of a soft spot for the Col. even if I don’t always love every aspect of a particular soap. The balance between price and quality make it very accessible for newcomers entering the wet-shaving world and perhaps that is one of the reasons I tend to favour Col Conk shave soaps. I will have to say though that the Col. Conk Amber soap left me wanting something more – I would imagine this particular puck of soap will be passed on to a friend sooner than later.