Scent Pleasantness: 6
Scent Strength (balance): 6
I have been sitting on my Austrian made Haslinger Rasierseife (or Seaweed) Shave Soap puck for a couple of months now and finally had the chance to break into this past week. This was my first time using a product from Haslinger and the seaweed seemed like an interesting place to start.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the fragrance from this soap, I have a decent idea as to what seaweed smells like, I just couldn’t visualize why I would want it on my face. Well the good news is that you don’t need to concern yourself with smelling like the sea while, or after, you shave because the Haslinger Rasierseife smells nothing like the sea! It smells like soap. Good old soap. Nothing terrible, just not overly exciting. Why the seaweed then? I suspect the main reason is it is a natural exfoliator, the small bit of grit can help remove dead skin cells.
Scent aside the soap performs quite well. It took me a couple latherings, but give the soap enough water and you will end up with a rather nice thick lather that is a joy to develop and will give you a close shave with sufficient cushion and glide. As for moisturising I didn’t really notice much over the week or so of using the soap, it didn’t dry my skin but I don’t think it helped either.
In the end I wasn’t really blown away by the Haslinger Rasierseife shaving soap, not because it failed to perform, but mainly because the fragrance didn’t really add anything to the experience. In some ways it may have actually taken away from the experience because it did seem like I was shaving with regular soap. This doesn’t mean I am finished with Haslinger though, I read more than a few reviews that had nothing but praise for Haslinger soaps, so I’ll give some other scents a try before writing them off. If you were debating picking this soap up I would suggest skipping it for one of their other scents, perhaps reporting back with your experience with it! Or if you already have already used Haslinger soaps I would love to hear about it below.