L.A. Shaving Soap Co. Santa Monica Bay Rum Shave Soap – A Review

Value: 9
Cushion: 10
Slickness: 9
Scent Pleasantness: 8
Scent Strength (balance): 9
Moisturising: 10

I have decided to ring in the new year on the same note that I left the last – with a review of L.A. Shaving Soap Co. Santa Monica Bay Rum. My final sample that has been sitting in my shave cabinet for more than a few weeks – the holidays standing in the way of any proper shaving critiques – but with the festive season comfortably behind me I can once again get to working making my way through the items on my shelf.

IMG_20140107_200525I was able to get a couple of shaves out of my sample of Santa Monica Bay Rum, a welcomed retreat to my washroom, where I was able to shut the door and take some time to myself. Not that I didn’t shave over the holidays but there was always a sense of urgency – need to visit this person – grocery shopping – kid shopping – wife shopping (for gifts not a new wife) – so it was nice to be able to take a few extra minutes to enjoy the quiet of my locked bathroom and take in the quality of this soap – not really a surprise given my experience with the previous two samples of from the L.A. Shaving Soap Co.

Of the three samples I tried I would say that the Bay Rum is my least favourite of the three. But to be clear I am not saying that I didn’t like the scent, just not as much as the other two (Woodland Lavender,  Vanilla / Eucalyptus / Spearmint). The Santa Monica Bay Rum has a slightly different take to some of the other Bay Rums that I have tried, so if you are looking for a ‘traditional’ bay rum maybe look somewhere else, but if you are a fan of the Bay Rum scent this is an interesting departure from the ‘classic’ scent. I would say that the Santa Monica Bay Rum has all the elements that one would expect from a puck of Bay Rum but with some citrus (lemon) overtones.

IMG_20140107_200403When it comes to lathering, as with the previous two soaps from The L.A. Shave Soap Co.,  the Santa Monica Bay Rum didn’t disappoint. A joy to lather, producing a lather that provided excellent cushion and slickness. The one difference this time around however was that I used my Vie-Long (Reddit edition) Horse / Badger Hair brush – which also produced a nice experience (I spent a couple of weeks trying to get the smell out of the brush before using it for review purposes – the stink would have made the greatest shave soap smell terrible. A review on the brush to follow in a few weeks following a few more uses).

So 2014 gets off on the right foot, couldn’t fail really with The L.A. Shave Soap Co. The Santa Monica Bay Rum is another great offering, providing a quality experience and value for your money. Check them out here.

Tools used in images:
Edwin Jagger 89lbl
Vie-Long Reddit Horse / Badger Hair Brush