I had a few moments today so I decided to whip off a quick review of Ogallala Bay Rum & Sweet Orange Shaving Soap. It has been sitting in my cupboard for a couple weeks so I thought I may as well give it a go, I have been using it since Thursday and some of my observations and thoughts are below.
A while back I posted a review of the Ogallala Bay Rum and Lemon Grass Shave Soap which I quite enjoyed, so much so that I decided to share it with a few friends so I melted it down. I would have to say that my experience with the Ogallala Bay Rum & Sweet Orange Shaving Soap was very similar to that of the Lemon Grass when it came to lather and performance and probably doesn’t require any further explanation that can’t be obtained from reading the review for the Lemon Grass.
Instead I will say a few words on the scent of the soap. The combination of the Bay Rum and Sweet Orange initially has a peppery punch to it which quickly turns to the sweetness of the Orange. My instinct is to say that it is best described as refreshing, but I am not sure if that provides an adequate picture – what I mean by that is that I can see days when I wouldn’t want to use this soap. The scent is very particular and I really need to be in the mood for it, unlike some other soaps that I could probably use any time – Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado comes to mind. I’m not saying it isn’t pleasant, it is, just that I wouldn’t reach for it everyday.
On a side note, you shouldn’t let the packaging throw you off. It is quite simple really, a white box with sticker. The soap comes wrapped in its own packaging within the box. It is definitely not a reflection on the product itself. We should judge by packaging but unfortunately I feel that it matters, some times I would argue that opening something that has sexy packaging is more satisfying than the product itself (thinking Apple products – love them or hate them they have great packaging). In the end the Ogallala Bay Rum & Sweet Orange shave soap is a nice departure from your ‘traditional’ mainly scent one expects from shaving products.
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