I’m expecting a new shipment of items in the next few days (the first order I have placed in some time hence the lack of reviews lately) and as a result I was going through my shave cabinet to clear out some space for the new arrivals and I came across a forgotten soap – a sample size of Red Leaf’s English Coast. It turned out to be a great little find.
Luckily I researched the soap ahead of time and discovered that it is suggested that you treat this soap more as a shave stick than a soap in a bowl. The Red Leaf website suggests building the lather in your hands, like a hand soap, and then applying the lather from your palms to your face. I gave this method a try and it worked well. The lather wasn’t as full as some would expect but when it came to the shave it was great. Very slick, lots of protection.
I only had a few shaves with this soap but for my second shave I decided to give the brush a try using the soap as a shave stick and I would have to say I prefer this method. The shave results were the same but using the brush produced a nicer lather and made the application of the lather didn’t require me to wash my hands ahead of shaving.
It is also worth mentioning that if you prefer you could melt this soap into a dish using your microwave and use it as you would your typical shave soap. But regardless of the method I think you would be pleased with the soap.
As for the scent it was very subtle but I wouldn’t say that it was weak. It has a very fresh, clean fragrance with hints of herbs and flowers. Very refreshing – a great way to start the day.
The Red Leaf English Coast shave soap was definitely a great find. If you are looking for something new or different this is worth a try. For the price you can’t really go wrong, but I don’t think you will be disappointed. I’m looking forward to trying out some of their other scents. For more information on this soap or their others you can check them out on their website Redleadsoap.com.
Scent Pleasantness: 8
Scent Strength (balance): 7