Scent Pleasantness: 8
Scent Strength (balance): 8
Despite what my infrequent posts lately suggests; I have not stopped shaving on a regular basis – I have simply seem to be in short supply of time – so much so that I have gone from lathering in a bowl to straight up face lathering in an effort to save some time. Not sure what has happened really, not that much has changed over the past while other than my kids being a bit older (I guess I’m older as well but I try not to focus on that). But my short supply of time to write is resulting in a shortage of shelf space – as products accumulate in my shave cabinet they are starting to spill over to the forbidden “no shave products shall pass” zone of the bathroom that my wife has established.
I found some time this week to finally get to my sample of Red Leaf – Oatmeal, Milk and Honey shave soap. I received this a few weeks back with my first Wet Shave Club package and it has been filling my shave cabinet with its wonderful sweet smell ever since. Which is impressive given that it was sealed the entire time.
Although I enjoy the scent of the Red Leaf soap, I would imagine that it isn’t for everyone. If it’s possible to be in the mood for a shave cream I would say that there would be times when I wouldn’t be in the mood for this soap, based simply on scent alone. Don’t get me wrong, it has a very pleasant, very sweet smell to it – like a dessert really. I would imagine that not everyone reading this would be interested in such a scent; I have enjoyed using it this past week, but I can see myself moving on from it, breaking it out occasionally.
The scent maintains it’s pleasantness throughout the lathering, which built up quickly and with little effort. The lather was full, applied well, and I didn’t run into any issues while shaving. My skin was irritation free, and my shave was close. I have read a couple of reviews where people stated that they found that the Red Leaf – Oatmeal, Milk and Honey shave soap created a burning sensation when they used it, but I didn’t encounter anything like this at all after five or six shaves using this soap.
On a completely irrelevant note. I found it interesting that the soap itself was somewhat transparent. I shouldn’t really care, and it probably doesn’t matter, but I can’t really remember another soap that had a similar feature.
I think this soap would make for a good gift, the scent is out of the ordinary enough that it makes it somewhat of a novelty, it works well, and the price is right. I don’t think it will replace it when I finish this sample, but I will enjoy it while I have it.
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