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on August 5, 2013
I received this soap as part of a straight razor shaving kit from Vintage Razors LLC. When I first popped open the soap container, a strong and overwhelmingly funky smell hit my nose and I immediately wondered if I should just toss the soap. But I felt it would be such a waste to throw away new soap, so I decided to hold my nose and give it a shot. After several uses, the funkiness actually went away, leaving behind a nice, smooth, understated aroma of amber. I absolutely love the smell now.
Unfortunately, this is the only good thing I have to say about the product.
The fact of the matter is, the soap fails to perform in the one thing it's supposed to do - provide a creamy and smooth lather to make shaving a simple endeavor. No matter how I experimented with the soap, I always ended up with a lather that was subpar at cushioning my face and helping the blade glide along smoothly. Furthermore, the lather is very short-lived, meaning I have to waste time reapplying lather on my face before I had done one half of a complete pass. Yes, you heard right, one half. And I'm not a slow shaver by any means.
It's main selling point appears to be it's extremely low cost for what is supposed to be a mid-level quality soap, but don't be fooled. The soap is glycerine-based, meaning that it disappears quicker than traditional triple-milled soaps. A similar size bar of Taylor Of Old Bonds soap actually lasted me almost twice as long, meaning that it's not that much of a money saver in the long run. If you want a cost effective solution, get a Van Der Hagen soap bar. It's similarly priced, can be picked up at your local supermarket, and has provided me superior lather.
It's really a shame that the soap failed to deliver. I'll be very wary of buying anything Colonel Conk from this point forward.