Wet Shaving Products "True Lavender"
Mickey Lee Soapworks "Jefferson Square"
Value (Cost, Packaging and Performance)
Lather (Density, Glide and Feel)
Post-shave (Healing, Moisture and Feel)
Scent (Quality, Strength and Longevity)
For this review, I won't get into the performance of the soap or the scent of the aftershave too much. I did an extensive review of Black Amber Vanille soap and Jefferson Square aftershave by #mickeyleesoaps which you can check out for more details. Long and short of it is they're both very nice performers for the money. Not top tier, but better than average, certainly. So let's talk about the soap scent today as I continue my #wsp_shaving marathon.
Made with 100% lavender essential oils, this is a true lavender.
As the official scent description, although a bit vague on the exact type of lavender(s) used - it's accurate. This is a rather pure, unadulterated and fairly floral lavender scent. There's no complexity, and it seems like a fairly one-dimensional lavender scent (unlike Jefferson Square which has no less than four types). That said, it's awesome. I'm a fan of lavender, regardless of variety or overall complexity of the scent - it is what it is. If you're a nighttime shaver, I would especially recommend it for its calming effect. Honestly, I wish I could say more about the notes, but that's it. Scent strength is a solid medium on this one.
I'll reiterate my recommendations on the soap from my review of Mahogany from yesterday, which applies to all the WSP soaps... Load these soaps heavier than usual (I used 35s from my usual 25-30s) and use a dryer brush than usual as this helps load a bit more through scrubbing, but more importantly - curtails the slinging of lather when loading from the small tin (with no room for loading).
Hardware today sees the reappearance of the matching black Standard Razor and Satin Tip brush, the former loaded with a #PolSilver blade on shave two. Another lovely, close shave. These razors can be a little weird. Sometimes they feel fairly aggressive, other times they feel so mild you almost wonder if it's doing anything. I've come to suspect a lot of this has to do with (obviously the blade) but how much you tighten down the handle to the head. As I mentioned in my SOTD from yesterday the secret to these razors is to tighten them down "just a bit more" than you might feel is right. This solves the uneven, sometimes harsh feel. Exercise caution, of course - they are after all, aluminum heads and handles (with a stainless stud betwixt them).
What can I say? A really nice shave today; close and comfortable - and with a scent that I just adore. Okay, so lavender isn't the more alpha male category of scents out there (neither is rose, fellas)... But I like it just fine, thanks. I'll probably grab the matching aftershave in due time, when I order more goodies from them in a couple of weeks, and revisit this shave.