SOTD - March 21, 2017

Cold River Soap Works

Shaving Product Review - Cold River Soap Works "Spring LE" and
Barrister's Reserve "Spice"

Another great combination of Cold River Soap Works Spring LE #soap and Barrister's Reserve Spice aftershave to ring in the new spring season of 2017!

You might have seen my Oliva review from yesterday from #ColdRiverSoap so I was inspired a bit for today's shave - also celebrating the arrival of spring! I've reviewed the Spring LE soap before but the soap in general, was reviewed in-depth here in the Fall LE scent. Long and short of it; absolutely fantastic soaps that are top-tier by all measure except scent strength. The latter is not a slight; in fact many people prefer lighter scented soaps. Me? I'm the other end of the extreme, especially if there's a matching aftershave and/or deodorant. Either way. This is the previous, "pre-v2" version of Select soaps.

For the follow-up I went with Barrister's Reserve Spice (full review of Spice aftershave here). The scent is as close to vintage Shulton Old Spice as you'll find outside of an original bottle out of your grand-dad's medicine cabinet). Varied and exotic, it has top notes of nutmeg, lemon, orange, star anise and aldehydes, floral middle notes of carnation, jasmine, geranium, cinnamon, heliotrope and pimento and base notes of ambergris, benzoin, cedar, vanilla, tonka bean, and musk. The skin feel and healing belies the fact that it's an aftershave. It's fantastic.

Hardware today consisted of the #Mühle #R89 razor with a #PolSilver just broken in on shave three - the #SOC brush had its way with the supreme lather in the #GTP scuttle, which kept the suds nice and warm. Another wonderful, mild shave today with this combination of hardware and software.

Great products, all around. The soap itself was ahead of its time when it was released, and there's a new batch of premium soaps available from Cold River Soap Works worth checking out - and something I hope to do soon.