SOTD - May 14, 2018

Tallow + Steel

Shaving Product Review - Tallow + Steel "Himalaya"

Value (Cost, Packaging and Performance)

Lather (Density, Glide and Feel)

Post-shave (Healing, Moisture and Feel)

Scent (Quality, Strength and Longevity)

Each bar has three metrics, each representing 33% of the total (11% = below-avg, 22% = avg, 33% = above-avg, except cost)

Explore ancient and exotic scents from a region equally so - and far away - with Tallow + Steel Himalaya #soap and #aftershave.

This warm and spicy blend of essential oils harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas stimulates the senses, transporting you to the small villages that dot the landscape of Nepal and India.

This blend is centered around authentic Amber oil - extracted from million-year-old fossilized Himalayan tree resin. Exotic oils hailed for their impressive scent qualities like jasmine, vanilla, and rhododendron combine with other unique oils from this mystical region for a scent that reflects the soul of adventure.

The essence of Himalaya is one that shuns the everyday for the extraordinary: a complex scent created using the most exotic of ingredients.

I've written two very extensive articles on the new line, the first being Meet the All-new Tallow + Steel Products with the follow-up Tallow + Steel 2017 - First Impressions which covers the reformulations and performance (besides other aspects) as well as an in-depth review of Himalaya previously, so I won't repeat all of that here. Please see them for more information. Some news from Tallow + Steel worth sharing and starting in mid-June:

While our second formula was a complete reformulation, our third is more of an evolution. It's very similar to our current formula but has been formulated to be a better medium for scents. Our current base has a scent to it due to the richness of the oils we use, and it tends to muddy our scents up a little bit (especially when smelling right from the jar). Our third formula fixes this - scents work much better in it - brighter, stronger etc. We have also increased slickness slightly - same post-shave. New scents will launch in the new formula, and then we will slowly change over the rest of our line.

Himalaya is an interesting scent, not too unlike the prior generation the likes of Dark or Rainforest. Not that it smells like them, rather has that #tallowandsteel "signature." That is - it's different than what you might be used to. Officially, the notes of Himalaya include amber, Himalayan cedarwood, benzoin, tobacco, labdanum, vanilla, jasmine, rhododendron, palmarosa, cardamom, beeswax and sugandha kokila. That certainly seems like a mouthful, and rest assured, it is. It's a complex, deep accord with many nuances.

Hardware includes some new, and some old. Starting with the old, we have the #TimelessRazor stainless steel .95mm gap "aggressive edition" razor with a RazoRock Halo handle in titanium, and the #GTP scuttle, of course. The new stuff includes a #Permasharp blade, which until now I had not tried. Granted, it's only one shave in but I have to say, it compares favorably to my favorite blade, the PolSilver. It was smooth and sharp - let's see how it holds up. The other new item in the den is the stubby Ember brush from #LowbornSupply, with a 26mm Tuxedo knot. Naturally, it made some sweet, sweet lather!

Great BBS shave today with fantastic software and hardware. Tallow + Steel never disappoints, and the Permasharp blade in the Timeless Razor was surprisingly nice! This is a demanding razor, and the blade did great. I have high hopes that it might be a suitable replacement for the now discontinued PolSilver blades.