Shaving Product Review - Wet Shaving Products "Matterhorn"
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 too much. I did an extensive review of Black Amber Vanille which you can check out for more details. Long and short of it is that it's a very nice performer for the money. Not top tier, but better than average, certainly. So let's talk about the scent specifically and the aftershave in general, which is really what differs here.
This fragrance was designed to take you to the Swiss Alps and the sparkling streams of water of the spring snow melt. Crisp and fresh, this is a fantastic fragrance. Inspired by Creed Silver Mountain Water.
Creed Silver Mountain Water was launched in 1995 as a unisex scent. Whereas Silver Mountain Water goes for $190 for 4oz., Matterhorn from #wsp_shaving will only set you back $17.99. The original has only so-so longevity, but I still suspect it's longer than Matterhorn that's stated to last 4-8 hours, interestingly enough... Which in my experience didn't totally hold up. On my hand, I got about three hours or so, but applying it after the shave... It seemed to vanish a bit before that. I was puzzled, considering my experience with Black Amber Vanille that lasted considerably longer. Of course, each person's body chemistry and sense of smell are different, as are the ingredients of these two juices. There's also the particular ingredients (notes) that influence longevity...
The official scent notes for Matterhorn aren't listed; merely that it's based on the original Silver Mountain Water - which has top notes of bergamot and mandarin, middle notes of green tea and black currant and base notes of galbanum, musk, sandalwood and petitgrain. In looking at the top notes, you can see bergamot and mandarin. Citrus notes tend to be short-lived in general. So that explains a bit about that. It smells slightly aquatic and green - fresh. Scent strength is a bit lower at a solid medium (the aftershave being stronger than the soap) as Black Amber Vanille. Either way, it smells really nice and quite similar to the original scent on which it's based. The aftershave performance was quite nice as well. A stiff alcoholic jolt initially, which quickly gives way and leaves the skin feeling nicely supple and toned.
Hardware consisted of the #Merkur #23c razor with a #Feather blade on shave two. The Feather blades do seem to have an edge over PolSilver blades in this head, which is mild no matter how you slice it (see what I did there?). The #SOC brush made loading the firm soap a bit easier, as you need a load a bit heavy to compensate. It's bound by a hair tie to reign in the bloom and straggly hairs and I conditioned it; two "fixes" mentioned in the Curing Common Shaving Brush Woes article. The #GTP scuttle, naturally, kept the suds nice and warm throughout.
Another nice shave with a WSP combo, this time in the Matterhorn scent. I was a little disappointed in the longevity, but the scent itself is very nice. Performance of both the soap and aftershave is otherwise very nice, considering the price. So the value is definitely in line there. I look forward to using it again for sure, and we'll see if the longevity thing works itself out. Stay tuned.