Shaving Product Review - Wet Shaving Products "Mahogany"
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.
It's a little sweet, a little spicy, and a lot of sexy... I started with a base note of mahogany and then accented it with bergamot, vanilla, cedar and allspice notes. Then I threw in some patchouli to round it out.
The scent, called simply Mahogany - is indeed a bit sweet, a bit spicy - with a whole lot of wood. It's not as simple as the name might suggest, and the individual notes build up the complexity. The supporting notes of bergamot and vanilla handle the sweetening while the allspice adds some kick and the patchouli just a hint of earthiness, pulling them all together. The mahogany and cedar provide the wood notes and is primarily what you end up with on the base. It smells awesome and somewhat reminiscent of (an unlit) cigar. The scent strength is a solid medium, almost strong. It's stronger than Gaelic Tweed and Matterhorn which I suspect is because this is more essential oils than the fragrance oils of those two. It's on par with Black Amber Vanille on this front. As far as longevity, it's in between the first two and the latter... I get a good few hours, easy.
Hardware for today was the black #StandardRazors razor with a fresh #PolSilver blade. I had mixed feelings about the razor as unlike my raw colored one, the head placement was kind of random (leading to an uneven feel). After some analysis and some brute force it turns out the secret to these razors is to crank the handle down a bit more than seems right at first. That snugs things up and evens out the position of both sides! Happy to report it shaved beautifully and evenly today. The matching black Satin Tip brush was called for, naturally - and did a fine job of sudsing up the goodness in the #GTP scuttle.
Two notes on the soap, now that I've gotten it dialed in. Load this soap 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).
A really excellent shave today, as everything gelled... And the scent is amazing. It lasts almost as long and almost as strong as my favorite, Black Amber Vanille but both longer and stronger than the other two I've reviewed, Gaelic Tweed and Matterhorn. That makes this my second favorite scent from #wsp_shaving so far.