SOTD - November 10, 2016

Mickey Lee Soapworks

Shaving Product Review - Mickey Lee Soapworks "The Kraken"

Unleash... The Kraken! By Mickey Lee Soapworks of course, and in the form of #soap and #aftershave for this SOTD. Aquatic, fresh and clean - different!

Much like Friday's SOTD with Jūraté I won't get into the performance too much here. Suffice to say that the soap and aftershave are both excellent performers, and a really good value at $32 for the combo. The soap produces copious amounts of somewhat billowy lather with very good cushion and glide as well as residual slickness while the aftershave provides a face feel that is quite supple and nourished feeling. See that post for more on the ingredients. Let's talk about the scent, then.

Officially, it's stated as being a classic barbershop taken a step further by incorporating an undercurrent reminiscent of fresh ocean air; hints of salt air, sea kelp and agave. Not to mention the name itself, The Kraken - and you can imagine that this is an aquatic scent profile of sorts. While I don't know that I'd call it "barbershop" necessarily, it certainly does have that vibe. And despite the obvious aquatic notes, the most likely first impression you might get is, "this smells like fresh, clean laundry." I don't know if they've used an available, off-the-shelf "Sea Kelp & Agave" fragrance oil, but it seems to fit the profile with notes of agave, sea kelp, ocean breeze, citrus zests, bergamot, dewy cyclamen and sandalwood. When applying the aftershave, I could've sworn that a couple of times I noted hints of citrus. At any rate, it's bright, soapy and unique. Even the soap itself is something to behold - it's a white base with swirls of blue, like the waves crashing in the surf of light blue waters. The scent strength is a solid medium, if not a bit more. And that's a good thing! I found myself huffing the tub repeatedly and inhaling deeply when applying the aftershave. This scent has been a staple of #mickeyleesoaps almost since the beginning, and I really hope it continues on (as it should, it's quite popular). The longevity of the scent, like Jefferson Square isn't perhaps as "obvious" as the other scents, but you'll catch whiffs of it just the same - and for a good four hours or more. Also similarly, it does seem to fade a bit quickly into the background after initial application.

Hardware today included the matching black #StandardRazors razor fitted with a fresh #PolSilver blade and Satin Tip brush, handling the suds generating duties alongside the #GTP scuttle. A super shave today.

As with other Mickey Lee Soapworks products, I can't recommend them highly enough. The scent complexity and depth isn't up there with some other artisans, nor is the ultimate performance, but they should appeal to a wider variety of people and it's hard to argue the value considering the ingredients and resulting performance. Definitely a thumbs up on this one.