A few weeks back I was approached by John of Black Tie Razor Company about doing a review of thier new line of shave soap and shaving oil. To be honest I hadn’t heard of them, so I did a little digging around and asked John what the company was about. It turns out they are a brand new shaving company put together by a few wet shaving friends who wanted to try and make something better for the community. Turns out they are off to a pretty good start!
Black Tie Razor Company
Black Tie Razor Company has come up with a new concept as far as scent in your shaving soap. They are selling an unscented shaving soap that can be dosed with a scented shaving oil while you work up the lather. Like a strong scent? Add in a few more drops. Prefer a milder scent…. add a few less. I was intrigued by the concept said I would be happy to do a review of the soap and shaving oil. Full disclaimer, I received this product free in exchange for my honest opinion.
Shaving Soap Review
The shaving soap itself is an unscented soap that is sold in 3 oz pucks that are packaged in the typical plastic tub as shown in the picture. This is a harder soap and requires a bit more effort to load your brush (as you will see below). Let’s get the things I didn’t like out of the way first. The soap in the tub was not poured into the tub, but rather was placed in the tub after being cut from a larger batch. This allows room in the tub for the soap puck to spin while loading the brush and makes it very difficult to bloom the soap. I ended up using my thumbs to smash the puck down so it wouldn’t have any gaps in the container and stopped spinning. Easy fix and problem solved.
Now for the good stuff! This soap is a pristine white color and really is “unscented”. While I will admit to not having the finest nose, I really didn’t get anything off of this soap at all. The soap worked quite well face lathering with my Omega boar brush and also bowl lathered like a CHAMP with both my high end and low end badger brushes . I will admit it took a me a bit to dial in the bowl lathering on this soap. I have been using a lot of softer soaps recently and wasn’t getting good results until I made an effort to load the brush a bit more than I usually do. Success!
For any of you who are interested, here are the ingredients: Potassium & Sodium: Stearate, Chocoate, Tallowate, Ricinoleate, Indica Seed Butterate; Water, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Persia Gratissima Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Sodium Lactate, Glycerin
Shaving Oil Review
The shaving oil comes in a 1 oz plastic container with a flip top dispenser. Pretty sturdy little container that works as it should. The shave oil is called “An Affair” and has a specially formulated scent (which I will get back to in a moment). I really can’t describe the scent profile very well, but here is my interpretation. It is a subtle scent with a definite “sweet” note to it, but not candy sweet. More of a mature sweetness…? When I smell this scent I think of a warm scent similar to when you are having a good night with your significant other and you have your nose in the crook of her neck. Anyway…
I liked it quite a bit and am still playing around with how much I want to use when adding it to my shave soap.
“An Affair” works well as a scent additive to your soap and can help you if you are looking for an Uber lather (Advanced Lathering Technique: Uberlather). “An Affair” also works quite well as as a pre-shave oil as well.
For any of you who are interested, here are the ingredients:
Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Glycerin, Fragrance
I like the soap and the shaving oil and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to someone who was looking for an unscented soap, a shave oil, or to mix things up and try a new way of doing things. Great products and a reasonable price.
About the Black Tie Razor Company
As I mentioned above, the shaving oil is a specially formulated scent. This is one of the main marketing drives that the Black Tie Razor Company is pursing. The plan they have posted on their website is to release a new shave oil scent every quarter. They are also offering a subscription service that will ship to you every quarter.
“When you become one of “Those Who Know”, we will ship you our scent of the quarter, a puck of our No. 13 Original Soap, and a supply of your favorite blades. We’ll ship every quarter to your door.”
This looks to be an interesting way to offer some variation to shavers and I look forward to seeing were Black Tie Razor Company goes. Check out thier website: http://blacktierazorcompany.com/
I hope this was of some help to my fellow wet shavers. If you have tried out these products, please let us know how you liked them in the comments below.
Have a great day and a smooth shave!