Today’s product review is the shaving soap and shave oil offered by Sudsy Soapery. Sudsy Soapery is run by Jonathan and Kaycie Cook, a husband and wife team based out of St. Louis, MO. They have developed a line of soaps and bath products that are all natural and only use essential oils for thier scents. I had the opportunity to try thier Twice Mint Shave Oil, Sandalwood and Myrrh shave soap, and thier Lavender and Peppermint shave soap.
I actually met Jonathan by accident when he inquired about some of the wet shaving meetups on shavemeetup.com. We got to talking and he offered to let me try a few of his products. Of course I said yes, because who doesn’t like to try new soaps! I received the products a few days later and was impressed with what I found. Full disclosure: I received these products in exchange for my honest opinion. Read on to get the details.
Twice Mint Shave Oil:
I haven’t had a lot of luck with shave oils, but have been wanting to give them another try. The Sudsy Soapery shave oil comes in a .5 oz brown bottle with a flow restriction device in the opening and a nice waterproof label. While there are many ways to use shave oil, I tried the Twice Mint shaveoil as a pre-shave option.
After showering I applied it to my face and proceeded to load my brush. I left it on while I face lathered with my Omega boar brush. I found that the shave oil did not hamper lather formation and had a nice mild scent when applied to the skin. The flow restriction device was a bit of a pain to deal with (though you could pop it out if it really bugs you), but not a deal breaker by any means.
While I haven’t tried it myself, it is also advertised as a facial moisturizer. I was impressed with the Twice Mint shave oil and will continue to use it in my pre-shave routine. It also pairs very well with the Lavender and Peppermint shave soap below.
Ingredients: Rice Bran Oil, Jojoba Oil, Spearmint and Peppermint Essential Oils.
Sandalwood and Myrrh:
The Sandalwood and Myrrh shave soap is the first of the two soaps I tried. The soaps come in a 3.5 oz tin and has a nice waterproof label. This soap features Rhassoul and Bentonite Clay. I found the scent to be very mild for this soap and while it was nice I didn’t get much of a wow factor.
As far as the performance of the soap, all I can say is WOW! I haven’t had a chance to try a soap that incorporates clay into its formula, but if they are all like this then i’m going to have to try some more. This is a soft soap that loads onto your brush very easily and builds into a very thick and heavy lather. While it didn’t feel super slick when rubbed between my fingers I had an excellent shave. In fact, this is one of the few soaps I have tried where I felt comfortable doing a third pass on my neck. I repeatably achieved a very nice shave from this soap and wouldn’t hesitate to suggest to others
Saponified Stearic Acid, Coconut Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Castor Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Kokum Butter, Garcinia Indica Seed Butter, Shea Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii, Lanolin Anhydrous, USP. with Rhassoul Clay, Glycerin vegetable, USP, Sodium Lactate, Fragrance*, Bentonite Clay.
Lavender and Peppermint:
While the Sandalwood and Myrrh soap has a nice scent to my nose, the Lavender and Peppermint was an awesome scent! When opening the tin you get a nice strong scent. When whipped into a lather you still retain a good portion of the scent through your shave. This soap paired very well with the Twice Mint shave oil. As with the Sandalwood and Myrrh, it is a great shave with the added bonus of a mild mentholated feel for your post shave routine. I liked this so much I will be adding this permanently to my shave den rotation.
Saponified Stearic Acid, Coconut Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Castor Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Kokum Butter, Garcinia Indica Seed Butter, Shea Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii, Lanolin Anhydrous, USP. with Cambrian (Russian) Blue Clay, Glycerin vegetable, USP, Sodium Lactate, Fragrance*, Bentonite Clay.
Thank you for taking the time to read the review. If you have tried any of the Sudsy Soapery products please let me know what you thought of them in the comments below.
Have a great day and a smooth shave!