Up next, another offering from Mama Bear Soaps. Suffice it to say I’ll be doing a lot of reviews from them. Since their samples are only a buck a pop, I kinda went hog-wild! Once again, today’s review was an example of perfectly accurate advertising from Mama Bear. He’s what they had to say about this soap:
The orange scent isn’t like a sweet orange but more tart and spicy. It smells just like orange pekoe tea with a touch of floral. It’s rich, but not too heavy and lingers on your skin. Kind of a spicy orange floral for adults.. very nice.
Nice and spicy, tempered by a little bit of sweetness from the florals and zing of the citrus. I enjoyed the smell of this soap quite a lot. Strength-wise, I would have liked to see a tad more. It was still easily detectable during the shave mind you, but not all that strongly.
As for the quality of the shave itself, Mama Bear is proving itself to be quite consistent in that area. A reasonable balance of cushion and glide, as long as you’re sure not to be stingy on the water. You might have to re-whip the lather between passes, otherwise it might break down too much on you to be usable, although I think that’s at least partially due to the heat from the scuttle causing more evaporation than you’d otherwise be getting. I think the next review I’ll try it without heating the scuttle to see if that affects things at all.
- 8/10 Scent Pleasantness
- 7/10 Scent Strength
- 7/10 Lather Quality (reflects new scoring as outlined here)
Overall, I give it a 7/10. Definitely worth at least giving it a try.
- Brush: The Colonel
- Razor: Edwin Jagger DE81BL (Red)
- Blade: Astra Superior Platinum
- Scuttle: Robert’s Feats of Clay #4
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Safflower , Glycerine (kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Soybean protein (conditioner), Wheat protein and fragrance either natural or synthetic.