My first review for a while comes after the first shave for almost a week, shocking I know. So, to combat 5 days of growth, I naturally reached for the vintage Bakelite slant; some damned fine cutting power there.
Mama Bear Soaps’s Crème Brûlée (Actually, they spell it without the accents, but hey) smells mostly sweet, with hints of caramel and vanilla, and I’m also picking up something that seems a bit citrus-y. It’s fairly nice when sniffing the soap directly, unfortunately it’s not all that strong, so once lathered up, that mostly fades to just the vanilla.
As for the lather, here’s the Mama Bear boilerplate review: Lathers up nice and thick to begin with; be sure to add a decent amount of water to get enough glide, but not too quickly as it’s easy to over-shoot the mark and be left with something too runny; if you’re using a scuttle, the heat will cause the lather to break down between passes, but a few extra drops of water and a quick stir will fix that up nicely. Gives a perfectly nice shave.
- 7/10 Scent Pleasantness
- 7/10 Scent Strength
- 7/10 Lather Quality (reflects new scoring as outlined here)
6/10 overall. Definitely would have fared better if it was stronger, but the scent wasn’t anything to write home about either.
- Cost: $10.99 for a bowl worth, or a dollar for a sample as shown. It’s also included in the “everyday favorites” sample pack, along with 17 other scents for $14.99.
- Brush: The Colonel
- Razor: Vintage Bakelite Slant
- Blade: Lord Super Stainless
- 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.