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Grooming Dept Lime

mr. smith ·06-09-2017, 11:40 PM

Product price

$19

Product URL

www.groomingdept.com/

Product merchant

GroomingDept


General thoughts
I used the Patchouli Wednesday evening and then the Lime last night. The soap is soft and reminds me a lot of Mystic Water. The lather is a challenge but once dialed in, you will find this soap checks all the boxes, i.e., slickness, shave, and post shave. The first time using the soap, I didn't load enough; make sure you "load it like you hate it". The second night, I had my brush soaking and maybe wrung out just a tiny bit before putting a very damp brush into the tub to load.
I'd say, load with a very damp brush for a minute or more. Apply the loaded brush and then use copious amounts of water during the face or bowl lather. Mohammad (the artisan) says you should have a very thick and shiny yogurt like consistency. I was able to achieve a great lather on the second night (attempt) when using the Lime however, I felt that I could have loaded a bit more...something to think about for next time.

I found the soap to be extremely slick when lathered correctly. The scent is not very strong out of the tub, maybe a 3.5 to 4 in strength (out of 10). You will also smell the soap base's natural scent, which can be a bit strong. The best way to measure the quality of the scent is to leave the cap off for a few minutes and then take a whiff. The Lime is my favorite thus far as the scent is so authentic, like a fresh cut lime. The scent will open up a lot more during the lather phase; the strength goes up to a 5 to 5.5.

Last night; I used a Blackland Black Bird machined razor, a fresh Permasharp blade, my 28 mm Paladin PK-47 Ivory brush, and the Grooming Dept. Lime soap and was able to achieve a BBS with a 3-pass shave and minuscule cleanup pass. I had a great shave last night. Mohammad recommends after shaving, just like PannaCrema and their Nuavia soaps, to remove the remaining soap and apply it to your face like a mask. Let it sit for a minute while you conduct cleanup and then rinse off. I do this after every shave but you can easily feel how hydrating the soap is. I did not use a toner or aftershave last night and about two hours after shaving, my skin felt like I had not scraped the crap out of it. The post shave from these soaps are second to none, I believe that is where the soap shines. Get the lather and consistency / load correct and you will have a guaranteed, great shave.

Mohammad has also tweaked his vegan formula to allow a much better lather; the new formula will be showcased in the next release. He has a presence on the Damn Fine Shave forum and discloses many things there if you're interested in learning more. He is also active on Facebook and Instagram; look for Grooming_dept.

I haven't read of anyone not liking the performance; the scents could be a bit stronger because the base can overpower it but I believe Mohammad is addressing that with stronger scents in his next batches.

Lather
The lather is a challenge but once dialed in, you will find this soap checks all the boxes, i.e., slickness, shave, and post shave. The first time using the soap, I didn't load enough; make sure you "load it like you hate it". The second night, I had my brush soaking and maybe wrung out just a tiny bit before putting a very damp brush into the tub to load. I liken many characteristics of this soap to Mystic Water in that both can be a chore to lather and both are extremely soft soaps. I'd say, load with a very damp brush for a minute or more. Apply the loaded brush and then use copious amounts of water during the face or bowl lather. Mohammad (the Artisan) says you should have a very thick and shiny yogurt like consistency. I was able to achieve a great lather on the second night (attempt) when using the Lime however, I felt that I could have loaded a bit more...something to think about for next time.

Skin Feel
Incredible skin feel; while lathering on the following passes, you can feel the soap re hydrating your skin.

Slickness
I found the soap to be extremely slick when lathered correctly. I had not one weeper and there was never any razor burn or irritation.

Scent
The scent is not very strong out of the tub, maybe a 3.5 to 4 in strength (out of 10). You will also smell the soap base's natural scent, which can be a bit strong. The best way to measure the quality of the scent is to leave the cap off for a few minutes and then take a whiff. The Lime is my favorite thus far as the scent is so authentic, like a fresh cut lime. The scent will open up a lot more during the lather phase; the strength goes up to a 5 to 5.5.

Skin Care
Mohammad recommends after shaving; just like PannaCrema and their Nuavia soaps, to remove the remaining soap and apply it to your face like a mask. Let it sit for a minute while you conduct cleanup and then rinse off. I do this after every shave but you can easily feel how hydrating the soap is. I did not use a toner or aftershave just to see how well my skin would react. After about two hours, my skin felt like I had not scraped the crap out of it. The post shave from these soaps are second to none, I believe that is where the soap shines. Get the lather and consistency / load correct and you will have a guaranteed, great shave.

Value
This soap is priced in the premium range. Currently, shipping is free but you're still paying $19 for a soap. This soap performs and it offers premium capability in regards to slickness, protection, and post shave. I believe this soap is priced justly.

Quality
No doubt about it, this soap is one of the best that I've tried. I have yet to hear any complaints about the performance.

Packaging
This is another area requiring a bit of attention. The labels are water proof but I would like to see more information on them, i.e., scent profiles, ingredients etc. Currently, the ingredients are located under the lid. The tubs could look so much better and this would allow it to be considered more of a premium product.

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