#1

Niche Fragrance Addict
Jacksonville, FL
(This post was last modified: 01-06-2016, 10:53 PM by herbert7890.)
I also posted this review on some facebook groups.

CRSW Select V2 Review:


Short Version: This is an amazing soap with extraordinary quality from all aspects (packaging, performance, post shave, scent quality). It does not contain coconut oil but lathers easier than many coconut oil soaps. Creamiest lather in the Shave World so far. If you like the post shave feel of Mystic Water Soaps but for some reason had trouble lathering (many do), you should try this soap ASAP.

Long Version:

A little about my profile.


I'm probably the most allergic man in the wet shaving world (having Celiac Disease, extremely allergic to gluten, and extremely allergic to almond and other nuts). This has cause my skin to become extremely dry, to the point that I can only use heavily moisturizing soap or else I suffer the consequences of the dryness, many many hours after I shave with a non-mousturizing soap (MdC, etc). For that reason, my top soaps are tallow soaps that contains moisturizing ingredients such as butters, avocado oil, among others.

Now onto the soap:

The Cold River Soap Works Select 2 is a new addition to the line, which is different from the regular Select since it does not contain Almond Oil nor Coconut Oil. The addition of Almond oil in Select V1 prevented me from using it. I message CRSW about the possibility of having a Almondless oil but never though he would go on into actually making it a full line for his brand (amazing gesture, I must say)

Presentation
- 11/10 In my opinion of the most elegant presentations in wet shaving. Luxury feeling right from the gate. The sealed card is an amazing touch.

Shave Review:

Lather - You would think the ommission of coconut oil will mean a hard-to-lather soap, WRONG WRONG. This soap is as easy to lather as Catie's Bubbles. As an additional fact, this has to be the creamiest lather of all soaps I have tried (and I have tried MANY). 10/10

Slickness - This soap is very very slick, which makes shaving on non-lathered areas, a breeze. 9.7/10

Post Shave Feel
- Oh man, this soap has reached a new level when it comes to post shave feel. 14/10. This is most likely to the ommission of coconut oil and the many mousturizing ingredients in the formula (shea, Tallow, Kokum, Avocado, Lanolin, Silk, etc)

Irritation Prevention
- This soap provided 0 irritation in my neck, which is the hardest place to shave without irritation.  One of the few soaps where I feel my neck feels better after the shave, than before the shave. Amazing!  11/10

Scent: The one I got is called Puro Fresco. The scent is amazing ( even my wife was raving about it this afternoon).


I totally recommend this soap and this brand. This jumped right to the top of my den and is not going out of there anytime soon! Must buy to all artisan soap lovers. Furthermore, I strongly believe this is a trend-setting soap (a game changer), that will likely involve the movement of some soap makers using less coconut oil or no coconut oil in their formulations, in order to create a better product than currently available. (MW was also revolutionary,  but this one is 100 times easier to lather)


Note: I did cheat one day to use this soap (As im part of the barrister & mannuary challenge)   Undecided

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#2

Member
Madrid
Thank you herbert7890 for the review. I have the bergamota V1 tin and I must say they are great soaps in all aspects.

Talking to a good friend of mine today, he told me he had just purchased the Bergamota v2 and he was amazed by the performance of it. He emphasized the quality of the leather in the dense, slimness and brightness aspects of it

He sent me some pictures of such leather to show me the truthness of what he was mentioning. At the end I had to admit the new version of the soap looks much better than the first version. I will have to get me a tin!!!!

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#3

Niche Fragrance Addict
Jacksonville, FL
(This post was last modified: 01-09-2016, 12:50 AM by herbert7890.)
(01-08-2016, 12:25 AM)natmizer Wrote: Thank you herbert7890 for the review. I have the bergamota V1 tin and I must say they are great soaps in all aspects.

Talking to a good friend of mine today, he told me he had just purchased the Bergamota v2 and he was amazed by the performance of it. He emphasized the quality of the leather in the dense, slimness and brightness aspects of it

He sent me some pictures of such leather to show me the truthness of what he was mentioning. At the end I had to admit the new version of the soap looks much better than the first version. I will have to get me a tin!!!!

Many thanks for your informative post!! Those lather shots look amazing! This is an instant classic soap formula.
#4

Soap Slinger
Burnsville, MN
Nice!

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#5

Niche Fragrance Addict
Jacksonville, FL
(01-08-2016, 09:53 PM)DapperDragon Wrote: Nice!

Thank you!
#6

Member
Austin, TX
Solid review herbert7890 and thanks for sharing. Have to say, those lather shots are nice too. Looks like V2 is a winner.

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#7

Niche Fragrance Addict
Jacksonville, FL
(01-09-2016, 03:14 AM)kwsher Wrote: Solid review herbert7890 and thanks for sharing. Have to say, those lather shots are nice too. Looks like V2 is a winner.

Thank you!
#8

Niche Fragrance Addict
Jacksonville, FL
Update: I jurs received my second shipment from CRSW, including a full tin a Barberie Sapone V2, Oliva, and a balm. Larry also included a sample of Bergamote & Bay V2. Of course I havent tries these new soaps, btu they all smell amazing!!!!! I never though I would like Bergamot & Bay, based on the scent description but this scent is absolutely amazing!!! Im very Glad I wast sent this sample. My first impression scent rankings:

Bergamote & Bay: 9/10 - smells like slighty darker version (and without rose) of Pure Fresco. Amazing

Barberie Sapone: 9.5/10 - Another amazing scent. What I get from the unlathered soap is very green notes with a beautiful tonka bean in the base. Smells very classy, like a classic soap brand. This is probably gonna be the fan favorite from the Select V2 line. (its less rugged than the Bergamot & bay, but I love that one a lot!).

Oliva: 9.5/10 - To summarize, if you like the scent of ADP Colonia fragrance and/or Razorock XXX, you will absolutely love this scent!!!! Although is not a 100% dead ringer, is very similar and in the same genre (probably around 50-60% similar to ADP and XXX).

So far I have loved every scent I have smelled from CRSW. I'm pretty sure I will be buying the entire Select V2 line, but I want to wait until more scents are added (like Prato Verde, American Barbershop, Savon No1, etc)

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#9

Member
San Francisco
Well, that did it: had to give in and order Oliva for myself, and a Bergamot & Bay v2 for a shaving friend of mine. Wanted to grab the Barbiere Sapone, but alas it's currently out of stock.
David : DE shaving since Nov 2014. Nowadays giving in to the single-edge siren call.
#10

Niche Fragrance Addict
Jacksonville, FL
(01-12-2016, 09:48 PM)onethinline Wrote: Well, that did it: had to give in and order Oliva for myself, and a Bergamot & Bay v2 for a shaving friend of mine. Wanted to grab the Barbiere Sapone, but alas it's currently out of stock.

Nice!!! I need friends like you!!!! hhahahahaa Very nice Gesture, man! I bet your friend will be very happy.


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