Hi everyone

The reason for making this post is the fact that I had the privilege of trying out a bespoke soap from one of our favourite UK Artisans - Wickham Soaps before it goes on general release!

The soap base is different to their Super Smooth, this one is called 1912.

The scent of the soap I received was a bespoke variety that matched a famous EDT. I'm not sure if I can say what it is but you may get an idea if you remember my recent search for such a fragrance. Also those eagle eyed amongst you may get an idea from the pics I have enclosed Wink

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Firstly I must stress that this soap is not currently ready for general release. The packaging including the label may undergo a few tweaks before Darron decides it meets his usual high standards.

The soap itself is a harder variety than the Super Smooth, but it is still soft to the touch. You can easily scoop out a lump if necessary or you can load directly from the tub. That is what I did.

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I started to load my brush with the soap and straight away the proto lather was exploding in the tub. I decided to face lather for this shave as that is my preferred method. I had no problem creating a fantastic lather that Darron explained should negate the requirement for balm post shave.

I hadn't shaved for the best part of a week so I didn't know what to expect, but it was Wickhams so I knew it was going to be great. I created mountains of lather from the little bit of loading I did, so I guess this soap will last me ages which is good because it smells fantastic.

The scent I guess is subjective, but to me it was reminiscent of my signature scent I was wearing when SWMBO first met me. It is subtle, but present. But I guess so is the fragrance it is based on. If you like the original you will love this soap believe me!

I find it hard to talk about slip, cushion, protection etc. But what I can say is that I had a great shave with no irritation or nicks. The razor glided across my face and I tested the cardinal sin of touching up areas without lather without any incident so I guess residual protection must be present (Its Wickhams, of course it is!).

I had enough for two passes with plenty left in the brush. I usually use aftershave balms, but decided to trust Darron and have stayed balm free post shave. I think he is right, however I am probably not the best person to quantify this as I 'Always Balm'.

After my shave I decided to go for some lather shots to show how much can be created from just a few circuits of the tub. I used to bowl lather so chose that method to see how much I could create.

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My conclusion?

Darron has created another great soap. It is only my first shave, but already I am looking forward to using it the rest of the week. I guess I will have to get more shaves under my belt before I can really judge it, but first impressions are that it will definitely have a place in my den.

I understand that Darron has a range of scents available to him for this soap so hopefully everyone should find something that will take their fancy. As for those that like the EDT that my soap was based on? Keep your fingers crossed that it will make the cut as you need this soap in your arsenal.

rhtoras, Quique and WindsorCitrus like this post

Philadelphia, PA
tell Darron to check us out. Tongue

WindsorCitrus and Freddy like this post
Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.

The new line 1912 is now available for pre-order.
The ingredients are: Potassium Stearate, Aqua, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Cocoa Butterate, Sodium Palmate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Avocadate, Parfum, White Kaolin, Allantoin, Glycerine.

The first scents are:
- Citrus Musk (Top notes: Exotic Neroli; Heart notes: Orange Blossom; Base notes: Green Wood and Musk)
- Club Cola (Top notes: Bergamot, Neroli; Heart notes: Vanilla; Base notes: Caramel)
- Russian Leather (Top Notes: Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon; Heart notes: Geranium, Fern, Cedar wood, Patchouli; Base notes: Vanilla, Moss, Musk, Tonka, Amber)

Matching alcoholic aftershaves are available for Citrus Musk and Russian Leather.

explodyii likes this post
I am going to wait for the reviews to come out before committing to this, I have seen the final packaging and it is very nice Smile
Oli AKA Windsor Citrus
Surrey, UK.
Based on the ingredients, this is a very interesting formulation. The only other product I've seen with a similar setup (two separate batches combined during a "rebatch") is the excellent Nancy Boy shave cream. Citrus Musk sounds right up my alley, maybe in the future I'll grab some.

rhtoras likes this post
Great news...imperial leather scent type of soap sounds amazing!!!There wasn't any interpredation in the market if i remember correct.

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