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The 2015 Badger & Blade Awards - Shaving Soap

2015 Winner – Shaving Soap

Klar $31

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Step 1: Find a suitable bowl to store a cake of soap, which affords you the space you need to swirl a brush and build lather.

Step 2: Take your tin of Klar, and twist off the lid.

Step 3: Turn the container upside down to remove the soap, and place it in the bowl you secured in Step 1.

Step 4: Football spike the P.O.S. Klar tin into the nearest waste receptacle and do your best to erase its existence from your memory.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Klar produces sumptuously creamy lather, slip and slide lubrication and boasts a fresh, clean scent, served up in a inexcusably narrow metal tin that makes it impossibly difficult and unpleasant to use. Tragic, since this is a special product that has largely flown under the radar – possibly due to its expensive and tragically matched metal jar. If it weren’t for these two grave strikes, there’s no doubt it would be all the rage on the forums, but for many, these damnable strikes affix it to permanent bench-warmer status, but if you can soldier past its admittedly negatives, you’re left with a remarkable product.

Lather is prodigious and comes with haste, much to the delight of face latherers. Once applied to your face, the lather remains thick, dense and moist for quite some time – which allows you to strop a razor as the lather softens your beard. While the lather goes on thick, it still allows the razor to cut close, in fact it ranks up there with Truefitt & Hill’s triple milled soap as one of the closest cutting soaps. What makes this soap superior to T&H and many others is the level of protection it provides, along with this impossibly close cut. It possesses a fine and delicate balance I’ve not seen exceeded by any other soap. There are soaps that cut a little bit closer, and there are soaps that offer more protection, but none balance the line so well and offer such high marks in both categories.

soap2As an offset to one of its mortal strikes, cost – Klar offers a hard and durable soap. After a month of daily use, the soap shows little wear, and depending on the brush used and lathering style, it would likely be possible to get up to several years of use from one cake of Klar at which point, the sticker shock should wane, but lather it like a monster, and use a brute of a brush like a Chubby and expect less than a year.

With the protection of a tallow based soap and the cutting qualities of a triple milled soap, Klar offers a uniquely efficacious mix of traits that secure it a position at the top due to sheer performance alone.

Highs:

  • Great balance of protection and close cut
  • Uniquely dense lather
  • Scent

Lows:

  • The metal tin. I simply cannot say enough negative things about it – for a $30 cake of soap, it is an insult.
  • The ingredients are neither rare nor special. Keep the jar, and cut the price in half.

You can purchase Klar shaving soap here.

Joel

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  1. Great review on a favorite plant-based soap! I was convinced this was one of my best soaps (once I removed it from that silly tin) because I absolutely love the performance and scent of the Klassik. It does come in several scents, three for men and one woman's, but I've only tried the Klassik. The scent is billed as masculine, spicy with leather, and is truly a classic which matches their luxurious aftershave splash. Post-shave, I've had no complaints of any dry feeling regardless of season. The puck does last a long time, I've had mine for a couple years with on and off hard use and even at about $30 I will certainly be replacing it. It would be up in my No.1 spot if it weren't for some little Viennese soap pucks I simply love.
    I am impressed with Klar Seifen every time I use it. Absolutely a top tier shaving soap. Love the masculine scent, which does have longevity. Easy to lather, creamy, slick and very protective. But yes, the tin is absurdly narrow. I transferred mine to old SCS wood bowl and have been using it for the last week. Stellar shave every time. Completely agree this is a grossly underrated product.
    I came across it in a brick & mortar store today so I got to sample the scent - outstanding! Very masculine & complex. Maybe I'll add this to my wish list
    Thanks for the heads-up on the Klar Shaving soap. Maybe I'm missing something....but do a few people have such extreme reactions to the tin? True, triple-milled soaps like D.R. Harris and Martin De Candre use wood and glass containers...does the tin taint or discolor the soap? Why isn't metal a satisfactory container?
    After the review, I had to try the Klar Shaving Soap. I bought the Klar Aftershave, bar soap and the tin of shaving soap in a very nice reusable wooden box for $54.95 delivered and no tax from Amazon.com where I am a Prime member.

    Highly satisfied with the purchase.
    Can't believe that some people are bothered by the tin.I have been using it in the tin for 6 months even with large brushes and it has always been fine.

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