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2014 Badger & Blade Awards – Shaving Soaps

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At Badger & Blade, we’re fascinated with and inspired by exceptional quality. We expend tireless efforts to find, review and share items that stand out from the pack. The Badger & Blade Awards are designed to recognize products of special significance – those which rise above the rest. The finest products are not mere inanimate objects; rather, they are works of art, tirelessly crafted by artisans and truly distinctive. In that spirit, we are proud to announce the award winner for best in class shaving soaps:

Czech & Speake ($34 for Soap, $150 with Aluminum Jar)

Tallow soap lovers have long touted the benefits of tallow soap. Better protection, close cutting, incredible moisturizing properties and more consistent lather. Czech & Speake take it one step further, by taking simply the best tallow based shaving soap and adding their two best fragrances to it, No 88 (pictured above) and my personal favorite, Oxford & Cambridge.

CS2Nothing enhances the experience of a wet shave more than an incredible fragrance and this is where C&S really delivers. The Oxford & Cambridge scent is classically English – a warm and inviting Lavender scent with a beautiful balance of bergamot and mint. Complex but clean. Understated, yet acceptable staying power. The scent lingers on your face a bit after the shave, but not annoyingly so. In the summer and spring it will linger long enough that you’ll remember it enduring your daily commute to work fondly, but soon thereafter fading away – urging you to purchase the cologne, or wait until the next day’s shave.

No 88 is another classic English scent, but a dark oriental instead of a lavender. This fragrance boasts a similar staying power to the Oxford & Cambridge and is an ideal scent for winter and fall months. A mysterious and complex mix of rose, sandalwood, bergamot and geranium combination make for a surprisingly balanced, clean scent.

CS4At $34 for a 3.1 ounce refill, this is expensive stuff. In fact, in its aluminum shaving dish, it’s a whopping $150 claiming the prize for the most expensive shaving soap with dish on the market. Shockingly, this is more expensive than the award winning 24mm Silvertip Savile Row. How could it possibly make the cut? Well, for starters the soap is the best performing and smelling shaving soap. The absurdly expensive aluminum soap dish you pay a $120 premium over the refill for suddenly loses numerical value when it’s held in hand. The over the top quality of the dish beautifully milled from a solid piece of billeted aluminum and perfect lettering look and feel… well… like a $120 premium. While not for everyone, consider the aluminum jar will be around long after your shaving brush is in a landfill, and its presence will certainly class up your washroom.

In either scent, with or without the shaving dish, Czech & Speake shaving soaps offer a unique and particularly special experience. Other soaps are soaps… Czech & Speake soaps however aren’t just soaps, they’re experiences and that’s what makes them so special.

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Czech & Speake Shaving Soaps can be purchased here.

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