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Classic Shaving Sandalwood Shave Soap

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Gents,
I got a small cake of the Classic Shaving Sandalwood soap in a few days ago, and have gotten the chance to use it a few times, and lather it many times.

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As some of you may remember I had an irritation problem with Classicshaving's soap with the previous formula. Much to my delight there was ZERO irritation from this soap and Ray's claim of having dramatically decreased potential irritation is right on in my opinion.
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Scent - In cake form it smells quite nice. Although it smells nice, you have to get your honker pretty close to it in order to bask in the sandalwood delight. Unfortunatly once lathered, it seems to lose it's scent, and in fact changes its scent a bit. When lathered it is not very luxurious (scent wise) and is very lightly scented. Off hand I cannot think of a scented soap with a lighter fragarance.
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Price/value - Personally I do not feel this soap is a very good value. It seems to get used up much quicker than other soaps, and is a terribly small cake for $5. Here are a few pics of the size difference between the classic shaving sandalwood cake soap $5 and the QED Violetta shave soap in a plastic tub $9.50...
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As you can see, the QED soap dwarfs the classicshaving soap.

Latherability - The Classicshaving soap lathers quickly and easily, with minimal effort... here are a few pics...
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Here are two pics of the Shavemac XXL Silvertip hanging from its stand full of classicshaving sandalwood lather...
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Shave - Unfortunatly like the former version of this soap, I found it nearly impossible to get a decent lather built up on my face, and once I did, it would quickly evaporate away. I found this to be extremly frustrating, and annoying. I played around with this soap QUITE a bit and eventually had to relegate it to a bathing soap (which might I add works exceptionally well as a bathing soap.)

Here are some pics of the lather drying out on my face, bowl and in the Shavemac brush after about 30 seconds to 1 minute...
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Because of my poor experience with the classicshaving soap, and because of the tremendous results I have been having with this shavemac brush I decided to lather up with some T&H Trafalgar shaving cream as well as some QED Violetta to compare with the classicshaving soap.

Here is the T&H after a few stirs..
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Once it got going after 20 seconds or so, the lather was so profuse, and so dense, you could plop the huge brush in the bowl and the lather would support it...
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Down the bucket...
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Side shot...
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As you can see the T&H was a heck of a lot richer and denser than the previous classic sandalwood pictures.... now onto QED Violetta.

To show you just how amazing this Shavemac XXL Brush is with some QED shaving soap, simply feast your eyes gentlemen! BTW, I suggest you compare these pics to the pics from the QED Rose thread where I lathered the soap with my Vulfix #41. As you can see, the shavemac does a jaw dropping job at creating uncanny amounts of lather in about 30 seconds.
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Look how creamy and rich this is...
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This thing looks boss on the stand full of QED Violetta Lather. I really REALLY like this stand, as it allows me to hang the brush up while shaving, without making ANY sort of mess. It is VERY easy to retreive from its stand, and looks marvelous stored on it.
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QED Violetta lathered on my face...
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You simply cannot go wrong with the shavemac brush / qed soap combo. I am becomming quite a cheerleader for shavemac... this brush I got is really amazing, and I think I might have to get 1-2 more.

NOTE: The shavemac brush, and the aforementioned praise is focused on the Pre-2005 shavemac's, when they had a different, stiffer, superior bristle to that of current shavemacs.

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I think this soap gets a bad rap. I've managed to whip it into a nice, dense, opaque lather that stuck around for quite a bit longer than I would ordinarily need to shave. The scent is not that great (a little sweet and cloying) but it seems to work just fine. It melts nicely too, so you can custom fit it to a bowl. Not as bad as the original post would lead you to think, but I would have to say that Proraso or something from Saint Charles Shave would probably be better value.
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1.00 star(s)
Lather
4.00 star(s)
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Efficacy
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Moisturizing
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I figured I'd give this soap a second chance before I rated it. Tried it two more times this week and consistently disappointed. From the start it burns my face , dries quickly, smells only ok, and lathers poorly. Am now using as a hand soap for which it isn't all that suitable either as it seems to dry my hands out pretty quickly. Won't be buying their soaps again.
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I have used a combination of the Classic Shaving Soaps and the pure Glycerin Classic Shaving Soap and they, both combined (at least for me), give an incredible shave! No doubts here. I microwaved a bar of each for 10 seconds at a time (just to be very safe), mixed the liquids of each bars carefully together and Le Voila! Great stuff. I used unscented (with carefully applied essential oils in the mug itself ), but scented should give the same result. Nice lather, and it stays on the skin in nice tiny bubbly foam! Anyway, I feel that the product is just fine for me. It has consistently given me VERY nice and close shaves. And by the way, I can actually call a very knowledgable person on the phone and always get a very cordial, accurate, and detailed answer. If the dimensions of an item is not listed or any other issue, they will get an exact measurement for you. They really do go out of their way in customer service! Anyway, I give this product and seller "two thumbs up!"
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Scent
4.00 star(s)
Lather
5.00 star(s)
Quality
4.00 star(s)
Efficacy
5.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
5.00 star(s)

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