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I purchased this soap from a member and think its great stuff - lathers easily and provides a comfortable smooth shave. The soap is well made of quality ingredients.

This is a 25% shea butter French soap and my sense is that the shea butter does make a difference (this is consistent with other review of shea butter soaps). The soap provides more of a cushion than the glycerine soaps I use and in that sense is somewhere between a soap and a cream. The other benefit of the shea butter is that it moisturizes, and my experience is that this makes for a smooth shave.

The soap is softer than a tripple milled soap, but harder than glycerine-based soaps, so should last reasonably long, even with regular use.

The smell is a pleasant is a slightly sweet soapy smell - nothing to write home about, but certainly not offensive and will not interfere with whatever A/S or EDT you want to use.

At about $12 - $14 for a standard-sized puck, its right in the middle of the price/value continum.

This would likely be a good soap for people who have sensitive/dry skin or those who want a shaving soap that has a mild scent.

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Pros: Skin conditioning, ease of lather, cushion.
Cons: Hard to find.
Fantastic soap. If you don't mind the mild floral range of this scent, IK is a top notch product in every respect, particularly if you like a soap that doesn't dry your skin. In my top 5.
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Pros: Latherability, scent.
Cons: Delivery costs from maker.
A top soap, classic French style, shea butter works wonders. Highly recommended.
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Every time I use this one, I wonder why I don't use it more. I plan to change that!

The only negative for me is scent. It's not unpleasant by any means, just clean and soapy. Fairly neutral, and won't clash with anything after a few minutes.

However, the lather and performance are just fantastic. Lovely glide and cushion, plenty of "afterslip", meaning just a bit of water between passes will create a slippery film, great for buffing/touch-ups.

One of the least-drying soaps I've used, on a par with Cella, La Toja, and Nanny's.

Partner it with the IK balm, which is also excellent, in spite of the scary ingredients list!

All I can say is I never get any redness, stinging or irritation with these products.

Highly recommended, particularly in colder months.
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