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My Time Bath & Body Menthol Cream Shaving Soap

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In the past, when I have felt the urge to freeze my face into oblivion, I have reached for Tryphon's Permafrost soap. Nothing has ever come close to matching its mentholated slap in the face. Until now.

A few weeks back, inspired by a thread on tallow based soaps, I ordered a few tubs of cream from My Time Bath & Body. I didn't really know what to expect but, at $9 for a huge tub, I wasn't too concerned. Jean (the artist who makes the cream) e-mailed me about the menthol cream and asked how strong I wanted it, on a scale of 1-10. I told her, "Bring it on...give me 10." She did, and now I couldn't be happier.

This stuff not only knocks Tryphon's Permafrost out of the ring and sends him crying to his mother. It also goes to his house, burns his clothes, steals his car and turns him into a humiliated, sniffling, bed-wetting wreck of a soap. Get the picture? This cream is not for the faint of heart...it packs more menthol than you will know what to do with. I'm serious.

Now, the review:

Price: At $9 for 5 ounces of extremely dense cream, it is hard to find any fault. I can imagine that a tub will last an extremely long time, even when used regularly.

Quality: No complaints here. The cream is home made, like many of the products we enjoy, and you can feel its quality with every swipe of the blade.

Scent: There is not much to say about the scent of a menthol cream. If you have smelled menthol, you know what to expect.

Latherability: The first time I used this stuff, I had a bit of trouble working up a good lather. I was using a bowl and, as it turns out, way too much water. Now, I lather it on my face and everything works out much nicer. Once you nail the ratio, it is smooth sailing.

Efficacy: As far as I'm concerned, a mentholated shave cream should do two things: freeze your face and give you a close shave with no irritation. This cream does both, and it does both very well. The cooling sensation begins from the beginning of the shave and it lasts until about an hour afterward. My shaves are consistently good with this cream...extremely close and absolutely no irritation.

Moisturizing Properties: Again, no complaints in this area. My face has a tendency to get really dry sometimes, but I have no problems when I'm using this stuff.

Packaging: The cream comes in the exact same tubs as the QED soaps. Nice and sturdy.

Perhaps it is a bit tacky to give a product all 10s, but that is honestly how I feel about this cream. Jean provides wonderful customer service and has always responded quickly to my e-mails. If you are intrigued by this review, head on over to My Time Bath & Body and prepare to be changed!

Ingredients (for those interested):

Aloe Barbadensis (aloe vera) juice, Tallow (beef), Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Olea Europaea (Olive) oil, Propylene Glycol, Prunis Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa) Butter, Sodium Lactate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Fragrance, Peg 150 Distearate, Sugar, Clay (Bentonite), Sodium Hydroxide, DMDM-H (Preservative), Silk Fibers

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Price: low price for the ingrediants that is used
Quality: does what it is supposed to do and it does it well
Scent: I put a 10 here because it does not have really have an added smell
Latherability: this is not a soft cream,so I find that is works best if you let the cream that you are going to use soak in warm water and then pour out the water before lathering
effiancy: a little goes a long way
Moisturizing: it will not leave your face dry
Packaging: who cares about packaging

This stuff is simply fantastic! I ordered it with the menthol at 10, and a medium lemon scent - WOW! 99.9% natural ingredients, super slick, inherently dense, and so moisturizing I actually needed a little extra rinsing after my usual cold after rinse. Nice recyclable tub, too:)
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If I could blend Roman Moronie from the movie "Johnny Dangerously", and Reginald "Red" Forman from "That 70's Show" for a moment:

Holy fargin crap! :thumbup:

I'm relatively new to the world of wet shaving. My choice in creams and soaps has been conservative (C.O. Bigelow/Proraso, various and sundry C&E concoctions). Based on the reviews on this board, and considering I'm wandering into the hot and muggy Ohio Valley summer, I thought I'd try something that would cool my face.

Allow me to repeat; Holy fargin crap!

After having tried Jean's 10/10 menthol cream, I would now consider myself a certifiable "menth-head". Jean's 10/10 menthol is tub of freeze-o-licious goodness that is not for the faint of heart.

In my estimation, this is very a high quality cream. It took a bit of work to lather the stuff, with a bit more water than I'm used to adding, but the work was well worth it - a smooth glide for my razor and not even a hint dryness left behind. I was left with a very smooth, and very chilly, face. Top shelf stuff.

Highly recommended.

To answer the unasked question; Yes, the Osage order is enroute.

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