Mama Bear Soaps – Elements Of Bamboo Glycerin Shave Soap

Mama Bear Soaps Bamboo Shaving Soap

Mama Bear's Bamboo

Mama Bear describes her Elements of Bamboo soap as a “harmonious blend of bamboo and cedar entwined with lemon, tangerine and ginger. Exotic, cooling, and refreshing.” That sounded quite nice, so picked up a sample (along with several others).

Now, the Mama Bear samples come as a little wedge of soap, which previously I had just stuck in the bottom of an empty tub and attacked vigorously. This time, I decided to heat up the scuttle, and throw it in there with a little bit of hot water for a few minutes. It softened up considerably, and I just smooshed it down so it would stay put when it came time to load my brush.

Loading went well. The lather came on reasonably thick, with a decent amount of volume too. It provided a nice cushion, and plenty of glide for my shave (which was my first one using Feather blades). The lather did have a tendency to collapse, so you would have to re-work it with the brush between passes.

Straight from the envelope, the scent is a nice pleasant woody scent, with a bit of citrus hints. Slightly sweet, and quite refreshing. Once you lather it up, however, the aroma of the ginger starts to make itself known. I liked it better once it was on the brush. Strength-wise, it’s just shy of the perfect strength. It made itself known when first applied to the face, however it did fade as you shave.

  • 8/10 Scent Pleasantness
  • 9/10 Scent Strength
  • 8/10 Lather Quality

A sample like the one used for this review will set you back a dollar over on Mama Bear’s website, or you can go ahead and get a full jar of this stuff for $9.99. I figure I would be able to get at least 3 shaves out of the sample.

Overall, I give it a 8/10. It’s a nice soap, and a very good value for the money.

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Safflower , Glycerine (kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Soybean protein (conditioner), Wheat protein and fragrance.

Palpz Palpz (35 Posts)

Royal Canadian Naval officer; amateur shave soap reviewer; political junkie


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Comments

  1. I love her Lilac and Ice soap. I also bought her cologne sampler pack. I can get 3-5 shave out of each sample “disc”.

  2. Thanks for the review. It is on my list to try. I’ve sampled 41 so far and haven’t had a bad shave yet from them. I really like the samples she offers because by getting those I learned quickly that I just don’t like vanilla, mint or patchouli in my shave soap scents.

    • From what I’ve seen, they’re definitely rather consistent in terms of lather / shave quality. Pretty much just the scent changing from soap to soap.

  3. GDCarrington says:

    Sue does make a nice effective soap both in lather and scent.

    Now I have not used this one, but the Dragonsblood, Old Spice Type and Musk do get use in my rotation.

    Good stuff.

    Excellent review.

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