The Strop Shoppe’s Lemon Eucalyptus delivered what I’ve come to expect from them; a top notch product at a good price. While they did have some problems with weakly scented soaps when they first came out, way back in the spring of 2012, they seem to have rectified those issues since.
The lather itself was great. It lathered up quite easily to produce a thick, luxurious lather, and a fair amount of it too. Only a bit of water was needed to help get what I’d consider a good level of slickness, which didn’t noticeably reduce the thickness; the lather was able to absorb it and put it to use. It had rather good moisturizing properties as well.
The scent was dominated by the lemon, which I suppose isn’t that surprising, what with eucalyptus not being all that strongly scented on its own. There’s just a hint of something else to mellow out the lemon aroma; all in all rather pleasant assuming you like the smell of lemons.
Strength-wise, it’s rather good. It starts off really rather strong, but fades fairly quickly during the shave. By the end of each pass, I could still smell it, but not what I would call strongly by any stretch of the imagination.
Now… some of you more astute readers might be thinking to yourself “That lazy Palpz, he didn’t bother using this soap at all, he’s just copying the review from RazoRock Caprician Lemon!” And I can’t blame you. I was having trouble differentiating them myself just based upon my memory and the former review. So I did a one-after-the-other comparison.
I found the RazoRock was a bit sweeter than the Strop Shoppe; personally, I liked the scent of the Strop Shoppe better. However, the scent on the Strop Shoppe soap faded more completely than the RazoRock, which kept more of its scent throughout the shave.
And both of them gave great shaves; the RazoRock however seemed to have a bit of an edge there. It was more fool proof. Immediately after lathering with just the water that was left on the brush, I got a nice thick, slick, almost perfect lather. The Strop Shoppe lathered up thicker initially, but you needed to fiddle with it a bit more in order to get the water balance just right for a good amount of glide.
- 9.5/10 Scent Pleasantness
- 7.5/10 Scent Strength
- 9/10 Lather Quality (note: I recently re-vamped my lather quality scale, since I was giving out too many 9’s and there was too much variation within that score. This one however was a high nine, so it gets to stay that way.)
A tin of the Strop Shoppe Lemon Eucalypus will set you back $10.50, for which you get about 4.0 oz, or about 115 grams. I should note that this review was of their original formulation, this scent is also available in their Special Edition and Special Edition with Tallow ($17.99 each for approx 8.0 oz)
So, anyways. Overall, it’s still a darned fine product, and I don’t have a problem rounding up to 9/10 here. However, in most cases, I’d probably recommend the RazoRock over this one. However, this one is vegan friendly, made by two artisans in the USA, scented by essential oils, and of course can be ordered at the same time as any of the Strop Shoppe’s other darn fine products, so you can combine to save on shipping. If any of those factors are important (or if you just like the idea of having two darn good lemon shaving soaps to choose from), go ahead and pick up a tin.
Ingredients : Potassium Stearate, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Fragrance.