6 Green Mountain Shaving Soaps

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I’ve been meaning to mention Green Mountain shaving soaps for a while.

Green Mountain is one of several artisinal shaving soap makers that have appeared on the scene recently (no one can convince me that “old school” shaving is a shrinking niche!).  Green Mountain soap’s funky-shaped pucks are triple-milled and a generous 4oz. so you know they’re going to last a long time and are a great value.  They use essential (vs. fragrance) oils and I think they’ve struck a good balance between strength and longevity for scent.

I have hard water so getting a good lather can be a challenge for me sometimes.  It took a little experimentation for me to get a consistently good lather with Green Mountain, but after I discovered the “sweet spot” I don’t have a problem getting a fine shaving lather.  Performance (lubrication, cushion) has been very good.

Green Mountain’s line of shave soaps come in five different scents, plus unscented:

Balsam Spice: This scent evokes images of Winter in some mountain forest. Top notes of Camphor, Fennel, Spruce and Spearmint. Middle notes of sweet spice come from Ylang-Ylang, Nutmeg and Clove, tempered Siberian Fir. The earthy-mossy, leathery aroma of Oakmoss and the vanilla-like nuances of Peru Balsam ground this soap.

Cheaha: Base notes of Patchouli and Oakmoss give off warm, earth-mossy tones. Cedarwoods plus Ho Wood and Ylang-ylangimpart a cedar scent with floral overtones. The scent is infused with the sweet citrus smell of Orange and Bergamot. Spruce tops this scent with a generous amount of balsam.

Lavender Grapefruit: Lavender, Grapefruit and Lime. Lavender and citrus are grounded by the earthy, mossy, leathery notes of Oakmoss.

Lime Vetiver: Lime and Bay Leaf essential oils are grounded by Vetiver. Black Pepper essential oil and the tiny bit of Ylang-Ylang creates a sweet, exotic, slightly balsamic floral scent.

Spiced Rum: Bay Rum provides a spicy, fairly strong scent. Top notes are Lavender, Rosemary, and Litsea Cubeb. Marjoram and Clary Sage give the spicy, floral, fruity aromas, and Allspice enriches with a combination of cloves, cinnamon and pepper. Lastly is Carrot Seed, which has a woody-earthy, spicy-musky scent.

Unscented: This shaving soap has not been scented.


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  1. Limey English Bulldog says

    On the strength of your review, I went to order a cake of unscented shave soap. Shipping is $6.22, high but manageable. BUT, a $20 minimum order is required, fair enough. HOWEVER when I added just one item to my cart, a small bar of soap, the shipping and handling increased to $18.00! NO WAY. Not for n $11.00 bar of soap. I recently had a Kent shave brush shipped to me from England and the shipping was $13.00. I filled my cart twice to make sure this was not a mistake. In this golden age of new generation soaps–Stirling, Synergy, LA Soap, etc–I don’t see how Green Mountain will attract much notice.

    • alaskazimm says

      Right under the $20 minimum they had this:
      The Paypal shipping calculator assumes each item will be sent in a separate package. We figure actual shipping and refund excess charges through Paypal.

      So it looks like shipping was calculated for two packages but the actual shipping would be less.

      • Keith says

        Straight Razor Designs carries this soap brand and can be bought for about 12.00$, plus the regular shipping rate. Should be cheaper than the Green Mountain website since you don’t have a 20.00$ minimum.

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