Ingredients (updated to reflect latest mix): Kokum Butter, Organic Mango Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Pumpkin Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Organic Neem Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerine, Purified Water, Sodium & Potassium Hydroxide,Soy bean protein, Chaulmoogra Oil, Aloe Extract, Maca Root, Yellow Dock Root, Essential Oil [Unless Scent Free]. This thing is chock full of good stuff.
Brush Loading Synergy Shaving Soap
But it’s extra-wide puck makes brush loading a snap. In fact, I don’t know if its the puck size, the ingredients, or a combination of both (perhaps that’s where the “Synergy” name comes in) but the amount of water this soap can take in a very short time and make an incredibly thick, lubricating lather (even in hard water) with every type of shaving brush I have tried is simply astonishing.
The scent I have is bay rum (with perhaps a little citrus thrown in). The scent is medium strong and lingers just long enough for a full shave. Performance-wise, Synergy shaving soap is among the best products I’ve tried: shaving is effortless. I sent Sharpologist c0-founder Andy Tarnoff a puck of the Lavender & Cedar version. Here’s what he had to say:
“The soap performed incredibly well for me. You wouldn’t think the shape of the tin would matter, but for some reason it did. My brush lathered extremely well; not too watery or too dry, and I felt both excellent cushioning and glide. I got an extremely close shave on my first try, and I liked how easily it washed off, too. I’m not a fan of the Lavender-Cedar scent – which didn’t linger – but that’s all that’s keeping me from giving this a 10 out of 10. Great, great stuff.”
Andy really likes bay rum products so he and I are swapping pucks. There’s also a scentless puck.
The kicker is that it’s a great value. Yes, it’s $16/puck but a puck is 8oz! That’s $2/oz, cheaper than many artisan glycerin-based shave soaps.
I don’t often “rave” about a new shaving product, but HTGAM Synergy shaving soap deserves your attention. The combination of the soap itself and the extra-wide size might be a game-changer for artisan shaving soaps.
Synergy definitely gets Mantic59′s Seal of Approval.