Scent Off: The Seasonal Shaving Soap Winner!

scent off

For the past six weeks we have been evaluating artisan shaving soaps with a Fall or Winter seasonal scent in a “scent off.”  Entries have come from Mystic Water, Barrister and Mann, How To Grow A Moustache (HTGAM), Fitjar, Petal Pusher Fancies, and Green Mountain.  Now we’ve crossed the finish line and it’s time to crown a winner!

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Scent Off: Mystic Water Indian Summer

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Welcome to the first post for the 2013 “scent off!”  A few weeks ago Sharpologist invited shaving soap artisans to crate a “seasonal” (fall/winter) shaving soap scent.  Six artisans made the deadline and our judges have been busy shaving with the entries!  We will be showcasing one entry per week for the next six weeks.  This week: Mystic Water.

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Mystic Water Soap – Coconut Lime Verbena shaving soap

Mystic Water Coconut Lime Verbena
Mystic Water Coconut Lime Verbena

As I had heard rather good things about Mystic Water, I was quite looking forward to my first shave with one of their products. Suffice it to say, I was not disappointed with their Coconut Lime Verbena shaving soap.

The samples that arrived came as little half-moon slices of a rather soft soap, which stuck rather well to the bottom of my scuttle, allowing me to lather up rather vigorously without it moving around too much, which is often a problem with soap samples. As well, the samples were one of the few that came with the ingredient listing on the labels, which even the professional packaged Truefitt and Hill samples didn’t bother to do. [Read more…]

3 Shampoo Bars


Several artisans who make shaving soaps have recently introduced shampoo bars to their inventory.  There are some benefits to using shampoo bars over the typical commercial creams and gels:

  • Shampoo bars are soaps specifically made for washing hair: there are more oils in the ingredient mix and are generally milder than a regular soap.
  • Shampoo bars are more environmentally friendly.  There is no large bottle or tube to throw away.
  • Shampoo bars are available in classic scents similar to shaving soaps.

Here are three artisinal shampoo bars: [Read more…]