Pereira Shavery from Portugal is a new wet shaving artisan on the scene. I think their signature shave soap achieves what one of the established high-end products, Mitchell’s Wool Fat, aspires to.
Mitchell’s Wool Fat’s Aura?
Mitchell’s Wool Fat (“MWF”) shave soap is one of those wet shaving products that has an almost mystical status. Some that use it say it’s one of the very best shaving soaps being produced today. Expensive, luxurious, performs well, and comes in a ceramic jar that gives it an almost exclusive aura to it’s use.
It’s not a panacea though: there is practically zero scent, disappointing “frag heads,” and it can be a little fussy to use (especially if you have “hard” water like me).
And I think that aura of exclusivity can be a tough thing to live up to. Especially now with the introduction of Pereira Shavery’s activated charcoal shave soap. In my head-to-head comparison, Pereira achieves what MWF aspires to.
Pereira Shavery Activated Charcoal Shave Soap
Pereira describes this shave soap as:
“With Activated Charcoal at its core, our unique formula not only gives you a smooth and effortless shave every single time but also keeps your skin at its healthiest by effectively removing toxins, fighting acne and exfoliating your skin. Plus it improves your complexion.
With natural oils and high vegan-fat content, Pereira Shaving Soap guarantees a thick, velvety lather that softens your beard and hydrates your skin, giving you a smooth, frictionless shave. ALWAYS. Pereira Shaving Soap carries a refreshing “Water Blossom” scent, unfolding to reveal refined floral and musky notes, as used.”
Ingredients: Charcoal Powder, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate,Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Kaolin,Benzyl salicylate, Coumarin, Citronellol, Linalool, Butylphenyl Parfum (Fragrance), Lanolin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide)
Activated charcoal seems to be an up-and-coming ingredient in the wet shaving world. After a few hardy souls blazed the trail I’m seeing it more and more.
As I mentioned earlier, part of MWF’s mystique is its ceramic jar. Pereira Shaver’s kit “ups the ante” with not only a ceramic jar but also a ceramic lathering bowl that the jar fits into for storage (or perhaps used as a soap scuttle!). The bowl’s handle is also curved in such a way as to be able to rest a shaving brush on it during a shave.
If you don’t want to go full-tilt boogie on the set, the soap is also available in just the ceramic jar, a plastic jar, or an aluminum dish.
I would describe the “Water Blossom” scent as a mild aquatic note with floral notes underneath; I didn’t get much of the “musky” note as described. Still, quite pleasant to me.
Lathing has been easy for me using a variety of brush types (badger, synthetic, boar), even in my hard water. Pereira’s description of “a thick, velvety lather” is right on point for me.
But the performance…oh. Oh my.
My shaves with this soap have been nothing short of spectacular, rivaling the very best shave soaps out there. I’ve tried it with a number of razors (pivoted, adjustable, standard DE, even cartridge) and I have gotten a “baby’s butt smooth” shave every time, without irritation. And the post-shave look and feel for me is excellent too, I assume due to the activated charcoal.
Pereira Shavery’s soap provides me with a complete wet shaving luxury experience (particularly when I combine it with a really nice shave brush and a high-end razor like a Rex Ambassador or a OneBlade).
Pereira Shavery activated charcoal shave soap is available at the Pereira Shavery website, Bullgoose Shaving in the US, Gifts & Care in Spain, and Amazon in Europe (Amazon affiliate link).