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Barrister And Mann 42 Shave Soap Returns (For A Short Time)!

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Barrister and Mann has re-released their 42 shave soap for a limited time!

Barrister And Mann’s Description:

“For Towel Day, the commemoration of Douglas Adams’ authorship of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Barrister and Mann presents our tribute to his brilliant work: 42, a soap that smells of petunias, ambergris, tea, and Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster (lemon sugar). Grab a copy of the Guide, a cup of tea, and your shaving brush; it’s going to be a hell of a ride.”

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Tallowate, Parfum (Fragrance Oil), Sodium Stearate, Garcinia indica Seed Butter (Potassium Kokum Butterate), Polyacrylamidomethylpropane Sulfonic Acid, Cocos nucifera Fruit Juice (Coconut Milk), Sodium Tallowate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Sodium Lactate, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Sodium Cocoa (Kokum) Butterate, Potassium Cocoate, Hydroxethylcellulose, Sodium Ricinolate, Saccharide Isomerate, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sodium Cocoate, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Ulmus rubra (Slippery Elm) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Oil, Fragrance, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Cistus Ladanifer (Labdanum) Absolute, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil 

Please note that 42 is a limited edition scent.

My Experiences With Barrister And Mann 42 Shave Soap

Reality is frequently inaccurate towel

42 uses the excellent Barrister And Mann “Omnibus” ingredient base.

I find the scent to be powdery-floral, citrus, and very sweet.  To me it kinda-sorta smells like…bubblegum?  Necco Wafer? Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster?  The scent is moderately strong out of the tub but softens considerably on my face (or maybe it’s just my insensitive nose).

The original 42 base (no longer available) was quite easy for me to lather in my “hard” water and it performed very well.  I find the Omnibus to be a bit more time-consuming for me to “dial in” with the right amount of water

But after I get the water ratio right the lather is remarkable.  Another reviewer described it as the consistency of Elmer’s Glue.  I think it looks a bit softer than that.  And I think the lather is slightly less voluminous than some of my other shave soaps.  But it is still very slick and protective.  Barrister and Mann continues to easily hold a spot on Sharpologist’s Best Shave Soap list because of products like 42.

Barrister and Mann 42 is available from their website and other retailers.

Have you tried Barrister and Mann 42 shave soap?  Leave your comments below!


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2 thoughts on “Barrister And Mann 42 Shave Soap Returns (For A Short Time)!”

  1. Holy olfactory overload Batman! I used the soap once and the lather and performance were among the best soaps out there. But the smell, Oh the smell! I opened the lid and it almost knocked me over, but I thought “I’m sure this will mellow out with use.” If anything it became more concentrated once lathered and nothing I could do would get rid of it for the rest of the day. I used nothing else with a scent afterwards and even washed my face (with unscented soap,) shortly after to attempt to dissipate the perfumed cloud that was following me around….no luck. If you like your scent to enter the room two blocks ahead of you and linger for hours after you leave, this one’s for you. Not me, I’m selling this on FB. Wow.

  2. I love Barrister and Mann soaps, and 42 is probably my 2nd favorite one. The fragrance is complex and layered, and the aftershave and EdT even more so. Using all 3 in a shave makes you smell fantastic all day!

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