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Launch: The Gentleman Floris

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Yesterday Floris launched their “The Gentleman Floris” men’s grooming line with products infused with their No. 89 scent.  I was lucky enough to get a pre-launch sample of their shaving soap, which I’ve been using for a week or so now.

The Gentleman Floris

The Gentleman Floris line includes a face wash, face scrub, shaving cream, shaving soap & bowl, shaving oil, daily facial moisturizer, eye cream, and aftershave balm.

The No. 89 scent is described as top notes of spicy nutmeg, middle notes of floral, and base notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, and vetiver. The reviews on Basenotes are mostly very positive.  My poorly-educated nose definitely picks up the floral notes and I get a “powdery” vibe from the scent of both the shave puck and lather.  Not dramatic but classy-smelling to me.
Packaging is classy too:
gentelman floris wrap
gentleman floris bowl
gentleman floris puck
This is a glycerin-based, triple-milled shaving soap.  Ingredients:
Sodilum palmate, water, sodium palm kernelate, gylcerin, fragrance, citric acid, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, shea butter, limonene, linalool, geraniol, citronellol, courmarin, oakmoss extract, benzyl benzoate, titanium dioxoide.

The Gentleman Floris Performance

A classy presentation isn’t much help if the soap doesn’t perform.  And I was worried about performance at first: my first few uses resulted in a very soft, “foamy” lather that started to disappear on my face with alarming speed.  However the performance was quite good…excellent in fact…even with the disappearing lather.  My last couple of shaves have had a more stable lather: perhaps I’ve used the soap enough to break through the “skin” of the puck, a characteristic I’ve seen recently in some shaving soaps.

This soap is not cheap–Floris lists it at 35 British Pounds, meaning it will probably run about US $50-55.  That brings it into the realm of a niche’ demographic.  If you’re a fan of Floris or the Floris No. 89 scent then this shaving soap is worthy of your attention.


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4 thoughts on “Launch: The Gentleman Floris”

  1. I can’t believe you got your hands on one I tried but you seem to have the magic touch my friend. I’m just a sucker for packaging really like it but as you said that does not make a better soap. Sorry that the lather does not hold up what shame.

  2. Your experiences seem to mirror those of that I had with a puck a few years ago. The lather was nice and slick but did not have much staying power. For those you want the type of classy scent of no89 and a rich slick and protective lather that stays put, I would recommend Joris.

      1. Joris has soap provided at Plission website.
        Looks like this new Floris soap won’t be able to perform like previous ones.

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