Baskerville Seasonal Tallow Shaving Soap
Darkness envelops the wanderer. His hind-brain in turmoil, will he fly or fight?
He hesitates. Terminally so, for something monstrously large and impossibly close lets a wet guttural growl from its lupine throat. Lucent eyes peel open and watch him from within the night that envelops them.
They focus only on him.
Silently the beast and the wanderers doom explode forwards.
Woven in to Devon folklore is the yeth hound which, according to phrase and fable, is said to be the spirit of an unbaptised child that stalks through the woods at night howling and wailing. It is also thought to be the inspiration for the ghost dog in The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The hound was described as "an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen - with fire in his eyes and breath".
What does it smell of? Inspired by the 17th century Russian method of curing leather with birch tar this scent also takes inspiration from Cuir de Russia. It smells of dark moorland and smoke. Labdanum, frankincense and cedarwood combine with the sweetness of tonka bean and the earthiness of vetiver. The smokey oiliness of birch tar presents itself at the end of the scent and binds everything together.
This is Baskerville and it is monstrous.
Attention to detail: Our enterprise is an intimate family operation where we focus on the detail, quality and aesthetic of our products and we focus on you, our customer. An example is how we use our own hands to blend each essential oil accord. These are carefully meted out recipes that are made one batch at a time and added to the just made soap. N.b. Our soap is a thirsty beast. For a better understanding please take a moment and watch my guide on how to lather our soap.
Ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Tallowate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Potassium Safflower Seedate, Potassium Lanolate, Sodium Shea Butterate, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Juice, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Allantoin, Tocopherol Acetate, Stearic Acid, Adeps Bovis, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Seed) Oil, Lanolin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Parfum.
Net weight: 115g (4oz), proudly made in Hitchin, England.
I purchased Baskerville through Merchant and Rhoades. Now that I recall I also obtained Whitechapel through them. I only did this due to the fact that I bought it off season. I was looking for these soaps for 2 years. Then luckily enough was able to find them. I absolutely love the artwork. It is completely stunning. The sent of Baskerville blew me away. I love Earthy scents for shaving soaps. Baskerville is by far one of my favorites. With its smokieness and soil scent and leather. It's one of the soaps that needs to keep returning. I love the dark Gothic artwork that also needs to keep returning. I would buy EVERY release.
If you are a fan of Whitechapel, then this scent is for you. As all Pheonix and Beau's soaps, the performance is great. The scent is dark, leather, chocolate, dying leaves, and damp woods. The scent lingers on your face for hours and keeps your face conditioned. If you can find it, pick it up!
Soap with exceptional qualities: leaves the skin very smooth. One small flaw: I would have liked a stronger scent