Spitfire Tallow Shaving Soap
What does it smell of? Spitfire is a scent I designed around the olfactory memories I have of my Grandfather, who was himself a WW2 Veteran of North Africa and Italy. An avid pipe smoker my "Papa" had an almost tangible air of leather and tobacco that seemed to follow him wherever he went.
For Spitfire I've taken the sweet crispness of juniper and blended that with the freshness of bergamot, woodiness of cedarwood and laid all three on to a base of warming leather and rich tobacco.
An old fashioned and grounding scent Spitfire transports me back to my very early years. Please note that in terms of scent strength Spitfire is a moderately bold scent that I place in the middle of our olfactory strength range.
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 designed & made in Hitchin, England.
As the title says it all, this soap base is something which Kerry has nailed it down to a tee. I am not a scent snob and right off the puck I liked the scent profile a lot. Making soap is easy but scenting them is something else, I am happy that it is none of those namby pamby weak scented soaps. It smells like a scent made for the grown up man where Leather and Tobacco notes wafts across inexplicably. It doesn’t smell dated but I can close my eyes and clearly see Sean Connery shaving with this soap using a straight razor and bottle of original formula Old Spice aftershave on the counter.
In actual performance I find the soap is not very thirsty even though Kerry suggests that it is. But it is not a bad thing in my book. This soap reaches to a dense lather stage rather quick and stays at it. I found the glide and cushion satisfactory and adding little more water for final 3rd pass I had good slickness for final against the grain pass.
This soap shines in two aspects for me. One where almost every artisan soap making is falling over each other to create imitation scents of very expensive male perfumes like Creed, Kerry’s creation is original and a winner to my nose. Secondly when every wet shaver is mislead by 20 year old Internet into believing that having a greasy leftover post shave feel is the real deal; this soap delivers a light non razor clogging lather and a post shave feel that is just right. I find it especially useful in summers when I prefer a clean feeling face.
This soap is a winner for me and it checks all the boxes. Do I recommend this soap? If you prefer a fuss free soap full of tallow goodness, adequate lather, slickness and fresh post shave feel then a resounding YES.
An truly excellent shaving soap. I live in a very hard water area (Lincolnshire) which produces really weak lathers, using this soap is incredible !, lathers really fast and lasts for a second pass (or even third if required). Also a great masculine scent with great artwork on the lid.
Shockingly good product!!!
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