SOTD 15/06/2015

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Black Pepper & Coriander (Glycerine & Beta-Paste Soaps)
Ever Ready 100T w/PurTech Knot
GEM Junior Bar & GEM Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Blue Stratos Aftershave & EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG (Twice, one pass per soap)

The chaps at Meißner Tremonia sent me a right parcel of goodies to try out ... no instruction, no hints, no tips, very little to go on other than try them and see how you like them.

I have a number of soaps to try out, five new scents as both a new paste soap and a hard, transparent glycerine based soap. Bay & Rum is one exception here as the hard soap appears to be the same formula as their present hard soap, the rest of the hard soaps are dark brown and transparent: coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, argan oil, all organic, also organic wood honey, organic cane sugar, organics glycerine, myrrh and benzoin sumatra. The paste soap is a new formula: coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil and argan oil, all organic, also organic acacia honey. I am very excited to see honey in these soaps.

I used both the glycerine soap and the new formula paste. I found both straight-forward to load and lather on the face, the glycerine soap requiring only a teaspoon of water dropped onto the surface of the same and a few swirls with a dry brush to pick up sufficient soap for what would have been right for a three pass shave. Same with the paste soap, really. I don't think I could split them in terms of use just yet - I have a few more to try and think that further use will help establish the difference.

The scent, though. Whooo-ee! This is not one for the faint-hearted! The glycerine soap most certainly projects the stronger scent from the soap dish, that pungent bite that snarls up the nostrils. Once lathered and on the face, it's not as intense but very much there. Both the glycerine and the paste soap were less intense than they are when smelled from the soap dish. The effect was not as irritating as I'd expected with no burning on the skin, certainly not like Bay Rum soaps but perhaps folks with sensitive skin will get a tingle. Post-shave wash-off and cold water splash didn't awaken any tingling effects either.

So, as a scent ... if you like black pepper, you'll like this. There is a post-shave scent memory of strong, black pepper and I think folks with Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet, DR Harris Windsor or even Hermes Terre D'Hermes, to some extent, will want a spritz of that after a shave with this soap. As a beta-product, I think I'd say the scent is simply too strong. Yes, that is coming from me, someone who really likes strong, single-minded scents; I think it's too strong. I get it. I can see why; I'm not sure that understanding would be widespread.

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