Ruds Shaves - Barrister and Mann - Terror

Barrister and Mann released its summer seasonal scent, Terror on July 10, 2019. Terror aims to replace the long time summer seasonal, Arctique. Barrister and Mann kept the cooling theme for this summer seasonal, but enhanced the scent with additional notes and by using a synthetic cooling agent rather than traditional menthol additive. Terror will be available for purchase until August 31, 2019. Barrister and Mann products can be purchased direct from their site and from third party stockists such as: Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving and Top of the Chain.

Barrister and Mann Terror is named for the Royal Navy warship, turned polar exploration vessel, that was lost to the Arctic in 1848. As the name indicates, this soap is extremely cold, featuring notes of: Synthetic Menthol, Frankincense, Salt Water and Peppermint. The scent opens with a chilling blast of cold peppermint before notes of frankincense and salt water provide a backbone to withstand the coldness. The scent is approachable and fun, not overly complex or overly msaculine. Mrs. Ruds doesn't care for this scent, which is no surprise these days. Strength of scent is strong both off the sample and once the soap has been lathered. Try That Soap recommends Barrister and Mann Arctique and Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Frost Byte as comparable scent profiles.

Barrister and Mann Excelsior is a tallow soap that utilizes the following ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Potassium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Tallowate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Potassium Kokum Butterate, Methyl Gluceth-10, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose Cocoate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Sodium Kokum Butterate, Allantoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lanolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Fragrance, Sodium Ricinoleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate. The soap is on the firmer side of mid and loads very easily into your brush of choice regardless of fiber type. While the soap handles hydration and even overhydration with the most thirsty soaps, overhydration is not warranted. The lather builds effortlessly and it presents itself with the consistency of elmer's glue when dialed in. While it lacks voluminous peaks, it is very dense and protective. The slickness is as expected, oil on glass slickness with residual slickness for days. The post shave is luxurious and leaves the skin both hydrated, protected and feeling supple. The entire experience with this soap base screams luxury. In a crowded space of elite level luxury soap bases, Excelsior stands alone at the top. Excelsior receives a ShaveScore of 98. Soap bases with similar performance are Talbot Shaving and Ariana and Evans.

Disclosure: Products used in this review were acquired via the following:

  • Soap - Barrister and Mann Terror (PIF)
  • Brush - Declaration Grooming Jefferson Unicorn Ivory (loaner)
  • Razor - Karve Shaving Co. Stainless Steel Christopher Bradley (promotional gift)
  • Post - Barrister and Mann Terror (PIF)