Barrister and Mann introduced a new Fall seasonal for 2019 on September 23rd. Clusterfig flanks the ever popular Leviathan release, which occurs each Fall season. The goal was to deliver a true fig scent to the wet shaving hobby market in a way that only Barrister and Mann can. 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.
Clusterfig features notes of; Amber, Fig, Lemon, Apple, Violet, Orange Blossom and Jasmine. The fragrance, while complex is fig forward as intended. The scent is sweet and floral but not in a heavy way. The bright green fig opens the accord before sweet apple and tart lemon hit the nose. The floral notes move in and wrap themselves around the sweetness in a mastery of olfactory perception. Mrs. Ruds is not a fan of this scent, but that is no surprise given her distaste for floral scents. This has a mid-strong strength of scent off the sample and remains this way once lathered. Try That Soap recommends Ariana & Evans Summer Fig as a comparable scent profile.
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.
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