Australian Private Reserve, a well known artisan from the southern hemisphere, recently released their homage to sandalwood. APR is widely considered one of the premier perfumers in the wet shaving space, and Dan’s passion for this shines through in his scent creations and brash descriptions of the scents. Australian Private Reserve can be sourced directly from their website and also at: Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving and Beard & Blade Supply Co..
Les Santals is a celebration of sandalwood. The fragrance features: Indian Sandalwood and Autralian Sandalwood. The scent is balanced to perfection and paints a masterpiece of creamy woodiness with a slight powdery pop. There are few scent notes as well known or used in men’s fragrances as sandalwood, and this offering puts the scent on full display. Mrs. Ruds is not a fan of straight sandalwood scents, so it is no surprise that she didn’t like me wearing this. Strength of scent is strong out of the container and remains strong once lathered. Try That Soap recommends The Club - The City and Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements - Supreme Sandalwood Science as similar scent profiles.
APR’s soap base features an ingredients list that reads as: Stearic Acid, Aqua, Glycerin, Beef Tallow, Potassium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Silk Protein. The soap is fairly firm and loading it is easy regardless of what fiber brush you choose. The soap is thirsty, but not in a cumbersome way. The lather is dense, similar to cold sour cream with a vibrant sheen. The slickness is excellent both primary and residual. The post shave is also excellent, as it leaves the skin as soft and supple as you could ask for. The APR soap base comes in with a ShaveScore of 94. Soaps with a ShaveScore and experience similar to this are Noble Otter and Tallow + Steel.
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