I picked up a Merkur 34c, some feather razor blades, and this Colonel Conks Bayrum Scent as a starter set! Let’s go ahead and dig into the review.
Price: This is a great little soap because it’s cheap as all get out! I paid roughly $5.00 USD for a 2.25 ounce that I expect to last for awhile. I purchased it through Amazon with free 2 day shipping through Amazon prime.
Scent: This is a bayrum scent, and while I haven’t had any other bayrum shave soaps to compare it to, I have to say that the scent is minimal. If you smell the soap puck before shaving you can identify the scent, however when you’re actually lathering you can barely smell it. This may be good or bad depending on who you are, but I assume most people prefer a non-lingering scent after their shave. This provides it in my opinion.
Lather: I shave with a pure badger hair brush from The Art Of Shaving and I’ve had no issues with generating a lather. I load the brush for about 45 seconds by swirling it around on top of the soap, and a nice chuck of lather develops. I slap it across my face, and we’re ready to go. I do not get a huge thick lather on my face from this shaving soap, but I do get enough of a lather to have a successful clean shave.
Ingredients: I looked around and could not find a 100% transparent ingredient list, but I do know that this soap contains Avocado Oil and Vitamin E as they say so on the label. I did see this ingredient profile provided by someone answering a question on Amazon, but I’m not sure how accurate it is: Triethanolamine, Glycerin, SLES (a variation of sodium Laureth Sulfite), DI Water , Propylene Glycol, Soap Flakes , Stearic Acid , Tatrasodium EDTA , Titanium Dioxide , Polysorbate-20, Fragrance so take it with a grain of salt.
Shave: Since I am new to wet shaving I do not do a 3 pass shave, but instead stick with a 2 pass. I lather my face, and do a with the grain shave, then rinse and relather, and do an across the grain shave. I’ve had good results doing this and have had minimal razor burn to date while using this soap (likely due to me still learning the angle). That’s a good sign to me of a successful close shave!
Razor Burn: As I mentioned above, I have had a small amount of razor burn around my neck, but I attribute this towards me still learning the proper angles for shaving my neck rather than the Col Conks shaving soap.