This morning I’m reaching for a shaving soap I recently received from J L Davis Soap Co. called Bee Spicy. This will be my third shave with this soap, so I have a good idea what I’m in for. My previous shaves with Bee Spicy have been enjoyable and this shave should be no different. My face is feeling taut and slightly dry with a couple day’s of whisker growth. Let’s give Bee Spicy a go.
Preparation: Hot shower
Razor: Merkur 37c HD Slant Bar Safety Razor
Blade: Astra Superior Platinum Double Edge Razor Blade
Soap: J L Davis Soap Co. Bee Spicy Shave Soap*
Brush: Semogue 830 Premium Boar Bristle Shaving Brush
Finish: Fine Accoutrements American Blend Aftershave Splash
Another solid, enjoyable shave. Loading with the venerable Semogue 830 boar brush was a simple task. After about 10 seconds of swirling the damp boar, which had been soaking in hot tap water while I showered, an abundant, soapy paste built between the bristles with a fair amount of foam build-up around the container I had pressed a cutting of the soap into. I applied the puck foam to my moist and freshly showered face, then began to whip-up a face lather with a few paintbrush-style strokes to coat. The J L Davis Bee Spicy soap lathered with ease as I only required about 30 seconds of working the soap in a swirling motion. I added a touch more water to the mix with a dip of the tips of the Semogue 830 into the hot tap water reserve. The result was a moderately dense, mildly foamy lather that was acceptable for shaving. I typically look for a nice sheen on the lather to let me know I have the water-to-product ratio just right, but in my now three shaves with Bee Spicy, I’ve been unable to produce a noticeable sheen. Not to worry as the lather has decent slickness even without the telltale sheen of readiness.
I completed a standard two pass shave, one pass straight down my face from cheek to neck, then a subsequent pass straight up my face from neck to cheek. Then, I finished off with a bit of touching-up on my neck. The Merkur 37c Slant sliced whiskers with aplomb and glided efficiently atop the Bee Spicy lather. Paired with the high performing Astra SP, I really can’t ask for much more out of a razor and blade combo. I routinely achieve quick and effortless shaves with the 37c making it one of my favorite safety razors. The Bee Spicy lather preformed well allowing for an irritation and wound free shave. In-between passes, I felt a slight residual slickness from the Bee Spicy lather. The face feel was not overly moisturizing but, after the final rinse, my face felt nourished without a heavy feel that some more creamy shaving soaps can leave behind.
The scent of J L Davis Soap Co. Bee Spicy off the puck immediately evoked a memory of black liqourice. As I built the lather and throughout the shave, the anise fragrance enriched to what I can best describe as an old school root beer or sarsaparilla spice. While the aroma was not sweet at all, I was able to pick-up hints of rich honey and clove with a touch of bitter citrus as well. It all blended perfectly to provide for a lovely, aromatic experience. I enjoyed the mild scent strength that was not over-powering but lasted throughout the shave. Some spicier scents have a tendency to be over strong. The Bee Spicy hit the mark by revealing its spice character without knocking out my nostrils.
I finished the shave off with a healthy dose of classic Fine Accoutrements American Blend. After the initial bracing alcohol sensation, the cooling menthol in the formula went to work soothing my freshly shorn face. As the alcohol and menthol aromas subsided during the dry down, the classic American Blend scent came to the forefront with an enjoyable Old Spice blended with Barbasol fragrance. My face felt healthy and clean, and I was ready for another day.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 5
Overall – 4.67 An enjoyable shave.
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