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Soap Commander Passion – Aromatic Wood

Soap Commander Passion

Pre-shave Thoughts:

This morning’s shave is an old classic to me.  I’ve been enjoying Soap Commander Passion shaving soap for awhile now.  In fact, it was one of the first artisan shaving soaps that I picked up when I was first getting started with exploring DE shaving.  It’s about time a write a Shave Experience about it.  My face is feeling healthy and taut, this morning, ready for a good shave.  Let’s give Soap Commander Passion a go.

The Shave:

Preparation:  Hot shower, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Cleanser

Razor:   Merkur 34c HD Double Edge Safety Razor 

Blade:   Treet Carbon “Black Beauty” Double Edge Razor Blade  

Soap:   Soap Commander Passion Shaving Soap

Brush:   Maggard Razors Marble Handle Synthetic 24mm Shaving Brush

Finish:  Soap Commander Integrity Aftershave Balm

Post-shave Thoughts:

A slick, nourishing shave.  Loading with the damp Maggard Razors‘ 24mm synthetic shaving brush from the dry, moderately hard Soap Commander Passion puck was  without issue.  I enjoyed the larger, ergonomic resin handle of the Maggard brush and after about 20 seconds of swirling, there was plenty of soapy paste between the synthetic fibers and a good puff of puck foam clinging to the container.  I applied the foam to my damp, freshly showered face, then began a face lather with a few paintbrush-style strokes to coat.  Working the face lather with a swirling brush motion, I noticed that the beginnings of the lather were quite dry.  Not to worry, a few dips of the brush tips into the hot water reserve while mixing the lather together resulted in plenty of noticeably dense, tight lather with moderate volume in about 30 seconds time.  I observed no bubbles in the process.  This Soap Commander Passion lather was capable of taking on a reasonable amount of water with no lather fluff, unlike some coconut oil shaving soap formulas I’ve experienced.

I completed my standard two-pass shave, one pass straight down my face, then one pass straight up, from neck to cheekbone.  I rounded out the shave with a bit of freestyle touching-up to finish off the stray whisker.  The Merkur 34c HD safety razor feels substantial in hand and cuts with precision.  I appreciated the razor’s balance and nimble classic head design that allowed me to shave in awkward to reach places like under the nose and the corner of the jawline near the ear without any wounds or weepers.  Paired with the classic Treet Carbon double edge blade, the shave was close and comfortable.  The Treet Carbon blades are sharp enough not to tug at the stubble, yet quite smooth shaving and forgiving.  Plus, I just like the all black coloration of the blade.

The Soap Commander Passion lather provided a noticeably slick shaving surface and an above average cushion adding to an easy, comfortable shave experience.  The denser lather worked well at expressing the hair follicle, lifting up my stubble readying it for the shave.  Soap Commander Passion lather also stayed hydrated throughout with no need to add additional water in the later stages of the shave.  In between passes, my face felt hydrated with plenty of residual slickness from the remaining lather.  After the final rinse, my face felt fairly moisturized and supple to the touch.  Unlike many vegan formula shaving soaps, Soap Commander Passion provided a satisfying post-shave feel without any drying or over-cleansing.

The scent of Soap Commander Passion off the puck was bold with a sweet, woody ceder character.  As I built the lather and throughout the shave, the fragrance evolved to include steady hints of cinnamon with just a touch of clove.  The Soap Commander Passion scent is an aromatic wood fragrance not so much like a clean, resinous ceder chest, but rather a warmer, sweeter aroma.  The mix of spice and sandalwood with an earthy, deep patchouli takes the edge off of the bare ceder scent allowing the Soap Commander Passion fragrance to evoke a richer, more comforting feeling during the scent experience.  While Soap Commander Passion is labeled “Teakwood & Cardamom” that tagline could very well be exchanged with “sandalwood and spices” or “ceder and cinnamon”, but would sound much less exotic.  Overall, the Soap Commander Passion fragrance was pleasant, calming, and enjoyable throughout the shave.  The odor rinsed clean away and did not linger into the post-shave.

I finished the shave off with a dab of Soap Commander Integrity Aftershave Balm which I’ve grown to appreciate during the winter months.  Upon initial application, I felt a strong numbing, menthol sensation paired with bold, synthetic, medicinal menthol fumes filling the air.  While Integrity aftershave balm is billed as unscented, it certainly has a heavy menthol fragrance.  I assume the unscented labeling refers to a covering scent added to mask the odor of the other ingredients of which it has none.  While I tend to avoid most mentholated products due to the harsh, medicinal response they evoke from me, I can tolerate menthol is small doses.  I’ll likely replace this Soap Commander Integrity balm with their menthol free variety when the time comes.  Nevertheless, the nourishing and protective qualities of Soap Commander aftershave balms are remarkable.  It has a thicker consistency more like a lotion, but spreads easily across the facial skin.  My face felt tacky for a good 10 minutes post application while the menthol fumes died down.  Then more supple and heavily moisturized a good 20 minutes in.  I tend to reach for a Soap Commander aftershave balm during the colder, dryer months of the year when a protective moisturizer is more necessary.  The balm is too heavy for daily use and can leave my face feeling waxy and weighted down later in the day if I use it regularly.  But today, it’s cold and windy, and I welcome a good dose of Soap Commander Integrity aftershave balm to prepare and protect my face for the winter day to come. With that, I had finished the shave and was ready to face the day.

Let us know about your Soap Commander shaving experiences in the comments.  Do you like the Passion fragrance?  What other Soap Commander offerings are worth trying out?  Also, please share this article with fellow wet shavers and subscribe to get an email notification when we publish new articles to Anthronicle.com.  Thanks for reading, and have some great shaves!

 

Shave Rating System

Closeness – 4

Irritation – 5

Wounds – 5

Overall – 4.66 A warming, moisturizing shave.


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6 Comments

  1. Kevin Stewart February 19, 2016 at 12:27 - Reply

    Soap Commander is probably one of my favorites of all time. It really does have a great lather and post shaving feel. I like their Vision scent best. Good review. I enjoy reading these especially on a Friday lunch break. Thanks!

  2. Xavier Crux February 19, 2016 at 12:50 - Reply

    Soap Commander is some pretty good stuff. I use it when I want a vegan formula as they make the best non-tallow soap in my opinion. My preference is for the Courage scent but I also like Wisdom and so does my wife. Thanks for another good read.

    • Oliver Scarcliff February 19, 2016 at 13:19 - Reply

      We like Courage and Wisdom as well. Both great scents. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

  3. Yorgos February 20, 2016 at 09:13 - Reply

    Thanks for the review. Where does one find the Treet Carbon blades?

    • Oliver Scarcliff February 20, 2016 at 09:22 - Reply

      I picked up my Treet Carbon (black) blades from ItalianBarber.com. Thanks for reading!

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