07-29-2014, 05:15 AM
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  • Coyote
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I tried my first product from Cold River Soap Works today, the soft version of the Bergamot and Bay shave soap.

This is the scent description from CRSW: “This blend of perfume grade essential oils results in a warm, masculine scent with base notes of bergamot, pipe tobacco and cedar wood combined with fresh pine and soft bay leaf top notes.” The description does not do it justice. This scent is spectacular.

I loaded up my brush for about 30 seconds, which was probably 10 seconds too long. I quickly got enough great thick, cushioning lather for a 3+ pass shave. This CRSW is a “Top Tier” soap, IMHO.

Ingredients: Raw, Organic Goat Milk, Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Essential Oils, Castor Oil, Glycerin & Vitamin E

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 07-29-2014, 05:23 AM
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Agreed, Bob!

Please feel free to add your ratings over at the review thread also : http://shavenook.com/thread-cold-river-s...ginal-no-1

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 07-29-2014, 05:58 AM
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Done Ravi! I am also looking forward to trying the two Classic samples Larry included.....

Bob

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 07-29-2014, 07:30 AM
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I'm really interested in trying the Original formulation as well. I have two of the Classic formulations, No.2 and American Barber Shop. Larry did send me a sample of Bergamot and Bay; I think it's Classic formulation though. Still I'll try the sample and if I like the scent will order that one in Original.

I have to agree though. This is a top tier soap. The post shave feel is right up there. I see this artisan being a staple in my nook.

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 07-29-2014, 08:03 AM
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Nice review always on the hunt for new artisan sopas.

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 07-30-2014, 03:31 PM
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Bob - agree completely. I received my tub of Cold River Soap Works, also in Bergamot and Bay, and I can validate the "Wow". This is a nice soap; great scent; very, very easy to lather; comfortable shaves. No buyers remorse with this soap!!

Ed

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 07-31-2014, 05:17 AM
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Yesterday I received the ORIGINAL N.2 and performance is awesome, I love the smell, I think I need a SelectBiggrin

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 07-31-2014, 05:24 AM
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I used my small sample puck of the CRSW Classic Savon #2 today that Larry included with my tub of the Original Bergamot & Bay. The Classic line is tallow based: Raw, Organic Goat Milk, Food Grade Tallow, Stearic Acid, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Essential Oils, Glycerin & Vitamin E.
The scent is described as “a woodsy overtone with middle notes of minty herbs and light citrus top notes.” I like the scent. It is fresh and light.
It produced a nice minty lather and I got a great shave. Between the two, I do think I prefer their Original line of soft soap.

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 08-02-2014, 03:29 AM
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2nd outing with the CRSW B&B. Excellent quick, thick lather with a great scent. The Slim and Polsilver held up their end for a great smooth, close, and nick free shave.

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 08-02-2014, 07:37 AM
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I've used my American Barbershop three times now. The first time the lather was too thick - resulted in not enough slickness or glide. I didn't get a BBS and a few nicks and cuts.

The second time the lather was a bit too runny. Still got a few nicks and cuts, but there wasn't enough cushion - mainly because the lather was too runny.

The third time was with what I could consider perfect lather. Not too thick, not too runny. Nice and slick with the right amount of cushion. But I still wasn't able to eek out a BBS shave. I still had missed spots and some irritation along my neck.

I compare this soap to PSGT and Tiki (Veg) which so far have been my best soaps as far as face feel, BBS shaves and all around good times.

Is there some trick to CRSW soaps? I really want to get the other soaps but i'm at the point in my wetshaving career where I prefer a good shave to awesome scents.

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 08-02-2014, 04:15 PM
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My soaps are crossing the pond to Portugal. As soon i got them i'll tell you what i think.

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 08-02-2014, 04:20 PM
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(08-02-2014, 07:37 AM)Starkicker Wrote: I've used my American Barbershop three times now. The first time the lather was too thick - resulted in not enough slickness or glide. I didn't get a BBS and a few nicks and cuts.

The second time the lather was a bit too runny. Still got a few nicks and cuts, but there wasn't enough cushion - mainly because the lather was too runny.

The third time was with what I could consider perfect lather. Not too thick, not too runny. Nice and slick with the right amount of cushion. But I still wasn't able to eek out a BBS shave. I still had missed spots and some irritation along my neck.

I compare this soap to PSGT and Tiki (Veg) which so far have been my best soaps as far as face feel, BBS shaves and all around good times.

Is there some trick to CRSW soaps? I really want to get the other soaps but i'm at the point in my wetshaving career where I prefer a good shave to awesome scents.

No tricks here.
CRSW is one of the easiest soaps to lather, IMO.

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 08-03-2014, 04:16 AM
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Quote:No tricks here.
CRSW is one of the easiest soaps to lather, IMO.

Me too?

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 08-03-2014, 05:23 AM
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Where do these soaps land on the "soft soap" scale? Are they more Castle Forbes-like (very soft) or Italian soft soap (denser)?

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 08-03-2014, 06:07 AM
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(08-02-2014, 04:20 PM)Agravic Wrote: No tricks here.
CRSW is one of the easiest soaps to lather, IMO.

(08-03-2014, 04:16 AM)Coyote Wrote:
Quote:No tricks here.
CRSW is one of the easiest soaps to lather, IMO.

Me too?

Okay, i'll keep trying with my American Barbershop. I find that the lather starts to build quickly, so I don't feel the need to pick up soap for the 45 seconds I typically use for most other soaps.

Do you guys treat it the same as other soaps (load for 45 seconds before bowl/face lathering)?

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 08-03-2014, 12:46 PM
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(08-03-2014, 05:23 AM)Elendil Wrote: Where do these soaps land on the "soft soap" scale? Are they more Castle Forbes-like (very soft) or Italian soft soap (denser)?

To me, they have a dense consistency such as Proraso tubs, Cella, 3P, etc.

Ed

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 08-03-2014, 02:51 PM
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Thanks

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 08-08-2014, 04:29 AM
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I just finished using the "Original" Bergamot & Bay for the 4th time. It has officially worked its way into my "Top 5" soft soaps. It almost lathers itself, the scent is great, the shave was great.

Bob-I concur with Ed.

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 08-08-2014, 12:48 PM
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(08-08-2014, 04:29 AM)Coyote Wrote: I just finished using the "Original" Bergamot & Bay for the 4th time. It has officially worked its way into my "Top 5" soft soaps. It almost lathers itself, the scent is great, the shave was great.

Bob-I concur with Ed.

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How does the original Cold River compare to the Maggards in performance and scent. Have you compared the original with the classic?

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 08-08-2014, 12:54 PM
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(08-02-2014, 04:15 PM)Rui Marques Wrote: My soaps are crossing the pond to Portugal. As soon i got them i'll tell you what i think.

They finally arrived. See them in August Haul.

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