06-21-2012, 10:48 AM
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Here is another review, and this time of Mike's Natural Soaps (Lavandin scent)
using a brand new Semogue 830. Most of you have heard of Mike's Natural Soaps, here, on the forum. They are made by a true New Yorker in Brooklyn by a very intelligent, funny and busy gentleman by the name of, you guessed it, Mike.

*Ease of lathering = very easy to accomplish. Started with a drier brush, loaded it for 15-20 seconds and added water little by little and worked it for 2 minutes, approximately. You should note that being a brand new brush, the lather could have been even better if the brush had been broken in, so i apologize for this. Regardless, it was still great lather.

*Very stable lather; very creamy and rich consistency. Last photo shows lather on brush for 5 minutes, approximately. Again, as in the Mystic Water review, i face-lather exclusively and have not tried this soap in a scuttle with warm/hot water.

*Excellent skin care; identical to Mystic Water; face feels smooth all day

*Lavandin/Eucalyptus scent has been the only one that i have tried and it has a very pleasant smell and i really like it. i am patiently waiting to try his Bay Rum scent

*Price is great considering how large his rectangular pucks are!

Overall, again, along with Mystic Water, this soap is exceptional; very simple and natural ingredients that provide a fantastic lather with great moisturizing ability. Highly recommended. Last photo is of both Mystic Water and Mike's Natural Soaps.

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 06-21-2012, 11:24 AM
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  • Songwind
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  • Burnsville, MN
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I have found that this soap is sort of like MWF where scuttles are concerned. It doesn't seem to like to whip up a lather in an already hot scuttle, but adding water to your scuttle after (or holding the bowl in your hand then putting it into the reservoir in the case of a 2-piece scuttle) didn't make it break down for me.

I have the Orange, Cedarwood and Black Pepper scent. It's truly excellent.

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 06-21-2012, 02:40 PM
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  • syngent
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Thats some great looking lather Celestino, thanks for taking the time out to share your findings

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 06-21-2012, 03:21 PM
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very nice review.

I think I need to pull the gun here shortly and buy some of Mike's soap.

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 06-21-2012, 03:54 PM
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  • Dave
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I got the Bay Rum today in a tin. It lathers great!!

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 06-21-2012, 04:57 PM
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It was my pleasure, gents. Fantastic soaps in our neck of the woods that people should be aware of. i have been procrastinating in doing this as these are the only soaps that i use for the simplicity of the ingredients and their performance. i should also note that i also use MJ Soaps, a maker in Quebec, Canada, who also makes some fantastic soaps. Enjoy and hopefully you lads can try these out at some point.

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 06-23-2012, 12:14 AM
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  • jss
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Mike's, is on my short list..Can't resist the accolades....

Julian

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 06-23-2012, 05:47 AM
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*Julian, you should really try both of the soaps as they are fantastic! What are you waiting for?Biggrin

(06-23-2012, 12:14 AM)jss Wrote: Mike's, is on my short list..Can't resist the accolades....

Julian

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 06-23-2012, 07:57 AM
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  • jss
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Thanks Celestino..Is there ever a good reason for not adding something new to our "Nook??" Biggrin
Julian

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 06-23-2012, 12:48 PM
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  • Songwind
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(06-23-2012, 07:57 AM)jss Wrote: Thanks Celestino..Is there ever a good reason for not adding something new to our "Nook??" Biggrin
Julian

Well, there's "the Look" from the Mrs. Smiley_1140

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 06-23-2012, 02:02 PM
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(06-23-2012, 12:48 PM)Songwind Wrote:
(06-23-2012, 07:57 AM)jss Wrote: Thanks Celestino..Is there ever a good reason for not adding something new to our "Nook??" Biggrin
Julian

Well, there's "the Look" from the Mrs. Smiley_1140

Ooops!!

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 06-23-2012, 07:50 PM
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  • mikeperry
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(06-21-2012, 10:48 AM)celestino Wrote: Overall, again, along with Mystic Water, this soap is exceptional; very simple and natural ingredients that provide a fantastic lather with great moisturizing ability. Highly recommended.

Hi celestino

Thanks for the review Thumbsup

Based on your review and recommendation I've ordered 4 samples in the following scents:
  • Barber Shop
  • Orange, Cedarwood, & Black Pepper
  • Pine & Cedarwood
  • Rose & Cedarwood
Take care, Mike

Edit: Fixed grammar.

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 06-26-2012, 05:55 AM
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  • ben74
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Anyone tried the Barbershop or Unscented yet?

I have a sample of the Rose and Cedarwood that arrived with the international travelling Cobra (thanks Michael) and will definitely be ordering more of it.

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 06-26-2012, 06:02 AM
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  • Dave
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The Barbershop is great Ben. I have not tried the Unscented. I can recommend the Limes, Orange, Cedarwood, and Pepper, Limes, and the Bay Rum. I need to buy a full puck of Limes.

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 06-26-2012, 06:06 AM
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  • ben74
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(06-26-2012, 06:02 AM)Dave Wrote: The Barbershop is great Ben. I have not tried the Unscented. I can recommend the Limes, Orange, Cedarwood, and Pepper, Limes, and the Bay Rum. I need to buy a full puck of Limes.

Barbershop it is then Dave. Can you describe the scent any further than what's on Mike's website?

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 06-26-2012, 06:10 AM
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  • Dave
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I'm not terribly good with scents Ben so I wouldn't trust my sniffer at all. It smells to me just like the barbershop I went to with my dad. It smells a bit like a less harsh version of Clubman. I'm sure others can chime in and correct me, but that's what I get from it. The Bay Rum is the best Bay Rum soap I have ever used. The scent is very close to Kramperts Finest in scent (at least to me) so they go well together.

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 06-26-2012, 06:47 AM
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  • ben74
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I haven't ever smelt Clubman, but I just ordered a tin of the Barbershop and a tin of the Rose and Cedarwood.

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 06-29-2012, 01:23 AM
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For those looking for feedback on the unscented. It is amazing! It is a very faint smell (obviously) but the scent is a mellow, slightly sweet and soapy mixture and is very pleasant to me. I believe it to be the mixture of the tallow and the various butters and oils that give it an interesting scent.

People have the choice to use it as a base for a super lather with a scented cream but for me, I like it just the way it is and will continue to enjoy the soft, delicate scent.

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 07-01-2012, 11:02 AM
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  • mikeperry
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(06-21-2012, 10:48 AM)celestino Wrote: Overall, again, along with Mystic Water, this soap is exceptional; very simple and natural ingredients that provide a fantastic lather with great moisturizing ability. Highly recommended. Last photo is of both Mystic Water and Mike's Natural Soaps.

Hi celestino

I'm only 2 shaves into my Rose & Cedarwood sample, but I'm already falling in love with the thick and slick lather this shaving soap produces. Excellent stuff Thumbsup

Take care, Mike

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 07-02-2012, 01:07 PM
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  • PAW
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I haven't tried Mike's soap yet, but it's on my list.

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