04-11-2016, 02:27 PM
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Hi everyone

The reason for making this post is the fact that I had the privilege of trying out a bespoke soap from one of our favourite UK Artisans - Wickham Soaps before it goes on general release!

The soap base is different to their Super Smooth, this one is called 1912.

The scent of the soap I received was a bespoke variety that matched a famous EDT. I'm not sure if I can say what it is but you may get an idea if you remember my recent search for such a fragrance. Also those eagle eyed amongst you may get an idea from the pics I have enclosed Wink

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Firstly I must stress that this soap is not currently ready for general release. The packaging including the label may undergo a few tweaks before Darron decides it meets his usual high standards.

The soap itself is a harder variety than the Super Smooth, but it is still soft to the touch. You can easily scoop out a lump if necessary or you can load directly from the tub. That is what I did.

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I started to load my brush with the soap and straight away the proto lather was exploding in the tub. I decided to face lather for this shave as that is my preferred method. I had no problem creating a fantastic lather that Darron explained should negate the requirement for balm post shave.

I hadn't shaved for the best part of a week so I didn't know what to expect, but it was Wickhams so I knew it was going to be great. I created mountains of lather from the little bit of loading I did, so I guess this soap will last me ages which is good because it smells fantastic.

The scent I guess is subjective, but to me it was reminiscent of my signature scent I was wearing when SWMBO first met me. It is subtle, but present. But I guess so is the fragrance it is based on. If you like the original you will love this soap believe me!

I find it hard to talk about slip, cushion, protection etc. But what I can say is that I had a great shave with no irritation or nicks. The razor glided across my face and I tested the cardinal sin of touching up areas without lather without any incident so I guess residual protection must be present (Its Wickhams, of course it is!).

I had enough for two passes with plenty left in the brush. I usually use aftershave balms, but decided to trust Darron and have stayed balm free post shave. I think he is right, however I am probably not the best person to quantify this as I 'Always Balm'.

After my shave I decided to go for some lather shots to show how much can be created from just a few circuits of the tub. I used to bowl lather so chose that method to see how much I could create.

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My conclusion?

Darron has created another great soap. It is only my first shave, but already I am looking forward to using it the rest of the week. I guess I will have to get more shaves under my belt before I can really judge it, but first impressions are that it will definitely have a place in my den.

I understand that Darron has a range of scents available to him for this soap so hopefully everyone should find something that will take their fancy. As for those that like the EDT that my soap was based on? Keep your fingers crossed that it will make the cut as you need this soap in your arsenal.

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 04-16-2016, 12:35 PM
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Agreed.  I have three tubs of various tweaked 1912 formulas and his latest one is out of this world.  Once Darron gets this to market, you guys are in for a treat. Smile

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 04-16-2016, 01:57 PM
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Do you know if Lard is used as the primary fat in this soap? I had a sample of Darron's early soap which had lard and it had a Crisco shortening scent to it which I felt over powered the actual scent of the soap.

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 04-16-2016, 03:49 PM
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Thanks for the update Scowley,

Looks interesting..do you know the ingredients yet? Is it vegetable based?

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 04-16-2016, 04:34 PM
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I am a big fan of Wickham's earlier soaps.  I'm looking forward to these.  

If Erik says they are a treat, you can bet it's great!

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 04-16-2016, 10:20 PM
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(04-16-2016, 01:57 PM)Starkicker Wrote: Do you know if Lard is used as the primary fat in this soap? I had a sample of Darron's early soap which had lard and it had a Crisco shortening scent to it which I felt over powered the actual scent of the soap.

The only tallow (lard) soap Darron makes is the 'super-smooth' line.  All his other soaps are veggie based.  Though Crisco is veggie based, I'm pretty sure he doesn't use it. Wink

Quote:Ingredients of the 1912 hard soap are:

Stearic Acid, Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Cocoa Seed Butter (Cacao Theobroma ), Sustainable Palm Oil (Elaeis Guineensis), Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima), Water, Glycerine, Parfum, French Clay (Montmorillonite), Allantoin.


There will be 6 main fragrances in total which are;

Spice Trade - (Old Spice)
Club Cola - Sparkling Citrus
SKY (Issy Miyake)
Cashmere - a very soft and comfort smelling scent, it will have you going to the bathroom every 5 minutes to sniff the soap.
Scottish Heather - a herbal and medicinal type scent close to Lavender but with a slightly more pronounced scent.
Classic 24 (My take on Aventus) a bit more fruity with a slightly softer leather, was the 24th tweak before I thought; yes that's what I want!

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 04-17-2016, 04:43 AM
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(04-16-2016, 10:20 PM)Mr_Smartepants Wrote:
(04-16-2016, 01:57 PM)Starkicker Wrote: Do you know if Lard is used as the primary fat in this soap? I had a sample of Darron's early soap which had lard and it had a Crisco shortening scent to it which I felt over powered the actual scent of the soap.

The only tallow (lard) soap Darron makes is the 'super-smooth' line.  All his other soaps are veggie based.  Though Crisco is veggie based, I'm pretty sure he doesn't use it. Wink


Quote:Ingredients of the 1912 hard soap are:

Stearic Acid, Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Cocoa Seed Butter (Cacao Theobroma ), Sustainable Palm Oil (Elaeis Guineensis), Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima), Water, Glycerine, Parfum, French Clay (Montmorillonite), Allantoin.


There will be 6 main fragrances in total which are;

Spice Trade - (Old Spice)
Club Cola - Sparkling Citrus
SKY (Issy Miyake)
Cashmere - a very soft and comfort smelling scent, it will have you going to the bathroom every 5 minutes to sniff the soap.
Scottish Heather - a herbal and medicinal type scent close to Lavender but with a slightly more pronounced scent.
Classic 24 (My take on Aventus) a bit more fruity with a slightly softer leather, was the 24th tweak before I thought; yes that's what I want!

Thank you for the information! The scents sound amazing.

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 07-03-2016, 06:44 AM
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I pre-ordered the Club Cola. It sounds like a very interesting scent! I am looking forward to trying it. Except of the P&B Obsidian, I haven't tried any other English artisanal soap. That will change soon.

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 11-26-2016, 12:38 PM
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Received 24 and cashmere . Both are outstanding scents and performance of the soap is great.
24 reminds me a hint of Creed aventus parfum . Very nice scent .
Just ordered frankincense and can't wait as I love oriental scents.


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