09-01-2016, 11:16 AM
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  • bijou
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I have seen a few videos and read a few reviews all good on Ballenclaugh soaps yet I have no idea why there aren't more reviews, it's an excellent soap. I have been using Ballenclaugh soaps for the last 3 years and have purchase 4 soaps and some in multiples to stock up on and give as gifts to my boys. My first soap was the Woodsman which I feel is/was Chris's best soap. When the soap sold out 3 years ago he did not make it again, though I have very recently asked/requested Chris to please bring it back.Some Ballenclaugh info

1- Ballenclaugh offers between 1 to 3 soaps at a time, when a soap is sold out it seems it is not made again (Hot Barrel Rose being the exception with the new 4.5 formula).

2- Packaging is good and has improved over the years

3- Soap ingredients is listed on the website, it is not listed on the new packaging (ingredients was listed on the old containers).

4- Ballenclaugh scents are unique, their strong when you open the lid, mellow out when lathering, dissipate within minutes after your shave, also there are no offering of after shave or balms.

As far as scents in general for my self are concerned my ability to distinguish the intricacies of a scent is pretty poor. I know what I like but have no idea what specific ingredient/s in the scent that attracts me. With that said I loved the scent of Woodsman and the original Hot Barrel Rose, the scent of the new formulated Hot Barrel Rose 4.5 is slightly different, I like it yet I'm partial to the original. Besides being an excellent shaving soap Chris's scents are different from all the other soap makers that I have purchased from. His unique scents are part of his signature.

The Woodsmen (I still have 3 tubs, 1 in use, 2 new, Chris promoted this soap as having Swedish Pine Tar as an ingredient) I feel is the best of the Ballenclaugh soaps great scent, great lather and cushion, super slick with an after shave moisturizing lubricant. My next 2 are Hot Barrel Rose 4.5 and Vanderpool 4.5 really like these scents excellent lather and cushion, excellent slickness and after shave feel. As far as Old Barber and Thunder and Linen I like the scents but it is the shaving experience that I love, these 2 soaps have what I expect of a Ballenclaugh soap.

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 09-01-2016, 11:34 AM
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People can't review what we don't know about. Is it a croap? The pine tar is interesting but is it in any current offerings? I take exception to his comment on high priced soaps. Triple mill your product and bring it in at that price and we can talk.

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 09-01-2016, 11:41 AM
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I have never heard about them. Is pine tar supposed to be an igredient that's good for the skin?

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 09-01-2016, 12:16 PM
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Sounds great.  Unfortunately they won't ship to my APO mailing address.  No soaps for me. Sad

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 09-01-2016, 01:31 PM
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I like Ballenclaugh a lot. Thanks for bringing it to the attention of TSN. Great artisan product.

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 09-01-2016, 01:55 PM
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Pine tar is a old apothecary term for SAP. It is not asphaltum based tar which has been removed from products as a carcinogen- and a shame, since it too had marvelous dermatological qualities.
Tree saps are very ancient ingredients for skin care, first aid, a digestive, chewing gum and in glues and waterproofing. And of course, Amber is ancient sap.

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 09-01-2016, 01:58 PM
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I know that Pine Tar is used in soaps (I went to Etzy, Google to learn a little more about this) other then that I have no idea what it's supposed to do in the lathering, cleaning, soap dept. As of today I still use the Woodsman soap, I like the scent and really enjoy shaving with it.

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 09-01-2016, 01:59 PM
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Enablers! Cheers Just placed an order for a container of the Hot Barrel Rose 4.5

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 09-06-2016, 06:01 PM
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The soap arrived, but unfortunately its smell is not for me... Confused

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 09-07-2016, 03:52 AM
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How is the performance though?

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 09-07-2016, 04:55 AM
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Sorry, I did not try it yet, in case someone would want to buy it right away.

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 09-07-2016, 05:28 AM
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(09-06-2016, 06:01 PM)ARGH Wrote: The soap arrived, but unfortunately its smell is not for me... Confused

What scent did you get?

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 09-07-2016, 05:34 AM
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I’m a big fan of Ballenclaugh, I especially like his early scents like the Boston blend (Eucalyptus) and Summer Grove.

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 09-07-2016, 04:53 PM
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(09-07-2016, 05:28 AM)Snake Eyes Wrote:
(09-06-2016, 06:01 PM)ARGH Wrote: The soap arrived, but unfortunately its smell is not for me... Confused

What scent did you get?

Hot Barrel Rose

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 09-08-2016, 09:47 PM
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I may have to try this now. I like unusual scents

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 09-08-2016, 10:39 PM
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I'm curious to try the woodsmen. It's always out of stock when I check, I hope I snag one on their site, or on our BST

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 09-09-2016, 05:55 AM
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(09-08-2016, 10:39 PM)1Geralt Wrote: I'm curious to try the woodsmen. It's always out of stock when I check, I hope I snag one on their site, or on our BST

These are unique scents that are quite different then others. One of the video reviewers (youtube) didn't like Hot Barrel Rose neither did his wife at first. He left the top off the tub in-which the fragrance filled the room. He and his wife changed their opinion he used the soap and loved it. Each to their own. 

Woodsmen sold out a few years ago and Chris hasn't made it again. It seems that Hot Barrel Rose is the only soap that he made a second time after selling out. I feel the scent on the current batch is good but not as good as the original scent but I just like his soap.

For myself i don't like sweet or tabaco scents. I  haven't found any of his scents sweet, I usually stay away from tabaco scents though I did just purchase honey tabaco

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 09-09-2016, 07:11 AM
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(09-08-2016, 09:47 PM)youngunn2008 Wrote: I may have to try this now. I like unusual scents

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I am letting my container go untouched, if interested

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 09-09-2016, 07:41 PM
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(09-09-2016, 07:11 AM)ARGH Wrote:
(09-08-2016, 09:47 PM)youngunn2008 Wrote: I may have to try this now. I like unusual scents

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I am letting my container go untouched, if interested
I appreciate it, I'll let you know. I've bought a bunch lately so I may not be able to without making little lady upset lol

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 09-10-2016, 12:43 AM
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(09-09-2016, 07:41 PM)youngunn2008 Wrote:
(09-09-2016, 07:11 AM)ARGH Wrote:
(09-08-2016, 09:47 PM)youngunn2008 Wrote: I may have to try this now. I like unusual scents

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I am letting my container go untouched, if interested
I appreciate it, I'll let you know. I've bought a bunch lately so I may not be able to without making little lady upset lol

Lol same here. Was about to pm for the hot barrel but I've been spending too much. Time to lay low a little.

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