12-24-2016, 08:33 AM
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From the manufacturer:  Desmond's Barrow (DB) Shaving Soaps are made with the highest quality ingredients, including tucuma seed & shea butters, tallow, lanolin and rice bran oil. 

Website: https://www.desmondsbarrow.com/

TL;DR Pro: Excellent cushion and slickness.  Excellent water and heat tolerance.

TL;DR Cons: Scent strengths can use a tiny bump.

Price: $17-20 USD depending on exchange rate with CAD for 110g (~4oz)

Quality/Appearance: Soap comes packed in an EXCELLENT metal can.  Wide enough for my biggest brushes and deep enough that the whole load stays contained and relatively mess free.  Cap of can fits in the bottom of the container (for those of you who care about that stuff).  Label is waterproof.

Soap texture is hard-soft; In between Mystic Waters and Sterling more toward MW.

Scent: Lovely clean scents mostly made from essential oils.  Scent quality is very natural with no hints of ‘artificialness’.  I’ve got the whole collection here and my favorites are ‘Mossy Lime’ and ‘Orange Patchouli’.

Some scents are complex and cerebral, while others are simple and emotional. Both types have it’s place, and Desmond’s Barrow is of the latter category.  

(Editorial: Scrithnscrub’s “Vetiver” is one of my all time favorite soaps for scent and performance and I’m working on getting Peter to offer it in Desmond's Barrow).


Lather: Softer nature renders a super quick and easy load without any need to ‘bloom’.

Resulting lather is super dense and cushioning, which is unsurprising since ‘Scrithnscrub’s’ was my go to in this category (but I refrained from referencing it since the soap was not widely available). 

Conversations with Peter revealed that Desmond’s Barrow was slightly reformulated from previous scritchnscrub soap iterations to increase the density and ‘grip’ which Peter defines as “the ability of the foam to hold the blade to your skin for closeness”.  I will say the slight formulation change does in fact yield a thicker and slicker lather that is VERY water stable. This slickness rivals all the current artisans and main stream soap makers and has propelled DB to the top of my ‘desert island soap’ list.

Efficacy: Slick and protective nature of this soap makes for a very efficient and comfortable shave.  

I ran the soap thru the ultimate torture test: Feather DX, Mild Blade - Day 3, No Prep. The resulting shave was extremely comfortable and I got a BBS with three passes and zero stinging with the alum pass.

Moisturizing: Extremely moisturizing even in the winter weather.  I can get away with using no after shave products with this soap without much trouble and my skin tends to be dry.

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 12-24-2016, 08:54 AM
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  • jamesrobson5
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Great Review! I have been very impressed with this soap. I hope Peter comes out with a Bay Rum scent in the future.

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 12-24-2016, 11:45 AM
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  • ARGH
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Happy Holidays to all of you ENABLERS! Just ordered two of his soaps.

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 12-24-2016, 12:14 PM
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Good review , con's killed it for me


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 12-24-2016, 12:15 PM
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(12-24-2016, 12:14 PM)Cricket203 Wrote: Good review , con's killed it for me


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To be fair the scent is definitely there and prevalent thru out the shave.   It just doesn't hang on the skin the way some other soaps do afterwards.  Can be a plus or a minus depending on what you want from the soap.

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 12-24-2016, 12:17 PM
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(12-24-2016, 11:45 AM)ARGH Wrote: Happy Holidays to all of you ENABLERS! Just ordered two of his soaps.

I just saw you ordered my two favorite scents!  I hope you like 'em.

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 12-24-2016, 02:04 PM
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(12-24-2016, 12:15 PM)GloryUprising Wrote:
(12-24-2016, 12:14 PM)Cricket203 Wrote: Good review , con's killed it for me


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To be fair the scent is definitely there and prevalent thru out the shave.   It just doesn't hang on the skin the way some other soaps do afterwards.  Can be a plus or a minus depending on what you want from the soap.


I am not looking for scent to linger after the shave . I like strong scent throughout the shave .

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 12-24-2016, 03:11 PM
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Nice review. .

Orange ~ patchouli ordered

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 12-24-2016, 07:31 PM
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(12-24-2016, 03:11 PM)morecolor Wrote: Nice review. .

Orange ~ patchouli ordered

Great choice!

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 12-24-2016, 07:45 PM
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(12-24-2016, 12:17 PM)GloryUprising Wrote:
(12-24-2016, 11:45 AM)ARGH Wrote: Happy Holidays to all of you ENABLERS! Just ordered two of his soaps.

I just saw you ordered my two favorite scents!  I hope you like 'em.

Looking forward to trying them!

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 12-24-2016, 09:11 PM
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Why not also ordered Orange ~ patchouli

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 12-25-2016, 12:32 PM
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(12-24-2016, 09:11 PM)bijou Wrote: Why not also ordered Orange ~ patchouli

Looks like that scent is sold out.  Congrats on grabbing one!

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 01-09-2017, 02:49 PM
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This has become my number one soap..
The scent, cushion, slickness and post shave are excellent. .
Time to order some more!

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 01-09-2017, 06:20 PM
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  • ARGH
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This soap is indeed outstanding! Tried Mossly lime, Orange Patchouli and Lemon Lavender. Liked all three scents very much. Highly recommend!

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 01-10-2017, 01:13 PM
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(01-09-2017, 06:20 PM)ARGH Wrote: This soap is indeed outstanding! Tried Mossly lime, Orange Patchouli and Lemon Lavender. Liked all three scents very much. Highly recommend!

I agree.  IMHO this is a top tier soap.  I own the mossly lime and have really enjoyed the scent which I would describe as an earthy lime.  I don't find it to be sweet or candylike.  I am interested in purchasing the lemon lavender.  Could anyone describe the scent.  Is it mostly lemon?  Mostly lavender? or equally balanced?

-Mark

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 01-10-2017, 01:52 PM
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I agree with most of the points listed by the OP.  I used the mossly lime for the first time this morning and loved it.
I will say that the soap composition isn't the most consistent; it has a mottled appearance where it looks like it hasn't been mixed thoroughly.  In practice, this is not a problem (it certainly doesn't affect the fantastic lather), but it is visually unsettling.  Maybe pushing the soap through a 'ricer' to mill it would help more evenly distribute the components within the soap tub.  Just an idea.
All the scents I have below are fantastic.  I think my least favorite is the orange-patchouli...but that doesn't make it a bad one, just the least-liked in a group of amazing soaps. Biggrin
Very very nice soaps indeed!  Well done.
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 01-10-2017, 02:03 PM
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Interesting, I also noticed this "pattern", but for some reason I liked it...

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 01-10-2017, 02:14 PM
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(01-10-2017, 02:03 PM)ARGH Wrote: Interesting, I also noticed this "pattern", but for some reason I liked it...

Could you please post a picture so we can see what you are talking about?

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 01-10-2017, 02:52 PM
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Seeing positive feedback here and also within people's Top 5 Artisan in another thread, I will be purchasing Mossly Lime when it's restocked. Looking forward to it!

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 01-10-2017, 03:02 PM
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Here they come. I decided to make a little experiment after my previous comment and took the Mossly Lime out of the tin, kneaded it a bit and put it back. The pattern and that pinkish color (you can still see it in the second tin) are gone.

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