04-07-2017, 08:27 AM
  • Teiste
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I have been , as I have expressed on a recent thread , about the quality of some of the latest shaving soap artisan releases and this new Monaco Royale with Tallow and Donkey Milk have been nothing less than SUPERB with capital letters.

I have tried so far , from this brand , I mean , the vegan Fougere Bouquet and the tallow Vetivertal and both of them have really more than satisfied me , due to their great skin care and scent wise properties.

Well , this Monaco Royale have even gone the extra mile in the skin care department.

The ingredientes list is simply a combination of the goodness of lanolin , with Tallow and other butters like Kokum , Shea and Cocoa.Until there , the regular Tallow version that Wholly Kaw have been offering.But then , the inclusion of Donkey Milk , like some of the French soaps have been offering us in the past (Savon de Moulin) and that have made a difference in the quality of the lather

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The soap comes in the regular white plastic jar , with the green label (the vegan version has a yellow label) and 4 oz of soap.

I noticed that this soap is slightly harder than the vegan and regular tallow version I own.

And the lather , my friends , is nothing less than great.Using the new Semogue Barbear Classico synthetic brush here.Loading the soap for 15 seconds :

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And after over a minute building it the lather on the palm of my hand :

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This soap is a water thirsty one , don't be shy adding water to it.But as you can see in the pic , it would reward you with an extra thick lather.And when I say thick , trust me , is thick.

I feel that this lather , literally , stick to my skin.I also thought that due to its thickness it wasn't going to be slick at all , but I was wrong : the lanolin and the butters make it slick , like a good shaving soap should be.

Shaving with it have been a pleasure for my extra dry skin , leaving it nourished after the shave.I can only say thanks ! to that.

And it's scent is quite a nice one.Wholly Kaw says this about it :

Scent notes:

Top notes: Lavender, Bergamot, Neroli, Petitgrain

Middle notes: Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Tonka Bean, Ambergris*

Base notes: Guaiacwood, Agarwood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Labdanum and Musk

Well , that says a lot and at the same time we need to smell it to really knows how good smells.For me it's like a combination of the fresh notes of Tabac mixed with Penhaligons Opus 1870.Thats how I would describe it.
Manly scent , not very overpowering , but lady during the shave.Perfect for Spring and Summer months.

This tallow version has a price of 23.99 dollars , while the vegan one if a little bit cheaper , 18.99 dollars.

While I haven't tried the vegan version , and this soap is more expensive than some others out there , I find it to be excellent in the skin care department and scent wise.Once again , very happy with it and even more happy to see how shaving soap artisans are still releasing amazing ones.

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 04-07-2017, 08:57 AM
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Thanks for the nice review Teiste! I've been eyeing this one for awhile and was wondering about the scent, good to have something to compare it to

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 04-07-2017, 01:26 PM
  • ARGH
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I second every word, Teiste! I would just like to add that its scent resembled  a lighter and less aggressive version of the Hallows by B&M. Which I happen to like.

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 04-07-2017, 03:00 PM
  • EricM
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I used it a few days ago.  First soap I've tried with Donkey Milk.  What a terrific shave!!

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 04-08-2017, 02:17 AM
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(04-07-2017, 03:00 PM)EricM Wrote: I used it a few days ago.  First soap I've tried with Donkey Milk.  What a terrific shave!!

I have not used this one but SDV which contains Donkey's milk. Indeed such soaps lather up in a jiffy and have an amazing post shave feel.

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 04-10-2017, 04:42 PM
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FYI he's also doing a limited run of the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G "Fougere Bouquet" scent in this new donkey milk formula too. Excited for that one.

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 04-11-2017, 09:01 PM
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(04-10-2017, 04:42 PM)crazindndude Wrote: FYI he's also doing a limited run of the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G "Fougere Bouquet" scent in this new donkey milk formula too. Excited for that one.

Just ordered the SE Fougere Bouquet since I'm running low on my tub of the standard tallow. Agree, this is a fantastic scent, and the performance was already great.

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