03-13-2012, 05:42 AM
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Crabtree & Evelyn Sienna shave soap

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Crabtree & Evelyn's passion for travel, enlightenment and discovery, led them to the medieval hill towns of Tuscany, the inspiration for the Sienna fragrance for men. Its essence captures a feeling of old-world luxury in a masculine blend of leather, citrus and spice – with just a hint of fire and herbs.

It is a shaving soap, available at some online shops, and at the own-brand retail chain stores as well. Although it is commercialized under the Crabtree & Evelyn brand, it is made by Culmak, makers of other well-known shaving soaps (T&H, Cyril R Salter, D. R. Harris, Plisson, Maison du Barbier, TOBS, etc.)



1 - Ingredients list:

Quote: potassium palmate, sodium palmate, potassium stearate, potassium palm kernelate, sodium palm kernelate, water (aqua), sodium stearate, glycerin, fragrance, palm kernel acid, (parfum), isopropyl myristate, tocopheryl acetate, bisabolol, sodium chloride, tetrasodium EDTA, tetrasodium etidronate, tetrasodium pentetate, bht, linalool, limonene, amyl cynnamal, coumarin, hydroxyisoexyl 3-cyclohexene, carboxyaldehyde, eugenol, titanium dioxide (CI 77492)

Veggie soap, based on Palm oil, stearic acid and glycerine - a typical Culmak formulation. Contains also Vitamin E and bisabolol.


2 - Presentation:

Soap puck with 100gr inside a carton box – there is also a version that includes a wooden bowl. The carton boxes are nicely decorated, and the wooden bowls are very pretty also – maybe the nicest ones, when compared with the ones from the 3 T’s.

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3 - Durability:

I tis na hard, triple-milled soap that will certainly last a lot of shaves, probably something between 3 or 4 months, maybe more. I have used mine a lot, and you can nearly still see the engravings on the soap!


4. – Soap load:

The normal for na hard, tripple-milled soap: you have to load for a little longer than a soft soap, of course, and that can be variable, and depends of the backbone of the brush. The loading time can be shorter if you previously moisten the surface of the soap with a few drops of water.


5 - Ability to lather:

Good. With just a few turns of the brush, the lather starts to form, growing soon after that, both in quality and quantity.


6 - Water/soap ratio:

Permissive. It holds on pretty well a little excess of water, without loosing its protective characteristics.


7 – Lather quality:

Nice, creamy, dense and long-lasting. It adheres to your skin very easily, and if you manage to use the right amount of water, it has the typical “shine” that is the characteristic of a good lather.


8 - Protection and slickness:

Good. The slickness is very good. Perhaps it could be a little more cushioning and voluminous, but that is more a question of my own personal taste, rather than something that compromises the protectiveness and effectiveness of this soap.


9 – Skin sensation

Excellent. There isn’t any refreshing or mentholated feeling, but it gives a good sensation of comfort. It provides a very comfortable shave, every time I use it, without any nicks, cuts or irritation..


10 - Moisturising and post-shave

Good. I sure could be a little better in this parameter – the French and Italian soaps are a little better when it comes to moisturising properties, no doubt about it. But nevertheless, the post-shaving sensation is very good; the face feels clean and comfortable after the shave. A good aftershave of your choice and you’re ready to go.


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11 - Fragrance:

Surely one of the best characteristics of this soap. A very pleasant mix of leather, citrus and spicy notes, I like it a lot! Medium intensity – it is not properly a unscented soap, but it isn’t overwhelming either. It lasts through the shave, and then it fades away quickly after rinsing.


12 - Price:

Don’t really know for sure the price of it in the USA. I bought mine on a web-shop called feelunique.com, it was on sale and cost me €13,50, including shipping and the nice wooden bowl. The refills are generally priced around €7,50, and in the USA, I believe to be something between the $8-$14 price range – a very good price for a nice triple-milled soap like this one.

13 - Conclusion:

C&E Sienna is an overall good soap that, without being an outstanding one, it is effective, provides a good and comfortable shave, and has a very pleasant fragrance. Recommended product? YES! For daily use or for a rotation, it is a good soap with an excellent aroma and at a good price, and deserves to be on everyone's nook. Cool

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 03-13-2012, 11:58 AM
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  • Teiste
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This is a brilliant review of a great shaving soap.I really like its lathery scent and also its skin care properties.
Some of the C&E soaps have been bashed by I think (and I do honestly think this) that people dont know how to make lather from a tripple milled soap,so they get a bubbly,weak lather which its not suitable for shaving.
If you really load the brush with this soap you will be able to make a really thick and slick lather from it,with a great woody/leather/spicy scent.

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 03-13-2012, 12:18 PM
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It is a great soap. I bought the refill for $9 to use in a pottery bowl, but the wooden bowl is only $22 with the soap from C&E. It is a great value and generally available at most malls (in major cities) across America.

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 03-13-2012, 12:59 PM
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I love the C&E soaps, and Sienna is by far my favorite. The scent is masculine without being over the top.

I agree it doesn't match up to the French or Italian soaps for skin nourishment, but it also isn't hard on my skin either.

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 09-19-2012, 12:00 PM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Emanuel

Wow! what an excellent review Thumbsup

I'm now looking forward to trying my Brucey Bonus refill puck (scent Nomad)...

Take care, Mike

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 09-19-2012, 03:22 PM
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I bought a puck of C&E Sienna back in January or February but I haven't used it. That will change this weekend!

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 09-19-2012, 06:13 PM
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(03-13-2012, 11:58 AM)Teiste Wrote: Some of the C&E soaps have been bashed by I think (and I do honestly think this) that people dont know how to make lather from a tripple milled soap,so they get a bubbly,weak lather which its not suitable for shaving.
If you really load the brush with this soap you will be able to make a really thick and slick lather from it,with a great woody/leather/spicy scent.

I've never had a problem with either C&E Sienna or Sandalwood. You just use a little more product. It's also pretty easy to find which is nice.

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 09-21-2012, 01:37 PM
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I agree, this is a very good soap with a great scent. This is a soap that doesn't seem to get the respect it deserves on a lot of the shaving forums.

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 09-21-2012, 02:22 PM
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(09-19-2012, 03:22 PM)5Savages Wrote: I bought a puck of C&E Sienna back in January or February but I haven't used it. That will change this weekend!

I used it for the first time last night. Unfortunately, I think it irritated my skin similar to what TOBS sandalwood soap does, but not near as bad. I also didn't use enough product and it started getting thin by the third pass. I'll give it another shot tonight.

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 09-21-2012, 02:57 PM
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I found this to be a great lathering soap.

Down points for me are that the scent is strong and I'm not too keen on it. Also it made my face tingle/sting a little.

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 09-21-2012, 04:39 PM
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One of the best soaps out there for the price IMO - and a very good soap at any price. I loved the scent so much I picked up the EdT as well, which is also nice.

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 09-23-2012, 06:48 AM
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  • tgutc
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I picked up a bowl of the Sienna last night after reading this thread. I've been considering it for a while and this pushed me over the edge. Thanks for the review!

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 09-29-2012, 06:39 PM
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I find Sienna and Nomad to be wonderful soaps

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 09-30-2012, 12:31 AM
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Thank you for your words, gentlemen!
I truly appreciate this soap, but I haven't tried the Nomad. It seems that I have to try it in the near future!

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 09-30-2012, 04:42 AM
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I have used C&E's Sandalwood for years, its the only soap I have bought more than 1 puck of, including a bowl!

I had Sienna but didn't like the scent, none the less, these are quality soaps, regardless of your scent preference, and considering you could buy them for $8 its a no brainer.

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 02-05-2013, 09:29 PM
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I saw this(in bowl)at an outlet mall in Melbourne Australia for $AUD 32

The Shaver Shop has it for the same price

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 02-06-2013, 06:45 AM
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I gave this one a good sniff at the MOA one day, and liked it. It fits in a slightly over-stocked portion of my scent profile, though, so I haven't bought it yet. (I have to be careful or I'll end up owning ever citrus & spice/herb/fern based scent on the planet.)

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 02-07-2013, 11:19 AM
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Great review and great soap!

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