04-25-2020, 07:29 PM
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I first learned of Los Jabones de Joserra, a line of shaving soaps from Spain, in October of last year.  Looking at SOTD photos from gentlemen in Europe, this soap caught my attention:

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I did some research and found that Los Jabones de Joserra are made in Spain by Jose Martinez.  I was curious as to the name of this particular soap - Rodrigo de Jerez.  It turns out that Rodrigo de Jerez was one of the crew members of Christopher Columbus when he sailed to the Americas in 1492.  Rodrigo de Jerez learned about smoking tobacco from the natives in the Americas, and is reputed to have introduced the habit to Spain when he returned.  I've never smoked, but like tobacco shaving soaps and have tried a lot of different ones.  I'm usually disappointed, as I find that there are few excellent tobacco scents available in shaving soaps.  I knew nothing about the quality of Los Jabones de Joserra, and decided a tobacco scented soap would be a good way to evaluate the brand.

I had difficulty finding this soap.  Despite its popularity among knowledgeable shavers in Europe, no USA shop carried it.  I finally found it in a UK shop and ordered it.  I have since learned from European shavers that Jose markets these soaps primarily through Facebook.   He does not have a catalog of regular offerings.  Instead, several times a year he does runs of his latest creations.  When those soaps sell out, that's it and they're unlikely to be produced again. 

According to Jose, this is the scent profile of Rodrigo de Jerez:

Top Notes:     Tobacco leaf and spicy notes.
Heart Notes:   Tonka bean, tobacco flower, leather, vanilla and cocoa.
Base Notes:    Nuts, black suade, amber and woody notes.

The ingredients:  Stearic acid, Beef tallow, Lamb tallow, Shea butter, Oils of flax seeds, cannabis seeds, coconut and castor, Glycerin, Fragrance, Cocoa powder.

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I liked the lather and scent of this soap from the moment I tried it.  The lather quality and post shave feel are excellent.  The scent immediately joined JabonMan Tobacco and Asylum Old Virginia as my favorites in the tobacco category.  With too many tobacco scented shaving soaps, they are so sweet or floral that it seems they forgot the tobacco.  Jose gets it right with Rodrigo de Jerez.

Rodrigo de Jerez is no longer available, and I wanted to try one of Jose's newer releases.  Communicating and ordering through Facebook is not optimal, but it seemed like it was the only option available to me.  Fortunately, I then learned that BullGoose was going to start carrying Los Jabones de Joserra.  Rather than going through Facebook, I waited for them to arrive at BullGoose and ordered Kilix.


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According to Jose, this is the scent profile of Kilix:

 Top Notes:   Bergamot and cardamom.
Heart Notes:  Floral.
Base notes:   Cedarwood, sandalwood, oud and tonka. 

The ingredients:  Tallow, Vegetable stearine, Coconut oil, Castor oil, She butter, Kokum butter, Fragrance, Camelia oil, Lanolin, Glycerin, Green clay.

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As with Rodrigo de Jerez, lather quality and post shave feel are excellent.  The scent immediately presents as a nice balance of cedarwood and sandalwood.  The cedarwood makes its presence known, but is not as dominant as in Le Pere Lucien's excellent Cedarwood and Patchouli.  Kilix is a well crafted scent profile.

Los Jabones de Joserra joins JabonMan in the category of outstanding, highly regarded shaving soaps from Spain.  These shaving soaps are well worth considering.

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 04-26-2020, 07:02 AM
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Thanks for the wonderful write-up Ricardo. Do they have any matching Aftershaves or balms to go with their soaps?


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 04-26-2020, 01:03 PM
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(04-26-2020, 07:02 AM)Jags009 Wrote: Thanks for the wonderful write-up Ricardo. Do they have any matching Aftershaves or balms to go with their soaps?


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Jagdeep, each of his soaps has a matching aftershave lotion.  I have not tried the lotions.

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 04-26-2020, 05:47 PM
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 04-27-2020, 03:38 AM
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Nice review Ricardo. They both sound wonderful and worthy of rotation.

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 05-02-2020, 09:51 AM
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(04-25-2020, 07:29 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: According to Jose, this is the scent profile of Rodrigo de Jerez:
Top Notes:     Tobacco leaf and spicy notes.
Heart Notes:   Tonka bean, tobacco flower, leather, vanilla and cocoa.
Base Notes:    Nuts, black suade, amber and woody notes.
The ingredients:  Stearic acid, Beef tallow, Lamb tallow, Shea butter, Oils of flax seeds, cannabis seeds, coconut and castor, Glycerin, Fragrance, Cocoa powder.

According to Jose, this is the scent profile of Kilix:
Top Notes:   Bergamot and cardamom.
Heart Notes:  Floral.
Base notes:   Cedarwood, sandalwood, oud and tonka. 
The ingredients:  Tallow, Vegetable stearine, Coconut oil, Castor oil, She butter, Kokum butter, Fragrance, Camelia oil, Lanolin, Glycerin, Green clay.
Very interesting.
I'd like to read the actual ingredients list. (INCI)

TIA, Ricardo.
Ciao
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 07-30-2020, 03:09 AM
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These days I am using this Spanish handmade soap.
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It is known as Los Jabones de Joserra, especially in southern Europe.
Jose Ramon (@joserra63) is present on social networks, and the line has its own FB page.
The model I have a sample of is Rodrigo de Jerez.
Here specs: https://foro.sincortenohaygloria.com/t/r...erez/34454

There are already some reviews online.
I fully agree on the fragrance, sweet but elegant and very enveloping.
Also on mechanics, with an excellent protective capacity and good primary lubrication.
Not exactly easy, given the high water point.
The long work required, however, is well rewarded.

What I am not on is the conditioning action.
Secondary lubrication is almost totally missing.
And the functionals all have superficial action.
So in case of inflammation of the skin, this is not well supported.

If I add that my dermatitis, with the continuous habitat changes related to the summer, is more inclined to make itself felt ... 
So the usual comfort I'm used to will require some accessories.
Which I don't need with more performing soaps.

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 10-27-2020, 07:24 AM
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(07-30-2020, 03:09 AM)ischiapp Wrote: These days I am using this Spanish handmade soap.
[Image: B9tj5HTm.jpg]
[Image: KSYuhACm.jpg]

It is known as Los Jabones de Joserra, especially in southern Europe.
Jose Ramon (@joserra63) is present on social networks, and the line has its own FB page.
The model I have a sample of is Rodrigo de Jerez.
Here specs: https://foro.sincortenohaygloria.com/t/r...erez/34454

There are already some reviews online.
I fully agree on the fragrance, sweet but elegant and very enveloping.
Also on mechanics, with an excellent protective capacity and good primary lubrication.
Not exactly easy, given the high water point.
The long work required, however, is well rewarded.

What I am not on is the conditioning action.
Secondary lubrication is almost totally missing.
And the functionals all have superficial action.
So in case of inflammation of the skin, this is not well supported.

If I add that my dermatitis, with the continuous habitat changes related to the summer, is more inclined to make itself felt ... 
So the usual comfort I'm used to will require some accessories.
Which I don't need with more performing soaps.
What is the best soap base right now in your opinion my friend?

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