If you are a frequent reader of this blog, there are probably a few things you know about me. I typically prefer shaving soaps over shaving creams. I think men should experiment with more floral fragrances like they used to wear in the beginning of the twentieth century and earlier. And I am a big fan of the Geo. F. Trumper Coral Skin Food. You can read my review of this amazing post-shave product here. So, it only makes sense that I should try and like the Geo. F. Trumper Rose Shaving Soap. Unfortunately, things are not always as they seem.
My biggest issue with Trumper’s Rose Shaving Soap is the lather. I have tried and tried and tried to get a thick and rich lather from my puck and just can’t seem to find get it. Even when I get the lather looking meringue-like, it always dries up on my face. I am willing to admit that it’s possible there’s an issue with my water, but I have had no issues lathers soaps from Cella, Proraso, Taylor of Old Bond Street, The Art of Shaving, Barrister & Mann, RazoRock, Tabac, D.R. Harris or Arko. I’ve tried hot water, cool water, cold water, lots of water, just a little water and everywhere in between. The lather just never comes together. When I do lather my face, the soap feels extremely slick, but there is not a lot of cushion. My first few strokes are comfortable, then the lather dries up before my first pass is done and I almost always nick myself. My trouble spots, like my neck, are even more difficult due to the lack of glide for my razor. After some research, I believe the issue is linked to a reformulation in the production of their soaps switching from a tallow base to a palm oil base. I have always been a fan of tallow-based soaps, so I was disheartened to discover this. Hopefully Trumper’s can correct this issue.
I’m mostly disappointed because I love the smell of this soap, and wish I could use it. I think rose is a wonderful fall and winter fragrance. I also love Geo. F. Trumper’s as a whole. I think this is a fabulous company, with a rich history extending almost one hundred fifty years. They make some incredible products that I use almost daily, like the Coral Skin Food. However, I cannot, in good conscience recommend the Rose Shaving Soap, especially at thirty-five dollars. I do, however, recommend rose as a fragrance, especially for those with sensitive skin. With that in mind, I would try either the Taylor of Old Bond Street Rose Shaving Cream, the D.R. Harris Rose Shaving Cream or the Catie’s Bubble “La Rose du Mechant” Shaving Soap.
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