A classic we traveled around the world to bring to you! A very unique scent that many in the shaving world have come to love! Sweet with a hint of whiskey.
Country of Manufacture: Scotland
Type: Shave Soap
Essence of Scotland by The Gentleman's Groom Room. This is a fantastic glycerin shaving soap specially formulated and custom blended with the main ingredients carefully selected by shaving and male grooming specialist Ian Thomson at The Gentleman's Groom Room. This luxury traditional shaving soap produces an excellent lather when used with a shaving brush. It perfectly prepares the skin for a close and comfortable shave. The product is enriched with conditioning and moisturizing properties, which will ensure the perfect shave.
Enriched and fragranced with Bog Myrtle, Natural honey, Mixed spices, Cedarwood, Beeswax and Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
I was looking for a scene that was more reserved than some of the real nostril-yankers so readily available elsewhere - and I have to admit this scent is so subtle you can easily miss it. Which is good; it's there if you turn your head and get a whiff or if someone gives you a hug it's noticeable, but it's not the type of scent that's going to be offensive. The smell is quite pleasing on it's own merits.
I'm sensitive to strong smells and this definitely doesn't have a strong smell, so points for that. Also, it lathers pretty easily for a melt and pour soap. Another reviewer noted it's in the same sector as Bay Rum - I'd agree with that. This might be an even lighter smell, actually.
The scent it does have is not as woodsy as I would have thought. I've seen it advertised as a shaving soap with "scotch" scent - but in reality I wouldn't describe it that way at all. Also, if cedar wood makes you sneeze, don't worry: there is no strong really noticeable cedar scent here either. As I say, it's a pleasant smell but not as masculine or woodsy, or fresh as I would have thought.
There is another "cedar & scotch" shaving soap available online, and I think I'll try that next to compare them.
Overall, as a shaving soap, it's sort of pleasant all the way around. It's not exceptional in lather or scent, but it's hardly bad on either of those points either.
Leisure guy was spot on when ascribing the scent to a 'Rusty Nail'. In my opinion anything with single malt in it has to be good. The scent is not overpowering either. Very manly. Realize it is a glycerin based soap i.e. clear. It lathers up well though maybe not as rich as say an opaque soap like T of O B sandalwood and why I gave it 4 versus 5. However, I will admit our water is a bit hard so YMMV. But the shave was still excellent. Bottom line, if you are looking for a fresh manly scent this fits the bill. In the same category as Bay Rum, which I love.
Last year I purchased the Scottish gale shaving soap, finding the scent and the lather to my liking. This bowl of shaving soap last about a year with daily use, while the pleasing aroma stays fresh the whole time. I have also used the Groom Room Scottish Heather finding it to my liking also. I highly recommend this product.
great glycerin soap and perfekt scent