I have my first Wet Shave Club (WSC) box in hand. I believe the first box may have been stolen from my doorstep. The folks over at WSC said “No problem” and sent out another that day. Awesome. Anyhow, I am going to do a little review of the soap that came with my box. I hear a few complaints about the soaps they are offering so I wanted to address that first off. The soap I got is call The Gent and is created by Whiskey Ink & Lace in Portland, OR.
I really like the simplicity of the packaging I received. Very artsy-fartsy. Cellophane plastic tied off with paper string and a raw cardboard label with the Logo and name. If you opt to get the tin can, It also looks very nice. I have used these tins with other soaps and I like them. As long as the label is waterproof. I do not know if it is.
The soap looks like it used a cupcake mould filled about half way. Maybe a large cupcake. The cake is about 3 inches across its thickest part. This will fit in a normal sizes shave mug. It’s a nice semi-translucent olive/forest green color. It does look a little less green in the photos. Could be the lighting either way.
Whiskey Ink & Lace describes the soaps smell as a “very warm, rich, woodsy, with a hint of citrus and smooth vanilla finish” with “medium” strength. The soap is Whiskey Ink & Lace. Thats the name of the company and also the scent. Well, at least the whiskey part. If you have tried Shaving Yeti’s Dr. Yeti’s Magic Elixir, this soap smells very similar. It’s a bourbon scent as opposed to a scotch. Not sweet like HTGaM’s Chocolate Bourbon. I am hoping that the scent will mellow out after a few weeks like my Magic Elixir did. I personally do not like bourbon and these soaps smell like an irish bar in the morning. It’s not really that bad and the smell if somewhat mild.
I used a boar brush because this is a hard soap and I wanted to give it a fighting change. Some of the other offerings from Wet Shave Club apparently have had lather issues. I can say that I didn’t have too much trouble with Whiskey Ink & Lace. It lathered pretty fast and I did get a thick cream. I did not get the kind of lather you could fill your bowl up and shave for weeks with. But it was nice. I would say close to Williams. It took quite a bit of water and I only got a little bit of the sound of the soap breaking down. Mostly as I shaved my head. The soap stayed on my face for a few minutes and started to dry. This is normal for me and I just add a little water to my brush and scrub a little more.
The lubrication from this soap is actually very good. I would say on par with Williams. It cave me a very smooth comfortable shave without one nick and no irritation. I was able to stretch the lather easily with my wet fingers to touch up some problem areas without having to go back to the brush.
At $7.00 a puck and $12.25 with Flat Rate shipping*, I would say it’s a little in the low scale as far as value. If you really want to try a whiskey soap that’s not like HTGaM’s version, go with Shaving Yeti. If you get this in your box of shaving goodies from Wet Shave Club, don’t throw it away, it is a good soap.
* Prices as of date published.
SOTD: September 15th, 2014
- Brush: Omega 80265R
- Soap: Whiskey Ink & Lace Shave Soap
- Razor: Gillette “Single Ring” (1913)
- Aftershave: Pinaud Clubman Musk
- Balm: Nivea Shave Balm for Sensitive Skin