I felt like giving a neglected product a second chance. It’s always good to revisit products because you never know when something will turn out to be a surprise upon second glance. I love eShave creams, but I have found their soaps to be somewhat lacking. They’re not bad, just not as good as the creams. I always manage to buy their products for a fraction of the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, so I find them to be well worth what I pay, but I judge them based upon their actual retail price (would I buy this product at full price?), so I tend to be hard on them if they do not muster up. I have the Linden soap currently and I love the scent, but feel ambivalent about its performance. I found the lather to be too airy and somewhat thin the first few times that I used it, so it has been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to decide what to do with it.
I am using French soaps this week, so I figured that today would be a good day to give the Linden another go (eShave products are made in France) . Having played with my vintage Gillettes and RiMei razors for a while now, I am also returning to my beloved disposable blade straight razors. My Fromm still has a blade in it with maybe a shave or two, so it was the obvious choice.
I did a three pass with the grain/against the grain/across the grain shave followed by a cold water rinse and some T.N. Dickinson Witch Hazel. A damn fine shave with no nicks (although I nearly had disaster strike when I was careless in placing the blade against my upper lip), and no irritation. I was a bit aggressive and was certain that I would walk away with some redness, but the excellent skin care properties of the eShave soap and the astringent properties of the witch hazel saved me from myself. The eShave Linden did really well. I don’t know if I have the EMJ synthetic and face lathering to thank or if I just didn’t give it enough of a chance the first few times I used it, but it was a joy to use today. I will use the Linden some more this week, and I may have to revisit the other eShave soaps if it continues to perform as well as it did today. My skin is soft, smooth, and happy.
Pre: Hot shower and warm water splash
Razor: Fromm hair shaper
Blade: Fromm hair shaper blade
Brush: Every Man Jack Synthetic
Soap: eShave Linden
Post: Cold water rinse and T.N. Dickinson Witch Hazel