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Barrister and Mann Lavanille Artisan Shaving Soap, Excelsior Base, 4oz

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The vanillin in Lavanille may cause it to discolor animal hair shaving brushes. Use of a dedicated brush or a synthetic-fiber shaving brush is recommended.

Some time ago, Barrister and Mann® had the extraordinary fortune to obtain a sample of the discontinued, leathery perfume base Mousse de Saxe. Armed with only this small sample and historical records of what went into the original, we set out to re-create the famous design by smell alone. After four months of research, formulation, reformulation, and constant refinement, we successfully rebuilt Mousse de Saxe into its original glory. It seemed only fitting that such an achievement should be used to create a soap inspired by some of the greatest masculine fragrances of all time.

We blend our version of Mousse de Saxe with lavender, vanilla, cedar, and the elegant musk Exaltolide to create a dark, leathery, elegant soap unlike anything seen for nearly a half century.

Net wt. 4 oz, Made in the USA

Overall, Excelsior represents a significant upgrade over the performance of Glissant and will last considerably longer because it's a much harder product. It produces lather similar to that of Barrister's Reserve®, but does not exhibit the gooey, stringy characteristics of its softer cousin. Those who love the lather they get from Barrister's Reserve® soaps but who find the soap difficult to work with will very likely enjoy the performance of Excelsior a great deal.

Ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Sodium Tallowate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Sodium Ricinoleate, Coconut Milk, Sodium Shea Butterate, Carthamus tinctorius hybrid (Hybrid Safflower) Seed Oil, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Allantoin, Lanolin, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Citrate, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Fragrance/Parfum, Juniperus virginiana (Virginia Cedarwood) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein


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Tom P.
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I received this as a Xmas present and boy I'm glad I did! Scent is a wonderful combination of leather, chocolate, vanilla, lavender and everything in between. The lather is phenomenal with cushion, glide, slickness, and post shave feel all first rate. AN ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE BY B&M! The matching a/s (another masterpiece) was icing on the cake! Easy 5 stars for me.

Craig K.
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I have White Label (old base) and the Horse Tub (Glissant base) versions of Lavanille in front of me as I write this. I can assure all that Lavanille remains an amazing smelling soap in its Glissant base. The two previous reviewers need to smell the soap for more than 10 seconds and even shave with it before leaving negative reviews. "Smells different" should not be the basis for a two star review. As implied, the Glissant Lavanille smells slightly different in the tub for about 10 seconds of sniffing. Then by about second 11 or so, all the usual smells characteristic of the scent return, and once lathered and applied to the face, there will be no doubt that the scent smells as usual. Did you buy a shave soap to sniff in the jar or to shave with? Anyway, for those unfamiliar with Lavanille, it is one of the true classic scents of wet shaving, A musky, sweet / spicy mix of lavender and vanilla, the soap smells ancient, mysterious, and elegant. The reproduction work involved in resurrecting the old Mousse De Saxe base is amazing and complex, and anyone who loves complex fragrances will be enthralled. Glissant base is probably the best tallow formula we have in shaving right now, and offers quick lather, and the ideal combo of glide and cushion. Post shave feel is also excellent, and if your skin is ordinary (not overly dry), you definitely can get by with no post shave treatment. Glissant also works equally well in both hard and soft water. The White Label (old base) formula of Lavanille smelled slightly different in the tub, or at least it did for the first ten seconds of sniffing. I wouldn't even say it's a better in-tub smell, just different. After a few more seconds, or once you actually shave with the stuff, all is equal. The new packaging is excellent, sturdier and more attractive than the older style tubs, and the labeling is more informative. Plus you have that cool looking horse... I think most buyers will not miss the ten seconds of different scent from the old version when offered a better base, nicer package, and the same scent in the recent release. I wish Maggard's would make negative reviewers go into detail about their complaints -- too much "I don't like the smell, one star" and "smells different, two stars" type reviews on the site. I doubt these reviews are of much use to anyone, almost as bad as the "Grate smell!!!, five stars stuff, but worse in a way, as the creative and technical excellence of a product should not be so readily diminished by nitpickers with two minutes' time on their hands.

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I fully agree with EM The smell differs from the previous version, created not on the basis of glissan. A similar situation with Leviathan and Dickens. Most likely this is the result of the transition to the glissan formula.

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This soap differs smell from bought in the summer of 2016.

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Careful! If you are like me you may initially be disappointed by the lather and be tempted to move on. It isn't easy to build up any lather for me. Despite having no issue with other soaps, I think there's both the amount of water issue, time, and the fact that you just need a lot more of the product. I recommend adding it in two phases during a bowl later. The first piece will cover the brush, but not really in a lather, just sort of be soapy. It gets better when you add a second amount at about 90+ seconds in. It's still nowhere near as easy as TOBS best soaps, but by working at it and using more product you can get a rich and very thick lather. Now here's the good news, the smell is incredible. The shave is good, but the smell! It only improves as you shave, and it sticks with you. If you follow-up with an unscented moisturiser like I do, you'll love how this scent lingers. This is now my 20th soap or so, three have been what I consider to be good, and despite the work it takes, I can say with confidence that this is keeper!