Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

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Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

Post by brothers » Fri May 23, 2014 7:00 am

This one is a keeper.

Ease of lathering: 9/10--Even with my hard water, I've lathered up in a bowl and face-lathered sans the bowl. No complaints here.

Longevity of lather: 9/10--Very good. The lather is stable on the brush, in the bowl, and on the face.

Shaving performance: 9/10--Slick, protective, good cushion and glide. Thick rich abundant lather just as I hoped for. The lather does what it's supposed to do: enables the razor to remove the whiskers. I never ask for more.

General skincare: 9/10--Neither too dry nor noticeably moisturizing. Post shave feel is great.

Scent: 10/10--I love it. Lime, yes. Different, yes for sure. It's addictive to my nose. Lovely and noticeably a sibling to the Lavender TOBS fragrance. I find it delightful. Not a punch in the nose, as I had feared, and not too perfumy like some other lime scented soaps. More like a gentle loving touch to me.

Price: 9/10--$15 range. A good value in a good English triple milled hard soap that delivers the goods.

Would I buy again: 10/10--Most definitely. Backups are inevitable. If you get one and find it's not your cup of tea, remember to PM me and I'll buy yours.

TOBS is in the game. Another top quality product worthy of the brand. I had an empty Taylors wooden bowl, and it looks right at home there. This one exceeded my expectations. I've got it on the shelf next to the Pens Sartorial and the home made soap. I'm going to stick with this one.
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Re: Review: TOBS Luxury Lime Shaving Soap

Post by jww » Fri May 23, 2014 7:12 am

Thanks for the review, Gary. I notice on their site that lavender is one of the ingredients. I couldn't find a full list --- are they running with tallow or palm base in this soap?
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Re: Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

Post by brothers » Fri May 23, 2014 7:26 am

This is a new formula without tallow. Note: the box describes the fragrance as "discreet". That's appropriate.

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Re: Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

Post by EL Alamein » Fri May 23, 2014 6:22 pm

You just couldn't resist, eh, Gary? :D Good on you. Looks like a winner. My only hesitation is that there seems to be more glycerin than water in it. Probably won't stop me, though.

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Post by brothers » Fri May 23, 2014 8:43 pm

Chris, I really couldn't resist. :) this time it turned out to be a good decision. If you get one, I hope you enjoy it as much as you do your Lavender. For tonight's shave a few minutes ago, I loaded it on the dry synthetic brush for 20 seconds, and lathered in the bowl, adding water sparingly. I kept asking myself if I had exaggerated about any of my opinions in the review, as I went along. I don't think so.
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Post by bernards66 » Sat May 24, 2014 10:04 pm

Gary, So, after we wouldn't bite you yourself caved eh? ( chuckle ) I'm glad that it worked out well for you and thanks for the review. There was a time when I suspected that no commercially offered palm oil based soap would be any good. However, some of the more recent Trumper shave soaps showed me that I was mistaken. While I still don't think that they're quite as good as their tallow based predecessors they are still more than good enough....and it sounds like this Taylor soap is also. Like you I was wondering how they would do the scent but it sounds appealing from what you wrote above. This just might be my next, or next after that, hard shave soap purchase.
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Re: Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

Post by brothers » Sun May 25, 2014 2:05 am

Gordon, they had me when they chose lime. Somebody in the fragrance department over at Taylors has a gift. This one's got that recognizable familial Taylors scent profile, then they put just the right amount of lime in there to justify the name, but then they brought in the magic. Since I first experienced both the lavender soap and the cream from TOBS I've been hooked on that subtle English lavender characteristic that seems unique to Taylors. Right out of the box, my experience was ". . . aaahhhh, Lime. . .". I could have predicted that, of course. What I never expected was that subtle but exquisite quality that made me say ". . . hello my old friend! . . . where did you come from? Fancy meeting you here! Gosh it's good to see you again . . . ". And that's just the fragrance. It seems to me that the lather started strong and never disappoints me.
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Post by Bob in TX » Sun May 25, 2014 4:09 am

Nice review Gary. Thanks.

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Re: Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

Post by Steve » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:48 am

Gary,

Thanks for the review! I like all of the Taylor soaps! When my Taylor's Jermym soap is used up I will try the Luxury Lime.

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Re: Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

Post by Nitrox » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:05 pm

I've had the Lavender soap for quite some time and love the scent, performance and cost.
I recently purchased the Limes as well as the Jermyn. The limes has a great scent that is not overpowering and of course it has not disappointed me with the performance.
Some of these palm based soaps give outstanding performance while maintaining great value. The thing about these soaps is that there is variety. Soaps such as Trumper's, Penhaligons and Floris, although the last two are up there in price.
The Jermyn soap performs great as well, although the scent is very subdued. Mind you, my sense of smell is not what it used to be.
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Re: Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

Post by Squire » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:35 pm

Hmm, exit polls indicate this one's a winner.
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Post by bernards66 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:42 pm

Squire, Indeed. It's most encouraging. The whole top shelf English hard shave soap thing was sounding a bit iffy there for awhile but things have evidently settled down.
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Re: Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

Post by rcohen » Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:30 pm

Thanks for the review.

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Post by brothers » Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:04 pm

rcohen wrote:Thanks for the review.
It was my pleasure. :D Good soap. As soon as I finish using up my tube of Mem shaving cream, to be followed by finishing off a stick of Blueness soap, I'll dive into the TOBS Lime, and my intention is to use it up too, no matter how long that might take. This gives me something really good to look forward to (Not to mention the Mem and the Blueness on the way!)
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Post by bernards66 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:36 pm

Well, I finally was able to try this soap out as I purchased a cake at the Taylor's shop in Jermyn Street and I must agree with Gary that it is excellent. You know, I sometimes kicked myself because I failed to get any of the old Royal Yacht Lime hard shave soap back when I could have. Because of how much I like the No. 78 Lime Cologne ( which IS the old Royal Yacht Edwardian Lime ) I figured that that soap must have been really nice. Well, I think this stuff is probably pretty much what that soap was. The scent of the lather does remind me of the Lime Cologne more than a little; a definite lime hit mixed with other 'old timey' sorts of notes. Very classy and the lather produced is first rate. This is the first new shave product in some time that I've been truly enthusiastic about...good stuff!
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Re: Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

Post by Squire » Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:26 am

Gordon this is the second product you've mentioned that piques my interest and I'm developing a growing suspicion your trip is gonna cost me some money.
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Post by TRBeck » Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:08 am

It strikes me that Taylor and Harris are continuing a tradition of excellence, building on their brand history with distinctive new scents (grapefruit and peppermint creams from Taylor) as well as classic products utilizing classic scent profiles (Harris's new sandalwood line, this lime soap from TOBS). The market has changed a good deal in the past few years, and Trumper has apparently decided to respond by rolling over and playing dead. It's good to see the other old-line English purveyors finding a way forward in a crowded, competitive marketplace. If Taylor can get its lavender soap in consistent supply, life will be quite good indeed for the traditionalists among us.
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Post by bernards66 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:25 pm

Squire, Indeed. And why should it not?....God knows it cost me plenty!...sigh...
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Re: Review: TOBS Lime Luxury Shaving Soap

Post by Shave4Fun » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:40 am

It is good to know that quality shaving soap is still being made, and for a reasonable price.
Thanks for the update, Gary


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Post by fallingwickets » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:51 am

And for what it's worth, this is my 2800th post on SMF! 8)
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