Review: Maximo Gomes Tallow Shaving Soap, by First Canadian Shave

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Review: Maximo Gomes Tallow Shaving Soap, by First Canadian Shave

Post by Bill_K » Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:42 pm

When I first opened my tub of Maximo Gomez Tallow Shaving Soap[1] I was reminded of wet cedar lumber combined with tobacco; my wife correctly opined that it smelled like walking into a humidor. Either way, it has a wonderful masculine scent.

The Web page indicates that it, “…contains oils of zesty citrus, tobacco leaves, vetiver and patchouli, which are fused together to convey a fresh and masculine fragrance.” Now that I know what to look for, that’s an accurate description.

I have a feeling that the scent will be polarizing, much like Tabac. That is to say, those that like it, really really like it; those that don’t… well, you get the idea. Personally, I fall into the former camp; I think it has a terrific scent and I look forward to shaving with it. 5 out of 5 stars!

In terms of its lathering capability, I need to use at least a level teaspoon’s worth of soap – about the size of a large grape – to get the lather that I want. It’s more product than I’m accustomed to using, but at only $22CDN for a tub I’m not about to complain. As I mentioned in an earlier review of First Canadian Shave’s “Barber Shop” soap, I’m having a harder-than-usual time of lathering in my very hard water, but if you have soft water then you’ll do better than me. 3 out of 5 for lathering.

As far as shaving performance goes, it’s exactly like “Barber Shop” in that it gives me great lubrication and lots of residual slickness. 4 out of 5 stars for performance.

Overall, I give this soap a hearty 4 out of 5 stars; I recommend giving it a try.

I also purchased the accompanying after shave splash[2]; it has the same great scent as the soap. Its ingredients are witch hazel, aloe vera juice, glycerine, distilled water, fragrances, and polysorbate, and does not have the sting of alcohol-based after shaves. It makes my face feel smooth, and as an added bonus, makes a favourable impression upon my wife. Pick up a bottle of this when you order the soap.

[1] https://firstcanadianshave.com/collecti ... aving-soap
[2] https://firstcanadianshave.com/collecti ... aftershave

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Re: Review: Maximo Gomes Tallow Shaving Soap, by First Canadian Shave

Post by brothers » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:23 pm

Quite a positive review Bill! After the first sentence, I am convinced it's just what I like!

However, I have learned from finishing off several artisan soaps that the soft soaps last me around 3 weeks (20 to 22 shaves) before they run completely out. That fact has cooled my rate of shaving soap acquisitions down to a trickle.
Gary

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Re: Review: Maximo Gomes Tallow Shaving Soap, by First Canadian Shave

Post by fallingwickets » Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:44 am

good review... thanks
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Re: Review: Maximo Gomes Tallow Shaving Soap, by First Canadian Shave

Post by brothers » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:58 pm

Following up on my earlier remark about the artisan soft soap's longevity, or lack thereof. I checked my records, and it seems most of my hard artisan soaps lasted 59, 70, and as many as 100 shaves before they ran out.
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Re: Review: Maximo Gomes Tallow Shaving Soap, by First Canadian Shave

Post by Bill_K » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:29 am

Thanks for the replies.

Yeah, the longevity of these soft soaps isn't great; I've made a big dent in the tubs and have done only about 20 shaves with them. Still, the aroma will be enough to convince me to buy more when it runs out.

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