Craig, as Tim intimated, this is one of my favorite soaps. I'm a sucker for a natural citrus scent, so I have only sampled the Lime. I would call it a "semi-hard" soap more than "semi-soft," and it makes a very rich, creamy lather. I used up one cake and ordered 5 more.
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I did the same with Mystic Water, which is another excellent, and softer, tallow-based soap. The woman who makes this soap buys suet from a local rancher who raises range-fed beef and she renders it herself for her shaving soap. The main thing to keep in mind with Mystic Water soap is that it wants more water, or you'll get dry, airy lather.
Scenting of tallow-based soaps with EO is another big plus, though I believe these two also offer some fragrances.
I think that the passion these - and other - artisans put into their soaps more than makes up for their lack of pedigree. These artisans put heart and soul into making the best product they can, with no manufacturing shortcuts and no potentially toxic ingredients.