First let’s talk about this interesting scent. The description mentions lavender, orange, and tangerine (among others). So I was thinking lavender and citrus orange which are scents that I really enjoy. But this is not the way I would describe what I actually discovered when I tried it. Taken all together this concoction reminds me more of the Asian star anise spice. If you’ve ever had a good Vietnamese Pho (a type of soup) in a Vietnamese restaurant, that’s kind of how it strikes me. Chalk this up to my very novice olfactory sensor and maybe you who are more discerning would be able to relate the smell much better with the description than me. At any rate, I am not complaining in any way about the scent of this soap, I quite enjoy it. To complement this scent I have been using Stirling’s Sandpiper AS. Sandpiper is more of a versatile cologne for me and it seems to work well in this case.
This is a tallow based lather and I found that it is one of the more thirsty soaps. But I also found that with the right amount of water added, I was able to produce a very nice cool whip density lather without much effort at all. In fact, I was easily able to create a sufficient amount of lather in my bowl with 2 or 3 loads of the brush.
I would rate this lather as providing a good cushion and nice post shave feel. All in all, I really enjoy the lather and look forward to trying other scents in this line.
I would rate this soap as average in economy. It loads and lathers up easily but seems to use a fair amount of soap in doing so. But this is not a hard knock. You will get very many good shaves out of the plastic tin.
Mickey Lee is an excellent shaving soap. Cape Verde is a very unique scent. You might prefer it more in summer but I am enjoying it now even in the winter as well as summer. They do not have nearly as many scents as some of the other artisan soap makers but with a killer tallow based lather, it’s clear that Mickey Lee has a solid soap to expand upon. But I’m definitely going to try anther one of their scents and I’ve got my sites set on The Kraken to try next!
|Soap||Mickey Lee Soap Works, Cape Verde|
|Razor||Rockwell 6c, plate 4|
|Blade||Supermax Super Platinum|
|After Shave||Stirling Sandpiper|