I’m taking advantage of some days off to try, at last, some samples my lovely wife brought me from her last trip to the US. One of these sample was Barrister and Mann – Le Grand Cyphre. Even if I have only a limited bunch of their soaps, I’m a huge fan of the brand and I consider it one of the top 3 US brands in the Wet Shaving world.
I was intrigued by this scent, which is described as
Inspired by smells indigenous to the island nation of Cyprus, Le Grand Chypre (“Leh Grond SHEEP-ruh”) combines notes of bergamot, lime, labdanum, oakmoss, and a touch of patchouli to produce an elegant, citrusy heart. We wrapped it in notes of peach, rose, frankincense, cedar, cinnamon, and other supporting smells to create an elegant, slightly fruity, freshly floral design perfectly suited to the refined shaver.
Indeed, it is quite a complex scent. Personally I get the erbacious notes first and then a strong citrusy component (bergamot and lime).
For the first test shave I used my custom Don Donato 8/8 straight razor, a small Pure Badger brush by TOBS and my shaving bowl courtesy of Rocco Contini.
The lather is easy to obtain, as it always happens with B&M soaps, and provides all the protection needed when you shave with such a razor. My 3-passes shave was a real treat, leaving my skin really soft and smooth.
The only part of the shave I liked a bit less was related to the Aftershave. I don’t know if this is due to the fact I’m using a sample, but the AS scent smells quite different from the soap and it’s darker and earthier, while the herbacious and citrusy notes seems to be lacking. Nothing terrible, but overall this ruins the overall experience with this combo. I’m not saying these aren’t good products, it’s just a matter of personal taste related to the AS.
So far, Cologne Russe remains my favourite B&M product by a long margin! 🙂