Razor: Rockwell 6s on 2
Blade: Polsilver Super Iridium
Brush: Yaqi Cashmere Synthetic
Soap: Spearhead Shaving Seaforth! Heather
Aftershave: Spearhead Shaving Seaforth! Heather Splash
Wow, it has been almost a month since my last SOTD. I’m such a slacker. Well, not really, my office has been torn apart while I do renos. Just today I moved back in, setting up my computer and photo area back up (temporarily while I await cabinets and counters). Rest assured, I’m still shaving and have acquired a bunch of new goodies during that time.
One of those new goodies is this Seaforth! Heather set from Spearhead Shaving. The scent was created by Shawn Maher of Chatillon Lux and Maher Olfactive. It is a modern take on a classic, the original Heather fragrance from Seaforth! I’ve never smelled that original scent but my understanding is that this pays homage to the original while modernising it. Based on how it smells, I’d say he did just that. The scent on this does have an old school vibe without feeling dated. It has some grounding in fougere (or soapy as my wife always describes it) but feels a bit more than the sum of its parts in that regard.
Scent notes on this are Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium, Clary Sage, Oakmoss, and Coumarin. Off the puck, I really wasn’t sure about it. It wasn’t offensive or anything but it didn’t stand out much either. Scent wasn’t very strong either, lighter side of medium at best. But once lathered, it really opened up and I could tell where they wanted to go with this. By the time I had my lather ready, I had really fallen for the scent. To my nose, Lavender and Coumarin are the two notes that jump out. You get that powdery base of a fougere with Oakmoss and a bit of a subtle fruity punch from the Bergamot. Clary Sage is there but not in an offensive way like I often find it in other products. You get a slightly aromatic soapy scent. It is really nice. Scent strength also opened up to a medium plus once lathered and while I wouldn’t say it was a strong scent, 8 hours later I can still catch that subtle Heather goodness on me.
The Seaforth series (Spice and Heather) were the first general public releases from Spearhead Shaving. While relatively new in the commercial space they have been developing the base through several iterations of an experimental limited availability line of soaps. I almost never talk about performance of a product on first use but I’m making an exception today, mainly because I was so impressed by it. The way it lathered reminded me a lot of Oleo in that it was very easy to load and lather and it just performed. I don’t think I got the most out of the base and can surely figure out the water content better but on first try, I had no issues getting it to a lather than performed extremely well. Cushion was excellent, as was post shave. Slickness was very good but not elite level good. I know as I get the water dialled in, this will improve for sure. No complains with this soap and I can give a big bravo to the artisan here. I can’t wait to see what is next in the release queue.
I followed up with the matching post shave toner. This witch hazel based product felt great on the skin, absorbed very well and had no tackiness to it. Scent was about medium strong but, as I said above, it is still lasting several hours later.
No complaints with the shave today. All for now – J