Razor: Yaqi Mellon
Blade: Rapira Platinum Lux
Brush: Oz Shaving Synthetic
Soap: Holy Black Galleon
Aftershave: Holy Black Galleon
Other: Thirsty Badger lather bowl

I’ve always been intrigued by the Holy Black’s offerings. Up until recently I’ve never pulled the trigger. The other day a friend of mine put this set up on the market so I jumped at the chance to give it a go.

Galleon is a scent inspired by ships in the Spanish Treasure fleet in the early 15th century. If there is one thing Holy Black does well it is packaging and story telling. The write up on this on their website is great and the packaging is fantastic. Apparently there may be a 1 gram bullion coin inside, although I don’t know if that made its way out at the previous owner’s den. There also was 1 real piece of eight inside one the the Galleon soaps they released. I don’t know if that was found to date or not either.

The scent on this on is described as Ocean Breeze, Salt Air, Oak, Leather and Rum. To my nose I get a smokiness and I for sure get the leather. The rum is very present in the splash but I don’t catch it much in the soap. Ocean Breeze and Salt Air, I have a hard time picking them out.

The soap base itself is a very basic vegan offering. As such, it lathers very easily into a high structure lather. Slickness (lathered and residual) are both pretty average. Post shave felt drying for sure, although I was having a bit of a reaction to the fragrance blend so it is possible that was on the reaction. Scent strength off the puck was strong and stayed strong throughout the shave. I finished with the matching post shave splash, an alcohol heavy formula. Scent strength on it was also strong but went more to the rum side of the fragrance notes. No reaction to this one, just a bit of the typical alcohol burn. Although I wouldn’t say that it did much performance wise to rectify the drying I had from the shave.

All in all, a bit of an average shave, but I was glad to give the product line a try.