Review: Mikes Natural Soaps – Orange, Cedarwood and Black Pepper

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Mike’s Natural Soaps are an artisan shaving soap currently made in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mike has been making these soaps for a few years now and they contain tallow, lanolin and kokum butter.

This is a soft soap which is available in a nice metal tin or as a soap bar to be used in your own container.

I have a few different scents and they all perform the same but as this is my most recent scent, I’ll be talking about this one today.

Scent
It’s quite a complex scent, which is very masculine. The main scent is the orange which is a nice bright citrus scent and this stands out most during use of the soap. It’s nicely complimented by the background scents of the cedarwood and black pepper, which give it more depth and a more masculine scent. The scent strength is good and lasts for the whole shave.

Lather
This is a very thirsty soap which can take a lot of water. It produces a nice thick cushioned lather, that is slicker than most. Much like the Stirling soaps it leaves behind a nice residual slickness to get away with the odd touch up. I usually leave a little water on the puck while I shower and pour this off before lathering. I then usually take a damp brush and begin loading. I’ve used this with a variety of brushes with good results but for some reason like to use a good 2 band badger like my SOC with Mikes soaps.

Post Shave
This is a strong area for this soap, no doubt due to the lanolin and the shea and kokum butters, as well as the avocado oil. It leaves my face really smooth with no need for any balm

Ingredients
Distilled water; saponified tallow and stearic acid; vegetable glycerin; saponified kokum butter, avocado oil, and shea butter; lanolin, fragrance and/or essential oil(s); saponified coconut oil; kaolin clay, vitamin E.

Summary
This is a soap I can definitely recommend, it covers all the bases for me, good scents in the range, great thick slick lather and excellent post shave skin care. If you haven’t tried Mike’s soap I suggest you do.

I believe that Mike’s soap is currently only available directly from his website and it sells out very fast. He also sells samples which is a good way to test out scents before committing to a full bar or puck.

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