September 6, 2007

Review of Musgo Real Glycerine Lime Oil Soap

musgoRealSoap.gifBeen shaving with products from Musgo Real courtesy of our friends at Details for Men. A quick refresher - these are Portuguese shaving products based on a 1920s cologne. These are also a more old-school shaving style than I've been used to - bar of shaving soap to be applied with a brush.

The large rustic bar is made especially for cleaning the face before shaving. Glyce contains lime oil to refresh the face, castor oil to soak and soften whiskers before shaving, and a trace of alcohol to remove the dirt which restricts razor glide.

Now I know some of you readers are masters of the blade and brush, but the rest of us are happy for the modern day convenience of cream and cartridge. Here's my first question - what do I do with this bar of soap? I could put it in a mug. I could put it in a bowl. In fact I've done both of these. But from my research, you want to put your soap in a container with a lot of drainage.

Next question - what if the bar of soap doesn't fit? More research suggests you can melt the soap by applying gentle heat (like on a stove) and then pour it into your container of choice. Really? Look, my time is valuable. I barely have time to heat up a bowl of soup at night. Last thing I want to do is prep my shaving cream.

Whatever method you go with, the next step is to wet your brush and swirl it around to work a little soap into it. This may take longer than expected, especially if it's the first few times you've used the soap. I will say this - in the end you use a surprisingly small amount of soap to cover your face. This bar is going to last a long, long time.

Tomorrow we'll talk about Musgo Real's shaving oil in conjunction with the soap, and the shave itself.

Musgo Real Glycerine Lime Oil Soap is $6 for a 5.8oz bar.

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Posted by Russell Neufeld at September 6, 2007 8:42 AM
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Posted by: Charles J. Williams at February 6, 2009 10:36 AM

"The large rustic bar is made especially for cleaning the face before shaving"...were you in too much of a rush to read your own blog before "testing" the product? Lol. Try again. The "modern day convenience of a cream and cartridge" is actually an inferior shave that costs way more over time (especially if you shave daily). Senator EL is spot on in his shaving soap recommendations, I would like to go on to recommend Musgo Real shaving cream, Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort, Proraso Green (higly mentholated) Proraso Red (less menthol), Taylors Avocado or Rose, Speick, and Art of Shaving. For a double edge razor I would highly recommend the Merkur Heavy Duty, the price is reasonable, it shaves great, and will last a lifetime. For blades I would say try some different types but I find Derby Extras to be extremely good for the money...we're talking pennies a shave...over the years you will save thousands ($25 Gillette Fusion refills anyone?) Finally, remember always use lots of hot water to prep your beard before shaving, and use a good alcohol-based aftershave splash to disinfect and reduce razor bumps after shaving. (Musgo is one of the best, also Speick, Proraso, and, believe it or not, Aqua Velva performs amazingly if you can get past the smell!


Posted by: shavr at March 1, 2008 10:52 AM

This Lime Oil soap from Musgo Real is not intended to be used as a shaving soap. This soap is for washing the face only - prior to shaving. For shaving use a quality shaving soap made for that purpose - like AOS Shaving Soap (one of the best available) or Tabac or Truefitt and Hill Luxury Shaving Soap. All of these will give you an excellent shave (with the AOS shaving soap being the best IMHO). You can also use a shaving cream in a pot or tube like Cyril Salter's or Taylors or even use the shaving cream in a tube by Musgo Real. These all will give you a superior shave to anything in a can. Hope that helps.


Posted by: Senator EL at October 4, 2007 1:02 PM

Hey, I like the blog. I've done a bit of shaveblogging on mine (http://www.archaeoblog.blogspot.com/).

I've tried soap, but don't like it. WAY too rough. I use a single blade double-edge that all the shave geeks rave about, and soap is just painful with it. Plus it dries before you get to one side of your face, so you have to re-lather. Ugh. Too much of a pain.

I've read of people just using a soap cake in their hand and brushing it that way, or putting it in any sort of container. I never found it needed to be a draining container because I never used that much water to lather up.

Still, I'll stick with my Noxzema.


Posted by: Frank Black at September 11, 2007 6:59 PM
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