Sir Irisch Moos Shaving Soap
The fragrance of Sir Irisch Moos is quite different from most other shaving soaps on the market. It has a distinctive fragrance that is blended to be clean and refreshing. Maurer & Wirtz describes the scent as being a blend of patchouli, cedarwood, and geranium topped with citrus and rosemary. My initial impression of Sir Irisch Moos is not quite as complicated. The best way to describe it is to compare it to something more familiar. If Irish Spring Deodorant Soap were to produce a shaving soap, this is exactly what is would smell like. Sir Irisch Moos has a distinctive bath soap quality to its aroma.
This soap comes packaged in a shaving stick format, which makes it a convenient choice for both home and travel use. The plastic body of the container has a screw-on cap that protects the cylinder of soap inside. The soap is pushed up from the bottom to expose the desired amount of product for use, similar to a deodorant stick. To use it I thoroughly wet my face and rubbed the soap directly onto my skin to coat my stubble with a thin layer of soap. Then I am able to use a soaked shaving brush to infuse the soap with water and produce lather directly on the face. Some men prefer alternate techniques, such as lathering the brush on the top of the soap stick or skipping the stick format all together and shredding the soap with a grater and transferring to a container of their choice. Whichever approach you take, the performance of this soap remains consistent.
Because this shaving soap stick contains tallow I expected it to produce rich and lubricating lather that consistently yielded great shaves, and Sir Irisch Moos did not disappoint. Once the soap was lathered, this product did a good job at providing a rich and protective lather for shaving. The soap was easily applied to my face from the stick with no mess and a wet brush easily built it into a dense lather with little effort. The Sir Irisch Moos Shaving Stick performs similarly to the Tabac Shaving Soap because it is produced by the same company and has many of the same ingredients. Having tested this soap on numerous occasions with both double edge and straight razors, I find it to be adequately lubricating and moisturizing. The fragrance of the soap softens a bit once lathered and it well balanced, although I find aroma to be a bit underwhelming. Despite the bath soap fragrance, the soap provided a good shave and rinsed away clean leaving the skin feeling well moisturized with minimal irritation.
The Sir Irisch Moos Shaving Soap Stick is a good value at $15.00 USD for a 100 gram / 3.5 ounce shaving stick and will easily last for two to three months of regular use making it an inexpensive option for a shaving soap. It delivers consistently good results that will appeal to wetshavers who enjoy tallow-based shaving soaps and products with a clean and soapy fragrance.