So, yesterday the wife and I packed up my Mom and our baby and headed out to Cambridge for the day. Stumbled into a Penhaligon's store while we were out. I'm a sucker, so I bought a refill of EF. It is the non-tallow new formulation.
(Big parenthetical disclaimer about the pictures. I'm trying to figure out how to make my phone's camera suck less, so all of these pics are also me trying different settings on my phone. Consequently, they're not exactly the world's best pictures.)
Did a practice lather last night with the Erasmic brush that I bought for SWMBO and am currently breaking in.
I was surprised at how well it whipped up considering that was that brushes second lather and it's a super-cheap boar. Felt fairly slick, looked good and smelled amazing as you would expect.
So, this morning I woke up very excited to give it a shot. The puck didn't fit my empty TOBS bowl, so inverted in a cappuccino mug it went. Loaded my Parker pure (which is turning out to be a real shocker for the money I paid...) for about a minute and proceeded to face lather.
This is a bit thirstier than I had anticipated and I ended up adding a pretty healthy amount of water between passes. It is fairly hard to describe. If your technique is good, you'd probably like this very much. It feels very nice on the face. It's moderately slick and seems to be pretty cushiony. I still haven't felt out exactly how much water to get in there. Next time I'm not going to have my brush set to MWF water level. Which is nearly dry. No skipping, but no residual slickness after the razor passes over a spot. Whereas with something like Speick cream or MWF you can get away with a double stroke over an area and not really think anything of it. You notice with this soap. It's not agonizing or anything, but it doesn't leave anything behind.
After four passes with my Merkur OC this is what I had left.
Looking forward to using it again tomorrow with more water.
Also, it seems to not do a great deal of moisturizing. That's fine for me, I have an oily mug anyways. I'll actually get to use a balm. Also, I didn't get as close as I normally would from my Sunday four-passer. However, this was the first use and I'm still trying to learn it.
Do I think it was worth the 21 quid I paid for it? The jury's out on that. That's a lot of money for a puck of soap. I'll let you all know after I figure out the soap a bit better.
Anyone else using the newer Pen's soaps want to chime in?