In the end of 2011 a new supporting Vendor did appear on B&B: The Handmade Soap Company, from Ireland. I was really intrigued by this new brand, which was offering only handmade products, 100% natural, with no chemicals, no paraben ingredients and no artificial flavourings. When I contacted Dave Martin of THSC, I also discovered that he is a really kind and friendly person. Hence, I decided to order a bar of his shave soap and a glass pot of his aftershave cream. The shave soap, quite honestly, did not work for me, despite all my efforts and attempts to produce a satisfying lather. The aftershave cream, instead, was a huge surprise. The packaging itself is a “touch of class”. It’s a nice and simple glass jar with a plastic lid, boxed in a cardboard pack. Nothing fancy, but elegant and with a lovely and cool vintage look. The only thing that I would personally change would be the lid, which, in my opinion, would be better looking if made in aluminium rather than plastic (like the one of Martin de Candre). It does contain 50ml of white, creamy product. The scent is sweet and somehow hard to describe, maybe because complex. It’s a mix of Vetiver, Juniper and Wintergreen, with light hints of Orange. For my taste it is good, not too strong and with decent staying power. The price is € 17.95 per piece and, unfortunately, it’s not cheap. Anyhow, it is a reasonable cost for a handmade, quality item. The ingredients list, posted below, is excellent. A ton of natural oils and skin friendly agents that truly make this stuff work. When applied after shaving, you have no real cooling sensation, but a pleasant moisturizing feeling with a great soothing effect. Certainly a solid performer that I do recommend.
P.S. Ingredients list: Aqua, Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin e Oil, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Essential Oils of Vetiver, Wintergreen, Juniper & Sweet Orange.