It's been a pretty darn great week for me. It started with some sweet brushes and a fp I got on loan to play with, and today a box of tallowy goodness from Spain. Shout out to Mark and Luis, a couple of exceedingly generous souls. I did a little logistics work getting a certain brush to Spain, but did nothing to earn this epic tallow score: vintage La Toja Manantiales, and a couple of new Lea soap sticks. Yes, you read that right. I missed out on getting this soap before they discontinued the La Toja, but I guess this will make up for it a little bit.
I didn't know about the reformulation of Lea to tallow until very recently, but sure enough, there it is. This is the same soapy scent, with perhaps a touch of citrus I remember from the old Lea. But, let me tell you, this is not the same soap, gents.
The only scent here is the earthy, clay-like smell of tallow soap. This is exactly the scent of an AoS puck I tried. This is my first vintage soap! I recall reading about the old La Toja stick being tallow, but don't know anything about the history of La Toja Manantieles. What a score!
I lathered up the Lea with my 1XL. I didn't shave with it because, well, you know, I had to try the La Toja too. This is nothing like the bubbly lather of the old Lea stick. This is dense, yogurty lather. It will be tomorrow's shave. Anybody else got their hands on tallow Lea?
And here's a LE Simpson, loaded up with vintage Manantiales. Great shave.