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    Default Mike's Hungarian Lavender

    Just got a tub of this soap. Used it for the 1st time yesterday.

    All I can say is, wow. Another winner. I like strongly-scented soaps, and this one doesn't disappoint. It's a single-note lavender, and a high-quality one at that. A bit herbal, a bit medicinal, and a bit minty. Perfect. And shave-wise, well...it's one of Mike's soaps. Need I say more?

    When I stumbled onto B&B 5+ years ago, like most of you I began experimenting with almost every product I could get my hands on. I quickly became a fan of QED, mainly because his soaps lathered well, were scented strongly & were all EO-based. I'm still a fan but a glycerin-based soap is never gonna give you the protection, luxury or post-shave skin feel of a quality, tallow-based soap. But now? To my mind, Mike is rapidly becoming the QED of tallow-based, artisanal soaps. IMHO, we're all very lucky to have him around.

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    Mike's Hungarian lavender is one of my favorites of his. Right behind the vetiver and bay rum. The scent is very true to the French lavender I have growing in the yard.

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    Mike's was one of the first artisan soaps I tried and while the lather was fantastic, for some reason I just couldn't get along with the scents he had at the time. Recently I was PIF'ed a sample of the Hungarian Lavender and fell in love with it. Truly fantastic. Reminds me in scent of a cross between MdC and Pen's B&B.

    I don't know what he's got cooking up there in Brooklyn, but it's special.
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    Mike is making some amazing soaps! You may want to try his Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
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    Yup, Hungarian Lavender is a good one. It's a tough soap too... I have shaved with it about 10-12 times and barely made a dent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oakeshott View Post
    Mike's was one of the first artisan soaps I tried and while the lather was fantastic, for some reason I just couldn't get along with the scents he had at the time. Recently I was PIF'ed a sample of the Hungarian Lavender and fell in love with it. Truly fantastic. Reminds me in scent of a cross between MdC and Pen's B&B.

    I don't know what he's got cooking up there in Brooklyn, but it's special.
    I agree love the stuff. The Ceder and Pine is also a dream but the HL is not Grandmas Lavender

    Shaved with it this morning and the beard is down even now so close a shave. Almost as close as La Toja but the scent is 100 times better then La Toja.
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    I have a sample slice of this and it does smell like a great one.

    I am rather loaded up on lavender soaps so I need to grind through some before I order one, but I suspect I will
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    This is on my short list. I almost pulled the trigger on it last night. I doubt I can hold out much longer.
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    This is my favorite soap and scent. It's truly a pleasure shaving with MNS!
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    What do yall usually purchase from Mike's the tins or the bars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsimmns View Post
    What do yall usually purchase from Mike's the tins or the bars?
    Tins for me. The lid keeps the scent from fading & they're easier to store.
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    Hungarian Lavender is my current favorite MNS!
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    I'm also a MNS fan. Pulled the trigger on a tin of the HL this evening.


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    I also love the Hungarian Lavender. I did a sample run through many of Mike's scents, and the HL was my favorite. It's also my favorite lavender soap I've tried. I know MW gets lots of love on their lavender, but Mike's HL is a bit different. Not as "strong", but deeper, more complex, and more true to the plant itself.

    The only scent of Mike's that competes with the HL for me is the scent he made for the Brooklyn to London soap. It's awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdevine View Post
    This is on my short list. I almost pulled the trigger on it last night. I doubt I can hold out much longer.
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    Got a shipping notification today- Mine has shipped!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattdenicola View Post
    I also love the Hungarian Lavender. I did a sample run through many of Mike's scents, and the HL was my favorite. It's also my favorite lavender soap I've tried. I know MW gets lots of love on their lavender, but Mike's HL is a bit different. Not as "strong", but deeper, more complex, and more true to the plant itself.

    The only scent of Mike's that competes with the HL for me is the scent he made for the Brooklyn to London soap. It's awesome.
    Yes all that I agree with and one more point Mike said on the web page that he just a got some of this Lavender and that he loves it. This is my comment not Mikes - may be next years crop will be as complex maybe not. its not like half of Hungary is used to grow lavender and there is tones of it in storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evbo View Post
    tins for me. The lid keeps the scent from fading & they're easier to store.
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    I got samples late last week, and ordered 3x full-size bars to use (on top), then ordered a few more samples to get an idea for the smells of the other ones I did not try/smell before:



    Out of the new samples, Barber Shop was the best one for me.

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    I had my first shave with it last night. Awesome scent and performance. I also have the Orange/Cedarwood/Black Pepper plus... got three more on the way that should arrive tomorrow.

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