Review of CREED Original Vetiver Shaving Soap & Bowl

Posted on July 12, 2013

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Founded in 1760, CREED is the world’s only privately held luxury fragrance dynasty. Recently they have expanded into the high-end men’s shaving niche by offering shaving soaps scented with CREED fragrances. For the wet shaving purists here, we are doing a product review of the CREED Original Vetiver Shaving Soap & Bowl.

creed-original-vetiver-shaving-bowl-soapThe best attribute of the CREED shaving soap is the scent. Their version of vetiver smells of a sophisticated soapy citrus better suited for the 30’s and over gentleman. This light scent lingers onto skin after the shave to serve as a cologne.

For a shaving soap made by a fragrance manufacturer, the Vetiver soap is pretty damn good! It is easily latherable and the lather you get after a few swirls from the silvertip badger brush is equivalent to a dense thick barista-made milk foam. The slickness it provides is pretty good but not awesome. Maybe this explains why we did encounter some skin redness post-shave with both straight-edge and Gillette cartridge blades.

There is no mention of the full ingredient list on the packaging, but it does say it contains lanolin and honey. Post-shave our skin felt somewhat moisturized (probably because of the lanolin), but not fully hydrated as we expected from a high ticket soap. So the use of a nourishing aftershave balm is a must.

The CREED shaving soap is housed in a wood bowl that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, but considering that the bowl costs $42, we were extremely disappointed with the rough unfinished edges found randomly throughout the bowl. Soap refills are priced at $38 each, and $80 for the set with wood bowl.

Overall, the CREED Original Vetiver shaving soap delivers a clean enjoyable scent and easily lathers up a storm. However considering it is priced with all the top luxury shaving soaps in the market (and even more expensive than the Truefitt & Hill soaps), we would only recommend this soap if you are a cologne addict and not really a shaving purist.

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