I have always loved the scent of Penhaligon's English Fern and Trumper Wild Fern and was sad when Penhaligons discontinued their English Fern Shaving soap. To me, this soap was as classic as they come and in an era when people aspire to "shave like their grandpa", it made no sense to me why it would be discontinued. People were still going crazy for it on the shaving forums and the old tallow version of the soap was selling for several times the original retail price. It was a real head scratcher.
Soon after partnering with Lee of Wet Shaving Products, I broached the subject of creating a tallow shaving soap with a scent in the same vein as Penhaligon's English Fern and Trumper Wild Fern. This was no small task. After all, both Trumper and Penhaligon's have been making colognes and perfumes for over 100 years.
It was time to call in the professionals. There was no way that we could create a complex and nuanced fougere scent like this on our own. So...we hired professional perfumers and spared no expense on the scent.
The soap itself, like all of the Formula T soaps, is an excellent tallow and Shea butter based soap. It lathers with ease, is extremely slick, and offers cushion in abundance. The scent though is what really sets this one apart featuring musk, oak moss, basil, amber, woody notes and a whisper of patchouli. It will definitely remind you of both Wild Fern and English Fern.