Gentleman's Nod Sir Arthur Tallow Shaving Soap
Sir Arthur is Gentleman's Nod foray into classic fougeres and, it is a BullGoose exclusive.The premium scent was crafted by a perfume house in the Eastern United States for BullGoose Shaving and, it is similar to Trumper Wild Fern and Penhaligon English Fern. The scent features musk, oak moss, basil, amber, woody notes and a whisper of pachouli.
Sir Arthur utilizes Gentleman's Nod Cardinal (Tallow) base that is revered for its slickness, post-shave feel, and lather structure. Chock full of milks, proteins and skin care ingredients, this soap is excellent in both skin care and performance.
The matching aftershave can be found here
Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Tallow (Beef), Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Fragrance, Lanolin, Sucrose Cocoate, Methyl Gluceth 10, dl-Panthenol, Theobroma Cacao
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First time with a Gentleman's Nod soap, and they couldn't have made a better first impression.
Right off, the scent is amazing off the puck. A classy fougere scent that reminds me of Brüt, more specifically of my uncle who bathed in the stuff.
Loading is easy, it's a medium-firm consistency, on par (imo) with B&M Omnibus. I found the water loading capacity to be quite high, try as I might I couldn't drown the lather, it just kept getting better with each small addition of water.
Post shave feel is good, no drying or skin tightness was experienced.
If I had to take away points for anything, I didn't feel like the residual slickness was anything more than adequate.
Years ago BullGoose offered a shave soap, cream and aftershave by Asylum Shave Works called Royal Fougere, amazing scent and performance even by today's standards. I absolutely think it was the best fougere out there rivaling Penhaligon's and GFTrumpers versions. Today BullGoose offers a version by Gentleman's Nod with the same scent profile and an equally good performance named Sir Arthur. At first I had a little trouble with the lather building but figured it out and must admit it's good stuff. I worried when Royal Fougere was discontinued that I wouldn't be able to get anymore but now with Sir Arthur, my worries are over. That said, if Asylum decides to make Royal Fougere again, I'll be all over it.