The Osma Shaving Soap boasts a "unique formula based with Alum Stone and Shea Butter ease frie (sic) burn and prepare skin to razor crossing", so its got that going for it. It is a decent sized cake of soap at 2.8 x 1.2" (71x31mm) and 100 grams (~3.5 ounces) net weight. Comes in a 3 x 2" (76x50mm) WxH jar, or alone as a 100g cake in shrink wrap. Made in France.
There's a very good soap on the market that unfortunately due to a combination of the internet age, the soap's compulsory N. American distribution point's influence on the wholesale price available to us versus the market of greater Earth and our too-forward "free shipping on every order" approach, is impractical for us to carry. Among that unique soap's distinguishing traits is its very fussy nature in producing good lather; it can be had, but it doesn't necessarily give it up in droves for all who try (get yourself from Omega/Proraso or any Trumper's cream for that sort of arrangement). Having perpetuated an impossible-to-quit love/hate relationship with this very special Osma soap >3yrs now, it must be declared in the same vein as the unnamed aforementioned stuff-nail the water/product ratio and brush pressure metrics and be rewarded with uniquely SLIPPERY lather, and be quite frustrated all the other times things don't go exactly right. Frustrated is the house, and you're the gambler. Proraso it ain't, but provide it with every damn thing it wants and you will bathe in an afterglow unique to this soap with its potassium alum bent. The shea butter and, especially, the alum are both atypical ingredients. The shea's distinct feel and odor's apparent; I don't necessarily dislike this soap's odd soapy odor but I would not say it is an attribute that's a positive, either. It is just there.
On my best early days of experimentation with a synthetic Omega, it'd fluff up brilliantly, whiter than a Celine Dion concert; when the "A" game wasn't going, the little soap cake would need to be approached again and again. A high degree of difficulty product for sure... but this fussy bastard's become a pelt on the shaving wall here, & I bequeath to you a possible solution; load sticky tar of product on face that'd clog any safety razor with a ~dryish brush, take that brush to water, shake out excess, begin imparting more moisture to the ratio directly upon the face. Works like a dream...watch it bloom slippery as a mobster's accountant. You want the Osma lather so wet that if it were any wetter it would run down your face, and that means little precious cushioning-this soap needs cushioning as much as a stinking badge.
The biggest surprise is with the alum block application immediately thereafter this soap, assuming you made its lather perfectly. ZERO stinging sensation anywhere if you'll do your part; perhaps that's the moderate quantities of alum within the shaving soap itself, but the alum block will move along like glass, and that can't be a bad thing.
Hard to deny oneself the English stuff for long after developing affection for their large stable of perpetual olfactory entertainers, but eliminating the great influence of odor (don't know what the hell this stuff smells like, but it isn't 'entertainment') I characterize Osma as one of the very best rock-hard soaps I've ever tried due to its special anti-cut capacity.
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Osma Shaving Gift Set
Osma's Gift Set would make a lovely and thoughtful thing to present to another human, and includes everything you need to make wonderful lather for shaving and take care of that freshly-shaved face.
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