Stirling Soaps makes natural, tallow based soaps. The samples I received are nicely sized and you can tell by looking at them that they are natural and handmade. I chose the sample of Glacial for tonight's headshave.
I was impressed by the "minty" smell when I removed the package. The soap is relatively soft so I decided to press it into my Hull Pottery Old Spice #3 mug.
I soaked my Omega shaving brush in the sink for about 5 minutes while I prepped the soap and my scalp. I then shook out most of the water from the brush and started swirling it in the mug. I swirled for about a minute, adding drops of water as the lather developed. It became thick and creamy looking and the brush appeared to have plenty of lather.
I then took the brush to my head to continue developing the lather. I swirled, painted and slapped the lather on my scalp. The lather was slick and thick and immediately the menthol in the soap began to cool my scalp.
The shave proceeded smoothly. I did notice that as I shaved away hair, the resulting bare skin felt really cold, almost stingingly cold. That's not a bad thing. I ended up doing a 2 pass shave, meaning I shaved my head completely, rinsed my scalp, re-lathered and shaved again. I did not nick myself at all.
I think it turned out very well.