Barrister and Mann | Nordost Shaving Soap

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Nordost is a seasonal scent for Winter and will be made until March 2020.

Try not thinking of peeling an orange. Try not imagining the juice running down your fingers, the soft inner part of the peel. The smell. Try and you can’t. The brain doesn’t process negatives.” -Douglas Coupland

Of all the brilliant creations of Chinese antiquity, perhaps none is so humble or so enchanting as the orange. Sweet and juicy, warm and inviting, the fruit has been cultivated around the world for centuries, and was so prized by Louis XIV that he ordered the construction of an orangery at Versailles that remains one of the largest and grandest in the world, housing hundreds of plans since its completion in 1663. The French king was even known to have the trees potted in solid silver basins and placed throughout the state rooms of the palace in order to perfume the air. Unfortunately, transferring that wonderful scent to soap has proven to be difficult.

Orange oil is famously frustrating to work with, highly unstable and prone to oxidation, and extremely weak unless you use the stuff by the bucketful, which can disturb the chemistry of soap and presents skin allergen problems. We’ve searched for years for a safe way to produce an orange scent that properly reflects the rich warmth of the genuine article, and, at long last, we’ve finally found it. The product of this effort is our newest and grandest citrus creation: Nordost.

Rich and elegant, with undertones of dusky sweetness, Nordost is the smell of smoked oranges, their peels made leathery by the heat, their juice darkened and concentrated and wonderful. This is no weak, muddled orange scent, handicapped by the fruit’s natural oil, but instead an intense, distinctly authetic fragrance so deeply luscious that you’ll swear you’ve buried your face in a basket of the real thing. We consider Nordost to be one of our crowning achievements, a glorious, impassioned love letter to the warmest and friendliest citrus. Enjoy, and long live the orange.


Soap Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Potassium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Tallowate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Potassium Kokum Butterate, Methyl Gluceth-10, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose Cocoate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Sodium Kokum Butterate, Allantoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lanolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Fragrance, Sodium Ricinoleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate

3 reviews for Barrister and Mann | Nordost Shaving Soap

  1. olaf (verified owner)

    Love it! A great citrus creation by B&M, warm and deep and a wonderful experience to shave with it as the scent is amazingly intriguing. A perfect combination with the after shave splash.

  2. irish-k (verified owner)

    One of the easiest scents to describe of any soap. Its orange! Not an artificial, fake orange flavour, but an actual honest to goodness freshly peeled orange. I don’t get any of the smokiness that it is implied to have, but I don’t mind, as it is a very lovely scent.

    Barrister and Mann’s Excelsior base sets the bar for all high end artisan soaps out there. Easy to lather, top notch slickness and protection, and excellent post shave feel.

    The one thing keeping me from giving it the full 5 stars is that the scent strength doesn’t last, becoming difficult to pick up after around an hour. Even with the matching splash, as enjoyable as it is, it doesn’t last quite as long as I’d like. I’d put it at 4.5 stars if I could.

  3. swerner0001 (verified owner)

    It opens with a fresh natural orange scent. Nothing artificial at all. Then the mild smoke comes behind the orange. Literally as the name implies. A simple straight forward scent. Turns out, even as mild as it may be, I don’t like the smoke. Was smelling the smoke for the rest of the day. Otherwise, it would be a 5/5.

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