For the last four months my primary shaving soap has been Col. Conk’s Almond. I bought it in Wall, SD, at a giant general store/restaurant/tourist trap they have there (it’s probably half of the entire town), along with a couple other Conk’s scents. Every kind they had, in fact, except lime. Because who wants to smell like limes in the morning?
Admittedly, before then I would have also asked “who wants to smell like almonds in the morning?” Or ever, really. But it seemed like a good idea at the time and I’m glad I took the risk because it has been a pleasure to use.
I’ve used Col. Conk’s before, and for all I know this is the exact same stuff except with a different fragrance added. Previously the soap sat as a block of soap on a dish, but with this puck I melted it down into a shave bowl right from the start. My technique was then to go in about ten minutes before I would shave, cover the soap with about a quarter-inch of hot water, then let it sit while I got cleaned up and prepared. Once I was ready to shave I’d drain the water, then use a wet brush to load the softened soap and lather on my face.
It worked like gang busters.
Previously I was getting inconsistent loads which resulted in some thin lathers that weren’t always enough to get the job done. Perhaps because I’m now more experienced I’ve great lathers almost every time, and when the load has been insufficient a couple drops of water on the soap and a quick reload got me into good shape. It does seem to have resulted in the soap not lasting as long as the previous puck of Conk’s I used, but that might be a result of me not lathering properly previously. Even if this goes though more soap than necessary, when it’s still lasting four months I’m not feeling too bad.
The soap provided great protection, and a refreshing scent that made for an enjoyable shave. The scent started extremely strong, dropping off quickly over a couple weeks time, however despite the decline it remained present when lathering up until the last several weeks. I still catch it from time to time, but I think it might be that it’s just on its last leg.
I haven’t been using it exclusively, I’ve also been using Proraso, Dollar Shave Club Shave Butter, and Barbasol. But Conk’s has been my favorite, hands down. It smells great, feels great, and works great. I’ve got two more pucks to go through, one Bayrum and the other Amber, and when I’m done I may just find myself stocking back up on Almond. I’ve highly enjoyed it.