Nordost Shaving Soap (Excelsior Base)
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 plants 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 fragility of the fruit’s natural oil, but instead an intense, distinctly authentic 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.
Net wt. 4 oz, Made in the USA
Incredibly rich and satisfying
As is to be expected from B+M, Nordost is a delight. Rich, luxurious, and not overpowering in its citrus, the lather is incredible as always and the slickness and glide provide superior protection. Another winner!
Exactly what you think it’s going to be..
The soap is B&M, so it’s good soap. The scent is almost perfect, the teensiest bit sweet for my liking, but it’s an orange, I’ll allow it. Great scent. Mixes well with my Vespers EdT. Really stoked to have it in my lineup..
Best Scent of 2019
Such a great Scent, beautiful Orange with just the slightest hint of smoke. Very well done, Thank You Will!
You Smell Like a Glass of OJ Dad
My new game is to wake up my 8-year-old son in the morning, after a fresh shave with B&M soaps. I've got about 8 varieties I actively rotate now, and I have him guess the scent. I recently picked up the Nordost with a Christmas gift certificate. Shaved with it for the first time, and then woke up my son. His immediate statement was - you smell just like a glass of orange juice! And that's a good thing. This soap is very much orange. But not a sickly sweet orange. This is a mature orange. I don't get "smoke" but I definitely get an orange smell that is complex, and not all sugary. It is very pleasant, very citrus, and very lasting. I smell it throughout the day. It got a thumbs up from my son, and a thumbs up from me. I may shelf it until warmer, springs day, but it's a winner.
Nordost is probably THE best scent since Lavanille! It is bright, cheerful, and sweet, and then gives you something just a bit more. The smoky quality gives Nordost just a hint of what a Bond villain might wear. To me it's distinguished, and is perfect for a monday morning. I do not think I am a fan of the new soap base. Perhaps I haven't worked with enough of the excelsior base to dial in how to lather it, but I will admit I am more of a fan of the original formula. The ONLY reason I do not give this soap five stars is because of the base.