42 Shaving Soap (Limited Edition)

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The Streaming Consciousness of the Whale
Another thing that nobody made too much fuss about was that, against all probability, a sperm whale had suddenly been called into existence some miles above the surface of an alien planet. And since this is not a naturally tenable position for a whale, this innocent creature had very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it had to come to terms with suddenly not being a whale any more.

"Ah! What's happening? Er, excuse me? Who am I? Why am I here? What's my purpose in life? What do I mean by, 'Who am I'? Calm down! Get a grip now! Oh, this is an interesting sensation. It's a sort of yawning, tingling sensation in my ... my ... Well, I better start finding names for things, so let's call it my stomach. So, a yawning, tingling sensation in my stomach. And that whistling, roaring sound? That can be wind. Perhaps I can find a better name for it later. Hey, what's this thing? Let's call it a tail! Yeah, tail. Hey, I can really thrash it about pretty good, can't I? Wow! Wow! Hey! Doesn't seem to achieve much, but I'll probably figure out what it's for later on. Oh, hey, this is really exciting! So much to find out about, so much to look forward to. I'm dizzy with anticipation. What's this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very, very fast ... so big and flat and wide, it needs a big, wide-sounding word, like round ... round ... ground! That's it -- ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me?"

Curiously, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was,

"Oh no, not again."

(to see this scene in action, check it out on YouTube!)

For Towel Day, the commemoration of Douglas Adams’ authorship of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Barrister and Mann presents our tribute to his brilliant work: 42, a soap that smells of petunias, ambergris, tea, and Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster (lemon sugar). Grab a copy of the Guide, a cup of tea, and your shaving brush; it’s going to be a hell of a ride.

Net wt. 4 oz, Made in the USA

Directions for Use

Wet your shaving brush well, then swirl it around the jar for roughly thirty (or maybe even 42!) seconds or until a rich, creamy lather is formed. Continue building the lather by adding water and swirling your brush either on your face or in a lathering bowl. Shave, rinse, and spend your day feeling great.


Aqua (Water), Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Tallowate, Parfum (Fragrance Oil), Sodium Stearate, Garcinia indica Seed Butter (Potassium Kokum Butterate), Polyacrylamidomethylpropane Sulfonic Acid, Cocos nucifera Fruit Juice (Coconut Milk), Sodium Tallowate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Sodium Lactate, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Sodium Cocoa (Kokum) Butterate, Potassium Cocoate, Hydroxethylcellulose, Sodium Ricinolate, Saccharide Isomerate, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sodium Cocoate, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Ulmus rubra (Slippery Elm) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Oil, Fragrance, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Cistus Ladanifer (Labdanum) Absolute, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil 

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Customer Reviews

Based on 87 reviews
Paul M.
Well worth it.

Knocks the ball out of the park. It works great not just by itself, but works in concert with other B&M product line to just make your shave experience orders of magnitude better.

Phenomenal scent, phenomenal soap

I am a chemist, and my belief used to be that soap is soap, none better than another. This soap clearly proved me wrong. This is my first soap other than Proraso, and the difference is unbelievable. It feels great on your face, and protects against cuts. I just switched to a more agressive razor, so this has been a godsend. Lathering it took a couple tries to get used to, as it soaks up so much more water than proraso, but once i did it was perfect. The smell of 42 is amazing, a bit of black pepper and black tea with some citrus is what i get. But a description cant do it justice. Im not one who likes strong, overpowering fragrences, and this certainly isnt one. It's subtle but it's a scent that persists throughout the day. I liked it so much, i came back and bought the cologne--the first time ive worn one in years. Customer service was excellent too.

Kyle W.G.
Oh no, not again.

Who knew smelling of bowl of petunias was all I needed in life? Delightful scent, wonderful slick shave.

Alexander R.
Fantastic Soap

I have been using Barrister and Mann products for the last 5 years and absolutely love their base soap. The 42 is the most pleasant scent and the one I look forward to most every year.

Hunter H.
A Classic

I always look forward to 42, an amazing scent. I’m so glad Will brought this back in his Omnibus base, I don’t ever want to be without this one in my Den!