The Four Horsemen: Famine Shaving Soap
"They that die by famine die by inches." -Matthew Henry
"Famine" conjures ominous images of clouds of choking dust and debris, blasted deserts dotted with the bones of animals, and skeletally thin wretches, clad in rags and screaming, their ribs free to count and their skin leathery and drained of life. That was the visual that we came up with, anyway. As such, The Four Horsemen: Famine is the essence of desiccation and dusty powder, redolent with the dry, parchment-like character of dehydrated flowers and cracked earth. Notes of rose, jasmine, vanilla, and cedar enfold the core chypre accord, the blend of citrus, resins, and moss that symoblizes Death and wends it way through every one of the Four Horsemen fragrances. Blended with this is the smell of bleached rock, sharp and forward to the nose, an overwhelmingly ominous addition that bespeaks the suffering brought on by the depletion of even a basic food supply. The long, slow death heralded by famine is one of the great scourges of history. It has earned its place among the harbingers of the End.
Net wt. 4 oz
Directions for Use
- book shops
My favorite when taking both theme and scent into account
Dried flowers, dust, and the frozen time spent exploring the deepest nooks of used book shops. Evokes feelings of nostalgia and discovering beautiful things that have been long lost, abandoned, or forgotten.
A nice scent, sort of like a rose chypre. Except it's not just a straight-up rose scent. A nice blend overall.
I actually got a couple of compliments on the scent so that's a plus right there. I can make out the rose but it's colored by all the other scent notes so I didn't get just a "rose scent". Think Le Grande Chypre but with the citrus and florals toned down and a "dry rose"-like scent coming off the top. It's my third favorite of the Four Horsemen set. Of course Omnibus soap base is a slick and easy lathering beast.
A bit of an acquired scent. I can only recommend not basing a rating on the smell off the soap but after use. I can’t explain it exactly but it changes for the better.