Since this stuff seems to have almost legendary status among so many wet shavers, I decided I would give it a go.
I did this with a LITTLE bit of trepidation, because the same forums that rave about it are also full of comments about how hard it can be to get a usable lather from it. There's a youtube video demonstrating 7 methods to try to make it lather properly, for goodness sake! How hard was it going to be? I didn't fancy spending 20 minutes every day trying to get usable suds, however soothing the soap was!
So, for the nervous, here's what happened.
I got the package in the morning post, just as I was starting to get ready for a shave. I opened the package. I swirled my wet brush around on the soap for a few seconds, then started lathering it on my face. And almost instantly I had as rich and creamy a lather as I've ever had from a Taylors or Trumper product. Great!
Maybe some people just have exceptionally hard water, but I had no problem getting this soap to lather at all, and the water here isn't especially soft either.
As for how good this stuff leaves your skin feeling? It's all true. No other shaving soap or cream has left my skin feeling so good to the touch.
One other 'problem' mentioned in shaving forums is that some people don't seem to like the smell of Mitchell's. Here again, I've no idea what they're talking about. The Mitchell's aroma probably isn't my favourite shaving scent, but it's absolutely fine and not unpleasant in any way.
The bottom line? 'The Fat' (which is what the aficionados call it) deserves it's cult-like status. It's far and away the best shaving soap I've ever used.
Oh, and the antique-style bowl is fun too, and looks great!