Sego Lily Hinoki Wood Shaving Soap Review Edit 26 April 2019: It looks like this soapmaker is no longer in operation. As per her Facebootk page, https://www.facebook.com/SegoLilySoap/, the brick and mortar store was closed. The website is now offline, as well. Website: www.segolilysoap.com I recently did a review for another shaving soap containing tallow and lanolin. For no particular reason, I googled on 'shaving soap tallow lanolin'. One of the results that came back was the Sego Lily shaving soap web page. Searching for reviews of this soap, or even mention, I could find no information outside the soapmaker's website. Curiosity got the better of me, so I ordered a cake of the soap. I was expecting it to be good, but what I found was remarkable: It is the very best shaving soap I have ever used. Wow, double wow and triple wow! Sego Lily soap excels in all categories, and I have found very few soaps that can even approach this one for shaving efficacy. The soap cake is 3-inches in diameter by 1-inch thick. The soap is rather soft, although not as soft as the putty-consitency Italian soaps such as Vitos or Valobra. It was easily trimmed with a paring knife to fit in my 2.5 inch diameter mug. Ingredients From label on the soap: Tallow, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Kokum Butter, Shea Butter, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Lanolin, Fragrance Oil. Lather Sego Lily shaving soap does not create a foamy, fluffy lather. Rather, it creates a thick, rich lather-paste on the brush, and foams very little. Not to worry, though, because this super-slick lather works wonders. Whipping it up takes an average amount of effort, although it might take a little extra effor the first time to get the amount of water in the brush dialed in. The soap is very thirsty indeed, and I used a lot of water in the brush when lathering. I lathered the soap directly in the mug, and did not use a shaving bowl or any other intermediate steps before applying the lather to my face. Once applied to my face, the lather lasted like what seemed forever. It is really more like a cross between a lather and a non-lathering cream when applied. After my standing there and doing nothing for three minutes, the lather still showed no signs of deterioration and no signs of drying. Although it might not look like it, there is plenty of lather in both brushes below for three shaving passes with plenty left over. - Ease of lathering: (8/10) - Life span of lather: (10/10) Brushes used: Left: Vie Long Epsilon Model GC13900/3 horse hair brush Right: Omega 50014 boar travel brush Both of these brushes have a good measure of backbone Performance This is the slickest shaving soap I have ever used. The razor glides across my face so easily that it really is something of a surprise at first. Amazing! It makes an already pleasurable task that much easier and more enjoyable. The soap is very protective, and I get zero nicks, cuts or irritation even when using aggressive blades. The skincare is exceptionally good, and my face feels very soft, moisturized and just plain fantastic even hours later. The sum of lubrication, protectiveness and skincare is synergy in action. With a favored blade in the razor, I get baby bottom smooth shaves nearly every time. Sego Lily shaving soap easily earns a perfect score for performance. - Lubrication: (10/10) - How protective: (10/10) - General skincare: (10/10) Scent The scent is Hinoki wood, which smells rather woody with a hint of citrus. It smells vaguely reminiscent of an Arko shaving stick to my nose, but is really like nothing I have encoutered before. The scent is high quality, and I love the Hinoki fragrance in this soap! The fragrance is noticable, but not overly strong. The soapmaker got the scent strength just right in my opinion. Fragrance is very subjective, however. For those who are not fans of Hinoki wood, Sego Lily shaving soaps also come in other scents. - Scent: (10/10) Value for the money A 4.5 oz./ 128 gram puck cost me $10. That is a fine bargain indeed, especially considering the quality of the soap. Shipping was very prompt, too. I will definitely be buying this soap again. - Price: (9/10) - Would you buy again: (10/10) Conclusion Sego Lily shaving soap is a very pleasant and welcome surprise. Not merely good, it is outstanding and delivers the goods in every category. Of the soaps I have used, precious few are even in the same category as this one. Products like this are why traditional wetshaving totally rocks! Did I mention that I like this soap? - Overall: (9.6/10) My water hardness 42 mg/l as CaCO3 (soft) The water hardness was taken from my utility's latest water quality update. The scale below was used to correlate water mg/l to the soft/hard rating, and is from the US Geological Survey website. Water hardness scale (as CaCO3): 0-60 mg/l: Soft 61-120 mg/l: Moderately hard 121-180 mg/l: Hard Over 180 mg/l: Very hard mg/l is milligrams per liter Some utilities give water hardness in parts per million (ppm) 1 mg/l = 1 ppm (not exactly, but very, very close) Disclaimer I have no connection with the soapmaker or Sego Lily other than as a retail customer. Nobody asked me or compensated me to do this review. In fact, nobody knew this review would be done, or its contents, until it was posted here on The Shave Den.