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Barrister and Mann Shaving Soap Buyer's Guide

Will Carius started Barrister and Mann back in March of 2013 and has experienced a well-deserved explosion of popularity due to the incredible quality and performance of his shaving soaps. What started as a personal project to achieve a better shave for his sensitive skin soon turned into one of the greatest brands of shaving soap on the market.

The Evolution of Barrister and Mann Shaving Soap Bases

The performance of Barrister and Mann is unparalleled and this is no accident. Will has settled for nothing but perfection, with each new soap base improving upon the last.

Over the years, Barrister and Mann has produced a number of soap bases: White Label, Black Label, Tre Citta, Latha, Glissant, Barrister’s Reserve®, and Excelsior (all of which are tallow-based with the exception of the vegan Tre Citta).

Now in 2019, only three bases remain in production: Glissant, Barrister’s Reserve®, and Excelsior.

Glissant Base

Glissant is easy to lather, slick, and moisturizing, perfect if you have dry skin or ingrown hairs. The Glissant base is currently being produced in the 5 Classic scents including Cheshire, Seville, Lavanille, Cologne Russe, and Le Grande Chypre.

Barrister and Mann Classic Line

Glissant Ingredients: Potassium stearate, aqua, glycerin, sodium stearate, potassium tallowate, sodium tallowate, potassium ricinoleate, potassium shea butterate, sodium ricinoleate, coconut milk, sodium shea butterate, fragrance, carthamus tinctorius hybrid (hybrid safflower) seed oil, potassium palm kernelate, allantoin, lanolin, sodium palm kernelate, sodium citrate, tocopherol acetate, hydrolyzed silk protein

Barrister's Reserve® Base

Barrister’s Reserve® is especially soft, producing a creamy, runny (low-structured) lather that requires little soap and lots of water. Barrister’s Reserve® is hard water tolerant and void of lanolin for those with sensitivities. Although it takes more time and water to lather than the other bases, the end result is well worth the effort. Barrister’s Reserve® is offered in 6 scents: Waves, Spice, Lavender, Fern, Cool, and Classic.

Lather tip: If your lather appears to be thin or glue-like, keep adding water with your brush until it forms a creamy lather.

Barrister and Mann Scents from Reserve Base

Barrister’s Reserve® Ingredients: Potassium stearate, glycerin, aqua, sodium cocoyl isethionate, potassium tallowate, potassium safflowerate, cocos nucifera (coconut) milk, sodium stearate, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, sucrose cocoate, sodium lactate, fragrance tocopherol acetate, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, sodium tallowate, sodium safflowerate

Excelsior Base

Excelsior is the most recent soap base, a result of fusing past designs and experiments (Excelsior most resembles the original White Label formula). Excelsior is easy to lather, hard water tolerant, and very firm, producing a slick, buttery, moisturizing lather. Excelsior is currently only offered in the Vespers scent (a Winter seasonal), but all future scents will come out in Excelsior.

Barrister and Mann Scents from Excelsior Base

Excelsior Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Potassium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Tallowate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Potassium Kokum Butterate, Methyl Gluceth-10, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose Cocoate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Sodium Kokum Butterate, Allantoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lanolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Fragrance, Sodium Ricinoleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate

Some new ingredients including Jojoba oil, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, and extra glycerin have been added exclusively to the Excelsior base for greater moisturizing effect. Xanthan gum has also been added to the Excelsior base, forming an extremely slippery polymer gel when exposed to water to increase lubrication/slickness.

Try All Three Shaving Soap Bases

Each soap base represents a unique point in the evolution of Barrister and Mann shaving soaps. Every base was designed to improve upon a specific aspect in the shave experience, therefore sampling all 3 bases is the best way to experience the full range of capabilities of Barrister and Mann. After trying each soap base ourselves, we can firmly say that you will not be disappointed by any of them!


Barrister and Mann Shaving Soap Bases Infographic


Barrister and Mann Shaving Soap Scent Notes

Barrister and Mann currently produces 5 scents in the Glissant base, 6 scents in Barrister's Reserve® base, and 1 seasonal scent in the Excelsior base (the rest of the scents have either been discontinued or are out of season).

We offer samples of every scent in production (along with a couple discontinued seasonal scents) so you can try whatever you want before committing to the full-sized soap. When picking scents, we recommend trying a soap from each base to find which performs best for you.



Scent Notes



Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Patchouli

(Earl Grey Tea)



Bergamot, Lemon, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Lavender, Rosemary



Lavender, Vanilla, Cedar, Mousse de Saxe, Musk


Cologne Russe

Violet, Rose, Bergamot, Lemon, Petitgrain, Bay, Herbs, Amber


Le Grande Chypre

Oakmoss, Labdanum, Frankincense, Bergamot, Rose, Lime, Patchouli, Peach, Musk, Cedar


>Leviathan (Autumn Seasonal)

Coffee, Russian Leather, Sandalwood, Cedar, Musk


Nocturne (Autumn Seasonal)

Apple, Leaves, Benzoin, Smoke, Cinnamon


Reserve Classic

Citrus, Oakmoss, Lavender, Sandalwood

Barrister’s Reserve®

Reserve Fern

Oakmoss, Lavender, Tonka Bean

Barrister’s Reserve®

Reserve Lavender


Barrister’s Reserve®

Reserve Waves

Salt Water, Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot

Barrister’s Reserve®

Reserve Spice

Carnation, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Tonka Bean

Barrister’s Reserve®

Reserve Cool

Bergamot, Lemon, Lavender, Menthol

Barrister’s Reserve®

Vespers (Winter Seasonal)

Cranberry, Rose, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Geranium, Cardamom, Fir, Mousse de Saxe, Bergamot, Lavender, Oakmoss, Coumarin


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