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    You knocked me out

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    Right. Shaving soaps and related products. As you all know, many new companies have recently been founded. Typically, they call themselves artisans, because anything that is "artisinally made" sells. A look behind the scenes, however, typically reveals a bathtub, a power drill, and soap flakes and oils cheaply bought online. So whenever I come across the term "artisinal", I get suspicious. However, Mei▀er Tremonia - Die Baderisten are different. As are their products.

    How did I find that product line? Stefan Peter Wolf of NassRasur-Portal is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met when it comes to shaving paraphernalia. So when Stefan launched a line called Mei▀ner Tremonia in his shop, I got curious. Because the last product line he launched was Alvarez GomÚz, one of the very few product lines which can sensibly vie with Castle Forbes for the number one spot in wet shaving.

    Yes, I got a bit trigger happy in their online store

    So I called Thomas Mei▀ner, and asked him about his products. The call ended with my placing a sizeable order. When the package arrived earlier this week, I thought I should share my first impressions with you.

    Before I begin, let me tell you a bit about Mei▀ner Tremonia, though. The company was launched in November 2014 by three people from Dortmund, Germany. Their approach is as simple as it is rare, "less is more". Several years ago, while doing research for a historical novel set in the middle ages, Thomas got interested in the business of the old Bader (the German term for medieval barbers, and more). One of the things he found fascinating was how they made their soaps. Later having researched soaps and shaving products currently sold, he decided that they simply contained far too many ingredients - including those you really would not want to get in touch with your skin. He also worked closely together with a local barber, because nobody is more critical of shaving products than someone who uses them with clients.

    The preshave soap unboxed. Mind the embossing.

    Another challenge was the actual process of making soaps. Today, the most widespread industrial process involves automated mechanical milling. If you are looking for a high quality product, "triple milling" is what most people look for. In fact, many high quality soaps are made using a "triple or more milling" process, Green Mountain Soap being a prime example. Milling serves two purposes, saponification and dehydration.

    Mei▀ner Tremonia chose a different approach. They use a traditional copper vat for saponification, cold-stirring their products, and then letting the resulting soap rest for several weeks to remove the remaining humidity. This results in extremely densely packed products with a high degree of efficiency.

    So he started with a minimal setup of the highest quality ingredients available. Several years later, he had come up with products which actually worked well enough for him to decide to start his own company.

    Pitch black - not just a good movie...

    As you can see in the pictures, their packaging is far better than most in the market. The jars are made of lilac glass, and wide enough to accommodate brushes of almost any size. They also filter out UV rays, keeping the product stable. Last, they are far more eco friendly than aluminium jars. While they add to the overall price of the product, they are meant to be kept, and refilled. Mei▀ner Tramonia offers refills for all of their shaving products, giving them a very light environmental footprint. As an aside, I cherish their understated artwork. In a time when most new products look like something out of a How To Become LGBT Aware shop, they offer quality and gravity. The shaving paste jar weighs an impressive 450 grams.

    Also looking at the pictures, you will see that they soaps are hand embossed, and carry the Mei▀ner Tremonia label. A nice touch which gives the products an even more luxurious look and feel.

    If you go through their list of ingredients, you will find that apart from being organic, their products are geared towards skin care. One key ingredient is organic palm stearin. As users familiar with such soaps know, this means one thing: use very little water at first, keep adding water as you load the brush, and you will be rewarded with stable, creamy lather.

    Also present is organic Macadamia nut oil, which you will rarely find in soaps. It has a high amount of unsaponified components which will remain in the soap. You will notice their soothing effect after the shave.

    Before you do that, though you might want to try the preshave soap. It contains organic Macadamia nut oil, shea butter oil, and bees wax. I found that it makes for the best pre shave preparation so far, even better than Castle Forbes' pre-shave. No mean feat for a startup product, I think. It de-greases the whiskers, softens the skin, and opens the pores in a way that tangibly enhances the ensuing shave.

    Grey lather for the win. Proto lather, that is...

    You will notice that the oils used are extremely high value upon opening the jar. There is nothing cheap, sweet, or artificial about them. Mei▀ner Tremonia offer a wide range of scents (Thomas quipped that he is scent crazy), and the four I tried (Dark Limes, Salty Sea Sage, Mint Ice Menthol, and Lavender de Luxe) are straightforward, highly refined, and luxurious. My wife, who is typically very critical of scents, liked them all, and encouraged me to buy her the Sage bath and shower soaps.

    The closest to their lime scent would be West Indian Limes Shaving Cream by Truefitt & Hill. Where the T&H cream has a citric spike, though, this one is dark. If you know Tabula Rasa's Dark Lavender, you will know what I mean. The Sage is subdued; unlike certain other sage scents, this one does not smell like cough syrup, but more like the real thing, with a hint of spices; the Lavender is one of the best interpretations of a lavender scent I have come across in shaving products - different from Castle Forbes' all-out lavender attack, but even more refined than DR Harris. Tabula Rasa and Martin de Candre are nice, but this one is, in my opinion, nicer; the Mint products are, as one would expect, cooling, but not in an ice bucket challenge way, just pleasantly refreshing, with a hint of eucalyptus. As I said, Mei▀ner Tremonia know what they are doing, and I am quite certain that their other scents will not disappoint, either.

    Yeah, well, that was the maiden voyage. It got a lot better on the second try. Less water being key.

    So how do they perform?

    I am still hesitant to offer a final verdict, having tested the products only for a few shaves. However, the results so far are more than encouraging. Actually, they are extremely good. But I think I had better keep you updated in due course, ie once I have used them for two weeks.

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    Last edited by RobinK; 12-10-2014 at 09:14 PM. Reason: Added scents. Metaphorically.
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    Nice ! Looking foward to your final verdict.
    I'm waiting for a brush from him,while i was on his site i had noticed these, strong n scotish,himalayan heights looked interesting.

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    Thanks!

    Now I have more soaps and products to try out!
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    Do they have a website in English or do I need to learn "ze German?"
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    How do you see their website in English? Oops, Just saw that someone else asked the same question.

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    Right button mouse key,then translate to english.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slasher View Post
    Right button mouse key,then translate to english.
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    Nope.

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    You need to use the current version of Internet Explorer for that feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    Nope.

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    I am afraid that for the time being, you will have to learn zer German. Or use a translation service: Site, Shop. I asked, and they would ship to the US.

    Maybe an update on the products' performance: The pre-shave soap is a must. Just get it. It is great stuff. Given the choice between the paste (aka cream) and the soap, I have no preference. The paste is very densely packed, and has a stronger scent. If you are looking for something a bit more subdued, get the soap. But they are good products. They are not Alvarez GomÚz/Castle Forbes/Domenico Caraceni/XPEC good. But better than any other artisan products I have tried, except Baume.be, Esbjerg, and Savonnerie du bon Berger.

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