Barrister and Mann 42 Shaving Soap


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42 is a limited edition release that will be made until June 29, 2019 and then will be available while supplies last. Please note that the soap uses the new Excelsior base.

For Towel Day, the commemoration of Douglas Adams’ authorship of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Barrister and Mann presents our tribute to his brilliant work: 42, a soap that smells of petunias, ambergris, tea, and Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster (lemon sugar). Grab a copy of the Guide, a cup of tea, and your shaving brush; it’s going to be a hell of a ride.


The Streaming Consciousness of the Whale

Another thing that nobody made too much fuss about was that, against all probability, a sperm whale had suddenly been called into existence some miles above the surface of an alien planet. And since this is not a naturally tenable position for a whale, this innocent creature had very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it had to come to terms with suddenly not being a whale any more.

"Ah! What's happening? Er, excuse me? Who am I? Why am I here? What's my purpose in life? What do I mean by, 'Who am I'? Calm down! Get a grip now! Oh, this is an interesting sensation. It's a sort of yawning, tingling sensation in my ... my ... Well, I better start finding names for things, so let's call it my stomach. So, a yawning, tingling sensation in my stomach. And that whistling, roaring sound? That can be wind. Perhaps I can find a better name for it later. Hey, what's this thing? Let's call it a tail! Yeah, tail. Hey, I can really thrash it about pretty good, can't I? Wow! Wow! Hey! Doesn't seem to achieve much, but I'll probably figure out what it's for later on. Oh, hey, this is really exciting! So much to find out about, so much to look forward to. I'm dizzy with anticipation. What's this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very, very fast ... so big and flat and wide, it needs a big, wide-sounding word, like round ... round ... ground! That's it -- ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me?"

Curiously, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was,

"Oh no, not again."

(to see this scene in action, check it out on YouTube!)


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

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Type: Shaving Cream and Soap

Manufacturer: Barrister & Mann


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    Instant Favorite

    Great shave, the Excelsior lathers nicely. I bought the set due to realatively unanimous praise and its warranted. The soap scent is light, reminding me of a spring garden with an ample ammount of lemon sugar (not zest) sprinkled around. The aftershave kicks it up a notch. It's an instant favorite that I find myself returning to for cool mornings or brunch with the missus. It's a fun, classic, and "springy" nod to the Hitchhiker's Guide.


    Someone bleeped my comment

    It was quite good. And what was bleeped was my description of whale v o m i t. And s p e r m whales. Anyway after shaving the night before I had the irresistible urge to re-read Moby ****. (Maybe I should have said D i c k to fool the bleeper - too sensitive?). Regardless I like the Barrister and Mann products though I can't figure out what the image on the cover of the tub is.


    A nice addition to my collection of soaps.

    I used the Barrister & Mann #42 shave soap tonight. It has a pleasant odor and worked nicely. One ingredient is ambergris. It is a substance produced in the digestive system of ***** whales. It has been called whale mucus and whale *****. It also is used in perfumes and fragrances. It is listed on the cover of the #42 box but not on the list of ingredients on the back. Still I enjoyed shaving with it. Look it up in Wikipedia for an interesting read.