St. James Gate in medieval times was the Western most entrance to the City of Dublin, Ireland, where it stood until 1734. Since that time, the surrounding area has kept the name St. James Gate, despite the actual “gate” having been gone long ago.
The area surrounding St. James Gate has been home to popular breweries since the 17th century. To this day, the area is home to one of the most famous breweries in the world (look it up!)… and which is currently held on a 9000 year lease signed in 1759.
This release by Murphy and McNeil is a departure from our normal line of shaving soaps. Released specifically for St. Patrick’s Day 2019, this base (or similar) may see a recurrence during this special holiday each year.
Another Saint, Saint Patrick, is known as the Patron Saint of Ireland, who famously used the clover to represent the connection between the pagan rooted ‘Trinity,” with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in his efforts to bring Christianity to Ireland. Again, we see the fascinating thread of these symbols like the Trinity, Triskele, Clover/Shamrock, etc… throughout Irish history.
This soap has many of the same properties you are used to with Murphy and McNeil. The special edition base, Slainte, is a premium product that leverages mutton tallow, duck fat, beef tallow… and best of all Irish stout beer… to create a remarkably smooth shave we think you’ll love. The fragrance on St. James is a delicious oatmeal stout. Please see below for more important information.
- Slainte: St. James is a gourmand fragrance with that smells very much like it could be eaten. We don’t recommend it.
- Scent Strength: Medium to Strong
- Top: Oatmeal, Orange,
- Heart: Almond, Butterscotch
- Base: Vanilla
- Soap Base: Slainte
- Stout Beer, Stearic Acid, Goat Milk, Mutton Tallow, Duck Fat, Beef Tallow, Potassium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Kokum Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Shea Butter, Lanolin, Sodium Hydroxide, Kaolin Clay, Tocopheral Acetate, Fragrance, Tussah Silk
- Size: 5.5oz
Video Review for Slainte: St James
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Great scent! Performance was very good. Still need to dial in how much water, but it was very yoghurty type lather, very slick, and cushioned well.
If going on performance alone I would give it an "A-". It is among my top 3 or 4 finalists. I stress glide, lubrication, cushioning and closeness as my prime criteria. If going on fragrance I would give it a "C-". To me it is reminiscent of cheap ******* candy or cough drops. I would try this base again but one that was less odorous. YMMV.
Slick lather, great scent and overall great product and service!
I now have six(6) M&M shave soaps and everyone is amazing. This may be my favorite of the six. The smell reminds me of maple, vanilla, and butterscotch candy. Very warm and inviting. The soap is very soft. For some; it might be easier to apply to ones face with your fingers rather than dipping the brush into the container. The brush may get too much soap and therefore waste it. This stuff is liquid gold so be cognizant of using too much. The shave was smooth and comfortable with enough lubricity and soap for three passes. At this point M&M is my favorite shave soap...BAR NONE!!!!!! Don't vaillate on buying this soap....YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.