If you see the word PILS on a shaving forum usually what follows is a barrage of positive reviews of their stunningly perfect stainless Double Edge Razors. I have hardly seen any negative comments other than “It costs too much.” Along with their outstanding razors, PILS makes other shaving products, including a shaving soap.
The soap by itself comes in a simple cardboard package, just like their razors, with PILS stamped across the outside. The small 100g puck is made in Germany of all natural, vegetable-based ingredients like most modern shaving soaps. The scent is subtle, powdery, and soapy. It is a similar type of scent to Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap, as in, it is not trying to be overly anything - just a nice pleasant scent.
The problem lies in the shaving performance and latherability of this soap. I tried three different brushes on three different occasions and I could not get the lather to stabilize. I tried Shaving101’s patented (just kidding) Load/Hydrate Technique as well without much success. The lather seemed to have many micro bubbles that made an extremely airy lather vs. a thicker more protective lather. From what I have witnessed in the shaving community, some people like that airy lather, so some readers may enjoy this soap quite a bit; however, I prefer that thicker, denser lather. It simply would not come together for me and it dried out rather quickly.
I had a lot of hope for this soap (hey, that rhymes), but it failed to deliver like PILS’s extraordinary safety razors. However, like I said before some people may enjoy it and at $18 at Lee’s Razors it may be worth a try.