Tabula Rasa is a smooth shaving product with mango butter and argan oil, especially formulated for those with sensitive skin or prone to allergies who don't want to compromise on quality and density of the lather. Imported from Germany, it's widely considered to be one of the best shaving creams on the market today. Learn more about shaving's best-kept secret.
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Posted by Two Years New on 10th Jun 2014
I bought this because of all the rave reviews and mostly what Lee had to say about it. I got the Vetiver and Tangerine. Was a very strange aroma and combination. Finished the tub and never really got used to the smell. I whipped up a lather as I did with any other cream and never had a problem. Maybe I have "soft" water. I actually do. Is it the best out there. I don't think so, especially considering the price. I have 3 tubs of Taylor creams, all make crazy amounts of lather for only $16 and can be found for less. I also have Truefitt and Hill 1805. Also a strange aroma but makes tons of lather and very slick. However, pricy. Why spend over $30 when you can get equal or better performance for only $16. It doesn't perform better than Taylor so, I won't be buying any more T&H. Neither does Tabula. Also great are Musgo Real and Speick. Speick has an indescribable aroma but, I kinda love it, however, no one else in my household does. Not that they hate it but, my kids say Musgo and Speick smell like "old man". Thank you very much! I guess it's that "old world" aroma. But as far as fragrance goes, they are my two favs with very good performance.
Posted by Bill on 13th May 2014
I just received a tub of Tabula Rasa in Olibanum from Lee. I used it today for the first time and not only am I giving it five stars but if you're a serious wet shaver shame on you if you do not have at least one tub of Tabula Rasa in your rotation. I read several reviews both here and on other sites. I want to make the following comments and suggestions regarding this incredible soap or cream if you will. Some say it is expensive well, it’s your face. It is worth the price. Others have said that it’s difficult to lather in a bowl. I have heard the same thing about hard milled soaps such as D.R. Harris or Mitchell’s Wool Fat. Both of these produce voluminous amounts of lather for me. Many people who have said that Tabula Rasa is hard to make a great lather in a bowl should try this method. Most people have “hard water” in their homes. I do. So, I began using distilled water. A gallon will cost you from $0.88 to $1.00. I use two bowls each holding approximately eight ounces of water. I use one to make my lather and the other to hold warm distilled water which I soak my brush in while I shower and use the water to wet my face between passes. In addition, I have found that one brush does not fit all. I use a Simpsons Chubby 2 for hard soaps. However, I feel that it is too dense for creams or soft soaps. For these I use a Simpsons Colonel X2L which was perfect for Tabula Rasa. I use a fairly wet brush, put a small amount of the soap/cream in my brush and use my second bowl to make the lather. A dry brush could be the problem for those who are have problems. And lastly, an amount the size of a walnut is far too much. You can always add more but don’t waist the great soap/cream. Everybody who wet shaves should call Lee and try Tabula Rasa. It lathers great and my razor glided across my face on three passes. I will certainly purchase a few more fragrances of Tabula Rasa.
Posted by Chuck M. on 31st Mar 2014
I ordered Cardamom in place of out of stock Dark Lavendar on Lee's recommendation. Great decision. Cardamom is definitely not the "usual" shaving scent profile but that is why I like it. I find the scent stimulating and the performance is fantastic. Smooth. Smooth. Smooth. Also, I found it quite easy to lather and get the mix right. This one is a keeper and I'll be ordering the Dark Lavendar when it is back in stock.
Posted by David on 27th Jan 2014
At first, I objected to the price and the fact that it is whipped and feels so light, so basically it seems like there's not a lot of bang for the buck, a luxury shave for those parade car days. BUT, you just gotta shave with this stuff man. It is SOOOO slick, dense foam, great cushion and glide, non-drying, and those fragrances. THOSE FRAGRANCES!!! Cardamom, I mean who would'a thought? What an aroma. Dark Lavender, a slightly sinister (in a good way, more dark, velvety and heavy) take on lavender, REAL Patchouli, it just goes on and on. And the Shave you ask? The Shave? I'm glad you asked that. Smooth as glass, softer than a baby's bottom. Just amazing stuff. And if you follow the suggestions, you will get great mileage from a jar. So, expensive? If you have to ask, you don't need it and you won't understand. Once you try it, you'll wonder why you ever asked....
Posted by Wolfram on 25th Dec 2013
Honestly, I don't shave that often, but when I do would be hard-pressed to use anything other than Tabula Rasa. There is nothing better that I've found than this stuff.
Got the Olibanum scent for Yule this year and quite frankly I love it. First shave I've had in 6 months, and I'm smooth faced, left with good feeling skin, and my Fiance' says I smell good too. :) No bad there. I will definitely buy again.
Thanks for a great product!
Posted by Doc on 30th Nov 2013
Like so many others I was intrigued by the good press this cream has received, so, following the directions on Shaving101, I tried the Patchouli, my favorite scent. After a couple of missteps I got the mixture right, and it has been smooth sailing ever since. The lingering odor appeals to my wife, also a Patchouli fan, and the shaving is very smooth, although the cream has a tendency to dry out if you take too long, in my experience. Next I think I'll try the Olibanum; as an old altarboy, I can't resist church incense.
Posted by Bob on 8th Nov 2013
Although I have purchased a variety of Tabula Rasa soaps, I have using and finishing up my Vetiver/Tangerine jar. What great stuff! Easy to lather and a joy to use. The scent is very mild, but pronounced and pleasant.
Posted by uncle jack on 27th Oct 2013
Tabula Rasa recommended by Lee is terrific. I cannot imagine shaving without my Vetiver & Tangerine Tabula Rasa. I cannot wait to try other scents too.
Posted by Joe from LI on 23rd Oct 2013
Tried olibanum on a whim. At first I couldn’t place the scent, something uncommon, yet very familiar. By the second shave it came to me: incense. Specifically, church incense. Not the dorm room, hippie inspired kind, but the real stuff, frankincense. I was immediately taken back to mandatory early morning high church chapel services and Sunday church services with family, all enveloped in a cloud of aromatic smoke. The scent doesn’t dissipate quickly however, and stays with me for about an hour after shaving. Not that that is so bad since it’s a strong, masculine scent and not overly “perfume-y.”
As for Tabula Rasa itself, it’s one of the best creams I’ve used. Smooth consistency and a good, rich lather that lubricates and comforts. Stays on the face without sliding off or drying out. Easily lathers with the load/hydrate technique, but start slow using the least amount of water you can to develop a full lather. The less you use, the richer the lather. And it is rich.
Posted by A' Z on 22nd Oct 2013
I am loving this cream!
Nothing lets me shave like it. It is true, the lathering is tricky at first, but you get the hang of it pretty fast, and you are rewarded with protective lather that leaves your face feeling like you just left a spa.
And the cardamom smell rocks! To me, much better than the Vetiver / Tangarine. It also reminds me of my mother's coffee. She used to flavor it with cardamom, and this cream is as delicious as the real thing.
One of the best buys I have ever done. I hope Lee will continue to stock different flavors, and even request some more exotic ones, because we are loving it!
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