Barrister and Mann Cologne Russe Shaving Soap, 4 oz – Excelsior Base

4.75 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)


Artisan Made in USA

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Product Description

Based on one of the oldest forms of perfume, Cologne Russe is a throwback to a scent created by the House of Guerlain for the Russian royal family and discontinued in the early twentieth century.

We blend lemon, bergamot, petitgrain, and herbs with violet, rose, bay, and amber to produce a rich, beautifully fresh scent derived from the colognes of old. The scent is distinctly warmer than most other cologne-type fragrances, owing largely to its inclusion of castoreum, benzoin, and vanilla. Clean and elegant without the aloofness of some other scents, Cologne Russe is the perfect way to brighten your morning.

Net wt. 4 oz, Made in the USA

Additional Information


Potassium Stearate, Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Sodium Tallowate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Sodium Ricinoleate, Coconut Milk, Fragrance/Parfum, Sodium Shea Butterate, Carthamus tinctorius hybrid (Hybrid Safflower) Seed Oil, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Allantoin, Lanolin, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol Acetate, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein

12 reviews for Barrister and Mann Cologne Russe Shaving Soap, 4 oz – Excelsior Base

  1. 4 out of 5


    Another great soap and great scent from B&M. I found the scent to be complex and evoking an old world feel and not comparable to the basic shaving colognes you find at local stores. I only give it 4 stars as it is great, is not in my top 3 shaving soaps.

  2. 5 out of 5


    What everyone else says. Great performance and great scent unless you really, really object top cologne type scents.

  3. 5 out of 5


    This is my new favorite. Easy to lather, great cushion, and the best fragrance I’ve smelled in forever, not just in shaving products. Better than many colognes I own and wear. It’s a citrus top, subtle floral heart, leather base. It’s not musty or dirty like some leathers.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Holy, holy, holy, cow. I just got a sample of this. I was so intrigued by the scent history in the description and kept wondering if I’d love it or be turned off by it. I should have ordered the tub. This smells AMAZING and FAR BETTER than I even hoped for. I have yet to use it but am expecting great performance since I have used Barrister & Mann before.

  5. 5 out of 5


    This is a fantastic shave soap it ticks all the boxes slickness, cushion, easy to lather & post shave feel, is top notch and the scent is fantastic great work guy’s.

  6. 5 out of 5


    This soap lathers really well, it is not very thirsty. Just a little bit of water loads the soap onto your brush. Too much water and this soap explodes in lather. Definitely slick and protective leaving you feeling moisturized. I paired the soap with the aftershave, and it is great. The scent lasts all day, is not overpowering but is there enough that it is noticeable. Floral fruity notes with a dark masculine base.

  7. 5 out of 5


    It smells great (a little floral, but dark and sexy) and performs well (super-slick, super-protective) but remember when you first started wet shaving and you told all your friends how you weren’t throwing all that money away on razors with double-AA batteries and cartridges that could double as a pontoon on your Uncle Charlie’s catamaran? Yeah, if you’re spending $40 on 4 ounces of shave soap and a little jar of aftershave, don’t kid yourself.

    I’m not knocking this stuff at all. It’s really a wonderful product. I guess I’m just trying to say there are better values out there that perform very well. If you go into this purchase with your eyes wide open, then more power to you.

  8. 5 out of 5


    I picked this up after it was recommended to me as a pairing with Farina cologne (the formula is from around 1710 or so, so I was having great difficulty finding shave soap and AS that wouldn’t clash with it). It pairs *really* well. Both the performance and fragrance are excellent.

  9. 4 out of 5


    Love this scent. Great formula as well. Recommended!

  10. 4 out of 5


    I like it very much. Smell wonderful. I think it’s perfect when used with the same AS.

  11. 5 out of 5


    Many soap B&M I like for its shaving properties. This soap has not only excellent characteristics but also a lovely fragrance. I am very happy that now this soap you can buy at any time of the year.

  12. 5 out of 5


    Smelled the aftershave a while back, and thought how good it would be if it was a soap as well. Well here we go. This stuff is just AWESOME! I love the way it smells and how well it works. I must say, any B&M soap product is on the top of my rotation! I just love this stuff!

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