Achilles Shaving Soap


4.75 out of 5

Tallow Soap
Shaving Soap Scent:
Tobacco with the perfect amount of Kentucky bourbon, hints of cherry, notes of vanilla, of rosewood, cedar, smoke, and sweet birch.


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A Shaving Soap Experience Shaving Soap of the Gods


Through the eyes of: Derek Reese!

Description of Shaving Soap Scent:

We have blended tobacco with the perfect amount of Kentucky bourbon. Among those fragrances you will get a hint of cherry, notes of vanilla with earthy infused essential oils. Hints of rosewood, cedar, smoke, and sweet birch. Take pride in all you do! Being the greatest warrior on the battlefield after this perfect shave. Enriched oils are like your sword and a great lather are to be your shield. Winning this battle every time with the perfect scented soap. After a long day a warrior would relax with flavored smoke & bourbon. This soap is infused with tobacco tea and real Kentucky bourbon for that added fragrance and aroma.

Notice: These shave soaps are soft and heat-sensitive. Please keep this in mind, should you live in a hot climate, with regards to product shipment.

Description of Shaving Soap:

Van Yulay makes a croap shaving soap, that is neither a cream or a hard puck, but in between.

Van Yulay shave soap whips up into a yogurt like, creamy lather in just a few minutes.  Formulated with a superior, protective cushion, we make each soap with your skin mind.  With that said, we incorporate quality, vitamin enriched, oils and butters, chosen specifically to hydrate your skin.

“Leaving your skin better than when we first met.”

Shaving Soap Contents:

Calendula – is used to disinfect minor wounds and to treat infections of the skin. The antibacterial and immunostimulant properties of the plant make it extremely useful in treating slow-healing cuts and cuts in people who have compromised immune systems. The herb stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites and minimizes scarring. Natural moisturizer with powerful emollients and protective properties.

· Tallow Oil – is considered to be a superior emollient that is beneficial for either dry or oily complexions. It gently moisturizes the skin without leaving an oily sheen.

Tallow Formula Shaving Soap Ingredients: Made with Stearic Acid, Coconut Fatty Acid, Palm Stearic, Castor, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Tobacco Tea, Aloe Vera, Coconut-Emu-Tallow-Meadow Foam-Borage-Argan- Oils, Kentucky Bourbon, Sodium Lactate, Herbal Ground Tea, Calendula, Extracts, Poly Quats, Allantoin, Silica, Bentonite Clay, Glycerin Soap, Tobacco Absolute, Mica and Fragrance.


Weight N/A
Shave Soap Size

Sample Soap, 4.oz size

4 reviews for Achilles Shaving Soap

  1. Rated 4 out of 5


    Lovely Tobacco/bourbon scent. highly recommended.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Curtis George

    Van Yulay – Achilles Shaving Soap Review

    This scent is part of the Van Yula “Soap of the Gods” line. I shaved exclusively with this soap for a week using different techniques as well as a boar, badger, and synthetic brush before writing this review.

    Van Yulay’s tallow shaving soap is made from very high quality natural ingredients to hydrate and repair cell damage. With the goal of, according to their website of, “Having your skin (post shave) better than when we met.” It is made with Stearic Acid, Coconut Fatty Acid, Palm Stearic, Castor, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Tobacco Tea, Aloe Vera, Coconut-Emu-Tallow-Meadow Foam-Borage-Argan- Oils, Kentucky Bourbon, Sodium Lactate, Herbal Ground Tea, Calendula, Extracts, Poly Quats, Allantoin, Silica, Bentonite Clay, Glycerin Soap, Tobacco Absolute, Mica and Fragrance.

    I would describe the scent as a blend of tobacco leaf with a generous amount of fine Kentucky bourbon. I got a hint of cherry, notes of vanilla with an earthy arouma. As well as, hints of rosewood, cedar, smoke, and sweet birch.

    It is a great relaxing end of a busy day, aroma. I imagine sitting in an easy chair relaxing with an expensive glass of bourbon while smoking a fine cigar. The scent is nice and strong but not overpowering.

    The 4 ounces of shaving soap comes in a nice 8 ounce container that gives you more then enough room to load right in the jar. The soap is soft and does like a good bit of water while building a thick rich lather.

    The following are my recommendations: 1) Bloom the puck by pinching a small amount into a shave bowl, rather then loading in the container. 2) Initially add approximately two tablespoons of hot water to your shaving bowl when whipping up your lather with your brush. 3) I suggest using a boar or synthetic brush, that holds water and lather adequately, for best results.

    This soap really lathers well once you figure out the right combination of water to soap and the proper brush. It is certainly a soap for the more experienced wet shaver who recognizes the importance of quality ingredients and and knows how to use a sophisticated soap such as this.

    Considering the quality of the ingredients it is hard to believe this soap only sells for $14.74 for a four ounce puck in a nice plastic container.

    Scent – 5 out of 5 stars (Outstanding)

    Lather – 4.5 out of 5 stars (Very Good)

    Slickness – 4.5 out of 5 stars (Very Good)

    Post Shave – 5 out of 5 stars (Outstanding)

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Wow wow wow I have over 40 shaving soap/creams for me and my nose achilles is number 1 all day scent and performance wow

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Achilles uses Van Yulay’s tallow and bentonite clay formula. Running the risk of sounding like Joe Rogan asserting every MMA fighter with whom he’s currently enthralled to be “the best pound for pound…”, I’m going to say Van Yulay can easily rival any of the soaps in my arsenal. In fact—and I’m not overstating this—Achilles, in particular, excels in all of the criteria by which I measure an excellent soap: ease of lather, water range, density, slickness, and post-shave. Which brings me to the semi-subjective criteria: scent, packaging, value, and customer service.

    Van Yulay describes Achilles as, “tobacco with the perfect amount of Kentucky bourbon, hints of cherry, notes of vanilla, of rosewood, cedar, smoke, and sweet birch.” I can’t argue with any of that, frankly, but the order and impact of these notes deserve some illustration. Straight from the dry tub is a bold, bordering on excessive, sweet bourbon fragrance. We should all know by now that notes from the dry puck rarely provide much insight as to the lathered product. I can say that room temperature bourbon in an old fashioned wouldn’t have emanated throughout the bathroom to the degree the open tub of Achilles did. I was interested to see how this would transform once lathered.

    While on the subject of the dry tub, still present in Achilles are Van Yulay’s signature star molds (which I confirmed are in fact piped into the tubs with an icing bag). Unlike my initial use of Van Yulay, Achilles has the molds surrounded by a lustrous dark substance that appears to be liquefied, but it’s actually firm with a slight candied tackiness. While it’s an interesting presentation, I was concerned it was unintentional and possibly the victim of the hot Texas temperatures. I contacted the proprietor to inquire about the dark syrup. She quickly responded and reassured me this was the “bourbon drizzle” and that it was completely intentional. She nailed the customer service aspect, and there’s more on that later.

    With regard to packaging: My introduction to Van Yulay was outlined in my first impression of “Puros La Habana”, one of their “manteca” soaps. At that time, my impression was overwhelmingly positive. To recap, the only negatives I encountered was a slightly arbitrarily organized website and sub par label printing. After sending my first impression review to the vendor, the majority of the website issues were corrected within minutes. And the labels? Well, there’s still room for improvement, there. Following my positive experience with “Puros La Habana”, I purchased 3 more VY soaps. I note that the label issue was not an isolated one. They are quite susceptible to scratches (not unlike the PAA tins of old), and the colors are crushed and muted as compared to their representations on the website. I know this is a bit frivolous, but honestly this is where the negatives stop.

    In my mind, value is married to performance. I’ll expound on the performance later, but Achilles at $17 performs at least as well as soaps for which I unreservedly pay $25. There’s no question that $17 is more than fair for a soap of this caliber.

    Now I will address the performance. Again, adapting my behavior slightly to accommodate the clay, I used a slightly wetter knot than usual. This resulted in a very quick capacity load for the HMW knot with a controlled amount of protolather. Despite the very dark brown “bourbon drizzle” and the tan stars, the resulting lather was slightly lighter than the head on a draught stout beer. I dumped quite a bit more water into the knot using the finger dribble method and proceeded to face lather. I achieved a usable lather within a few seconds, but I knew VY could do more, so I continued to challenge the limits of this tallow-based soap by adding even more water. With my hard water, this would have destroyed most of my other tallow soaps, but Achilles revealed its sweet spot and exploded into a ridiculous amount of a strikingly creamy and dense paintable lather.

    As expected, the intense bourbon fragrance immediately settled down when the water hit it, and it transformed to a more realistic representation. Bourbon kept the stage throughout the shave, but it was sweetened a bit with cured tobacco and to a lesser extent, dark cherry and vanilla alcohol. The vanilla and cherry somehow suggested to me cola. One could deduce that Achilles then took on the fragrance of bourbon and Coke, but the mellow warm tobacco kept that from happening. Towards the end of the shave, the scent got even more complex with smoky, woody notes.

    I admit I’m ignorant as to which ingredients contribute to post shave feel. After a cold water rinse, Achilles left my scalp and face feeling the way I’m accustomed to it feeling after using lanolin and shea butter products. Yet, I don’t see either of them mentioned in the ingredients list. Nevertheless, my skin felt at least as good as it does following a shave using my benchmark products.

    The pleasant sweet bourbon scent lingered as I cleaned up my gear. I took pause before applying the paired after shave splash. My prior experience with Van Yulay’s splash proved that the scent perfectly matched the soap and lingered for a good 4-5 hours.
    I began to wonder if such an accurate bourbon fragrance was actually a good scent to wear for a prolonged period, if at all. To my surprise, the splash turned the tables on the fragrance profile. Warm, sophisticated cured tobacco was the dominate note with bourbon remaining in the background. This was precisely the opposite of its properties with the soap. The same notes are present but with a different impact and presence, making the prolonged scent of the splash less whimsical and much more refined. While I am sure this is an intentional turn, I suspect the mellow aloe carries the tobacco better, where an alcohol base may have pushed the bourbon to the forefront. The alcohol-free splash just added more goodies to my skin. The key ingredients are aloe and witch hazel, but there are a number of ingredients the benefits of which I admit I am ignorant.

    Then came the real test. The overall scent profile of Achilles shares some properties with another artisan’s soap that I love. Achilles is not a duplication of this soap, but the sweetened tobacco notes were enough to remind me of it. The problem is, for my wife, the mere hint of this unnamed soap evokes nausea. She’s normally not very vocal about my choices in fragrances, but she absolutely abhors it. Therefore, I’m given to only using it while she is gone for a prolonged hunting trip. To my relief, she found Achilles to be quite pleasant. As a result, I look forward to using this combination time and time again.

    This was a 5 out of 5 shave. I’ve been late to the game with regard to trying out Van Yulay’s products. Many of you are already familiar with them, but Achilles is listed as a “new” product on their website. If you haven’t tried it, and bourbon and cured tobacco is your thing, you really need to pick up a tub before the vendor wises up and charges what it’s worth.

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