Ease of Lathering: Quite Easy. The Soap Commander formula is harder than some of the other soaps you’ll find on the market today, and it takes a few more swirls to get a good load into the brush, but it is in no way difficult. If you have any patience and a reasonable brush of some sort, you’ll be fine.
Protection: Very Good. Once lathered, Soap Commander soaps provide a nice layer of protection. Not quite as voluminous as some, not quite as dense as others, it’s a great compromise that carries plenty of water, and can work in a thinner or thicker iteration, as you prefer.
Residual Slickness: Very Good. Very nice slickness, about as good as you could achieve with a vegan soap base. Also, really good face feel after the shave. No qualms here.
Scent: Fantastic! The few Soap Commander soaps I’ve tried have both been tremendous in terms of their scent, and have also had great staying power after the shave. Most soaps pretty much die off before you leave the shaving mirror. Not so with the Soap Commander. They retain a full, nuanced scent profile for hours. This would only be a negative if you had a plan for a conflicting aftershave balm or splash. The “Fortitude” scent is dark, warm, and masculine. Though scent is highly subjective, I find it intoxicating. One of my very favorites.
Production/Value: Soap Commander offers a larger amount of soap than most brands. (Six ounces, versus four or so for a lot of other companies.) They also have great labeling and thoughtfully large tubs to make lathering easier. I have no reservations about their value. Not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for here.
Notes: You could do a lot worse than a Soap Commander product. Though I have many soaps to use, and I try to rotate through them, I could be perfectly happy with using SC soap exclusively. Great scent, great soap base, well-sorted packaging. It’s the real deal. Highly recommended.