Summer’s officially here, bringing warmer temperatures with it. While temps are reaching insane figures down south, things are a lot more subdued here in Michigan. Still, warm weather is the perfect time to use mentholated products, which is where Stirling Soap Company’s Margaritas in the Artic comes in.
The tub, which wears the iconic polar bear holding a frosty margarita, comes in a 5.8 oz tub for $13.10. It’s one of Stirling’s pricier offerings at $2.24 per ounce, but is still one of the best offerings on the market.
The scent is citrus forward, with lime mingling with booze to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that really does smell like a margarita. Make no mistake, though, this is a citrus-forward scent with lime making up the majority of it. Stirling Soap Company describes it as, “I can’t taste this Margarita. Probably because I’m drinking it while sitting buck-naked on top of a glacier at the north pole. My skin feels wonderful, though!” The menthol is also quite noticeable out of the tub, despite ranking in at just a “3.75/10” on a cold scale.
When face lathering, Margaritas in the Artic remains mostly the same, with lime coming in at first, and then some booze. The menthol is a lot stronger than what I would call to be just 3.75. To my sensitive face, it’s more like a 7.5 out of 10, which may not be a bad thing for wet shavers that enjoy a cold soap.
The menthol lasts quite a bit of time after the shave, as well, as I can still feel its affects 15 minutes after the shave. The citrus-forward scent doesn’t last that long, though, as the menthol heavily overpowers everything else.
Soap from Stirling, as I’ve covered before, creates a thick, slick, dense lather that provides an excellent vessel to shave with. Post-shave feel is also quite good. For me, the menthol is a little too strong for comfort. It doesn’t burn my face like Stirling’s “Glacial” line, but it’s just a touch over what I would call comfortable.
- Scent Pleasantness: 5/10
- Scent Strength: 6/10
- Lather Quality: 7/10
- Price: 10/10
If you’re fan of citrus and booze, or the way a margarita smells, then you can’t go wrong with Margaritas in the Artic. The menthol, though, is stronger than the soap maker claims, so if you have a sensitive face, be mindful of that. The soap is perfect for the summer, as it cools you off and has a wonderful scent that reminds one of warmer weather. If you like menthol, go for a full tub, if you are sensitive to cold stuff, go for a sample first.