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Oaken Lab V3 Shaving Soap - Batavia Barber


"32ºC, Rustling Fan, Worn Leather, Fresh Towel"

Oaken Lab's new take on traditional shaving soap creates a slick, rich lather, with natural conditioners that will leave your skin feeling soft. Each variation is scented with its very own skin-safe fragrance, designed in-house.

Swirl a damp brush for 20 seconds, build lather in a bowl or directly on the area to be shaved In

Scent Profile
Neroli, Bergamot, Orange, Lavender, Jasmine, Moss, Musk, Patchouli, Leather

Stearic Acid, Aqua, Tallow (Beef), Yogurt, Glycerol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Potassium Hydroxide, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter (Illipe Butter), Sodium Hydroxide, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Lanolin, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Kaolin Clay, Allantoin, Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate

Net Weight

For external use only. In case of adverse reaction, discontinue use immediately.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Alan G. (Australia)

As for the other Oaken reviews I've posted, this is a great shaving soap.

Batavia Barber is a stronger fragrance than Far Afield and Sanctum. It is somehow reminiscent of visits to the barber shop as a child; the smell of after-shave, worn leather barber chairs, the barber using a leather strop to fine the blade of his cut-throat razor....

I really like the memories this brings back to me. It is a stronger scented product than the others but not for everyday, for me. Nevertheless it is certainly one that I use because I feel like an indulgence and a short stroll down memory lane !

Paul C. (Australia)
Batavia Review

I have had a couple of shaves with Oaken v3 Batavia. To this point I have to say that I am a little underwhelmed by it”s performance to this point.
Having read a number of positive reviews about this soap and I was looking forward to adding it to my rotation.
Here are my thoughts.
Great scent, not too strong but more subtle than many other soaps but in a positive way.
The product is well presented.
Produces a slightly powdery lather that lacks the slickness of some other major brands.

Unfortunately this one has not worked for me.
I have not given up on Batavia and I am sure it may be just the thing for other.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Paul.

As always, it's much appreciated and helps others in making an informed decision.

Personally, I found the the new V3 formulation requires a tad more loading and a substantial amount of water than other artisan shave soaps. There's no doubt about it, this is a 'thirsty' soap, and it took some tweaking to achieve what I'm accustomed to. Your photograph is quite impressive... thanks for taking the time to upload it.

All the best, Con | The Stray Whisker