Basics

How to Personalize Your Shaving Soap Recipe: Fragrance, Fats & More

So you have a shaving soap recipe that gives you a good shave and a rich, stable lather - but that's it. For now, it's unscented and far from extraordinary. This is part of the process, though. It's easier to establish a foundation and manipulate one or two things at a time in subsequent batches. When…
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Basics

Melt and Pour Shaving Soap

You want to start experimenting with shaving soap, but you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. Locating, buying, and handling lye and a myriad of oils can be confusing. If you just want to experiment with different fragrances and/or superfats, melt and pour soap can be a great way to go. In this post, I’m going to…
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Basics

Cold Process or Hot Process Shaving Soap?

Hello, shavers & soapers! In this post we're going to discuss the two predominant methods of small-scale soap making: cold process and hot process. As you'd guess, the difference between the two is the temperature the fat and lye react at. We're going to cover the differences between hot process and cold process, the benefits of each, and which…
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Types of Shaving Soap: Hard, Soft, and Cream

Last time, we looked at the most important criteria for a great shaving soap. Of course, there's more than one way to shave a cat! (It's more politically correct than skinning them, OK?) Today, we're going to examine a few different types of shaving soap out there, and take a look at the differences between the ingredients and…
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