I’ve been wanting to craft a traditional shaving soap for some time. I knew this would be a challenge, so I’ve been busy researching and learning everything I can. After spending time on forums, watching soap reviews, and visiting lots of men’s grooming sites I’ve learned that shave soaps are more complex than I ever thought. I know soap, but shave soap is a completely different thing.
Even with the little shaving knowledge I possessed, I lacked one major element that could help me: experience. I know nothing about face shaving (thank goodness!). It’s like going into this I’ve already got the odds stacked against me, but I dove in anyway! Crafting this soap required me to make it using the hot process method, and I needed to combine both potassium hydroxide (KOH) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH). A new soapmaking method, two types of lye….I was downright scared! I tried my best anyway and here are the results:
It actually came out much better than expected. My husband gave me some constructive criticism and I’m already tweaking my next recipe.
The shaving soap is a beast that is not easily tamed. Wet shaving is an art in and of itself, so a lot of care has to go into every element of a shave soap design. The face is the canvas, the soap is the paint and the brush is…well, the brush. With time and practice I know I can create a masterpiece!