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A week of experimental lather

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A soap maker has sent a group of us samples from several experimental batches: 4 soaps and 2 creams:

  • HS 1 Olive branch
  • HS 2 GIT
  • HS 3 Bay Rum
  • HS 4 Sandalwood
  • CS 1 Violet
  • CS 2 Bulgarian Lavender

Half are tallow based, half palm-oil based. I’ll work through the six, judging them on these criteria:

  1. Effect on skin (dryness, etc.)
  2. Quantity of lather (how easily it lathers up)
  3. Quality of lather (slickness)
  4. How well lather lasts

To minimize the number of variables, I’ll use the same brush and the same razor for the week: the Rooney Style 3 Small Super Silvertip and the Futur with a Swedish Gillette blade.

So today I used HS 1:

  1. Effect on skin: no problem there
  2. Quantity of lather: got a good lather initially
  3. Quality of lather: lather felt slick
  4. How well lather lasts: lather didn’t last well: very thin for final pass

Got a fine shave, nonetheless, since yesterday was a no-shave day.

Written by Leisureguy

19 February 2007 at 7:26 am

Posted in Shaving

2 Responses

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  1. Which are tallow and which are palm oil bases?



    20 February 2007 at 11:33 am

  2. She’s keeping that information secret so as not to bias our observations… I do like a tallow-based soap, though—cf. Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap.



    20 February 2007 at 11:41 am

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