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Solved: Mike’s Natural Shaving Soap

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This morning I solved Mike’s Natural Shaving Soap, and the solution, as is often the case, involved more water. Several times I had been advised that this is a very thirsty soap, but I didn’t really understand the impact. I had not run into this situation before.

This morning, I did my usual loading routine: a sopping wet brush (my Rooney Style 2 Finest) brushing briskly the tin of soap, held on its side over the sink. Soon enough, I reached the very fine bubbles that indicates that the brush is fully loaded, but I was puzzled at how little water dropped into the sink. Moreover, the brush really didn’t look all that lathered up. Remembering the “thirsty soap” comment, I added a good driblet of water to the center of the brush and brushed a bit more and noticed an immediate improvement. Another good slug of water, more brushing, and by golly! there it was: my brush was puffy and pregnant with mounds of good, rich, moist lather.

I get it now: it is indeed a thirsty soap. I wonder which of my other soaps would give better lather with more water. I’ll have to experiment. But certainly I’ve never before encountered a soap requiring so much water as Mike’s Natural—but now that I have watered it thoroughly, I fully understand why people like it: a very fine lather indeed. Wow. Who knew? (Well, a lot of people, apparently, but not me.)

Three passes of the iKon OSS with a Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge blade, followed by a splash of the sample of Saint Charles Shave Bulgarian Rose and Lemon aftershave—a very nice aftershave indeed. I like this one as well.

Thanks to those who continued to provide coaching for this soap. I get it now.


Written by LeisureGuy

3 November 2012 at 7:25 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Think this may be the problem I’m encountering with Crabtree and Evelyn hard soap. I’ve used it on several occasions and the lather dies after pass number 2. I’ll try the addition of more water tomorrow as I seem to recall that when brushing the soap very little spills out and into the sink. Good tip I let you know

    Tony The Blade

    3 November 2012 at 10:45 am

  2. I too have a hard time with Mikes Natural. But I do love the scent. I had better luck with badger over boar. I am looking forward to the arrival of my Badger and Blade Boar made by Omega. I want to compare it to my Semogue SOC.


    3 November 2012 at 3:25 pm

  3. Michael: I’m glad you got mike’s to work. As I said before, it’s my absolute favorite. Incidentally I only shave in cold water so your comment form the other day was ironically spot on!

    Four cooks: I look forward to your review as I am intrigued by the B&B Omega as well.


    3 November 2012 at 8:21 pm

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