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First shave with RazoRock razor

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Another good lather From a Sultans Original Shaving Soap, the Vanillawood. I just got an email this morning, however, telling me that they have reformulated the product and offering to send me a sample of the new soap. (I purchased the first two jars.) I accepted and also asked for the ingredients of the new formula, which I’ll include when I blog that shave.

I got a very nice lather, and the Wee Scot is exactly the right size for the small jars: plenty of room to load the brush. The lather was quite good and I like the fragrance.

As you see, I got my RazoRock razors and this morning I chose the Mirrored Pole II, a three-piece razor with a very grippy handle indeed: there is zero chance that this razor will slip when you hold it. It feels like very deep, very sharp chequering, and (as you see) it has an interesting appearance.

I loaded the razor with a Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge blade and did my usual three-pass shave. This razor is certainly better than the traditional low-price starter razors (Lord L6 and Diamond Edge/Feather Popular): better construction and a better head. It does not match the head of the Edwin Jagger DE8x, in my first impression, but I’ll shave with some different blades to test that. It produced a good shave but had a somewhat harsher feel than the EJ, which feels quite smooth indeed. OTOH, it’s price is $19 vs. $32-35 for the EJ.

Three passes, followed by a rinse, dry, and good splash of The Shave Den’s Coconut Verbena aftershave balm.

Now I’m ready to do some cooking: a pan-roasted duck breast—I’ve made the recipe at the link before, and it’s marvelous—along with cooked whole-grain spelt sautéed in a little butter with pecans and dried cranberries, and also steamed kale sautéed in a little olive oil with onion, garlic, and diced Meyer lemon: protein, starch, greens, and a little oil. Well, with the duck, probably more than a little. Plus a bottle of wine. I’m looking forward to it.

UPDATE: Well, I learned something. From Sultans Original in an email:

Since Sultans is a all natural soap the FDA considers it what they call a “True Soap” and it is exempt from the ingredient labeling as long as we make no “Cosmetic” claims

Until we expand into the European market we are not listing specific formula, but I can tell you that Sultans is made with Premium Vegetable/Plant oils and a high ph base(hydroxide) and thats about it.

It contains no preservatives or other chemicals that most makers use, it is made the way our great grandfathers did it.

I hadn’t realized this, so it’s good information (that I think they should post on their web site). And the soap does seem good, though I’m advised that the new formulation is much better. I’ll let you know. Stay tuned.

Written by LeisureGuy

22 November 2012 at 9:53 am

Posted in Food, Recipes, Shaving

9 Responses

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  1. They’re actually incorrect. Because it’s marketed as a shaving soap, it’s considered a cosmetic shaving preparation and thus is required to have its ingredients listed. However, good luck trying to get them to comply. 😀

    The Barrister

    22 November 2012 at 11:55 am

  2. Also, Happy Thanksgiving!

    The Barrister

    22 November 2012 at 11:56 am

  3. Their secretiveness about their ingredients seems suspicious. I am not sure I want to use something on my skin on a daily basis without knowing what it contains. Plenty of other soaps out there.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    22 November 2012 at 1:13 pm

  4. Maybe they don’t want a formula they probably worked very hard on ripped off?

    Jonathan Vigil

    22 November 2012 at 3:08 pm

  5. It has nothing to do with whether it’s ripped off or not. I worked very hard to perfect my formulas and I still have to comply with federal regulations. It’s not a true soap, and they shouldn’t try to get out of it by claiming that it is. That’s dishonest and illegal.

    The Barrister

    22 November 2012 at 3:13 pm

  6. I’ve now heard from Sultans, after they read this post and the comment thread:

    I looked at the FDA site for the 5th time and I really hate to say it but Barrister is right, We made bar soap before so that’s probably why we were so sure about the ingredient listing… We will order new labels and include a statement of ingredients in each package with old labels, also we will try to update the website soon.

    So you get to be the first. We use:

    Coconut, Castor, Palm, Olive, and Jojoba oils, Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Carbonate,Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Vitamin E


    22 November 2012 at 3:44 pm

  7. Apologies to Sultan for calling them dishonest. That was unfair; Gentlemen and Ladies, you have my deepest apologies and my best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

    The Barrister

    22 November 2012 at 4:04 pm

  8. Una curiosita’,, ho visto che Lei usa sempre degli ottimi attrezzi da barba dal pennello, al sapone ed ai magnifici rasoio in DE …. A Lei non piace radersi con rasoio a mano libera ??? io preferisco usare il ML sulla pelle di altre persone come fa’ il barbiere mi sembra piu’ appropriato,, meglio il DE sul proprio visto
    non pensa??? Grazie buona giornata…–

    Jo 55

    23 November 2012 at 1:00 am

  9. Google Translate struggled with that comment, but the gist of it seems to be an inquiry about my non-use of the straight razor. I don’t use a straight razor and in fact don’t have one. My grandfather did use a straight razor, but I’m happy with a double-edged razor.


    23 November 2012 at 8:36 am

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