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Stirling Shave Soap Review & Video Lather Demo

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How To Grow A Moustache has a good review and video of Stirling shaving soap. Since he has better luck with the lather than I, it seemed a good idea to point it out. I’ll keep trying, of course, but in the meantime, take a look. The reviewer is wrong, though, that tallow-based soaps are necessarily soft. Certainly Stirling (and Mystic Waters and Strop Shoppe) tallow-based soaps are soft, but (for example) the Prairie Creations tallow+lanolin soap I used this morning quite hard, and some tallow-based high-end soaps are similarly firm. I suspect that the softness/hardness is more a function of drying/curing time, but in any case it’s clearly not due to tallow per se.

Written by Leisureguy

4 October 2013 at 10:34 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I really want to like this soap; $5 for a puck of tallow based shave soap is something the hobby needs.

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    Zach

    5 October 2013 at 2:37 pm

  2. If you try it, I would love to know your experience with it.

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    LeisureGuy

    5 October 2013 at 6:26 pm

  3. I have tried four of them, and the best I can offer is “I really WANT to like this soap”
    The first one I tried was ‘bacon’ and it was made with lard, and true to the scent; I love bacon but I don’t want to smell like it, so this was a colossal mistake for me; others who might not mind or even want to smell like bacon, but when you smell bacon and know it’s lard based, you might ask yourself “what was I thinking?”

    The three tallow based soaps that I tried are Sharp Dressed Man, Almond Cream, and Black Cherry. These all perform well, in that I was able to shave and did not get cut or irritated; some of the scents were so-so, the almond does not smell like almond and the cherry smelled like something else as well.

    The tins they sell fit these pucks perfectly, but flush to the top, so there’s no gap to trap the water that is needed to really load up the brush. If you bowl lather it, you can make a meringue, if that’s what you want (I don’t want that) but if you face lather, you’ll have to go back to the puck repeatedly. For me it took more effort than I would like to spend in the morning, and of course, if you’re not crazy about the scent or some other aspect, you’ll likely not rush back to these.

    The bacon I threw out, because I don’t want to bathe in it, either.

    The other three I will try to make more use of, I guess, but when you have as much soap as we do, you ask yourself if that’s reality or just wishful thinking, thinking that perhaps also partly excuses the ridiculous need to acquire new items.

    Again, I really WANT to like this soap, it would be great for the hobby. But with all arrogance aside, I don’t need a big $5 puck of tallow, I just want to know that it exists.

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    Zach

    6 October 2013 at 7:13 am

  4. Yeah, that’s been my experience: a soap I want to like but cannot get to lather. It’s odd that they sell it in a small tin; I got a note from them (after they observed my difficulties) saying that it was specifically designed as a mug soap. So why would they sell in in a non-mug container?

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    LeisureGuy

    6 October 2013 at 7:26 am


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