Shave perfection: Paisley, Mühle, and Stealth
The Paisley lid is, you’ll note, upside down. Sorry about that.
The Mühle silvertip produced an extremely good lather from the Paisley shaving soap (with its octagonal puck). Indeed, all three of the vintage soaps produce a lather of the quality of the lather from D.R. Harris, and I imagine that is because D.R. Harris continues to use the shaving soap formula from back in the day—the day in which my vintage soaps were used. More competition required tip-top performance.
Nowadays shaving soap makers still face competition, but mostly it’s competition from canned foam, and in many companies hypercompetition rules, so that there is always an urgent drive to cut costs—thus reformulations to use cheaper ingredients. Oddly, those cheaper (to make: no change is retail price) soaps don’t work so well.
I would say of the modern commercial soaps D.R. Harris leads in value. (Creed’s shaving soap is perhaps better, but Creed’s shaving soap costs $82/tub.)
Three passes by the Stealth holding a newish Personna Lab Blue and my face was BBS with no trace of nick. A dab of D.R. Harris After Shaving Milk, and we start our vacation weekend. (The Wife is taking today as a vacation day, so her schedule is very nice: just finished a 4-day work week, starting a 4-day vacation, followed by another 4-day work week.)