Tallow + Steel “Dark” and the redoubtable Baby Smooth
Tallow + Steel shaving soaps lather quite easily and require little in the way of water: two good shakes of the Fine synthetic still left a tad too much water in the brush, but I worked the excess water into the lather. Still, next time I was be even more frugal with the water for this soap. The ingredients do not include clay, you’ll note:
Stearic Acid + Tallow (from local, pasture-raised, 100% grass-fed cattle) + Water + Potassium Hydroxide + Sodium Hydroxide + Organic Castor Oil + Organic Glycerin + Organic Coconut Oil + Organic Avocado Oil + Lanolin + Silk + Essential Oils + Vitamin E
I do like the fragrance: “coffee, cocoa, ginger, and vetiver, combined with the sweetness of peppermint and benzoin.” They note, “Dark features a coffee essential oil from South America, and a cocoa absolute oil from France.”
The Baby Smooth is in the very top rank of my razors for comfort and efficiency. It’s really a remarkably good razor and I hope the rumors of its return are true. When I first tried it (on the $45 initial release), it went immediately onto my “recommended razors for novices” list. Three passes, no problems, BBS finish.
A splash of Tallow + Steel “Dark” aftershave, and I’m good to go. The aftershave also has good ingredients:
Water + Witch Hazel + Organic Aloe Vera + Organic Glycerin + Organic Licorice Root + Organic Willow Bark + Organic Cucumber + Organic Rosemary + Polyglyceryl Oleate + Radish Root Ferment + Lactobacillus + Coconut Fruit + Essential Oils