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Van Yulay Puros la Habana, Rooney Style 1, and Rockwell 6S R4

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An exceptionally nice shave today, beginning with the superb lather (consistency, slickness, and fragrance) the Rooney produced from Van Yulay’s Puros la Habana shaving soap, whose ingredients are:

Stearic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut Fatty Acid, Castor, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Babassu-Manteca-Argan-Abyssinian-Coconut Oils, Kokum & Cocoa Butters, Calendula, Extracts, Poly Quats, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Silica, Liquid Silk, Bentonite Clay, Tobacco Absolute, and Fragrance.

This soap, like yesterday’s Hercules from Van Yulay, includes manteca (lard), though in this case the green disk contains that information. For whatever reason, the lather from Puros la Habana was for me noticeably better, and indeed better by a fair amount, than the lather from Hercules, which has these ingredients:

Deionized Water, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Stearate, Saponified oils of Soy Bean-Safflower-Stearic Acid, Goatmilk,Coconut-Palm-Manteca-Olive-Emu–Grapeseed-Almond-Castor-Oils,Honey, Sea Salt, Kokum-Mango-Coco-Shea-Butters, Amino Acids,Chamomile, Calendula, Polyquats, Liquid Silk, Marshmallow Root, Allantoin, White Kaolin Clay, Silica Powder, Vitamin E, and Fragrance.

The fragrance from Puros la Habana is indeed cured tobacco leaf with a hint of cedar. In loading the brush, I did have to add a little water a couple of times as I loaded, and the resulting lather was wonderful.

The Rockwell did its usual very comfortable and very efficient job. R4 has for me a little more blade feel, but it still feels comfortable and it is certainly efficient. I may return to R3 just for comparison.

A small dot of the Van Yulay Puros la Habana aftershave balm is all that is needed. The balm ingredients:

Water, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, BTMS, Stearic Acid, Emu Oil, Glycerin, Abyssinian Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Allantoin, Par d Arco, Ylang-Ylang, Tea Tree, Hydrolyzed Oat, Holy Basil, Liquid Silk, Germaben II, and Fragrance.

Again, not vegan, but very nice.

Written by LeisureGuy

24 May 2017 at 7:57 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I have heard that lard’s bad reputation is exaggerated and it’s shaving soap capability isability is excellent🥓


    24 May 2017 at 12:12 pm

  2. I don’t know of anything bad about lard’s reputation. Indeed, lard has an excellent reputation, so far as I know. You really cannot use anything else (except perhaps a mix of lard and butter) for making piecrust and it’s generally useful in baking. (Leaf lard from around the kidney is the best.) It also in nice in cooking, and indeed I save bacon fat, which I use routinely for sautéing (and of course bacon fat is lard). It’s tasty, as any bacon lover can tell you. And I would think it would work as well as tallow in soap, and perhaps even better: perfumers use lard as the best fat to extract fragrances since it contributes none.

    What’s the bad rap against lard?


    24 May 2017 at 12:30 pm

  3. That lard was supposedly not as healthy as some fats, but it turns out to be wrong. It’s likely the best fat health wise for that purpose I remember when they said margerine was healthful . (Not)


    24 May 2017 at 2:04 pm

  4. Margarine has loads of trans fats (hydrogenated fats), which turn out to be exceedingly unhealthful. Fortunately, I was raised on butter and very seldom used margarine (which seemed always trying to taste as good as butter, so that was my clue to buy butter). And speaking of hydrogenated fats, lard was and perhaps still is sold as hydrogenated lard, so avoid that at all costs. Hydrogenated lard is found on store shelves; pure (non-hydrogenated) lard requires refrigeration.

    The Big Fat Surprise has a lot of good information on fats and is highly readable, and I also like Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient.

    I did a look-up to compare olive oil and lard.

    Olive Oil


    24 May 2017 at 2:33 pm

  5. And



    24 May 2017 at 2:35 pm

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