A soap formulated especially for traditional wet shaving
Our first test recipes for shaving soap go right back to 2009 so this has been a long time in the pipeline. With the growing trend away from disposable razors and fake foam in a can we thought it was high time we shared our own unique formula with our clients.
When formulating this wet shave soap our focus was, as always, on people who prefer a genuinely natural product and those who might be sensitive to many of the additives commonly found in commercial products. Our batches are small and artisanal, meaning real hands working thoughtfully with real ingredients.
This soap is a fusion of liquid and solid soap making methods, resulting in a soap that loads easily onto the shaving brush. Many shaving soaps are made with manufactured stearic acid derived from palm oil, however, our soap is made with hand rendered (by us) tallow from local, organic, grass-fed stock. The stearic acid naturally present in tallow, cacao and shea butter make for a lovely stable, creamy lather.
Our shaving soap also contains coconut oil, avocado oil and castor oil for a long-lasting lather that doesn't dry delicate facial skin.
We offer two essential oil blends for your shaving pleasure, as well as an unscented lanolin version for those (like me) who dig its earthy scent and skin soothing benefits.
|Brand||Washpool Skin Wellness|
Saponified Tallow (hand-rendered, local), Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Lanolin, Castor Oil
Better than premium international brands24 July 2018This is my first washpool shave soap. My previous supplies have been from international premium retailers including Barrister and Mann, Taylor's of Old Bond Street, Stirling, Chiseled Face and Tallow and Steel to name a few. This soap feels like it protects my face better than any of them. It's extremely easy to get a great lather and feels great. It also leaves your face feeling moisturized. One note, I imagined the primary scent of this product to be the lanolin (a smell that I enjoy). Unfortunately, I personally find the lanolin to be overpowered by the Tallow smell. This may not be an issue for the scented options. However, I wanted the lanolin. I am vegetarian so may be more aware of the Tallow scent than most. If any future buyers are interesteld the excellent staff also emailed me a link to a great article explaining the ethical benifits of Tallow soap. http://www.humblebeeandme.com/why-i-use-lard-or-tallow-in-my-soap-and-why-you-should-too/ I have been very impressed with washpool farm every step of the way, I would highly recommend there products and will shop again.
Thank you for your thoughtful review, Tony. Our point of difference is a formula free of synthetic scent and palm oil and a major focus on a comfortable post shave feel, so we really appreciate your evaluation. Like you, I enjoy the scent of lanolin so I'm sorry to hear you feel you can detect the scent of tallow. Over time we have developed our own way of processing both tallow and shaving soap at lower temperatures as we feel that this method improves the purity of the scent. We have also settled on a supplier who delivers incredibly clean suet to us. You may find our cooler processing techniques deliver both fresher essential oil and lanolin scents over time.