The state of the current English Shaving soaps

What is your opinion on fine shaving creams and hard soaps? Do you like Trumpers, Coates, Taylors, Truefitt & Hill? Post your reviews and opinions here!
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adhoc
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The state of the current English Shaving soaps

Post by adhoc » Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:08 pm

Which of the English shaving soaps available on the market today produce decent lathers (i.e not thin and bubbly)? DR Harris for sure but I know that Penhaligon have reformulated their soaps (again) and my Sartorial shaving soap do work fine and as I understand it have Floris reformulated their shaving soaps too and they are decent now again as well (?). But how about Trumper, TOBS and T&H?

Bill_K
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Re: The state of the current English Shaving soaps

Post by Bill_K » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:59 am

Have you thought about Mitchell's Wool Fat?

I've been using it for about a week and a half and I heartily recommend it. Some have complained that it's difficult to lather, but that hasn't been my experience, even with the very hard water in my town (12.6 gpg). To me it has a subtle scent, produces "Santa Claus" lather, and is very slick.

To get around the difficult lathering I used my kitchen cheese grater to grate it and then repacked it into two separate containers. When shaving, I add enough water to cover the soap and then let it sit while I'm looking after other stuff (my brush needs soaking anyway). I then dump the soap water, gently squeeze most of the water out of the brush, and then load the brush with the soap container held upside-down (i.e. bristles facing up) for about 30 seconds.

I've been at the traditional shaving gig for only about 5 months now, and my best shaves have been with MWF. However, as they say in this list, YMMV.

adhoc
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Re: The state of the current English Shaving soaps

Post by adhoc » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:46 am

I have tried Wool Fat but I think its too hard to make a stable lather with my hard water and I find the scent a little dull but I might buy another puck in the future to see if my lathering abilities have improved. I did remember that the soap had excellent post shave though, probably the best post shave of any soap I've tried.

Bill_K
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Re: The state of the current English Shaving soaps

Post by Bill_K » Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:36 am

I've been kicking around the idea of adding a drop or two of essential oil to the bowl before I lather. I have lemon on hand (I'm making my own pre-shave oil) but I'd also like to locate some sandalwood. That might just be the ticket to add a little variety to the MWF.

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Re: The state of the current English Shaving soaps

Post by brothers » Sun May 20, 2018 7:50 am

This thread is fairly recent, but it seems we have failed to discuss the new tallow based formula of Cyril Salter's shaving soap which is quite good, and quite economical to buy. Made in England. If you haven't tried it, I suggest giving it a try in pursuit of the best of the current shaving soaps. I found mine at Connaught shaving. It comes in two sizes.
Gary

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