Alpine Frost by Strop Shoppe

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Alpine Frost by Strop Shoppe

Post by brothers » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:23 am

Too bad the proprietor of Strop Shoppe (Norman, OK) had to shut down the operation a couple of years ago. I have no idea who it was, and even though it was only about 30 miles from my home, I didn't buy any SS soaps until just about the same time it closed business. I have 4 tubs of Strop Shoppe, and am currently working on Alpine Frost. Nice scent, and the performance is top shelf. One thing I find very appealing is the slickness that appears after the lather pass has been completed, and I've splashed warm water on my face for the latherless touchup and polishing. This is an outstanding example of slickness that is rare among even the top names of shaving soap.
Gary

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Re: Alpine Frost by Strop Shoppe

Post by brothers » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:47 am

I continue to be impressed by this soap. I see that the ingredients list is fairly simple: "stearic acid, tallow, glycerin, ricinus commuris (castor ) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, theobromo cacao (cocoa) seed butter, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), fragrance, menthol".
Gary

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Re: Alpine Frost by Strop Shoppe

Post by TRBeck » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:52 pm

I never got to try Strop Shoppe when it was in production, but the soap had an excellent reputation. Simple ingredients are often best, and I find very little improvement in introducing tiny amounts of a hundred different things just for label appeal.
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Tim

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Re: Alpine Frost by Strop Shoppe

Post by brothers » Thu May 02, 2019 7:03 pm

I admit it's comforting in a way to see the butters, etc., have been added. Especially when the soap seems to be pretty good. I think it's an unsophisticated way to reassure users they're getting some good "stuff".
Gary

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Re: Alpine Frost by Strop Shoppe

Post by TRBeck » Fri May 03, 2019 9:19 am

Gary, I think some butters are good. I used avocado butter in my soap when I sold it, and I add kokum, avocado, and sometimes cupuacu to homemade batches even now. There are a couple of formulations out there now with 20 or so ingredients. Palmolive with its simple base and added palm and olive oil bests them. Strop Shoppe looks about right to me. Straightforward base oils, and butters added for moisture stability in the lather.
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Tim

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