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Shaving Soaps

When you think classic shaving, there's nothing more traditional than lathering up with a quality shaving soap. We offer Shaving Soaps from vendors like Tabac and Haslinger, as well a wide range of artisan soaps. New to Shaving Soaps? Get a quick education HERE and shop our shaving soap sample packs to see which scent you like the best.

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Shaving Soap Education

When you think classic shaving, there's nothing more traditional than lathering up with a quality shaving soap. The simplicity is divine and whipping up a lather from a hard soap brings a sense of nostalgia to the morning shave.

Shaving Soaps traditionally come in a hard shaving puck that is similar in size to a hockey puck and similar in consistency to body soap. We carry a wide spectrum of shaving soaps including glycerin based, triple milled soaps, natural soaps, and tallow based soaps. We are proud to carry many small batch handcrafted artisan soaps as well.

Face Lather vs Bowl Lather

Most shaving soaps are made to be placed at the bottom of a shave bowl and to lather directly on the soap puck. The lather is developed in the bowl. A shaving soap stick can be used to face lather. Use the stick to spread some of the soap on your face, and then use the shaving brush to build the lather directly on your face.

How to use a Shaving Soap

  • Soak the shaving brush in warm water and squeeze or flick out the access water. The amount of water may also vary depending on water softness.
  • It is ideal to have a mug or small bowl to hold the soap puck in place.
  • You will lather directly on the surface of the soap in a circular motion until the lather forms.
  • Men will often continue that lather with the brush on the face where even more cream will form.

Expert Tip: Leave the soap container open to dry and be sure to pour out any water sitting at the base of the soap. This will preserve the life of your soap. Always remember to rinse your brush out very well until the water runs clean, squeezing and shaking out any excess water.

Shaving Soaps Reviews
Nice Soap
Stirling Soap Company Shave Soap, Executive Man I own Creed Aventus and I'd say Stirling does a somewhat good job of mimicking the scent - mainly the pineapple notes. Although the total scent is a bit off, I think the scent on this soap is excellent, nonetheless. I would say I disagree with the others on the lathering capabilities. Compared to many other soaps I've purchased, I've found that it's hard to get a great lather with this soap. It's by no means horrible, but maybe a bit more tricky to get a good lather. I find that it is either hard to get a lather at all, or it quickly becomes too diluted when adding a bit of water to get a nice lather that "sticks" to the face. I've worked with it for a number of shaves and found a good sweet spot, but again, it took me awhile and overall the lather isn't quite as thick as many other soaps I've used. It does allow for a good, close shave though, so overall with the great scent I would recommend trying this one out.
DRHarris Sandalwood Shaving Soap
D.R. Harris Sandalwood Bowl Refill Another wonderful shave soap from my favorite maker, this DR Harris Sandalwood is just as easy to work with to create a perfect, cushioning, slick and luxurious lather as their other offerings. An excellent addition to my soap rotation.

While the scent is pleasant, I can't really say that it is a sandalwood scent. At times I will catch a faint whiff of that, but usually more one of a pleasant blend of other soft spices such as cardamom. Preferable to the overpowering near-synthetic sandalwood scent of the older Art of Shaving soap, but I am still looking for that "just right" sandalwood scent.
Soap Commander Honor
Soap Commander Shaving Soap, Honor It's a great soap, lathers like a champion. Scent profile is classic barbershop.
As fine as you can get
#1 Gatsby Shaving Soap The WCS description of this product is spot on. The soap loads and lathers quickly in my silver tip badger brush. The scent is wonderful leaving you feeling cool and crisp. The first couple of times I used the product, I did feel dry afterward, but this sensation has not returned; perhaps I left some soap on my face, or had too close of a shave. Either way, I'm certain it was nothing to do with the soap. I highly recommend this shaving soap. It's not Proraso in terms of value, but nothing is. :-)
Cooper & French Rum Runner Shaving Soap When got this sample and tried it and Holy Moly! my face felt so smooth!! I like this one and will be ordering this for sure.
Dapper Dragon Black Dragon
Dapper Dragon Tallow Shaving Soap, Black Dragon The soap performs very well. It lathers instantly and lasts throughout the shave.
czech & speake No 88 shaving soap refill
Czech & Speake No. 88 Shaving Soap Refill, 90g a bit pricey but you get what you pay for. great lather, feels good on my face.. will definitely purchase again
WhollyKaw King of Oud
WhollyKaw Tallow and Donkey Milk Shaving Soap, King of Oud This soap successfully creates a thick and slick barrier for shaving that does not leave my skin feeling tight as drugstore soaps do. It also has eliminated the occasional nicks and burns I would get in tricky spots, particularly my jawline. It is definitely not the cheapest soap for shaving, but I see where my money is going. And it's not going out the window.

As far as the scent, but I did initially find it off-putting. It isn't bad as if it were rancid or offensive, but oud is not a familiar scent to me. Over time I have gotten used to it and grown to appreciate it. Noses are individual and subjective, so I wouldn't criticize the soap for its smell even if I didn't get accustomed to it.

Overall my experience with WhollyKaw has shown they have succeeded in making a natural, effective, and skin-friendly soap. Thank you, WhollyKaw, for doing what you do. I will be using more of your products in the future.
Number of questions: 1
December 18, 2016 4:02 PM
Q:<p>What is a good cheap soap with a very light scent or even unscented? I don't like the smell of perfumed products.</p>
December 18, 2016 4:49 PM
A:The Proraso Green Tea & Oat or the Haslinger Sheep Milk and lanolin soap.
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