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Martin de Candre

Martin de Candre (MdC on many wet shaving forums) is legendary in wet shaving circles. It has consistently ranked at the top of best-sellers lists, favorites rankings, and well-loved artisans blogs. They have helped to define the resurgence of traditional men's shaving in France and around the world. Since 1974, they have been crafting soap based on an almost lost art. This family-owned business uses the Marseilles process with almost exclusively vegetable oils.
  • Martin de Candre Shaving Soap, Vetyver-West Coast Shaving
    $68.70

    Martin de Candre Shaving Soap, Vetyver

    6 reviews

    Limited Edition Soap  Traditional hot process soap Vegan-based Scented with vetiver Martin de Candre (MdC on many wet shaving forums) is legendar...

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  • Martin de Candre Shaving Soap, Original-West Coast Shaving
    $35.05

    Martin de Candre Shaving Soap, Original

    1 review

    Traditional hot process soap Vegan-based Scented the original scent of lavender, mint, and rosemary Martin de Candre (MdC on many wet shaving for...

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  • Martin de Candre Shaving Soap, Rose-West Coast Shaving
    $74.44

    Martin de Candre Shaving Soap, Rose

    2 reviews

    Limited Edition Soap  Traditional hot process soap Vegan-based Scented with rose Martin de Candre (MdC on many wet shaving forums) is legendary i...

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  • Martin de Candre Shaving Soap, Le Fougere-West Coast Shaving
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    $62.26

    Martin de Candre Shaving Soap, Le Fougere

    9 reviews

    Traditional, lathering shaving soap Veggie-based Scented with a green aromas Description from the Vendor The main advantages of the MdC shaving ...

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Is shaving soap better than shaving cream?

As you might expect, the answer is “it depends”. When you want to whip up a lather quickly, a shaving cream is often a good choice. However, a shaving soap has a base that allows for many more ingredients. So, if you are looking to get a good moisturizing, protective, long-lasting lather, then you will probably want to stick with shaving soaps. It might take a little longer to get a good lather, but the time spent is worth it.

Is shaving soap necessary to wet shaving?

Some sort of protection is vital to a wet shave. You will really do a number on your face if you attempt to take a blade to your skin without the benefit of some sort of lubrication. Many classic wet shavers will choose to lather up a shaving soap, but you could use a cream, gel, or even an oil. However, your results are definitely improved when you choose products that are designed for the specific purpose of shaving.

Can I shave with regular soap?

The short answer is yes. However, as stated above, your results with wet shaving are greatly enhanced when you use the products designed for it. Shaving soaps are formulated to create thick, rich (protective) lathers that stay on the face and loaded with ingredients to moisturize and nourish your skin post-shave. A regular soap might produce an airy, bubbly lather that doesn’t provide much protection and a post shave that leaves you dry and cracked.

Do you leave shaving soap in the mug or bowl?

Many artisans today are loading their soap into containers/tubs that are perfect for lathering. They are wide-mouthed and over-sized just for the purpose of lathering. If you are using a puck or refill, then there isn’t any reason why you couldn’t leave it in the bowl or mug. With any shaving soap, however, it is important to rinse off the excess lather and leave it out to dry as much as possible. This will increase its longevity and reduce waste if it sits wet.

Will shaving soap get too old to use?

Unlike a shaving cream, a shaving soap generally does not get too old to use. Like a bar of soap, shaving soap can last and last. Technically, the biggest thing happening over time is that more water evaporates from the soap (but that can actually improve the soap, this is what triple-milling does). However, the scent will gradually fade over time so you don’t want to hold onto your soap forever.