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Top 10 Shaving Soaps

It was a tough job but we narrowed down a list of top 10 of our best shaving soaps. Artisans and Italian soaps make a good showing in this list of lathering goodness! See all shaving soaps at WCS.

  • Ogallala Bay Rum Shaving Soap-Single-West Coast Shaving
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    Ogallala Bay Rum Shaving Soap

    106 reviews

    Traditional lathering shaving soap Loaded with skin nourishing ingredients Scented with classic bay rum From sailors to pirates, from cowboys to ...

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  • WCS Duck Fat Soap Sample Pack
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    Original price $14.99
    Current price $11.99

    WCS Duck Fat Soap Sample Pack

    11 reviews

    Traditional Shaving Soap Duck Fat tallow based Sample sizes of 5 scents Have you tried and loved our Duck Fat shaving soaps. Then have we got an ...

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  • Chiseled Face Shaving Soap
    $14.95

    Chiseled Face Shaving Soap

    57 reviews

    Artisan, tallow-based soap from Chiseled Face Loaded with moisturizing ingredients for a smooth gliding shave Choose your scent from the dropdown ...

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  • Stirling Soap Company Shave Soap, Barbershop-West Coast Shaving
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    $13.75

    Stirling Soap Company Shave Soap, Barbershop

    103 reviews

    Artisan shave soap from Stirling Tallow, glycerin, and lanolin create a thick, slick lather Scented with a traditional barbershop aroma Stirling...

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  • Tabac Original Shaving Soap with Bowl-West Coast Shaving
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    $25.20

    Tabac Original Shaving Soap with Bowl

    68 reviews

    Classic shaving soap from Tabac Exceptional lathering & protection Scented with the original Tabac aroma: masculine & complex This might...

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  • Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Soap Refill, Sandalwood-West Coast Shaving
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    $15.99

    Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Soap Refill, Sandalwood

    22 reviews

    Refill puck for Taylor's exceptional shaving soap Scented with sandalwood Made in England If you like generating less waste than the average pers...

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  • WCS Duck Fat Shaving Soap, Pear-Brrr Shoppe, 5 oz-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $21.98
    Current price $17.58

    WCS Duck Fat Shaving Soap, Pear-Brrr Shoppe, 5 oz

    26 reviews

    A COOLING FRUIT BARBERSHOP SCENT The opening notes of sweet fruit give way to a more traditional blend of geranium and light oakmoss which may evo...

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  • WCS Duck Fat Shaving Soap, Oriental, 5 oz-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $21.98
    Current price $17.58

    WCS Duck Fat Shaving Soap, Oriental, 5 oz

    13 reviews

      A SPICED - ROSE WOODS SCENT The blending of smooth, warm, rich exotic woods and vanillic benzoin highlight a lightly spiced rose. This scent mus...

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  • Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap with Ceramic Bowl-West Coast Shaving
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    $35.00

    Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap with Ceramic Bowl

    68 reviews

    Best selling soap in a ceramic bowl Exceptional lathering and protection Great for sensitive skin It was in the early 1930's that Bradford chem...

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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.