Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to (hopefully) all of your inquiries about my shave soaps and other products. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, by all means, contact me and I’ll answer you. If it’s a general question that needs to be added to the FAQ, I can do that, too.
- How do I use your shave soap?
- I lather with a shave brush. You can go spendy here and pay three figures for a high-end badger brush or hang out in the $10 boar brush range. I favor synthetic bristles these days. Regardless, wet the bristles, swirl the tips of the bristles on top of the soap for 30-45 seconds, and then build lather in a bowl or on your face or legs. If you don’t have a brush, you can build lather a million other ways, but it won’t be as abundant or good. Or as much fun. If you want more information on wetshaving, numerous blogs, forums, and Facebook groups can accommodate you. I hope to blog about traditional wetshaving here on this site in the near future, too.
- Are any of your soaps hypoallergenic?
- I intentionally avoid using common allergens such as lanolin and shea butter in my formulations. These ingredients cause all sorts of skin irritation for me, so I steer clear of them. Any of the scented soaps I make may cause a skin reaction depending on sensitivities to the fragrance components or essential oils in the soap. I do make unscented shave soap with no added fragrance and no colorants, so assuming you’re not allergic to avocado butter or coconut, you’re good to go. The lack of scent makes this soap a great choice for many who work in various healthcare professions or other settings where fragrances are a no-go.
- Are your soaps vegan?
- My shave soap is a vegan product. The stearic acid in it is derived from vegetable oils, and I don’t add lanolin or tallow. I know a lot of guys swear by tallow in shave soap, but chemistry and experience tell me its benefits are mostly imagined. In fact, I haven’t found a shave soap with tallow in it that lathers as well nor that leaves my skin as happy as this formulation. The fact that it’s vegan is an accident, but it’s a happy one.
- Why do you use synthetic fragrance ingredients?
- I love essential oils and do use them in many of my soaps. I hand blend my fragrances, and most are a mixture of synthetic and natural ingredients. As terrific as essential oils can be, they were originally intended for aromatherapy and can often be overpowering when used in skincare products. Additionally, some essential oils and other natural fragrance ingredients are not sustainable – rosewood, castoreum, natural musk, and Mysore sandalwood come to mind. Having said that, I have never found suitable replacements for essential oils of vetiver, lavender, or most citruses, and I always try to call attention to products that use these and other natural fragrance exclusively.
- Are you going to make any other skin care products?
- Absolutely. Bath soaps should be featured on the site soon, and there will be aftershaves and other men’s grooming products to follow. Look for shampoo, lotions, and beard oil in the coming months. And if there’s something you think I should be making that I’m not, tell me about it! I’m open to suggestions regarding product types, fragrances, and just about anything else. Customer feedback is always welcome!