I believe that your shave, bath, or shower ritual should be more than a routine, and I want to provide distinctively fragranced lather that enhances the experience through both its performance and its scent.
As a wetshaver and a guy who likes to make stuff, it was probably inevitable that I would try to create my own shave soap. I began toying with the idea in late 2012 when I simply couldn’t find high-quality shave soaps with the sorts of distinctive scents I wanted. My options were further limited by my skin’s sensitivity to lanolin and shea butter, ingredients commonly included in many excellent shave soaps and creams. I studied various formulations and ingredient lists, read as much as I could about the science of soap, and then set to work in my kitchen. It wasn’t long before I produced a soap worth using, but it was a somewhat slower journey from usable to terrific.
Once I figured out how to make the soap I’d always wanted for shaving, I started working on a bath soap for our daughter, who was an infant at the time. Her eczema made many soaps and body washes, even those ostensibly made for babies, unusable for her. By the time I had the formula worked out for her cocoa butter-enriched soap, I was hooked. Since then, I have made countless batches, tweaking ingredient amounts and seeking, whenever possible, to simplify.
My first few shave soap sales were to friends and family, and later to online friends. I owe a particular debt of gratitude to the men and women at ShaveMyFace.com and the Razor and Brush Facebook group for their custom and for the community they have provided.
- Good soap is simple. Fatty acids, sodium or potassium hydroxide, water. That’s it. Then again, as Thelonious Monk once said, “Simple ain’t easy.” I’ve spent years working on my formulas to ensure that I can provide high-quality shave and bath soaps from fundamentally plain ingredients like olive oil, tallow, lard, stearic acid, and coconut oil. I may use something fancy like sweet almond oil or avocado butter now and then, but only when it makes sense and provides something that can’t be obtained from my standard, basic ingredients. And I simply don’t use surfactants or detergents. Why would I? Simple soap works better anyway. I stick to the basics, and I do them very well, which allows me to give my customers first-class soaps while still keeping costs down.
- Speaking of which, good soap is for everyone. You shouldn’t have to shell out big bucks to enjoy your bath or shower, and you certainly shouldn’t have to go broke over something as fundamental as being clean (or clean-shaven). Here’s the deal: I provide very good soap to you at the lowest price I can, and I also do my best to provide soap to those who might not be able to buy our products. Tim’s Soap donates a portion of its profits – plus soap scraps, test batches, and other soaps – to Clean the World, an organization that provides recycled and re-purposed soap to impoverished people around the world, thus decreasing the spread of illness and improving quality of life for millions. I am also continually looking for ways to give more locally and welcome suggestions regarding how and where to do so.
- You should love your lather. Good soap makes good lather, rich and emollient lather. Good lather doesn’t just get you clean or provide cushion and glide for shaving; it feels good. It feels good while you’re lathering, and it leaves your skin feeling good for hours afterward. Your shave, bath, or shower can and should be something you look forward to, something that adds to the quality of your life. Whether you prefer your lather fragrant or unscented, bubbly or creamy, I have a soap to suit your needs and tastes, because in the end, I want you to love your lather.