The shaving stick lasts for MONTHS and the brush will last for years. I recently bought Pete some handmade shaving soap from a market. I knew I could make shaving soap, but I really like how this one came in a little tin and I thought Pete would like it too. Now I've sourced some tins and I'm going to sell my version of tallow shaving soap on in my Etsy shop, but while the tin is handy to keep the soap tidy, and if you're making if for yourself, or gifts, you can skip the tin and just make some bars of soap. This is how I make bars of shaving soap.
For a decent lather, you really have to add coconut oil to the tallow. A 100% tallow soap does not lather enough for a nice shave. I used my recipe with 25% coconut oil, 25% olive oil and 50% tallow, as described back here, with a 6% superfat. I made this soap while my parents were visiting, and as my dad also uses a shaving stick and brush I asked his opinion on the essential oil for this recipe. He suggested peppermint because it feels nice a cool, and Pete agreed that it would be a good scent to use.
For the first time I tried a PVC pipe as the mould because I thought that a round soap would be more ergonomic. *Spoiler alert* the soap got stuck and Pete had to cut the mould open with an angle grinder. I did suggest that he could have kept it in in the PVC pipe and use it as a giant shaving stick. I have certainly not perfected using PVC pipe as a mould, but you could just make bars or use any mould you have already.
When Pete had managed to extract the soap, we sliced it into suitable chunks and Pete has been using it. He reports that it works and he likes the smell (Dad gave a similar review). Its going to take him a while to use the rest, so we are giving away samples to any clean shaven men we know! AND I just bought Pete a safety razor, so if he likes that too, its becoming a rather sustainable shave.
I made the same recipe again and poured it into these tins. I'll be selling them through my Etsy shop with my other tallow soaps, as soon as they are cured.
|I just poured these, so they will be available in my Etsy shop in a few weeks|