03-09-2013, 12:34 PM
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  • Mike D
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This is my first day on the forum. I got interested in the finer points of traditional shaving because I was asked to make a shaving soap. I made soap before and I am a chemist by profession so just producing a soap that will allow one to shave is not a problem…producing a soap that allows one to have a pleasant shave is another story.

The challenge to this is…I do not know much of anything about the finer points of wet shaving…yet. I usually just use one of the pieces of bath soap I made. So for the past couple of days I have been watching videos and reading posts on the subject.

The other day I actually used the shaving brush my wife bought me several years ago on one of my first attempts at a shaving soap. Normally I just wet up the bath soap in my hands and rub what suds appears over my face before applying the razor. Needless to say, it was a better shave. Now I am looking around for a more appropriate bowl to lather the soap in. Perhaps I will look at the shaving brush assortment the next time I am in town… I think something got started here.

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 03-09-2013, 12:39 PM
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  • TexBilly
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Hi Mike, welcome to The Nook! Sounds like you're diving in just fine and you'll find plenty of advice and resources here from our fine members. Enjoy the ride!

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 03-09-2013, 01:12 PM
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  • Johnny
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Mike, welcome to The Shave Nook. Just a warning, your wife is not going to understand the collection of razors, brushes, and soaps you are going to acquire.

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 03-09-2013, 01:42 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forum, Mike.

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 03-09-2013, 02:01 PM
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  • slantman
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Welcome Mike to The Shave Nook. Good luck making your shave soap.

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 03-09-2013, 02:56 PM
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  • tgutc
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Welcome to the Nook!

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 03-09-2013, 04:23 PM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook, Mike!

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 03-09-2013, 04:42 PM
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  • OldDog23
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Hello, Mike and welcome ! Smile

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 03-09-2013, 04:50 PM
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  • freddy
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Welcome to The Shave Nook, Mike, and enjoy your stay. Smile

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 03-09-2013, 04:58 PM
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It's great to have you in the Nook!

Beware, slippery slope ahead.

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 03-09-2013, 05:35 PM
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  • bullgoose
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Jump on in, the water's fine.

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 03-09-2013, 06:09 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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Hi Mike and welcome to the Shave Nook....

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 03-09-2013, 07:08 PM
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  • Agravic
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Welcome to TSN, Mike!

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 03-09-2013, 08:14 PM
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  • beartrap
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Welcome to The Nook!

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 03-09-2013, 10:12 PM
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  • ben74
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Greetings Mike, welcome to the Nook!

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 03-10-2013, 01:32 AM
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  • Mike D
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Thanks for the greetings fellows.

(03-09-2013, 01:12 PM)Johnny Wrote: Mike, welcome to The Shave Nook. Just a warning, your wife is not going to understand the collection of razors, brushes, and soaps you are going to acquire.

Hi Johnny,

My wife already puts up with my tools and, being that we live for the time in an apartment building, space for a workshop is limited. However, with a creative use of the space available and quite a bit of patients I am dealing with this situation and keeping focused on the goal moving into a house with about 2+ acres.

As for extra soap around the house…that is nothing new. Attached is a picture of the drying rack that is in the spare room. There are about an additional 50-60 pounds or so of it out of the picture. I have been making soap for several years now so larger than normal quantities of it around the house are not unusual.

However, our baby daughter will be moving from her crib into the spare room in a couple of months and with this my soap production into a rented space about a half a mile from our apartment.

As for the shaving soap…I have produced several different samples already and will be testing them for lather quality in the coming week. Meanwhile trying to improve my lathering technique… I see a new brush on the horizon next week also.

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 03-10-2013, 09:08 AM
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Hello Mike, welcome to: " Shave Nook " Relax & Enjoy.

Charles U.K

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 03-10-2013, 11:00 AM
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Mike,

Welcome to The Shave Nook. A great photo of the soap. From the designs and colors seen in some of the soap it's evident that you focus on the aesthetics as well as the chemistry.

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 03-10-2013, 11:48 AM
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Hello and welcome! Cool

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 03-11-2013, 12:46 AM
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  • Mike D
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(03-10-2013, 11:00 AM)ridgerunner Wrote: Mike,

Welcome to The Shave Nook. A great photo of the soap. From the designs and colors seen in some of the soap it's evident that you focus on the aesthetics as well as the chemistry.

Thank you Ridgerunner,

The poured forms are a more difficult to do than regular blocks of soap. The difficulty arises in keeping the heat generated during the reaction in a temperature range that gives a uniform surface. Too hot and there will be heat pitting; not hot enough produces a “Chalky” appearance. When one makes a 5 pound or so block the heat distribution is not really an issue…there will be enough of it there. When each piece in the mould is between 100 and 150 grams and not a uniform shape is where it usually takes a bit of tinkering to find the correct configuration and recipe.

As for the colors, mineral pigments are mostly be thanked for that. Red, Brown and Yellow are forms of Iron oxides; Green: Chrome Oxide.

My main focus is now the formulation of a shaving soap. I am starting a new thread about this subject. The explanations that I have been getting here have been very helpful and have enlightened me as to the qualities of the lather that are desirable.

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