11-21-2013, 01:09 PM
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  • Teddyboy
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We have probably all heard the conventional wisdom that tallow-based soaps cannot be melted or sufficiently softened to mold into shaving stick. In the case of MWF, a tallow-based triple milled soap, this is incorrect. Here is what I did:

1) grated approx. 1/2 puck by hand on a food grater - the 4-sided kind;
2) improvised a double-boiler with a small metal bowl having a rim from which it could be suspended into boiling water in a pot. In other words, the metal bowl did not touch the bottom of the pot;
3) placed the grated MWF in the metal bowl with water underneath at a simmer or slow boil;
4) wait until the grated MWF softens into an easily collapsible mass, 10-20 minutes; note it does NOT melt down to a pourable liquid state, but more like cake icing;
5) while soft and hot, the MWF is loaded with a butter knife into a twist-up tube that has been screwed upwards as far as it goes, and the added MWF tamped down firmly;
6) more MWF is added by screwing the tamped-down mass downward to make more room at the top opening of the tube.

This worked extremely well for MWF, but it did not work for a grated Speick stick, which was eventually moistened and formed into a puck in a tin. Thus, you've got to pick your triple-milled soaps carefully.
I have also successfully used this method with Cella, Mystic Water and Mike's. Apparently, not being triple milled makes them more amenable to softening.

By the way, the MWF stick works fantastically. As good as the puck, but probably easier to lather for those who have struggled with it. I also think that in my hands, sticks may also give a somewhat superior result to the usual puck method. But hey, that's just me.

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 11-21-2013, 01:31 PM
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  • Johnny
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I made a MWF stick but I just grated the soap in small pieces and loaded the tube a little at a time pressing it in between adds. Works great.

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 11-21-2013, 05:12 PM
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(11-21-2013, 01:31 PM)Johnny Wrote: I made a MWF stick but I just grated the soap in small pieces and loaded the tube a little at a time pressing it in between adds. Works great.

+1 I have done this with several hard soaps (Cade, AOS Lavender, PdP). I like sticks!

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 11-22-2013, 08:44 AM
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Thanks for the update and instructions. No pics of the finished product? Biggrin

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 11-22-2013, 10:33 AM
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(11-22-2013, 08:44 AM)celestino Wrote: Thanks for the update and instructions. No pics of the finished product? Biggrin

How could I say no to you?

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 11-22-2013, 10:40 AM
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Thanks for the photos, Ted!
The stick looks great! I hope you enjoy using it.Biggrin

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 11-22-2013, 05:57 PM
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Great idea, bit handier for traveling too

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 11-22-2013, 06:02 PM
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I just rub the puck on my face after seeing a guy from this forum do it in a video he made. Not sure whatever became of him but I always enjoyed his videos and the music in them. That was a great video and now has me rubbing MWF on my face every shave as it has become a favorite soap of mine. Doing this method makes this soap super easy to lather and the results are amazing.

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 11-22-2013, 06:30 PM
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I think the gentleman you are referring to is more active in the Portuguese forum as he is Brazilian and speaks Portuguese.

That is definitely a quick and efficient way to use most hard to semi-soft soaps, but I really like the shave sticks as they are a bit easier when you are running low on your soap.

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 11-22-2013, 10:24 PM
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Cool! Glad that works for you. I'm one of those folks who takes sticks that aren't available in puck form and shred them to make them into a puck. YMMV, definitely. FWIW, I do see the attraction of a stick. When I travel (rarely) I take a stick or tube of cream.

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 11-23-2013, 04:36 AM
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I have done a similar thing for travelling having grated an Arko stick and a Palmolive stick together into a Paarkolive uber lather stick and shoved them into a pop up deodorant tube.


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 11-23-2013, 05:35 AM
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You guys are doing things that are against nature.

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 11-25-2013, 01:50 PM
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Where did you get the twist up tube?

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 11-25-2013, 02:14 PM
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Search twist up or push up deodorant container. Ebay, Amazon. Might be cheaper to buy cheap deodorant and toss it for the container.

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 11-17-2014, 07:23 PM
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A truly great notion. I will definitely give this a try. I've got about a half puck of MWF and a empty push up I planned to put Arko in. I think I'll make it a MWF stick instead. If it works well, I might even try doing a Eucris stick - one of my favorites.
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