04-14-2014, 02:59 PM
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As much as I hated to do it and with a heavy heart, I have gifted my son my supply of Mitchell's Wool Fat. Every time I use it, my face and neck (mostly neck) are irritated and red. I shaved at 8 and at the time of this writing, my neck is still pretty red. I applied some GFT Lime Skin Food. It helps. Anybody else going "Fat Free"?

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 04-14-2014, 03:04 PM
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Perhaps a reaction to the lanolin in the soap?

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 04-14-2014, 04:05 PM
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Too bad that MWF didn't work for you.
However, there's a plethora of other great soaps to use and enjoy! Smile

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 04-14-2014, 04:13 PM
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i always get an uncomfortable tingling from mitchell's during my last pass. i strongly feel it's the scent/perfume but cannot prove it. i also use calani soaps with lanolin and never feel anything but pleasure.

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 04-14-2014, 04:34 PM
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During my initial couple of uses with MWF I got a bit of a *tingle* sensation akin to a very mild *burning*. I figured that it was due to a pH conflict between the soap and my skin. Fortunately it has since passed and I am able to enjoy "the fat". Been thinking about giving it the full month solo treatment as I play with various razors to eliminate factors between shaves to razors only. Sorry to hear about the reaction. I would be curious to see if the pH level of MWF is a little higher than other soaps out there.

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 04-14-2014, 04:49 PM
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I got a lot of irritation when I first started using MWF. I quit using it and let the puck air out for a few weeks. When I came back to it, I did not get the irritation I had before. I don't use it more than twice in a row and really enjoy when I do. I've used many lanolin-bearing products over the years without incident so I seriously doubt that it's the culprit in my early issues.

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 04-14-2014, 04:49 PM
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The Mitchell's works absolutely fantastic for me, but I'm not at all surprised it doesn't do for everyone. Good luck finding the soap(s) that work for you and enjoy the journey!

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 04-14-2014, 06:10 PM
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I tried to use MWF twice. The first shave wasn't bad, but I wasn't terribly impressed. The second was one of the worst shaving experiences of my life. It burned horribly and blistered my skin. Something in the fragrance. I tried it on my father with no ill effects and I've never had any problems with lanolin, before or since. I can't use the stuff whatsoever.

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 04-14-2014, 07:16 PM
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I have actually never liked the scent! Blush
Not to worry as there are so many great artisan soaps to try! Smile

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 04-14-2014, 07:17 PM
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For some reason, I tend to favor one particular soap during the winter months - this past winter it has been Mitchell's Wool Fat. I've appreciated the moisturizing post shave feel, the slickness and protection that it offers.

Yet after a few years of being on the forums, I know that something in just clashes with some shaver's chemistry. Fortunately we are living in a golden age of shave soap, there are many fine soaps out there (For example, the fine Barrister & Mann above)

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 04-14-2014, 10:39 PM
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There a lot of soaps that I cannot use for the same reason you cannot use MWF, but MWF is not one of them for me. I love the FAT and it's the only soap I have multiple pucks of. I ran out once and don't want that to happen again. I will be using nothing but MWF for the next 7-days while I conduct a test comparing some brushes.

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 04-14-2014, 11:27 PM
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(04-14-2014, 07:16 PM)celestino Wrote: I have actually never liked the scent! Blush
Not to worry as there are so many great artisan soaps to try! Smile

i agree on that. i find it overpowering and ordinary - yet usually i love the ordinary but not so much mitchell's. i eye an opportunity to make a pif of my 2 unused Biggrin

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 04-15-2014, 03:44 AM
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(04-14-2014, 04:13 PM)tonsorius Wrote: i always get an uncomfortable tingling from mitchell's during my last pass. i strongly feel it's the scent/perfume but cannot prove it. i also use calani soaps with lanolin and never feel anything but pleasure.

Interesting. I hadn't considered the perfume...

This morning I am going to break out a new puck of Ogalalla's Bay Rum/Sandalwood soap. Smells terrific. Report at 10pm...

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 04-15-2014, 06:29 AM
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I'm sorry that the soap doesn't agree with your skin. It's one of the best out there, IMO.

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 04-15-2014, 06:55 AM
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(04-15-2014, 06:29 AM)Elendil Wrote: I'm sorry that the soap doesn't agree with your skin. It's one of the best out there, IMO.

You're right it performed great, just a bad skin reaction. Today's Ogalalla shave was amazing, AND no irritation anywhere.

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 04-15-2014, 09:00 AM
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I, too, get a burning sensation when using MWF. It starts on my second pass, but the sensation lasts for hours.

I'm fairly sure that my reaction is caused by the fragrance, as I've used many products with lanolin without any problems.

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 04-15-2014, 09:24 AM
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I suspect its the perfume as well.
It used to irritate my skin when it was new last year.
Now I'm fine with it.

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 04-15-2014, 09:49 AM
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I've never used MWF, but I have since "discovered" other tallow and lanolin soaps. I get the best, most comfortable shaves from soaps full of "fat" Biggrin

Like others said, I wonder if it's not the fragrance in the MWF? The other soaps I've been using all have no fragrance oils, only essential oils. Is MWF using FOs? I have been wanting to try MWF, but maybe not now...

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 04-15-2014, 10:29 AM
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I used MWF for awhile some years ago. I'm very sensitive to fragrances, but interestingly enough this one wasn't a problem. I just moved on to other soaps like I liked better.

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 04-15-2014, 12:16 PM
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(04-15-2014, 09:49 AM)BriDroid Wrote: I've never used MWF, but I have since "discovered" other tallow and lanolin soaps. I get the best, most comfortable shaves from soaps full of "fat" Biggrin

Like others said, I wonder if it's not the fragrance in the MWF? The other soaps I've been using all have no fragrance oils, only essential oils. Is MWF using FOs? I have been wanting to try MWF, but maybe not now...

My guess is that Mitchell's blends the scent itself rather than buying pre-manufactured fragrance. So in a very fuzzy sense yes, they're using a fragrance oil, but they're more accurately using a proprietary blend of synthetic compounds.

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