05-30-2015, 05:01 PM
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Was cruising the dollar store today and looked at their soaps in my never ending quest to get away from SLS. Found a nice ingredient list on one soap and bought some. Got to thinking, Tallow, Coco, Glycerin......sounds like the makings of a decent shave soap. See anything in there that would make you steer clear from shaving with this?

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 05-30-2015, 05:05 PM
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  • chamm
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I can't speak for that soap specifically, but in general, bath soap just has a different ratio of similar ingredients, which make it ill-suited for long lasting lather. I even have a sample bar of MdC (non-shaving) soap, which looks to be about the same ingredients as their shave soap. I tried lathering it with a brush, and I suppose it could function in a pinch, but the quality of lather was extremely underwhelming.

For a dollar, I think "Tropical Lemonade" would be a noble experiment. Just don't set your hopes too high, and make sure you post your results! :-D

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 05-30-2015, 05:09 PM
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Best of luck with the experiment! Let us know how it goes. 

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 05-30-2015, 05:12 PM
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I picked up some bath soap from a local soap maker and it's fantastic!  I asked him if he also made shave soap in which he responded "this will act as that too and is what I use it for!" He tells me this as I'm looking at his beard that seems to have been growing for 20 years. He then corrects himself and states he shaves a small spot on his neck. 

After bathing with it and feeling it on my skin I can tell it would not be ideal. Fantastic for bath, a negative for shave. Bathe with the soap first and see if it feels like like it would provide a slick, irritation free shave with nice lather. 

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 05-30-2015, 05:54 PM
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My dad uses Dove. There is a member of the Original Safety Too that posted a thread of how he uses Zote laundry soap with good results. 

http://theoriginalsafetytoo.com/thread/1711/brush-use

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 05-30-2015, 06:10 PM
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I've tried various soaps to shave with. The best I ever found was Clearly Natural glycerine soap out of the supermarket. It works quite nicely. In fact years before I ever considered having a soap made with my splash scents I added them to Clearly Natural, melted down of course, as a personal version of what I offer today.

I did find another soap that sort of worked, but it's long been obsolete and discontinued by the manufacturer.

In a real pinch bath soap might be used, but I'd need to be in the trenches with absolutely nothing else available.

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 05-30-2015, 06:31 PM
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Interesting stuff. I'll try this in the shower next time I need a new bar and I'll bring in a brush just to see what we get. I'm sure I'll never actually use it for a shave.

I can't imagine laundry soap!

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 05-30-2015, 07:06 PM
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You never know... Maybe it's a terrible bath soap but an awesome shave soap.

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 05-30-2015, 07:10 PM
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I bath with poor performed or face irritating shaving soaps.

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 05-30-2015, 08:21 PM
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(05-30-2015, 05:05 PM)chamm Wrote: I can't speak for that soap specifically, but in general, bath soap just has a different ratio of similar ingredients, which make it ill-suited for long lasting lather. I even have a sample bar of MdC (non-shaving) soap, which looks to be about the same ingredients as their shave soap. I tried lathering it with a brush, and I suppose it could function in a pinch, but the quality of lather was extremely underwhelming.

For a dollar, I think "Tropical Lemonade" would be a noble experiment. Just don't set your hopes too high, and make sure you post your results! :-D

For several decades, I have used Neutrogena Classic Clean facial cleansing bar as a back-up to my shaving soap when -- for whatever reason (ran out of shave-specific soap, dog ate the shaving soap, etc.) -- I could not use, or chose not to use, my purpose-specific shaving soap.  The Neutrogena actually works very well, and is more moisturizing than most shaving soaps; recommended after a day in the sun when a drying soap would make for a harsh shave.  Your lemonade soap may well have similar properties.

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 05-30-2015, 09:01 PM
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Five bucks says this beats Trumpers....

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 05-31-2015, 05:03 AM
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I have shaved using Ivory soap and a straight razor just to see if it can be done. It was not as good a shave by far compared to using an actual shave soap. I'll reserve that stunt as a desperation move for when nothing else is at hand.

Bob

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 05-31-2015, 07:08 PM
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(05-30-2015, 09:01 PM)nervosa1901 Wrote: Five bucks says this beats Trumpers....

Lol!!!!! This one had me rolling.

As for the experiment, I have tried shaving with a bar of Palmolive bar soap. The ingerdient list was very similar to your soap. It listed tallow as a main ingredient as well. The lather didnt last very long and wasn't very good. Although the scent was fantastic !!!!!!

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 06-04-2015, 02:09 PM
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Would not take that bet.

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 06-04-2015, 03:15 PM
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(05-30-2015, 05:01 PM)buickrob Wrote: See anything in there that would make you steer clear from shaving with this?

Yeah, it's from the dollar store. Why take a chance with your face when you can get a quality, confirmed ingredient list soap from many artisans for $8-10 a puck.

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 06-04-2015, 03:19 PM
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(06-04-2015, 03:15 PM)Bruce Wrote:
(05-30-2015, 05:01 PM)buickrob Wrote: See anything in there that would make you steer clear from shaving with this?

Yeah, it's from the dollar store. Why take a chance with your face when you can get a quality, confirmed ingredient list soap from many artisans for $8-10 a puck.

I have many soaps from $5 -$50. That wasn't the point really. Like shaving with laundry soap, maybe it's a hidden gemSmile

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 06-04-2015, 03:36 PM
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(06-04-2015, 03:19 PM)buickrob Wrote:
(06-04-2015, 03:15 PM)Bruce Wrote:
(05-30-2015, 05:01 PM)buickrob Wrote: See anything in there that would make you steer clear from shaving with this?

Yeah, it's from the dollar store. Why take a chance with your face when you can get a quality, confirmed ingredient list soap from many artisans for $8-10 a puck.

I have many soaps from $5 -$50. That wasn't the point really. Like shaving with laundry soap, maybe it's a hidden gemSmile
My point was more, dollar store items are often imported, possibly labelled incorrectly, near expiry etc.

I buy from the dollar store but would only use hygiene items from know companies or items I could check manufacture sites etc.

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 06-04-2015, 03:45 PM
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(05-30-2015, 07:10 PM)s869010 Wrote: I bath with poor performed or face irritating shaving soaps.
+1

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