07-21-2015, 02:33 PM
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I picked up a vintage, unused puck of Williams shave soap. [Image: WO4eUVw.png] 
I have never used the soap.
My first instinct is to grate it and press it into a container. I don't have a free "mug' to devote to it. 
Fans and aficionados of Williams, please share with me your lathering incites. Thanks!  Sisi

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 07-21-2015, 02:58 PM
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(07-21-2015, 02:33 PM)primotenore Wrote: I picked up a vintage, unused puck of Williams shave soap. [Image: WO4eUVw.png] 
I have never used the soap.
My first instinct is to grate it and press it into a container. I don't have a free "mug' to devote to it. 
Fans and aficionados of Williams, please share with me your lathering incites. Thanks!  Sisi
I got a small stainless steel container from Marshalls. The container is very cheap and works wonderfully for Williams and Colgate soaps.

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 07-21-2015, 03:05 PM
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How about ramekins or Pyrex custard cups?

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 07-21-2015, 03:37 PM
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How about a clay bird? When you remember why we buy from Bullgoose you can launch it at the trap range.

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 07-21-2015, 03:56 PM
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(07-21-2015, 03:37 PM)kav Wrote: How about a clay bird? When you remember why we buy from Bullgoose you can launch it at the trap range.

Lmao...you sure it wouldn't be a waste of a shell?  Jk I have no room to talk, never used the stuff. BTW George Washington called, he wants his shave soap back!

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 07-21-2015, 06:38 PM
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Stop by your nearest thrift store, buy a thick heavy mug for .75 cents, plunk it down in there and shave away. I wouldnt grate it, that takes away from the fun, and for me, mentally, grating it makes it a bastardized version of its former self. It wont have any scent, at least not like the citronella that current production version has. On my vintage puck, the first shave took a bit longer as I had to "break it in". You might even want to do an initial test lather first to do just that. I never soaked my vintage puck as I anticipated a lengthy lather build, but on my current production pucks, I do leave a teaspoon or so of water in the mug the night before I plan to use it. (Is it me or am I the only one that plans out a shave 24-48 hrs ahead of time?)

As a professional lather stacker, I have no doubt that you will succeed in this journey, dont let the Williams haters dissuade you!

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 07-21-2015, 06:51 PM
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Vintage Williams is distinctly different from modern and wonderfully better. Its a good tallow soap . The only issue for me as Old Steel points out was the lack of scent , the remaining  odor some have said is tallow, don't know if that's true.

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 07-21-2015, 07:08 PM
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Primo, just rub the puck on your face and go at it!   Biggrin

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 07-21-2015, 07:18 PM
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If it is like the vintage Williams shave stick I have, as others have said it will have next to no scent left and lather like a good thing. There is no comparison to modern Williams, the vintage is a better soap. Like Celestino says you can always rub it on like a shave stick.

Bob

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 07-21-2015, 07:23 PM
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Grab a big coffee mug from the kitchen. Place the soap in the mug as is and let it soak overnight (9 hours) . In the morning it should be ready to go. Every shave after, let it soak for 15 minutes or so. I have read that Williams likes to absorb water and does not like to be neglected. The more you use it, the more water it absorbs, and the better it gets. I used mine for a week straight for S.A.W. (soap of the week) and I did notice it was easier to load and lather during the later part of the week. This may have been because I was dialing in the soap. Either way the performance is pretty good. Good luck. I hope you enjoy the soap.

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 07-22-2015, 04:15 AM
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(07-21-2015, 07:08 PM)celestino Wrote: Primo, just rub the puck on your face and go at it!   Biggrin

Celestino,
Why did I know this would be your advice?  Wink
I love your approach to shaving.  Biggrin  
Tenha um ótimo dia, meu amigo.

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 07-22-2015, 04:16 AM
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Thanks to all who have weighed in. I'll happily report my findings.  Sherlock

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 07-22-2015, 05:33 AM
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(07-21-2015, 07:08 PM)celestino Wrote: Primo, just rub the puck on your face and go at it!  
Saved me a post!!!!!!!Biggrin

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 07-22-2015, 06:17 AM
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(07-22-2015, 04:15 AM)primotenore Wrote: Celestino,
Why did I know this would be your advice?  Wink
I love your approach to shaving.  Biggrin  
Tenha um ótimo dia, meu amigo.
Biggrin

(07-22-2015, 05:33 AM)CyanideMetal Wrote:
(07-21-2015, 07:08 PM)celestino Wrote: Primo, just rub the puck on your face and go at it!  
Saved me a post!!!!!!!Biggrin
Thumbup

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 07-22-2015, 06:49 PM
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Just a thought. Depending on the hardness of the puck, you may want to soften it first with water so that you don't scratch your face prior to shaving it. I'm envisioning, maybe incorrectly, sharp/hard edges you might want to smoothen/soften.

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 07-22-2015, 08:10 PM
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Kidding aside; Williams was a good soap once. How many products have we seen bowdlerized by some bean counter or marketing type who wants to scent mark their new territory? If anything, we all should prominently display an empty container as reminder. If you love it-buy it.
Tomorrow may be another story. 1" left in my vintage Guerlain Imperiale bottle Facepalm

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 07-23-2015, 09:00 AM
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Today's mail brought my vintage Williams Shaving Soap
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The Paper has adhered to the soap
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Some paper remains. I am not going to scrape it off while dry
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You can also see that the puck is slowly decomposing
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I am going to soak it for the next 8 hours and then attempt a test lather
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Tomorrow's SOTD. Stay tuned.  Sherlock

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 07-23-2015, 09:04 AM
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(07-21-2015, 07:08 PM)celestino Wrote: Primo, just rub the puck on your face and go at it!   Biggrin

24 Cheers

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 07-23-2015, 10:20 AM
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Primo, you of all people should know that even the great writers of operas are now decomposing.

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 07-23-2015, 10:21 AM
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(07-23-2015, 09:04 AM)hrfdez Wrote:
(07-21-2015, 07:08 PM)celestino Wrote: Primo, just rub the puck on your face and go at it!   Biggrin

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Please do not encourage Celestino... Wink

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