01-18-2016, 08:33 PM
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Can anyone tell me what makes the shave cream have that opalescent sheen to it? I'm attempting to make my own and need a little guidance. Thanks in advance.

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 01-19-2016, 03:52 AM
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(01-18-2016, 08:33 PM)eaglewing59 Wrote: Can anyone tell me what makes the shave cream have that opalescent sheen to it? I'm attempting to make my own and need a little guidance. Thanks in advance.
Versus soap? Non-lathered? Lathered?
It's my understanding, the reason non-lathered creams tend to glisten (vs n-l soap), is in large part due to the reflective properties of water - which (raw) creams typically have more of.

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 01-20-2016, 12:28 PM
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I think that creamy, shimmery look is largely caused by the stearic acid used to superfat the mixture before whipping. It's also used for similar purposes in shampoo.

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 01-20-2016, 12:44 PM
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I think we need the expertise of a soap maker here.  Also, I've noticed that while there are many excellent artisan soaps, I'm not aware of any artisan creams.  Is it more difficult to formulate a cream than a soap in small baches?

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 01-20-2016, 12:46 PM
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Stone Cottage Soapworks makes shave cream.

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 01-20-2016, 12:59 PM
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(01-20-2016, 12:46 PM)Nero Wrote: Stone Cottage Soapworks makes shave cream.

Was not aware of that.  Will check it out.  Thanks for letting me know.

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 01-20-2016, 03:47 PM
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QCS also makes them. Very good.

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 01-20-2016, 06:06 PM
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(01-20-2016, 12:44 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I think we need the expertise of a soap maker here.  Also, I've noticed that while there are many excellent artisan soaps, I'm not aware of any artisan creams.  Is it more difficult to formulate a cream than a soap in small baches?

Songwind IS a soap maker.
But i think from what I have read you are correct in postulating that it may be more difficult to make creams vs soaps. I think. Smile

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 01-20-2016, 07:36 PM
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Al's is a small batch artisan shave cream, too.

Making a cream, as I understand the process, is all the steps of making a hot process shave soap plus a couple more steps and some down time. I'm planning to make one, one of these days, at least as an experiment.

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 01-21-2016, 06:26 AM
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(01-20-2016, 07:36 PM)Songwind Wrote: Al's is a small batch artisan shave cream, too.

Making a cream, as I understand the process, is all the steps of making a hot process shave soap plus a couple more steps and some down time. I'm planning to make one, one of these days, at least as an experiment.

Let us know how that goes Eric.

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 01-21-2016, 06:31 AM
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Occam's is an Australian artisan that only makes shaving cream. I've only heard great things about them.

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 01-21-2016, 07:35 AM
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(01-21-2016, 06:31 AM)crazindndude Wrote: Occam's is an Australian artisan that only makes shaving cream. I've only heard great things about them.

Ben may be familiar with him.

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 01-21-2016, 10:50 AM
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Good to know, Interested in the Occam cream

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 01-21-2016, 12:35 PM
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(01-20-2016, 12:46 PM)Nero Wrote: Stone Cottage Soapworks makes shave cream.

Stone Cottage creams may be the best shaving product that you never heard of. Made by hand in New Jersey. Samples are available. Do yourself a favor and give them a try. 

Also have to mention Esbjerg creams. Made in Vienna. Excellent creams.

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 01-21-2016, 12:56 PM
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Al's shaving cream is also excellent although scents can be hit & miss.

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 01-21-2016, 04:34 PM
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Oh and Nancy Boy! Completely under the radar. Little outfit out of San Francisco if I'm not mistaken.

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 01-21-2016, 04:48 PM
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(01-21-2016, 12:35 PM)Steelman Wrote:
(01-20-2016, 12:46 PM)Nero Wrote: Stone Cottage Soapworks makes shave cream.

Stone Cottage creams may be the best shaving product that you never heard of. Made by hand in New Jersey. Samples are available. Do yourself a favor and give them a try. 

Also have to mention Esbjerg creams. Made in Vienna. Excellent creams.

Yes, can't believe I forgot Esbjerg. If pressed, I would probably say their creams are the best shave product currently made.

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 01-22-2016, 12:25 PM
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(01-21-2016, 04:48 PM)Nero Wrote:
(01-21-2016, 12:35 PM)Steelman Wrote:
(01-20-2016, 12:46 PM)Nero Wrote: Stone Cottage Soapworks makes shave cream.

Stone Cottage creams may be the best shaving product that you never heard of. Made by hand in New Jersey. Samples are available. Do yourself a favor and give them a try. 

Also have to mention Esbjerg creams. Made in Vienna. Excellent creams.

Yes, can't believe I forgot Esbjerg. If pressed, I would probably say their creams are the best shave product currently made.

Agreed Matt, Esbjerg cream is excellent.  I also think that their aftershave milk is one of the best aftershaves around as well.

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