04-13-2016, 06:45 AM
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Hello Gents,

Can you please suggest me here ?

I have a bowl which is 3.5 inch in diameter.
I am looking for a refill which will sit tight in there without soap modification.
Can you please suggest which refill will work the best?

I know, for instance, that harris is much smaller, but Pen's refill is stated to be 4 inch in diameter on website which is larger..

Thank you !

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 04-13-2016, 07:38 AM
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Czech & Speake is an excellent performing soap. It's 75 mm (~3 inches) in diameter.

Edit: Yeah, it won't be a tight fit though. But I haven't had problems with chasing it in my bowl, which is a few millimeters wider.

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 04-13-2016, 10:00 AM
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(04-13-2016, 06:45 AM)johnsap Wrote: Hello Gents,

Can you please suggest me here ?

I have a bowl which is 3.5 inch in diameter.
I am looking for a refill which will sit tight in there without soap modification.
Can you please suggest which refill will work the best?

I know, for instance, that harris is much smaller, but Pen's refill is stated to be 4 inch in diameter on website which is larger..

Thank you !

Haslinger Schafmilch

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 04-13-2016, 10:12 AM
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Gents, thank you for your reply !

please suggest to fit as close to 3.5 inch as possible

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 04-13-2016, 12:59 PM
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Unfortunately I think you might struggle with this request. I think most refills are sold at 3" or 4". My suggestion would be to buy a Mystic Waters refill at 3" and squash it down. It is incredible soft and very easy to do. Good luck in your search!

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 04-13-2016, 01:10 PM
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John, another option would be to buy the soap you want to try and grate it to fit your 3.5 bowl. A wonderful way to enjoy your soap (same performance) and I find the 'full' fit really helps in building lather and picking up soap.

I am absolutely loving the wide, well built PETG jars from Maggards. Here's Haslinger & Czech & Speake pucks. Good luck![Image: 4a5d00475071ae3e0d56d69d40dfdcf8.jpg]


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 04-13-2016, 01:17 PM
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4 inches will work better as I cut cut the puck with a knife..
any suggestions here?

Please also educate me how to properly smash the puck to fit into a wider container..?
I know some also use a microwave but i tried it once - and nothing worked as it made my puck dry instead..

thank you !

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 04-13-2016, 01:35 PM
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No microwave. Ive ruined a few pucks that way. Just use a cheese grater and then fill the bowl with the gratings. I usually grate the bottom just a little and then put the puck in the bowl. I then use the few gratings to pack around the edges to fill in the gaps .

Also, some triple milled soaps are still pliable (DR Harris for sure). Put it in and push in the edges with you thumbs or a spoon. You can smash the soap around the edges a bit. I would try that first as its the easiest.

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 04-13-2016, 02:35 PM
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(04-13-2016, 06:45 AM)johnsap Wrote: Hello Gents,

Can you please suggest me here ?

I have a bowl which is 3.5 inch in diameter.
I am looking for a refill which will sit tight in there without soap modification.
Can you please suggest which refill will work the best?

I know, for instance, that harris is much smaller, but Pen's refill is stated to be 4 inch in diameter on website which is larger..

Thank you !

Mitchell's Wool Fat is approximately 3 1/8" and Mystic Water about the same, more or less... iirc. The MW will be much easier to mold to your container. Just push it down and smooth it out.

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 04-13-2016, 03:55 PM
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Great suggestions here. Definitely don't buy a soap just to fit a bowl, buy a great soap and make it fit your container of choice.

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 04-13-2016, 06:29 PM
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(04-13-2016, 03:55 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Great suggestions here. Definitely don't buy a soap just to fit a bowl, buy a great soap and make it fit your container of choice.

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 04-14-2016, 02:33 AM
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grater time?

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 04-14-2016, 06:19 AM
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If it's a softish soap, you can either grate it or just put it in the container and press down firmly with your thumbs until you have eliminated air pockets and empty spaces around the sides.

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 04-14-2016, 10:09 AM
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(04-13-2016, 01:17 PM)johnsap Wrote: 4 inches will work better as I cut cut the puck with a knife..
any suggestions here?

Please also educate me how to properly smash the puck to fit into a wider container..?
I know some also use a microwave but i tried it once - and nothing worked as it made my puck dry instead..

thank you !

What Michelle said above or I tend to use the underside of a large smooth metal spoon and push down - works a treat!

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 04-14-2016, 02:42 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(04-13-2016, 01:17 PM)johnsap Wrote: Please also educate me how to properly smash the puck to fit into a wider container..?

It depends on the soap.  Wink  
•  Michelle Burns (Mystic Water) is correct about softish soaps like her own creations that can be smushed with agile thumbs into wider containers.  
•  Some non-smushable soaps kind of melt when they have bloom water on them, so if you always bloom your soap in the “too wide” bowl before shaving, the matter takes care of itself by the fourth or fifth shave.  I have intended for some time to start a separate thread on that topic, and I shall not hijack this thread, but will note that Haslinger Schafmilch is very much a “melter” while Provence Santé Green Tea definitely is not, and even after being bloomed four or five dozen times, it will sit like the rock of Gibralter in the middle of the bowl.
•  For the non-smushable, non-bloom-melt, soaps (such as Provence Santé), the grater is great.  

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