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All Natural or Minimal Chemical Shaving Creams or Soaps?
04-08-2013, 12:52 PM
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All Natural or Minimal Chemical Shaving Creams or Soaps?
Hi All,

I'm slowly learning more and more about the wonderful world of traditional wet shaving thanks all of you Shave Nook veterans. Thank you! Biggrin

I'm happy with my Razor (Edwin Jagger DE89L), still working through Blades to see what I like, and in the midst of getting a nice Bowl (The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition Bowl), but I was wondering if you all had suggestions for:

* What are the best performing All-Natural or "Minimal Chemical" Shaving Creams and Soaps you'd recommend?

Pouring over some threads, I see Martin de Candre is one option (albeit very expensive). That has the right vibe I was looking for (so few ingredients, all-natural).

But I read some comments from people saying they liked "other" Shaving Creams / Soaps that were a fraction of the price and had similar properties (All-Natural?). But they didn't post *what* they were. Wink

Up until now I've only been using up the last of my Kiss My Face, Green Tea & Bamboo Shaving Cream (which is mostly Natural, but has a few questionable ingredients).

Thanks for the advice!
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04-08-2013, 01:21 PM
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RE: All Natural or Minimal Chemical Shaving Creams or Soaps?
mr shave_rookie - please have a look at calani Wink
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04-08-2013, 01:29 PM
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(04-08-2013 01:21 PM)tonsorius Wrote:  mr shave_rookie - please have a look at calani Wink

As mentioned above, Calani is great. Also great is Mikes Natural Soaps.
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04-08-2013, 01:35 PM
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Mike's Natural Soaps hands down! Mystic Water, Stirling Soap as well. First two offer samples on the cheap!
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04-08-2013, 02:10 PM
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Strop Shoppe, RazoRock products.

What did you find questionable in KMF?
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04-08-2013, 02:17 PM
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(04-08-2013 01:21 PM)tonsorius Wrote:  mr shave_rookie - please have a look at calani Wink

(04-08-2013 01:29 PM)Moe Wrote:  
(04-08-2013 01:21 PM)tonsorius Wrote:  mr shave_rookie - please have a look at calani Wink

As mentioned above, Calani is great. Also great is Mikes Natural Soaps.

Hi tonsorius, moe,

Thanks for the recommendations. Calani might have a few too many ingredients for my tastes. I'll check out Mikes Natural Soaps.

Thanks. :)
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04-08-2013, 02:20 PM
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RE: All Natural or Minimal Chemical Shaving Creams or Soaps?
Queen Charlotte soaps.

Saponified tallow, water, saponified castor oil and shea butter, glycerin, saponified stearic acid, cocoa butter, and coconut oil, essential oil(s), saponified avocado oil, palm oil, and olive oil, aloe vera extract, kaolin clay, lanolin, vitamin E
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04-08-2013, 02:21 PM
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All Natural or Minimal Chemical Shaving Creams or Soaps?
Cream by Local Pig! Only 5 ingredients!
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04-08-2013, 02:48 PM
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Personally, I will add another vote for Mikes and Mystic Water. I own soaps from both and love them.

I haven't tried one yet but the RazoRock Artisan soaps have fairly simple ingredients and get rave reviews.

You may already know this but you can't truely make soap with out chemicals like Potassium Hydroxide or Sodium Hydroxide to saponify the fats/oils. If done correctly, the saponification process will result in soaps that are fantastic for shaving and mild on your skin. The vendors mentioned above seem to have have nailed it.
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04-08-2013, 02:56 PM
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Another vote for Mike
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04-08-2013, 03:01 PM
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Cella?

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera Oil, Tallow, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Aqua, Potassium Carbonate, Parfum.
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04-08-2013, 03:09 PM
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(04-08-2013 02:10 PM)Songwind Wrote:  Strop Shoppe, RazoRock products.

What did you find questionable in KMF?

Thanks Songwind! :)

I'll be sure to check those out.

For KMF Green Tea, it was Fragrance and Retinyl Palmitate.
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04-08-2013, 03:49 PM
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Valobra soft soap only has twelve ingredients:

Aqua, Potassium Cocoate, Potassium Palmitate, Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Cocoate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Stearate, Cocos Nucifera, parfum.
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04-08-2013, 03:51 PM
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RE: All Natural or Minimal Chemical Shaving Creams or Soaps?
Do any of the names we usually throw around not use natural ingredients? Just wondering. I'd hazard a guess that some use preservatives.
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04-08-2013, 05:16 PM
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I was gonna say Nancy Boy. I thought for sure that they would be "all natural". Doesn't appear so. Polyquaternium-7? I wouldn't have expected that.
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04-08-2013, 05:19 PM
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(04-08-2013 03:51 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:  Do any of the names we usually throw around not use natural ingredients? Just wondering. I'd hazard a guess that some use preservatives.

In addition to preservatives, some people who are interested in natural ingredients don't like to use soap w/ stearic acid, as it's already been processed from palm or tallow.
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04-08-2013, 06:00 PM (This post was last modified: 04-08-2013 06:01 PM by shave_knight.)
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(04-08-2013 01:35 PM)david1201 Wrote:  Mike's Natural Soaps hands down! Mystic Water, Stirling Soap as well. First two offer samples on the cheap!

Hi david1201,

Thanks for the recs! :) Looking at Stirling Soap...

I was floored that they made Bacon Shaving Soap! LOL Biggrin That's awesome. I wonder how it tastes... er, smells? Wink

(04-08-2013 03:01 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:  Cella?

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera Oil, Tallow, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Aqua, Potassium Carbonate, Parfum.

Hi SharpSpine (and All),

Does anyone know if the "Parfum" (Perfume) in Cella is all-natural Essential Oils? Or synthetic?

Thanks.
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04-08-2013, 07:07 PM
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"Parfum" is usually fragrance oil, I believe. Which is generally synthetic, I think.
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04-08-2013, 07:25 PM
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RE: All Natural or Minimal Chemical Shaving Creams or Soaps?
Hi All,

Thanks so much for the great suggestions! I've noted them all down and started doing research on them (price, ingredients, etc.). I'm so glad to see that there are quite a few All-Natural / Minimal Chemical Shaving Creams & Soaps. Wink

For Round 1 (1st Try) at one of these All-Natural Soap / Creams, I've narrowed it down to:

* Mike's Natural vs. Mystic Water vs. Martin de Candre vs. Queen Charlotte

For anyone who's tried these, can you chime in with your experience on Quality of Lather, Lasting Power, Moisturizing / Feel, and Scent?

Thanks for the help! Biggrin
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04-08-2013, 07:29 PM
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I've used two of the above; Mike's & MdC. MdC wins hands down for me. I've been using It almost exclusively since the New Year. I have very little desire to use anything else.
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