A few weeks back I was approached by Jennifer Chaloux of Soaptree Bodyworks about doing a review of her new line of shave soap. Jennifer is an established soaper who has expanded her product line and is now offering her first shaving soap.
Straight from their website because I can’t say it better myself.
… I am a wife, mother and registered nurse with 15 years of bedside care. As a nurse, I can tell you, skin care is my number one priority. Being our largest organ and our barrier to illness and disease, it’s vital to our survival. Caring for one’s skin is a full time job and I take my job very seriously.
All my soaps are made the old-fashioned way from scratch using lye and oils to create a truly luxurious bar of soap. Each scent has it’s own unique blend of oils and butters producing a soap that not only feels great on the skin, but also smells amazing and produces fabulous lather.
At one of the conferences put on by the Handmade Soap and Cosmetics Guild, Jennifer met Darren from Soap Commander and started looking into making shaving soap for her husband and herself.
Shaving Soap Review
- Packaging: Wrapped in a bio degradable coffee filter, labeling is nice and ingredients list easy to read. Easy to open and plastic wrap inside (on the soap puck) helps ensure freshness of scent and less mess when shipping. No plastic container so needs to go in a mug or other storage device.
- Scent: As everyone knows, scent is very subjective, but once you have a good base formula it is how you will distinguish yourself in the shaving world. The Cedarwood is a little “sweet” for my preferences, but it is a nice strong scent while in the package. When lathering the soap the scent strength dies down quite a bit but is still present. I couldn’t detect much of it while lathering for the second or third pass.
- Soap Puck: This is a 3.5oz puck that is perfectly sized to place in a mug, scuttle, or other storage. This is a “softer” soap and loads up very easily on your shaving brush.
Lathering: Worked into a lather very easily. I primarily face lather with a boar brush and was very impressed at how easy it was to create a nice thick lather. The soap did not require a lot of water to create a nice slick and heavy lather.
- Ingredients: Distilled water, Stearic acid, Beef tallow, Coconut oil, Potassium hydroxide, Mango seed butter, Glycerin, Sodium hydroxide, Castor seed oil, Essential oils of Himalayan Cedarwood, Lavender, Distilled Orange, May Chang, Patchouli, Siberian Fir Needle, Sandalwood, Sodium Lactate, Tussah Silk.
Jennifer seems to have avoided the common mistakes that many longtime soapers make when they try thier first shaving soap. This is demonstrated by the solid choice of ingredients and the great shave her soap provides. I would recommend this soap to anyone looking to try a new artisan. I really look forward to seeing what else Soaptree Bodyworks comes out with.
In the interest of full disclosure, I did receive this soap for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I hope this was of some help to my fellow wet shavers. If you have tried out these products, please let us know how you liked them in the comments below.
Have a great day and a smooth shave!