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Saltspring Soapworks - Stone Bay Shaving Soap

I’ll save you a bit of trouble and put the recommendation for this “shaving” soap up front: don’t bother. This seems to be yet another example of a typical soap maker reading some bad advice about how to make a shaving soap by adding some clay to their regular bar soap formula.

The lather, well, it’s hard to call it that. Using very little water, it can be at best, semi-thick. But then it doesn’t have enough lubrication. Add enough water to lubricate even close to adequately, and the lather collapses into a thin mess that dissolves away right before your very eyes.

The scent is reasonably pleasant, composed of camphor, eucalyptus and cinnamon, it seems like a nice rich earthy scent. Unfortunately, it’s rather weak; I can smell it well enough when sniffing the puck directly, but when lathered, it pretty much doesn’t actually pass over to the lather at all.

  • 8/10 Scent Pleasantness
  • 5/10 Scent Strength
  • 4/10 Lather Quality

So yeah, another locally produced product that rather sucks. 4/10. Please, soap makers, if you want to make a shaving soap, please learn how to make one from scratch.

Gear used:

Ingredients: Saponafied Oils of (Elaeis guineensis) Palm, (Cocos Nucifera) Coconut,(Olea europaea) Olive and Spring water. Lanolin, Fullers Earth, Beeswax, Glycerine, With fine Essential Oils of (camphor laurel) Camphor, (Eucalyptus globulus) Eucalyptus, (Eugenia caryophyllata) Clove and (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Cinnamon.