Discussion in 'Shaving Soaps' started by Stevie17, Thursday July 17, 2014.
Yes indeed much improved, thankyou for your posting of the recipe.
I'm pretty sure that the same kind of recipe could apply to the Palmolive stick
I used Monsavon today....and then found this thread. Sounds interesting. I have another tub so it might be worth trying to modify what is left of the old one. Unadulterated....it makes me think of French camping holidays!
I've had a bowl on the go since coming back from holiday in France. It costs approximately £1.20 out there and is available in most supermarkets such as Carrefour or Monoprix.
The bowl itself is a little flimsy, however this is easily rectified my tipping it upside down and tapping the soap out. It drops out in one go, rather similar to set blancmange and can then be rehomed in the container of your choice.
As noted above, Monsavon is more croap than soap due to the high water content. As a consequence, it's best to go easy on the water when loading. Monsavon is one of those trusty performers that will almost lather itself, even in the hard water of South East London. Cushion, glide and post shave are all up there without quite being best in class and of course it's tallow based. The scent I would describe as being lavender / eucalyptus with hint of juniper, but this is largely subjective.
For the price point, particularly if bought in France, it really is great VFM.
If you live in London, it can picked up from here at a very reasonable price: https://www.frenchclick.co.uk/p-4448-monsavon-lait-bol-raser-125g.aspx
That's where I order my food when I get homesick. However, some items are 2 to 3 times more expensive than in France though; their customer service is very good too.
It's worth doing, and you can add what you feel will work for you, I used coconut oil and lanolin plus purfume oil and mixed well and left to dry for a while. It was good then but it's been sitting in a aluminium container for months and now it's changed into a firm but creamy soap with fantastic post shave properties , it's cheap enough to have fun with! give it a go , although as it is it is very good indeed.
If I had to do it again I would use some top shelf sandalwood oil for scent in this "remix".
I have an order of six sticks coming so I may play around with a few. give it some extra goodness!
So happy am I with how my Monsavon turned out I have started another batch, should be ready around Chirstmas, this time I added lanolin, coconut oil, Shea butter, coco butter but no perfume oil. Four weeks to dry eight weeks curing in the tin, a perfect winter shaving soap with a fab post shave feel, no extra post shave product needed.
I shaved tonight with my "remix" on a two day beard using a Schick I 2 injector with a once used NOS Gillette Platinum Plus blade and it was simply spectacular as usual. Effortlessly scythed through the growth as smoothly as snot moves on a brass doorknob. This "remix" lathers like no tomorrow and there is quite frankly nothing more I could ask of it. I will add that I have never used a better soap and only a mere handful are at this level. I should make some more batches in the future using another fragrance.
Question: although Le Père Lucien soap is non-tallow I am curious if his is at this level? If he were to make this tallow formula per his own instructions he would rule the shaving world.