Hard soap help?

#1
Hi all,

I've never used a hard shaving soap before and I'd quite like too but I've got a few questions.

Can you switch pucks out of bowls/ use one bowl for numerous pucks or do you use one bowl per puck? (Most places I've seen charge £10+ for a bowl when most soaps are less than a tenner. I'd rather spend less on bowls and more on soaps). - if you know of a cheap soap bowl/ container solution then please fire away.

I've read a lot of people swearing by using boar brushes with soaps. Is a boar brush a way to get 'the best' out of a soap?

Finally, I want to buy maybe 3 different soaps to start with. 3 different brands of possible. What are the 'essential' shaving soaps (if there's such a thing)?

Thanks in advance guys!
 
#3
Synthetics for me. Some like badgers, but my premium Silvertip Maseto is currently on BST.

The 250ml aluminium containers on eBay are perfect for refills - enough room to sweep a brush round. Cheaper from China if you can wait.

Search for "4 x 250ml Aluminium Tin Silver Round Containers with EPE Lined Screw Lid"

Even cheaper are the plastic containers:

"Clear Round Food Containers Plastic Storage Tubs with Lids Deli Pots +Microwave"
 
#5
Synthetics for me. Some like badgers, but my premium Silvertip Maseto is currently on BST.

The 250ml aluminium containers on eBay are perfect for refills - enough room to sweep a brush round. Cheaper from China if you can wait.

Search for "4 x 250ml Aluminium Tin Silver Round Containers with EPE Lined Screw Lid"

Even cheaper are the plastic containers:

"Clear Round Food Containers Plastic Storage Tubs with Lids Deli Pots +Microwave"
Bought 4 aluminium tins mate. Thanks. Naturally I'll now have to buy 4 soaps rather than 3 :). Got any recommendations?
 
#6
Bought 4 aluminium tins mate. Thanks. Naturally I'll now have to buy 4 soaps rather than 3 :). Got any recommendations?
If you like floral scents I recommend Via Barberia Herbae - real Italian quality and a lot cheaper than the leading brands. Available from a few vendors, and on eBay at £9.95, free postage. That's a bargain - looks like an overstock price. Fructi is good too, but I prefer Herbae..
 
#8
Hi, the soap I live is the range by Saponificio varesino, and one of the best is Cosmo. Hoever I also like Dolomiti which you can get a puck for around £22.
I do find it very easy to lather with a badger brush, but for some reason a synthetic was poor.
 
#9
As you say, Roy, Saponificio Varesino is a great range of soaps. I have Dolomiti, nut not tried Cosmo - that's a coffee/cocoa scent? I shaved with Felce this morning - lovely Autumn scent. Fern captures the mood of September nicely. SV can be out of stock with UK suppliers at times - last one I ordered from Shavingworld. Gents also have good prices but currently out of stock. My Yaqi synthetics work fine with these, especially the 26mm Tuxedo.
 
#13
What does this mean? How can they lather great but perform poorly??

I think they're lovely OP. Got 2.
Rola-Cola is brown and fizzy but as a Coke Substitute, it is crap lol.

I can't get a good shave with DR Soaps no matter what I do. God knows I've given it a fair chance (about 2 dozen shaves iirc). I might have a bad puck and I suppose one would email them to discuss but DR's customer service is as crap as the soap so I shan't bother.

Glad it works for you.

I might turn the puck upside down and try again.
 
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