One of the reasons is that I went into a barber's shop just before last Christmas to buy an old fashioned razor for my son in law. The barber specializes in quality shaves and sells all the paraphernalia. He showed me his collection of old shaving things and we chatted quite a bit and I told him that I had made shaving soap. After I had made my purchase, left the store and was about to step into the car, the barber came out of the shop and said that he would be interested in trying my shaving soap. He warned me that he would be ruthlessly honest in telling me if it was any good. And I told him that I would love that and he said he was interested in selling locally made shaving soap, provided it gave a good shave. Since I'm no expert I was really happy about that and told him that I would get some shaving soap to him. But I never got round to it.
The shaving soap that I made was pretty basic and there are many ways to make it more special. I guess that is one of the reasons that I haven't seen my barber friend again. I always intended to do another batch and add more clay and even some extra special oils. So I think now is the right time to make some new shaving soaps. Some time ago I did order more types of clay, admittedly in small quantities, but it doesn't take much.
I have been thinking that I could use some Jojoba or Castor oil and some infused oils like Calendula and even Shepherds purse, Capsella bursa-pastoralis. It is one of the much overlooked weeds that have amazing qualities. It is an astringent and antiseptic plant that is well known to treat urinary tract infections and stop bleeding, internally and externally. It is the styptic qualities that I find interesting in a shaving soap. I think it is best used as a tea for the water phase. I might also include some yellow dock for it's skin benefits.
I had intended to post my original shaving soap recipe here, but I have looked everywhere for it and I just can't find it. Another recipe that I thought I would remember for sure!