Shaving soap - for my barber friend
|I love the old fashioned look that this colour gives. The razor|
and the leather strop came in a cabinet that I bought that
had a small sink and a mirror perfect for bachelors to shave.
So I decided to make another shaving soap and this time I thought a lot about the ingredients. The first one I basically did a soap recipe and added some clay to it. It was pretty early in my soap making days and I just thought it was cool that adding clay would make the soap into shaving soap. And, don't get me wrong, it was a fine shaving soap, but I always thought I could improve it. So I sat down and thought long and hard and this is what I came up with:
I need good lather, not because that's so important for a good shave, but because most men think it is. So this one will be with a good percentage of Coconut oil. To make up for the rather drying qualities of the Coconut oil I have to have some Olive oil because that is really conditioning and and it makes the lather stable. The same goes for lard, which I included because it's macho... well... and conditioning and makes a good stable lather as well. And of course I also had to include Castor oil which has such nice lather and conditioning, but makes a soft soap. So I added some Cocoa Butter for it's moisturizing and hardening. So that was all my oils. Except I thought that Njóli oil (Rumex) would be very good in a shaving soap since it is so good for skin disorder and some men experience a rash from shaving. So that added a bit of Sunflower oil as I had infused the Rumex root in that. And for the water I did a tea from Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris). And then I added the clay.
I made the soap in the traditional way and I had intended to use 15 g. of Njóli oil, but as I was pouring it into the soap at trace I kind of lost control and ended up with a lot more than that. Luckily I had placed the bowl on the scale so I just adjusted the recipe. This means that I will be making another soap with 15 g of the oil because I need to see what the colour will look like. I was a bit concerned that the soap would look too pink and that wouldn't be macho enough, but then I thought that maybe the green colour of the weed tea should make it a bit more brown. I'll have to see what my barber friend says about the colour, but here is the recipe (always run it through a calculator, the oz. are approx.):
Coconut oil 33% 175 g / 6.2 oz
Olive oil 24% 125 g / 4.4 oz
Lard 23% 120 g / 4.2 oz
Castor oil 9% 50 g / 1.8 oz
Sunflower oil 5% 26 g / 0.9 oz (Rumex longifolius infused)
Cocoa butter 5% 5 g / 0.8 oz
Bentonite clay 1.5 tbs
Shepherds purse tea 38% 208g / 7.4 oz
Lye 75g / 2.6 oz
I poured this into a tube and used silicone baking sheets to make sure I could get it out again. That worked really well, except that I got a "seam" along the soap tube. But I got it out really easily.
Now, I don't think I should be the judge of how this turned out. I will simply take this to my barber friend along with my first shaving soap (which I have in a very macho brown coffee cup) and see what he has to say about them. I'll be posting the result.