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Man Talk – Latest news and articles

beard tamer

Whether you’re rocking a luscious lumberjack beard, or you pride yourself on keeping a clean jawline, it’s important to value the health of both the skin and whiskers. Valor includes a range of organic, artisan-made beard and skincare products for the man who values not only a healthy face but also a healthy planet. PLUS […]

Traditional Organic Shaving Soap

VALOR ORGANIC SHAVING SOAP Soap making is an ancient art and we designed our Shaving Soap by going back to basics – but with a twist. Old fashioned shaving soaps used Tallow (rendered animal fat) or Palm Oil (both “hard” oils) as a base, which makes for a big lather.  We don’t think a big […]

The dirt about Soaps

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOAP  Historically, soap was made from vegetable oils, such as olive oil, aromatic oils (such as Thyme or Laurel oil) and lye (al-Soda al-Kawia) and was first produced by Muslim chemists in the medieval Islamic world. Some theories maintain the Romans first discovered Soap when the fat from the […]

Behind the scenes on our new product … Pit Stop

Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.    Helen Keller Ive spent a good part of my life trying out deodorants; in search of a product that was non-toxic, didn’t smell like bathroom cleaner and um, actually worked.  I tried natural sticks, gels, powders, […]

Why are men changing the way they shave?

One of the great things about running my business, is talking to men and women who visit our stall when we do our monthly markets.  After working up here in the hills behind Byron all week, I enjoy a chat and getting insight into how men shave (they are all different) and what issues they face, […]

Ode to Traditional Shavers

I had a blogger recently express a little shock that the creator and owner of Valor is a woman… Once I explained my interest (obsession?) for all things to do with mens’ whiskers AND organic living, he got it and said he liked the idea that this business grew out of passion rather than it being […]

The Rise of The Safety Razor

Safety Razors are the new iPhone…well not quite, but sales have exploded around the world, as men everywhere aspire to own the early 20th century designed, shaving tool. The recent trend of interest in all things traditional (Hipsters are not the only ones!) including “old fashioned” shaving methodologies, may be a reaction to the recent world wide […]

Our First Newsletter

Welcome to Shave with Valor It’s been a long haul to get to this point – Seven years of Soap making and sourcing the perfect Oils… but we are finally there with a Website that we feel represents our products perfectly. If you have been following Waterlife soaps for a while, you’ll be interested in […]