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 lather necessarily gives a good shave; what is important is a cushion between the blade and skin, good glide and a smooth face without redness afterwards. Using a brush is important too, because it imparts moisture into the whisker shaft and pore (allowing it to become moist and swell up so that the razor can sheer it off more cleanly. Using a brush also gives your skin a brisk exfoliation.
We make in small batches by hand, from scratch. You will find Two shaving soap types in our collection. The first type is Original (black label) and Woodsman (white label). Both have same base oil content but with different scents. We use whole organic oils (not refined oils as most soap does) as our base oils – Organic: Australian cold pressed Olive oil , Coconut, Avocado, Rice Bran and Castor Bean oils plus Organic unrefined Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter, Plus Aloe Vera juice and creamy Kaolin Clay with our signature blends of pure Essential Oils.
This recipe provides a soap that makes a fine lather (like a cross between a shaving cream and a gel) that will give great glide and provide a smooth shave. If you have been using a chemical laden product, try using Valor for a week and feel the difference. Make the lather, apply and shave in sections. Relathering on face when necessary.
Our second type of shaving soap is our Traditional Tallow – also scented with the same Essential oils as our Original Olive oil based one above: Sweet Fennel Lime clove and Patchouli. This soap is made on all the same pure base oils above but to a different formulation – in addition, it contains about 30% Organic grass fed, Australian (Beef) Tallow.
This one still provides a gentle and nourishing shave, with a bigger lather that is a little more lasting than the Original and Woodsman.
Is it perfect? Well that’s a big claim …but the men who tried it keep coming back for more, so we think that is good!
Some people will tell you shaving soap must be mega HARD. We disagree, and so do our customers! Most shaving soaps should lather well, but most don’t have a wholesome base and don’t leave your skin feeling nourished and smooth afterwards. Our soap retains all the natural glycerine made in the saponification process – unlike commercial soaps where the natural glycerine has been removed (and then synthetic – cheaper – glycerine added back in!) Go figure!
CONTAINS NO: Palm Oil (or Palm Oil derivatives), Chemically extracted oils such as RBD [refined, bleached, deoderised] Coconut oil, Synthetic Fragrance, colours, foaming agents or preservatives.
NOTE: Hand made soap is different to commercially produced soap as it retains all the lovely Glycerine produced in the saponification process. Commercial manufacturers remill the soap, and extract the Glycerine (for use and resale in other skin care products). The soap is then pressed back together to make a very hard bar – without the Glycerine! For this reason, you should always allow your soap to “Air” between uses- don’t reseal the lid. Never leave it sitting in water, as Glycerine is a humectant – attracting moisture and your soap will go too soft. If there is a layer of Glycerine on your soap when you use it, just gather it up with your brush when making your lather.
“I love the Valor range. Combined with my ‘RazorPit’ my blades are lasting months (seriously) and they used to last 2-3 shaves max.”
Alf – Mullumbimby
” The shaving soap is great for my skin – in fact I’m sure it is responsible for what is left of my youthful good looks! This is the best men’s grooming product on every level. I love it!!”
Jim – Melbourne