The majority of our shaving soaps come in bowl form. These allow you to form a lather straight from the soap container, without having to use a dedicated shaving bowl, which can be useful when travelling or saving money.
To get the best lather though, it's recommended to use a shaving bowl.
For those with sensitive skin, some products can be too harsh for daily use. That's why we have a dedicated sensitive skin shaving soap range, with natural ingredients that calm the skin, with no toxins or preservatives.
Vegan shaving soaps don't utilise animal products, offering a cruelty-free option for those following a vegan lifestyle, or those who just want to be more eco-friendly.
Italy is known for its iconic shaving soap brands, with artisan producers from around the country using the traditional soap production method. You can browse all of our Italian shaving soaps here.
Shaving sticks tend to be a combination of shaving soap and shaving cream. The most popular that we stock are the Arko shaving sticks.
If you still have your old shaving soap bowl, then buying a shaving soap refill is a great way to save on shipping costs and save the environment by using less plastic packaging.
If you can't decide on the fragrance or brand you want, then a shaving soap sample pack is a great idea. They allow you to test a small amount of many different shaving soaps for a lower cost.
Natural soap is best to reduce skin irritation and give yourself a smooth shave.
Natural ingredients are free of parabens, and it'll give you a better razor glide and post-shave feel than using canned cream or gel.
The soaps we stock use essential oils like aloe vera, argan oil, tea tree, peppermint, and lanolin, which are ideal for all skin types (and even sensitive skin).
The traditional method of producing shaving soap ensures a rich, lubricating lather. Handmade ensures the consistency of the product, and keeps the batches at a very high quality. Artisan producers have been doing this for many years, so they are masters at their craft.
Shaving soap once lathered creates a thick and luxurious layer between the razor blade and your skin, resulting in an unbeatable razor glide across your skin with less friction, and therefore less skin damage that would otherwise create irritation, nicks, cuts, razor burn, and redness. The post shave feel is smooth, supple and hydrated.
Shaving Soap is so much better than the chemical-filled gels and foams that are available in the supermarkets. They are beneficial because it helps to soften beard hairs making them easier to cut during shaving, resulting in a more comfortable shave and less skin irritation. They're also full of essential oils and butters, which can help improve your skin.
These are perfect for daily use, giving excellent lubrication whilst using a safety razor. A good quality shaving soap cannot be beaten, better than any shave gel/shaving foam.
You have 2 choices, you can lather straight to face or use a bowl. The process is the same, Pour a little warm water to the top of the soap puck and soak your brush in warm water for a few minutes. Shake the brush of excessive water, empty the soap puck of water then apply the damp brush to the soap and with several rotations apply the soap to the brush tips. This is a personal choice, I go for more rather than less!
To apply the shaving soap, use your shaving brush in a circular motion around your face, starting with the sideburns and neck, if the lather looks too dry and like a paste, dip the brush tips into the warm water and continue to rotate over your beard growth, repeat until you have a thick covering of lather over your face. Finish lathering with a painting motion over your face and mouth (being careful not to fill your nose with lather!). It's best then to clear your lips to avoid swallowing any, then expose your sideburns near the hairline to ensure you can get an accurate shave.
The same lather building process can be applied to a bowl before applying the lather to your face with the same rotational and paint brushing movements.
Traditional shaving soap can be semi-hard sometimes referred to as a croap (cream soap) which is in between a shaving cream and solid shaving soap. Compared with shaving cream which is much softer, you have to work a little harder with a brush to create a rich lather.