The Shaving Time Company Ltd was started by David McMillan in 2013.
This is his story:
I was approaching my 50th birthday I wanted to shave not using cartridge razors, basically I was fed up paying (then) £16 for 4 cartridges every few weeks for my then razor. I joined some shaving forums and that is how the journey started.
I read about this amazing soap called Stirling but I could not buy it in the UK and the shipping costs plus customs just made it silly to try,so I contacted Rod and the idea of creating a company here in the UK started.
We started small with a tiny order of Shaving Soap, now we order weekly to cover all our stock requirements.
Six years later and we have just taken delivery of our first import of Stirling Aftershave Splashes and next will be an order for more splashes to cover the full range of soaps and of course we will be offering these and the Stirling range of EDT's. We expect these to arrive mid October, just in time for Christmas.
20th August 2019
Stirling Soap Company was founded in January, 2012 by owners, Roderick and Amanda Lovan.
We started our company after a trip to Scotland left us craving all things natural and pure for our bodies (not to mention the food, beer, and scotch whisky!). After only a little research we discovered that "soap" bought from the local super-stores could not even be considered real soap. A little more digging into natural, artisan soaps led us to the discovery that if we really wanted to make the switch, we'd better make a lot more room in our budget. Who has money to shell out for natural soap to use on a daily basis?
So this brings us to our business statement: You shouldn’t have to pay eight dollars a bar for natural soap that is good for your skin and safe for you and your family. We truly believe that at Stirling Soap Company. When we finally learned that the majority of what passes for “soap” in stores is not allowed to be labeled as soap by the FDA (seriously, check what you use, it likely will not use the word “soap”) and that it is full of lab created chemicals in the interest of making it cheaper to manufacture, we decided to look into natural soaps. While we were impressed with the quality of the soaps we found, we knew that there was no way that we could use them as everyday soaps at the prices they were being offered.
So, we set out to make a soap that was not only natural and healthy, but also affordable.
We went through numerous recipes and numerous suppliers early on while testing batches. We fought over crafting styles, pouring methods, cutting and storing. We maxed out credit cards buying yet more ingredients to find the perfect blends that would make the best soap. We took our own notes as well as the feedback from our testers and came up with the best possible soaps that one could hope to create at a price that is affordable to all. What we settled on is what we offer you here on this site.
Our soap offers the same natural ingredients as the more expensive handmade soaps. THE SAME. While you will certainly be able to find a bar of chemicals at your local store for less and use it in the shower, it will not leave your skin feeling as wonderful as our handmade, natural soaps. Plus, our soaps will not dry and strip your skin like the chemical bars you find in stores. The majority of our soaps are 100% natural and suitable for everyone. In the interest of maintaining affordability, some of our soaps will contain synthetic fragrance oils. All fragrance oils are guaranteed to be safe and vegan-friendly.
We also wanted to be as environmentally conscious as possible. When possible, we have used labels which are 100% post consumer waste content. The only exceptions we have made are for products or labels that could be damaged or rendered unreadable over time if not kept in plastic containers or marked with waterproof labels (take lip balms, heel & palm balm, witch hazel & aloes for example). The wrapping on our bath soaps and refill/sample-size shave soaps is made of biolefin, a plastic that naturally reduces to biomass in 2-5 years (unlike normal plastic that takes hundreds of years to biodegrade). All of the ingredients in our soap are safe to the environment as well as to you and your family. We also use sustainable palm oil that does not contribute to deforestation or the destruction of animal habitats. Don’t be surprised to see finely shredded newspapers, shredded boxes, or shredded junk mail used as packing material when you receive your package. We're sorry for the mess! That's just our way of reusing material to be friendly to our environment as well as keeping overhead down.
We really hope that you will understand that while you can buy a bar of detergent at the store for a dollar, you can’t put a price on your health and that of your family. Our soap will not only lessen your dependence on moisturizing lotions, it will leave you feeling clean, refreshed and alive. We have more than a dozen bars of soap in our shower at any time and love every minute we spend in there. Try our soaps and we have no doubt that you will wonder how you ever used anything else!
This is me, Lee. The founder and owner of Wet Shaving Products. I started the company to bring high quality shaving products to more men. I had a side business restoring and sharpening straight razors, but my first WSP product was shaving brushes. I saw that there was only two tiers of products. Stupid expensive luxury brands and poorly designed cheap brands. There was no high quality, well designed products at reasonable prices. So, I took my life savings and went to work to create the best possible brushes at reasonable prices. After my first year in business, I decided to make the leap. I left the practice of law and jumped in full time.
When I’m not doing cool things like designing & formulating new products, connecting with you guys, or extolling the virtues of wet shaving, I enjoy my time with my new baby girl, try to work out, play with my boxer dogs, and try to get some sleep. And every once in a while I take it easy and watch some football or catch a movie.