A Fine Soap Made From a Wet Shaving Enthusiast!
Do you know what the difference is between an Artisan soap maker and a commercial soap maker is? Everyone has their own definition of what makes or defines an Artisan soap maker. This is just my opinion take it for what it’s worth. An Artisan soap maker is some one who takes a lot of pride in the soap that they make and produces soaps that smell and perform above average. They make their soaps in small batches to control the quality of their products compared to commercial soap makers which produce soaps in large batches in a very controlled environment. Artisan soap makers also use more natural ingredients in their soaps providing a more natural selection that’s good for your skin and the environment. A commercial soap maker may use 1-2 natural ingredients but most of the time their soap is full of chemicals that may seem like they are good for you but more harmful in the long run.
Am I saying you should boycott all of the commercial soap makers? Absolutely not, but I do ask you to give some artisans soap makers a chance to prove that their products are not only good for your skin but feel good on your skin as well. I use to use all commercial brand soaps at one time until I started wet shaving and that’s when it all changed. Wet shaving is one way of shaving that has been making a comeback for quite some time now. To some its a hobby and to others it’s the only way of shaving. Once I started wet shaving it didn’t take long to find my way to Artisan soaps and the rest is history. There are so many Artisan soaps available on the market its hard to choose which ones to try. Everyone has their own opinion of what the best soaps to try are but you will notice that there are some soaps that make it to almost everyone’s list and that is usually a good indication that the soap or soaps are of higher quality. Then again theses lists are just opinionated lists and that’s what shaving is, mostly opinion.
Wet shaving is a great hobby and way of shaving. The more experience you gain the more you can share your opinions and techniques with other shavers passing your knowledge on to others so they too can learn how to get that perfect shave. I love talking about wet shaving with others because I learn something new every time and that’s what it’s all about, fellowship with your fellow shavers. So how do you grow to trust an artisan soap maker along with the other products from the same artisan soap maker? Do you read reviews online and ask questions in shaving forums. Do you know other shavers that have used the same products? These are good ways to find out if the product is what it truly is claiming to be or provide the service it claims to. Other than that sometimes you have to trust your gut and just go with it and hope it’s a good product. I always look around the web to see if the Artisan is an active wet shaver in the community themselves or if they shave with their own product. That is also usually a good indication that they are trustworthy.
Erica Salmons has been a regular around the wet shaving table for a while now and you can find her on certain social media platforms talking about the art of wet shaving and certain shaving products. I value her opinion and when I heard she started her own line of shave soaps and other grooming related products I just had to check it out. StacheSoapWorks is the name of their shop on Etsy.com were they sell a number of products from shave soap to beard/mustache products and bath salts to bath soaps StacheSoapWorks sells products to fit your shaving and grooming needs. I’ve spoken with Erica several times through social media on various reviews she has done and she is a very down to earth person and very easy to work with. I was looking forward to reviewing her soaps mainly because I just knew they would be fantastic since she her self is a wet shaver and has higher standards for quality products. After trying her products for the first time I knew I was in for a treat and a great shave from start to finish.
I received in the mail a package from StacheSoapWorks containing the E Barber 2 oz. shave soap, Aftershave splash/balm and the Maxwell 1 oz. shave soap with Aftershave splash. The E Barber and Maxwell shave soap Produced a rich and robust lather that felt creamy and light on my skin filling the bristles of my shave brush with a thick lather that spread evenly across the skin of my dome and face. Both the E Barber and Maxwell shave soaps lather provided a cushion that enabled my razor to glide across the surface of my head and face with small fluid strokes with extra comfort and without any irritation, cuts or nicks. The post shave feel after use of the E Barber and Maxwell shave soap left a nice slickness on my skin.
After my shave with both the E Barber and Maxwell shave soap was done I followed it up with the Aftershave Splash.The aftershave splash from E Barber and Maxwell felt cool and calming and did not leave a greasy residue on my skin. I’m a pretty big fan of aftershave splash it helps tighten and tone your skin, helps kill bacteria preventing infection while moisturizing at the same time. Aftershave splash can also help with greasy skin by stripping the grease away without causing excessive dryness. Once the aftershave splash quickly dried into my skin I finished my nightly shave routine with the E Barber aftershave balm. The aftershave balm had a thick and creamy like consistency that only took a small amount to coat my head and face quickly drying leaving my skin feeling soft and supple with a nice glowing shine. I have no complaints with the E Barber and Maxwell shaving products from StacheSoapWorks and plan on using them more in the future.
One of the many things that I like about the E Barber and Maxwell shaving products from StacheSoapWorks is the consistency between the two products. The quality of lather and cushion provide by the lather was the same when comparing the E Barber and Maxwell shave soap. Both the E Barber and Maxwell shave soap came in plastic tubs with lids that screw on/off. Both aftershave splashes came in blue plastic bottles with lids that snap open and close. The E Barber aftershave balm also came in the same blue plastic bottle with the same kind of lid. The post shave feel between the two different soaps was the same nice and slick. The E Barber and Maxwell shaving products also contain a lot of the same natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Essential Oils, JoJoBa Oil, Camelina Oil, Argon Oil, Rice Bran, Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Kokum Seed Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Glycerin, Alum and Vitamin E.
These natural oils and butters have a lot of skin care benefits such as Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anticatarrhal, Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, Antiviral agent, Antispasmodic, Insecticidal and Expectorant. These natural oils and butters also treat sunburn and acne, they can help fight the signs of aging and lessen the visibility of stretch marks, acts as a moisturizer soothing dry and itchy skin, treats skin disease such as eczema and psoriasis, helps to heal wounds and burns, enhances the skins ability to generate collagen keeping your skin firm and feeling supple, smooth and rejuvenated. These are just a few of the many benefits the natural ingredients offer your skin and skin care regimen. The biggest difference between the two lines of soaps is the aroma both lines produce. The E Barber shave soap, aftershave splash and balm have notes of Oakmoss, White Pepper, Vanilla, Black Amber, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Basil Leaf, Clove, Nutmeg, White Patchouli, Musk, Saffron, Rose, Patchouli and Vetiver creating a very pleasant aroma, it’s a barbershop aroma with a new greener twist and I’m sure you will love it. The scent for the Maxwell shave soap and aftershave splash has notes of Lavender, Spearmint, Orange, Tangerine, Bergamot, Sandalwood creating an aroma that’s very pleasing. The aroma from both products is strong but not overwhelming, a perfect match for a perfect shave.
On a side note, the Maxwell shave products are dedicated to Erica Salmons nephew Maxwell. He’s six year old with Autism. Children with Autism are truly Gods children, even if the right resources are available their struggles are long and hard. Money and the right resources are not always available so Erica has decided to donate a portion of the sales from the Maxwell product line to the Autism Society to help changes lives. A great soap and a great purpose, why would you not want to try this soap?
So what are my final thoughts on the E Barber and Maxwell shaving products from StacheSoapWorks? A perfect shaving product from a respected wet shaver. The E Barber and Maxwell shave soap can produce the same robust and creamy lather that has the same consistent cushion that supports your razor with nice fluid strokes. The aftershave splash from both E Barber and Maxwell keep your skin toned and tightened after each shave protecting it by killing any bacteria that leads to infection. The aftershave balm from E Barber soaks into the skin quickly without any greasy residue left. The moisturizing properties this aftershave balm has leaves your skin felling soft and supple with a nice glow. The natural oils and butters found within these shaving products have many skin care benefits and greatly improve your skin care regimen. If you have not tried the shaving products from StacheSoapWorks I suggest you do so. I know you are going to love them. The E Barber and Maxwell shave soap and aftershave splash/balm are approved by TheBaldNation for our Bald Nation. Love your products and you will love the results. Thank you and have a #Baldtastic day!
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