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Lather 101: Shaving Soap vs. Cream

Some of our most frequently asked questions revolve around lathering, shaving soaps, and shaving creams. We created this quick guide to help you learn the differences, read about the process of lathering, and to make the right selection for your skin!

Now all you have to do it choose the right scent- Trust us, that will be a hard one!

Things You May Need

The tools below are typically used in the lathering process. We recommend having them handy before you begin.

Eva Foam
Shaving brush

Tradition calls for a shaving brush fit to your desired softness. The most popular bristle types are crafted from badger hair, but there are vegan options available.

Non slip surface
Shaving Bowl

Ceramic, wood, and stainless steel are all popular materials used. We recommend a bowl that comfortably fits in your hand and accommodates the size of your brush.

Fortable
Towel

A long cut barber style towel with a woven texture is a go-to. But any towel will do. It will help you wipe residual foam from your razor or skin, keeping your workspace clean.

SHAVING SOAP

Shaving soaps are "hard" style soaps pressed into a puck-like shape. Some soaps are shaped to fit the bottom curve of a shaving bowl where others are cut flat on both sides. There are a few key things to know about shaving soaps before making a selection:

Tallow soaps are formulated with higher levels of animal sourced fat. This provides the soap with a rich lather, while protecting and moisturizing the skin. We recommend tallow soaps for those with thick, course growth.

Glycerin is a animal friendly alternative to tallow soaps. The best quality glycerin is made from vegetable oil. This coats the skin, penetrates hair to soften, and keeps skin hydrated post-shave.

Triple Milled is a process which ensures the highest concentration of ingredients are evenly mixed and pressed into each puck. This means less water goes into each puck, giving your more bang for your buck. These soaps also provide a thicker, richer lather with ease.

How To Lather: Shaving Soap

This method requires a soap puck and separate shaving bowl

1

ADD WATER

Add about a teaspoon of warm water directly onto the soap. Once the surface of the soap is wet, pour excess water into separate shaving bowl.

2

GRAB YOUR BRUSH

Work the shaving brush over the surface of the soap "loading" up thick foam. We estimate about 30 clockwise rotations does the trick.

3

LET THE BOWL DO THE REST

Place the shaving puck aside to dry. Continue to work the brush in a circular motion inside the bowl. Add a teaspoon of warm water if lather is lacking.

4

LATHER THAT HANDSOME FACE

Use your shaving brush to apply a thick and even coating of lather directly to the face and neck.

SHAVING CREAM

Shaving creams are much softer than shaving soaps. They are typically packaged in squeezable tubes or bowls. Oh, while we are here, let's talk about those shaving creams in aerosol cans. They are improving but tend to hold excess synthetic ingredients that can contribute to skin irritation.

Here are a few key things to know about shaving creams before making a selection:

Glycerin is typically the foundation of shaving creams. The higher concentrations found in creams creates excellent cushion between skin and blade, in addition to softening and hydrating.

Coconut Oil is more frequently found in shaving creams. We suggest this ingredient for those who are prone to razor burn or irritation due to its ability to lock in moisture long after your shave is done. Almost like a two-in-one.

Eucalyptus and Menthol does more than just provide a strong, classic and clean scent. They both act as an astringent, actively fighting acne and irritation causing bacteria. We've noticed these two are usually more abundant in in creams, making them perfect for sensitive skin.

How To Lather: Shaving Cream

This method requires a soap puck and separate shaving bowl

1

TAKE A DIP

Dip your shaving brush directly into shaving cream or dispense a small amount into your shaving bowl. 

2

WORK IT

Swirl the shaving brush in the shaving bowl to build lather. Adding a teaspoon of warm water can help with activation.

3

LATHER THAT HANDSOME FACE

Use your shaving brush to apply a thick and even coating of lather directly to the face and neck.