From our friend "Brandon Shaves"... a video review of Cold River Soap Works SELECT Citrus shaving soap.
A little something different to share. I like his enthusiasm!
an in depth look at some key ingredients
A great shaving soap starts with the right ingredients. Let's take a look at the key ingredients in GLIDE Shaving Cream Soap.
No water! Wait, what? No water? That's right, we replaced the water portion of GLIDE shaving cream soap with Aloe Vera Juice and Organic Goat Milk. The ancient Egyptians called Aloe Vera the ‘Plant of Immortality’ and used it in many skin remedies because of its healing properties. It’s truly considered a miracle plant due to its various benefits for skincare. Aloe Vera becomes the best ally for the recovery of skin during and after shaving. The extract of the plant becomes a powerful moisturizer, soothing the skin. Goat milk is particularly prized in a quality shaving soap since it helps to soothe, reduce irritation, moisturize and provide a hydrating softness to the skin after a shave. There are other milks used in soaps, mainly donkey milk but none contain the unique skin nourishing properties of goat milk.
Our Triple Butter & Tallow formula combines Kokum, Shea, Cocoa and Tallow. Kokum butter has fantastic emollient properties, Shea butter is incredibly nourishing and moisturizing and Cocoa butter is a great source of vitamin E and natural anti-oxidants. Tallow imparts a luxurious creaminess and elasticity to the lather.
How about a healthy dose of Jojoba Oil? Because of its low saturated fat content, Jojoba presents as a liquid oil with many properties that are beneficial for your skin, especially so as an additive in shaving soap. Jojoba oil contains vitamins E and B-complex for skin regeneration and is an excellent moisturizer.
The magic of a truly great shaving soap lies in the SYNERGY between its ingredients. Synergy is defined as "the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects." We have spent over a year and made hundreds of test batches to find the right combination of ingredients that makes Cold River Soap Works GLIDE the slickest and finest shaving soap on the market.
Top 5 Benefits of aloe vera in shave soap
The ancient Egyptians called Aloe Vera the ‘Plant of Immortality’ and used it in many skin remedies because of its healing properties. It’s truly considered a miracle plant due to its various benefits for skincare.
Aloe Vera becomes the best ally for the recovery of skin during and after shaving. Thanks to the combination of a set of natural properties, the extract of the plant becomes a powerful moisturizer, soothing, regenerating and healing the skin.
Here are the Top 5 Benefits of Aloe Vera in Shaving Soap:
Top 10 Benefits of goat milk in shave soap
Goat milk is particularly prized in a quality shaving soap since it helps to soothe, reduce irritation and moisturize the skin after a shave. There are other milks used in soaps, mainly donkey milk but none contain the unique skin nourishing properties of goat milk.
Shaving soap containing goat milk is perfect for people with sensitive and/or dry skin.
Here are the Top 10 Benefits of goat milk in Shaving Soap:
Jojoba Oil is technically a wax harvested from the jojoba shrub found commonly in the Southwestern United States and Mexico. Because of its low saturated fat content, jojoba presents as a liquid oil with many properties that are beneficial for your skin, especially so as an additive in shaving soap.
Here are the Top 3 Benefits of Jojoba Oil in Shaving Soap:
Grooming tips for cold, dry weather
The winter months are here and the harsh, cold temperatures can take its toll on your skin. With less moisture in the air, your skin can become dry, sensitive and uncomfortable. Nevertheless, here at Cold River Soap Soap Works HQ, we know a thing or two about cold weather and are firm believers in the importance of a skincare routine to combat winter’s wrath. This season, give your skin the treatment it deserves.
Some important cold weather grooming tips to help your skin stay healthy and look great!
How and where to learn more about wet shaving, upping your shave game, meet new people, read reviews on everything from shaving soaps to straight razors and join in on the in depth world of traditional shaving.
afeitadoclasico: (Spanish forum)
Against The Grain: (UK Forum)
Badger and Blade: (American forum)
Barbear Classico: (Portuguese forum)
Barbershop.no : (Norwegian forum)
borotvafórum: (Hungarian forum)
Brijacnica: (Croatian forum)
Britev: (Slovenian forum)
Coupe Chou Club: (French forum)
Damn Fine Shave: (Newish forum)
foroafeitado: (Spanish language forum)
Forum Savrseno: (Serbian forum)
geltir: (Turkish forum)
Google+ Traditional Shaving Community
gut-rasiert : (German forum)
Il Rasoio: (Italian shaving forum)
Mens Only: (Greek forum)
Nassrasur: (German forum)
Razor and Stone: (Focus on straight razors)
Rasando: (Italian forum)
Shave Canada: (Canadian forum)
Shave My Face: (One of the original forums)
Shaving Society: (Netherlands forum)
Straight Razor Place: (Focusing on, you guessed it, straight razor shaving)
The Shave Den: (American forum with a large International membership)
The Shave Nook: (An extremely popular wet shaving forum.)
The Shaving Room: (UK forum) .
I’m approaching the topic of spoilage and preservatives with a little trepidation as many things can be argued. It has been an interest and study of mine for five plus years so perhaps I can shed a little informed light on the subject.
Shaving soap has a ph range of 10-12 and this is a very difficult environment for bacteria, mold and yeast to start and thrive.
Formulated properly, a soft shaving soap is no more susceptible to spoilage than a hard soap. By ‘formulating properly’ I mean the percentage use of the alkaline solution to achieve the soft consistency of the shaving soap. An example of formulating improperly would be using water or other liquid(s) to soften the product.
So, now let’s take a look at what we know…
The greatest risk of any sort of spoilage of shaving soap is rancidity which is caused by an excess of oils/fats/butters added to the soap for moisturizing properties. Care must be taken to use oils/fats/butters low in linoleic acid which have a short shelf life.
Suttocide A (Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate) is the best and arguably only broad spectrum preservative available that is effective against both gram positive and negative bacteria in cosmetic products with a high ph range of 10-12 such as shaving soap. Suttocide A is derived from the naturally occurring amino acid Glycine. Is it safe? Probably yes at the low concentration of use, .5% of total batch weight. However you can read both pros and cons as with most anything with the greatest concern being that it might break down into formaldehyde. The real problem from a practical standpoint is that the efficacy of this and most other preservatives lies in the fact that we are almost always adding water to our shaving soaps/creams when using them. This drastically lowers the effectiveness of most any preservative and can render them useless.
The real benefit of using a preservative in a shaving soap/cream is long term storage BEFORE opening. This helps a vendor with many soaps/creams in stock sleep better at night without wondering if they are sitting on a stockpile of product spoiling on their shelves.
I have considered using Suttocide A as a broad spectrum preservative in our shaving soaps but so far I have not found it necessary. We have only had one report of spoilage (to us) in our (CRSW) shaving soaps. I will venture to say other cases are most likely due to improper handling and or storage conditions. As an example, a single whisker introduced into a jar of shaving soap can be the cause of a bacterial growth.
I have and continue to test Suttocide A extensively and have not had any skin, eye or mucus membrane irritation in test batches. I also have run controlled scenarios using extreme humidity and other mold/bacteria causing situations and find both preserved and non preserved soaps hold up equally well in these stress test.
Unless I see data otherwise in a large sample size I have determined that for our (CRSW) shaving soaps, a broad spectrum preservative is not needed.
I can't speak for other artisan or commercial shaving soap manufacturers but as for me personally these are the steps I take to insure as best I can that the risk of spoilage with CRSW is low.
1) Clean, sanitized manufacture environment
2) Low liquid content in shaving soap
3) Careful selection of moisturizing ingredients (low in linoleic acid)
4) Use shea butter, and cocoa butter that retard rancidity as moisturizers
5) Use glycerin and in some products lanolin as a natural moisturizer
6) Use Rosemary Oleoresin (antioxidant) and Citric Acid (chelator) to retard rancidity
7) Use Vitamin E (antioxidant) to help retard rancidity in free oils
8) Make products in small batches and do not wholesale for full control
9) Always suggest proper storage of products
My rule of thumb and general suggestions are to use shaving soap/cream within a year of purchase, allow product to dry before storage and store in a cool, dark, dry place.
To summarize, it is my opinion that in general, using a non-preserved artisan or commercial shaving soap poses no greater risk of spoilage and possibly less risk health wise than a shaving soap prepared with preservatives.
Shaving soap is lathered with a shaving brush in a bowl, mug or directly on your face.
To create a great lather, follow these steps:
How to use and lather shaving soap on your face;
If all goes right, you should have a nice, wet, dense and protective lather that looks like the example shown in the photo below using Cold River Soap Works GLIDE Shaving Cream Soap.
Our new Aftershave Splash is designed for the ultimate in post shave skin care. While it does contain alcohol, it is not formulated to be a bracing aftershave with all the sting and drying of alcohol based aftershaves. Instead we chose to focus on moisturizing and repair. Let's face it, you just scraped a sharp blade across your face, why add to the irritation with a harsh aftershave? Cold River Soap Works Aftershave Splash is full of skin loving ingredients to soothe, cool, hydrate and repair.
Let's take a look at some of the key ingredients in our aftershave;
Treat yourself and your face kindly using our aftershave splash on a regular basis and forgo the drying, stinging alcohol based aftershave. Available now in scents to match our GLIDE Shaving Cream Soap. Exclusively from Cold River Soap Works.
A couple lather shots featuring Cold River Soap Works GLIDE Shaving Cream Soap
If you have a Lather Shot, Shave Of The Day or any other photo using a Cold River Soap Works shaving product for men and you would like to see it featured on our website, please send it in! We would love to hear from you!
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Cold River Soap Works presents some of our favorite shaving, grooming and bath products that will be sure to please!
And once your shopping is done, don’t forget to give to someone in need!
Happy Holidays from Cold River Soap Works!
As many customers will start receiving their Cold River Soap Works GLIDE Shaving Cream Soap beginning today, we thought we would offer up our
"Recommendation For Best Results".
These instructions can be found at the bottom of every GLIDE product page but some may have missed it and find it helpful. It is only our recommendation and you may achieve better results by modifying or using a complete different technique.
For best results:
IAMCDB video featuring Cold River Soap Works citrus shaving soap and timeless razors (with giveaways)!
Chris Bailey (IAMCDB) shares a video feat. Cold River Soap Works shaving soap & Timeless Razor
Chris Bailey (formerly iLather) and now 'IAMCDB' has a look at the Fine Aluminum Slant Razor while using Cold River Soap Works SELECT tallow shaving soap.
This time something different, a video from Matt of LatherFace - bowl lathering SELECT Cypress shaving soap from Cold River Soap Works.
I like Matt's unique approach to shaving videos and thought our readers might appreciate it as well.
Bowl lathering demonstration using Cold River Soap Works SELECT Cypress shaving soap
Cold River Soap Works Select tallow based shaving soap is just as the name implies, SELECT! From top to bottom we have designed this to be the very finest shaving soap available!
The first thing you will notice is the size. The Select shaving soaps weigh 4 ounces and are 4 inches in diameter - when you have something this good, you can't have too much of it! This soap comes beautifully packaged in a handsome high quality plastic jar with a screw top lid.
But we didn't stop with the exquisite packaging...
This Select formulation is a star studded, "who's who" of the very finest ingredients. grass fed tallow is skillfully combined with coconut and castor oils. To this we have added skin loving conditioning shea and kokum butters. A healthy dose of lanolin is combined with avocado oil to take the hydration of this soap to the highest level. We top it all with the addition of skin nourishing vitamin E and Tussah silk protein for extra glide and slickness.
We didn't stop with the magnificent hydrating qualities...
Performance is top-notch as with all of Cold River soap works shaving soaps. Lather builds easily and is characterized by a rich, thick, creamy elasticity. Cushion is first rate, while glide and slickness is abundant providing an extremely comfortable shaving experience. Rinsing away cleanly is another hallmark of this soap, no waxy feeling or soapy residue remains. Combined, this is a remarkable shave, a tour de force in every way.
What is a Wet Shaving Meet-Up you ask? Simple, its a get together of great people with a common interest, shaving, yep shaving! With the growing popularity of traditional shaving, people are approaching it not just as something you HAVE to do, they are making the most of it. More importantly, they are making it FUN! So why not meet up, share your latest purchases, tips and techniques, antique store finds, favorite shaving soap, razors, brushes, aftershaves, etc with other like minded folk?
These meet ups can be small local gatherings of 5-10 people or huge mega events with 100's of attendees. A few of the larger ones, Big Shave West for example is akin to an industry trade show with people coming from around the world, vendors with booths and demonstrations. Even a panel of industry and knowledgable folks discussing trends and giving their views on the overall state of shaving today. You can usually find raffles and have a chance to win prizes donated by brush and razor makers, shaving soap producers and aftershave vendors. There is even a cruise this year organized by the NYC Wet Shavers group on a private boat.
The Wet Shaving Meet-Up Page is a great resource to stay up to date on all upcoming meet-ups. So get ready to be social and plan on attending a meet up near you!
Other Wet Shaving Meet-Up links:
If you are organizing an event and would like us to list it or if you have a Meet-Up community we should know about, please send us an email and we will be happy to spread the word!
Use a shaving mug, coffee cup, lathering bowl or even your sink. Only use warm water not hot! Try not to soak the brush past the bristles or hairs. Time can be anywhere from 2-3 minutes or however long it takes you to shower.
Take your soap in one hand and your brush in another. Swirl the tips of the brush on the soap in a circular motion. Do not use much if any pressure. Just enough for the bristles to splay slightly. Load in this manner for about 30-60 seconds. Check your brush and you should see the tips are fully coated with soap. Don’t be afraid to go back to the soap and load a little longer if you don’t have a nice coating. One tip I’d like to mention and this works extremely for our shaving soaps. Swirl with a dryish brush for about 15 seconds, add a few drops of water to the soap, swirl for another 15 seconds, add more water and repeat for close to a minute. This will help you to build a beautiful photo-lather that is shiny, properly hydrated and has the consistency of a very thick cream.
Cold River Soap Works is pleased to welcome back Savon No.1 to our tallow based SELECT shaving soap collection!
A classic scent comprised of French Lavender, Atlas Cedarwood and Rosemary essential oils. Timeless, earthy and herbal, a scent a man can use every day!
Beginning this Sunday (7/30/17) celebrate the return by purchasing your own.
The men’s traditional shaving movement, which began a few years ago as the interest of a few individuals, is about to go mainstream, if it hasn’t already.
Online US shaving forums such as; Badger and Blade, The Shave Nook, Wicked Edge (reddit), Straight Razor Place and Damn Fine Shave, to name a few, are vibrant communities with huge membership numbers of "wet shavers" and growing daily. International shaving forums are also big, The Shaving Room and Afeitadoclassico are but a couple of examples. Let's not forget about Facebook, yes Facebook! There are hundreds of wet shaving groups with huge amounts of members, talking daily about their gear, favorite shaving soaps, brushes or razors. Feeling adventurous? Here a couple of popular choices; Razor & Brush and Shave The Man.
Then we have online retailers like Cold River Soap Works Shaving Soap, Maggards Razors, West Coast Shaving and Bullgoose Shaving, which are a few of the more popular and trusted shopping sites. Of course we cant forget to mention at least one brick and mortar shaving shop, Art of Shaving or how about Pasteurs Pharmacy? There are simply too many examples to list. From large storefront specialty operations to your neighborhood barbershop that carries a few shaving soaps and creams, brushes and other mens grooming supplies.
Shaving soaps and creams are wildly popular. From the trusted, tried and true shaving soap producers such as Cold River Soap Works, Martin de Candre, Truefitt & Hill, Proraso, Taylor of Old Bond Street, to your artisan makers like Stirling Soap Company, Mikes and Barrister and Mann.
This is great news, an example of the market and common sense working with consumers to give them more choice and better products that cost less. Men’s traditional shaving is shaving with a single blade inserted into a safety razor (it’s different from both modern plastic shaving and a straight razor, which is a step beyond safety razor shaving).
Chris Bailey of ilather.com reviews another artisan shaving soap! This time it's Jardin d'Orange SELECT shave soap from Cold River Soap Works. Take a look at the video!
Cold River Soap Works is a big fan of natural hair shaving brushes! Here we will provide some tips for giving your shaving brush the best care so you can use it for years to come.
Your brush is most likely made of boar bristle or badger hair. These are both hair products so treat it as your own! Wash your brush with a good shampoo and conditioner to keep the hair soft and residue free. If your brush has developed a soap residue, soak it in a 10:1 vinegar solution for a few minutes and then wash as above.
When loading your brush with soap or building your lather with cream go easy. The core of the brush is where the magic happens and mashing down with your brush can twist and break the core hairs and over time cause hair loss and a dimpled effect in the center of the brush.
High and Dry:
When you are done using your brush shake it hard a few times to remove all the water and hang upside down in a stand to dry. If you don’t have a stand dry the brush by allowing it to dry resting on its base.
Using these tips should extend the life of your shaving brush and give you many comfortable and close shaves for years to come! Happy Shaving!
Chris Bailey from ilather.com reviews Cold River Soap Works Limenthol artisan shaving soap.