Recently I received a complaint regarding the men’s shave soap. The person stated the soap gave them razor bumps. For those who do not know what razor bumps are, they are the result of shaving against the pattern of your hair growth. Shaving against the hair growth tends to result in ingrown hairs, and those hairs curl back under the skin leaving unsightly white bumps normally under the chin in the crease of the neck fold. This tends to be a concern for curly haired people more than for persons with straight hair.
When I sold the shave soap I did explain the most effective way to shave would be with the pattern of hair growth. There is also a description on the shave soap page of the method to receive the best possible shave. But for those who believe that when the soap is used, the user should not get razor bumps you are right, but only provided the user follows the directions.
The soap is designed to give slip to the razor while giving moisture to the skin. The soap is similar to a lotion soap, which can leave your skin moisturized and hydrated.
So let’s revisit the ingredients: Goat’s milk/ or Coconut Milk depending on which version you use, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Oil, Kokum Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Bentonite Clay, Ground Oatmeal, Honey, Fragrance.
Each ingredient brings a load of skin loving benefits. Here is an overview of each of our men’s shave soap ingredients.
- Goat Milk or Coconut Milk: Nourishes the skin with vitamins A, C, E, also some B vitamins, amino acids, citric acid, and zinc. Goat proteins also fight acne causing bacteria. Moisturizes the skin and has a pH level closer to human skin.
- Olive Oil also has vitamins A and E, it is also antioxidant rich. Olive oil also contains oleocanthal, a compound touted for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Olive oil contributes to smoother, more elastic skin.
- Coconut Oil’s health benefits of coconut oil in cold process soap for skin are amazing; the oil possesses antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties. The lauric, capric and caprylic acids within the oil are credited with many of these benefits. It is also good for fighting wrinkles and signs of aging. Common skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema can be taken care of, along with simple chores like removing eye makeup without the use of chemicals. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which are absorbed into the skin, where they can be directly utilized for nutrition and energy. This provides all the energy your skin needs to heal and maintain itself.
- Shea Butter is high in vitamin A and E has skin healing properties.
- Cocoa Butter the deliciousness from the cocoa bean. Offers a wide variety of vitamins which nourish and hydrate the skin, and has antioxidants which slow the appearance of aging.
- Avocado oil soothes wounds and burns to the skin. It also increases the production of collagen, which helps keep the skin plump and decreases the effects of aging.
- Kokum Butter helps reduce the degeneration of skin cells and restores elasticity.
- Grape seed Oil not only does it contain high levels of vitamin E it has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Castor Oil is an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and is also a humectant which means it attracts moisture, just to name a few of its qualities.
- Bentonite clay which attracts toxins and gives slip to the razor.
- Ground Oatmeal is a natural gentle exfoliant, and soothes itchy irritated skin.
- Honey is a humectant and is also anti bacterial, and can aid in the regeneration of new cell growth.
- Fragrance no skin benefits but the smell can be uplifting and pleasant to others.
How to use this low lathering soap:
Step 1: Apply a warm damp towel on the area you will be shaving. This will help to open the hair follicles. Some men may find it easier to brush the hair out first then use the damp cloth.
Step 2: Rub the shave soap under warm running water, you will have minimum to no sudsy lather. Yes no foam but you will have a slippery soap in your hands.
Step 3: Apply the soap from your hands to the prepped area. Rub the slip soap on to the shave area, do not allow drying, if this should happen just re-wet your shave area.
Step 4: Once the shave area has the soap on, use your razor to shave the area. You should notice the razor will have a better glide than the soaps which are foamy.
Step 5: Once finished with the shave are use a warm damp towel to remove the excess soap. If you still wish to use an aftershave feel free, but our shave soap should not dry out your skin, but we will suggest using on of our Hydrating Botanical Boost Spray to refresh the newly shaved area without the burn of alcohol.