Mike's Natural Shaving Soap - Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper
Orange, Cedarwood, & Black Pepper (EO) - While orange is the dominant scent here, a judicious blend of cedarwood and black pepper is easily discerned and provides additional complexity.
We first contacted Mike about selling his soaps three and a half years ago. Mike's Natural Soaps have cult following in the traditional wet shaving community and they are often times sold out and not available for purchase. Mike promised us he would send us some soap to sell once he got caught up with demand. Recently, I emailed Mike again and he was still behind! Yes, his soaps are that good! Mike assured me he would make us some soap this time and about a month later he came through on his promise. We are very happy to welcome Mike's Natural Soaps to Italian Barber. I'm not sure we'll always have them in stock but for now there here!
This soap is the real deal. Tallow is the main ingredient, regarded by many shaving enthusiasts (myself included) as yielding the creamiest, slickest, and most protective lather possible. In addition, this soap is rich in vegetable glycerin, kokum butter, shea butter, and avocado oil. It also contains kaolin clay, which creates a slick buffer between your skin and the blade. The icing on the cake is lanolin, a waxy substance derived from the wool of sheep and a fantastic conditioner and humectant. This soap will provide an effortless and downright decadent shave that will leave your skin feeling soft, supple, and smooth. Each tin contains about 5 ounces of soap. (N.B. this is not a guarantee; some tins will contain somewhat more or less than five ounces of soap).
Ingredients: Distilled water; saponified tallow (beef) and stearic acid; vegetable glycerin; saponified kokum butter, avocado oil, and shea butter; lanolin, fragrance and/or essential oil(s); saponified coconut oil; kaolin clay, vitamin E.
More info about Mike (from Mike):
Several years ago, I became absolutely fed up with my painful and expensive shaving ritual consisting of a multi-blade cartridge razor and one of many varieties of pressurized goo in a can. In an effort to make my facial hair removal not only more cost-effective, but also more pleasant, I took to the internet for information on alternatives. It didn't take long for me to stumble upon the wet shaving forums, all of which extolled the virtues of shaving with a brush and a traditional, non pressurized, soap or cream. After reading countless testimonials professing the efficacy of these practices, I ordered myself some traditional shaving gear. Since then, my morning shave has transformed from an unpleasant chore to a luxurious treat that I look forward to every day.
So how did this lead to my setting up an online soap shop? My shaving renaissance led me to experiment with a wide variety of soaps and creams. I was so impressed with their performance that I became interested in their composition. After some researching, I decided it might be fruitful to try my hand at making my own shaving soap. With this in mind, I embarked upon my new hobby, which immediately satisfied my fastidious nature. My efforts at producing an excellent shaving soap for my wet shaving brethren quickly expanded into the realm of bath soaps for my friends and family as well. After all, I had long given up on mass-produced, chemical-laden, bath "soaps" in favor of real, natural soap. I use all of my products myself and am dedicated to creating the most sensory-satisfying soaps possible using natural, skin nurturing, eco-friendly ingredients, which will turn your most mundane grooming and bathing routines into something far more opulent.