A Manly Shave
So you may be asking yourself "What does the Nebraska Prairie Girl know about a manly shave?" Well not much, I suppose. I do know that I watched my dad as a little girl shave with his shaving brush, mug and shaving soap. I have fond memories of him lathering up his brush and putting suds all over my face and nose.
The procedure for making the shaving soap is much the same as the process I use for the rest of the soap line. The ingredient list is the same with the addition of Castor oil and Clay. The Castor oil helps increase the lather and the clay adds slip to the shaving bar. Without the clay you would find it hard to glide the razor across your skin smoothly.
Here is a look into the process I used to mold the soap. Well first I went to the local home improvement store and purchased 3" pvc. When asking the friendly plumbing department guy where the end caps where at he asked," what kind of caps do you need we have two varieties." I told him, "I need something that I can remove easily." Then he had to ask what I was using it for. I replied, "I am using it as a mold for men's, shaving soap." Well that nice plumbing guy cocked his head looked at me and said, "Mam, I have sold pvc pipe for a lot of things but never as a mold for soap!" Well, we both had a laugh and then a discussion about shaving soap, he said he was interested in trying the soap himself. I thanked him for his help and told him I would get back to him when the soap was done and passed the quality test. (By Dave of course.)
Well armed with my pvc pipe soap mold, I took to making a batch of soap. Once the soap was ready I put it into the pvc. I let the soap cool and set up for 12 hours as I would any other soap I mold. Then I put it in the freezer to make it easier to un-mold. My first attempt to un-mold was not very successful. Try as I might I could not get the soap out of the pvc. So I decided it needed to stay in the freezer a bit longer. Many hours later I gave it another shot. I tell you what I have never had to work so hard to get a soap out of a mold in my life.
Finally, with a hammer a board, three people holding it, and fifteen minutes of pounding I was able to get the soap to budge a bit. After that I had to take a tea break and contemplate how I was going to get the next 24 inches of soap out of the pvc. Well I decided to go at it again with the board and hammer all the while thinking there has got to be a better way.
What I learned from this little experience. One- cut the pvc pipe into two shorter sections, instead of one long one. Two- be patient and let the condensation do the work for you. Once the condensation has melted a bit, the soap came out easier. Whew!