The last time I posted an article on this website (“Don’t call it Badger and Blade, call it Sissies and Stiffs“) was on October 31st, 2011. Do you realize that that’s almost three full years ago? I hope that the last three years of your life have been pleasant. If on the whole these last three years have been unpleasant, then I hope you’ve at least learned something- about yourself, about life, your career, something.
Anyway let’s get down to business.
When you take off the brown lid, you see that the Tabac shaving soap is shaped like a kind of hockey puck, sitting inside the jar. To create your lather, you’ve got to take your shaving brush, wet it with warm or hot water, and stroke it around on the surface of that hockey puck shaped piece of shaving soap. Before you know it, you’ll soon have yourself a rich thick creamy slippery lather.
By the way… are there any freaks out there who secretly go into the bathroom and create a lather, but for no reason at all, just because you feel like creating a lather? Like you’re not even going to shave, but you just want to create a lather? If there are little freaks like that out there, who actually do that- then can I please ask you something? What do you do with the lather after you’ve made the lather? Do you just throw it all away, rinse it off the brush, so that it literally goes right down the drain?
The thing about hard shaving soaps is that oftentimes, they don’t come in a hocky puck shaped piece. Instead, they come shaped like a stick- like a huge piece of lipstick. Here’s a shaving stick from Spain. The brand is La Toja.
What you’re supposed to do with a shaving stick is wet your face, rub the tip of that shaving stick all over your wet face, and then… and then you take your wet shaving brush, start brushing it all around on your face, and basically create the lather directly on your face.
I personally do not like to do this. I don’t like doing it at all. In fact I think it’s really quite wrong. I’m not trying to ruffle anyone’s feathers here, but I swear, I believe very strongly that lather should be created in a bowl. I believe you should create lather in a bowl. Once you have created the lather, and it’s in the bowl, you then apply that lather to your face.
So again, what I like to do is create the lather in a bowl, and then apply that lather onto my face. Is there a way for me to use this La Toja shaving stick soap, but change the form of it, so that it becomes like the Tabac hockey puck illustrated above? So that I can use my shaving brush, and create a La Toja lather in a bowl, and then apply the lather to my face?
Well, there is a way- and THAT’S what this blog post is all about. This blog post is called “Shaving Sticks”, but it’s really about taking a shaving stick and changing it so that you can use that same soap to create a lather in a bowl- the same way you would with the Tabac shaving soap, which comes in its own jar.
What I’m going to do right now is give you a self-explanatory picture tour of the steps you have to follow to change the form of this La Toja shaving soap from shaving stick form to bowl form.
The first step is to disassemble the shaving stick, and remove that tin foil wrapping that’s on the bottom of the stick- so the shaving stick is now just like a small cylinder of shaving soap.
Now you need to go and grab a very simple, basic cheese grater, like the one pictured below.
You’re also going to need a small container or jar. I would recommend something cheap, simple, and lightweight, like this one.
This small plastic jar holds around 150 ML.
Now I take the stick of shaving soap and I start to grate it.
The grated La Toja shaving stick. The gratings look like pieces of grated Parmesan cheese, but you don’t want to throw this on top of your pizza.
This step is not necessary, but I suggest that you use your fingers to break up the little shredded pieces of shaving soap into slightly smaller pieces.
Now start putting it into the bowl!!!
This is actually important. What you have to do now is compress the shreds together, into the bottom of the bowl.
After compressing the little pieces together, they stick! It’s interesting how this happens. At this point, you can turn the bowl upside down, and those little shredded pieces just stick together.
Here I’m just adding the rest of the pieces into the bowl. You may notice in the photo below that my left pinky is sticking out. You might conclude from this that I come from one of the higher social classes, like the English aristocrats, who, when they hold their tea cups, stick out their pinky finger. This would be a wrong conclusion on your part, because I come from a low class background. But is it even true that those English fops stick out their pinky fingers when they drink tea? And if it is true, then how do we know that they’re not really just a bunch of gays? I’ve even heard that the English aristocracy is not even English at all- they’re really just a bunch of sexual degenerates that got booted out of Germany, and then settled in England, so that they could start doing their monkey business over there. I really mean this- this is what an actual English guy told me. Well, that guy’s not really 100% English- he was born in England, but then when he was around seven years old he and his family moved to a ghetto in Brooklyn.
Almost done adding in the pieces. Once again notice the left pinky finger sticking out.
Pressing in the remaining shreds, nice and tight, so that they all stick together, like a solid piece of shaving soap.
Don’t waste any!
OK, maybe I’m going overboard here. Notice the shaving paraphernalia on my bed in the background of the photograph.
Now I’m just going to mark the top of the jar, in order to identify which shaving soap is contained in this particular jar.
It’s done- a jar of La Toja shaving soap- whereas before you had a La Toja shaving stick. Now, you can wet your shaving brush, brush it around in this La Toja shaving bowl, and whip up a thick rich Spanish lather, which you can then apply to your face.
Here are a couple of jars I’ve created, which originally came in the form of shaving sticks.
Here’s the La Toja, which I just created.
Here’s the Lea.
Camelot shaving soap, from Turkey. Actually, this shaving soap is so soft, you can press it directly into your bowl! That is, you don’t have to grate it up. This is a very nice shaving soap.
This is the Arko shaving soap from Turkey. Arko is not as soft as Camelot, but it’s still soft enough that you can press it directly into a jar or bowl, without grating it up first.
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