Age?

Discussion in 'Shave Soaps' started by rmcintyre84, May 14, 2019.

  1. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    Does anyone have any idea how old this might be? I'm told Williams soap of a certain age is pretty good. This one smells very stale, almost dusty.
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  2. poppi

    poppi Well-Known Member

    With that mug offer, I'd say in the 1970's. That was before a lot of the reformulations so I think you'll be very happy with it.
     
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  3. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    The outer surface may be oxidized since the packaging wasn't meant to protect the product for this long. I have a puck of Colgate about the same age. It didn't lather well until I grated it and pressed into an Old Spice mug. Much better lather and some of the scent survived from inside the dried skin. Also have a shave stick of vintage Williams - great lather with all the good attributes except for faded scent.
     
  4. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    Is that what others would suggest...grating it?
     
  5. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Not Williams, but I have a puck of Klar shave soap that was made in West Germany that is over 35 years old and it's one of my favorite soaps. It still lathers well and I'd say use the Williams as is and see what happens.
     
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  6. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

    That's the bicentennial mug, yes? 1976 or thereabout.
     
  7. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

  8. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

  9. Straight razor dandy

    Straight razor dandy Stuck cleaning the house himself PERMANENTLY

    Grate it and shave with it...then step up your game and buy Stirling soap products.
     
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  10. chevyguy

    chevyguy Well-Known Member

    Just rehydrate it for a few minutes in some water. No need to grate it. Vintage Williams makes awesome lather.

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  11. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    I have the entire Lemon Chill line waiting for slightly warmer weather.
     
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  12. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    Ok. Suggestions for lathering Williams?
     
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  13. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    Stiff backboned boar brush. Soak for 5 minutes. Squeeze 95% of the water out.
    Load brush for a solid minute.
    Begin to apply to the face, getting a thick paste started. Slowly add water to the mixture. Dip the tips of the brush in the water, always err on the side of less water.

    Also, you can simply wet your face, and use Willis as a shave stick. Run over the face, every so often dipping the puck into the water, then face lather with a stiff backboned boar brush.

    It ain't rocket science, it's just shaving!
     
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  14. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    I know it isn't rocket science, but every soap reacts differently, and I'm not familiar with Williams.
     
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  15. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Cold water. Just wet your brush, shake it off, and load it for 20 seconds. Then, build your lather on your face. If that doesn't work for you, just send it to me. HA!
     
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  16. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    I am going to recommend again, @GDCarrington 's The Vintage Williams Project. I have done it three times and the results are astounding.
     
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  17. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    It was meant to be tounge in cheek response.
     
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  18. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    Ah. I missed that. Humor doesn't also translate well in messaging.
     
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  19. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    Hence my reply. No worries at all my friend.
     
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  20. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    That is vintage. No need to do anything special. Don't bother grating it. Use a damp boar brush right on top of the cake.(no blooming) load the soap into a paste then straight to face lathering. (No bowl) Add water a little at a time by dipping just the tips of the brush. The lather will be awesome. I have several vintage williams videos on my you tube.
     
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