Now the discussion about the saga involving the current version of Williams soap can be seen in the link below. http://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/williams-mug-soap-being-discontinued-is-confirmed.45804/ http://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/new-letter-from-williams-corporate-office.46028/ Note the link above is discussing the current version of Williams soap. The history of the J.B. Williams Company and the various continuations can be seen in the attached links. http://doddcenter.uconn.edu/asc/findaids/JBWilliams/MSS19670001.html http://articles.courant.com/1998-10-09/news/9810090550_1_two-soaps-ivory-soap-jb http://articles.courant.com/2012-04...0407_1_soap-factory-shaving-soap-neipsic-road http://connecticuthistory.org/the-aqua-velva-state-today-in-history/ https://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/j-b-williams-from-soap-to-silver/ http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Nabisco_Foods_Group.aspx http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/history2/8/SmithKline-Beecham-plc.html http://www.happi.com/contents/view_...combe-inc-to-acquire-jb-williams-company-inc/ Understand that the original factory in Glastonbury, Connecticut made Williams shaving soap exclusively until 1960 when the manufacturing was moved to the Cranford, New Jersey facility. Sometime afterwards Combe acquired JB Williams the list of ingredients was changed. Potassium Stearate was from then on listed as the first ingredient and Sodium Tallowate as the second ingredient. Now for years people have been obtaining the earlier and more tallow heavy formula via old antique stores and Internet auction sites. Now here is a project that I do with some of the older formula Williams to add menthol to the mix and to place in a mug of my choice. Now there is no use of a microwave and nor should you use one with Tallow based soap. The boiling hot water used will quickly absorb the menthol crystals and will be absorbed by the soap when stirred to make a thick solid block of soap. This will continue to cure and dry over a period of a few days and the added water will allow the long lasting soap to be extended even further. So let's begin with the project. First we have two 1 and 3/4 oz. pucks of Vintage Williams. From the looks of the inside wrappers, which did not want to yield from the soap pucks and tore all to pieces, this soap was made before a switch to the Bicentennial offer so they appear to be older than 1975 but younger than 1960 since the Cranford, New Jersey facility is listed on the boxes. After removal from the wrappers, the soap is then grated up in a cheese grater that has been specially purposed for soap grating only. Here is the grated up pucks of soap. Yes, it does look somewhat like macaroni in this state. Now 5 grams of Menthol crystals are added to the bottom of the shaving mug that the soap will be placed in. Menthol crystals can be obtained here. The mug can contain about 7 - 8 oz of total product so 5 grams of Menthol crystals should do well to provide a cooling effect when shaving. At this point the soap is placed in the mug and an amount of boiling water equal to the soap is placed in to the mug and the mixture is stirred until it is thick. Now I could have chosen to place some Fragrance oil into the mix such as Bay Rum, but I wanted to leave the soap unscented. Yes, the Vintage Williams has long lost whatever scent it had over the long period of time and it now has a neutral soapy scent. Now too much heat can dissipate the Menthol so when the hot water is added no more heat should be applied to the mug or mixture. After about half an hour the soap mixture looked like this and has become fairly hard but not completely. After a few days the soap should be fully dried, depending upon ambient humidity, and ready to use. This soap should last me quite a while in rotation. Oh and one last thing, a lid was taken from a container of over the shelf cake icing and one of the sides of the vintage box was used to accent the lid accordingly. Now this can be done with any tallow based soap and is easier and cleaner than trying a double boiler approach or other approaches to rebatch the soap. I hope you enjoyed this little project. Cheers!