Will it shave?

Discussion in 'Shave Soaps' started by SharptoothC, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. SharptoothC

    SharptoothC I bite..........

    I walked into a local supply store on the recommendation of my son's barber to look for a specific hair product, and found that they had a small shaving section. I'd never been to this store before (I don't have hair on my head, so it never crossed my mind) and found a couple of things I've not ever seen here locally.

    First, a bottle of Lustray Blue Spice aftershave. Short story: love it.

    Second, I saw a puck of that universally reviled product: Marvy shave soap.

    Now, I've been on a bit of a cheapskate quest over the last couple of years. Williams is the most-used soap in my den over the last six months, and I've been using my Assured Dollar Tree razor at an alarming rate. I couldn't help myself. For a buck, I had to pick up a puck and see what all the maligning was about.

    It didn't start off well. I unwrapped the soap, and the smell was inoffensively soapy. Nothing to fret about. I dropped it into my BurmaShave mug, and promptly dropped the mug on the floor, breaking off the handle. Marvy Curse? Foreshadowing? I cleaned up the bits of ceramic off of the floor and decided to press on. I soaked the puck for a few minutes in warm water, drained off the excess, grabbed a Maggard synthetic brush and went at it. I quickly got a lather that reminds me of my modern Williams soaps. It's not the thick, yogurt-like lather of some of our higher quality (price?) soaps. I lathered it onto my face and noticed that the lather seemed a bit airy, and started to visibly dissipate rather quickly. One bonus for me is that I am a rather quick shaver. I usually do only one pass and some touch up. I don't waste time. So I set about getting the job done, and while it was not the thick, luxurious, dense, cushiony lather I get from some of my pricier soaps, I noticed after the shave that I had no burn or irritation. It rinsed off cleanly and easily and didn't leave my face feeling dry.

    It's a busy season in my life: three kids involved in lots of extracurriculars, full time work, full time everything, and it all costs money. So I've become a bit more attracted to the functional and affordable. It ain't a high end soap, but I was a bit surprised to find that I can easily get the job done with a $1 puck of Marvy. It will shave.
     
  2. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Here is a nice article I found across the street. Forget the mug. Wet your face then just rub the shave puck over your face and proceed to lather.

    This article is from Mechi's Catalogue of Cutlery, which published these Tips on shaving ca.1800, in England:

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  3. SharptoothC

    SharptoothC I bite..........

    I may have to give that a try.

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  4. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Yeah, that is basically what you would do with a shave stick. I am thinking of doing a video with the technique of rubbing the puck on my face.
     
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  5. dmshaver

    dmshaver Well-Known Member

    The video is a great idea. I hope you do it & post it.
     
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  6. jaro

    jaro Well-Known Member

    First of all Nice Post and 2nd great now another soap i had not heard of that YOU now have me curious about.. i looked online but the cheapest i can find it is 5 bucks a piece........where has it for a dollar????
     
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  7. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

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    Excellent post.
     
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  8. SharptoothC

    SharptoothC I bite..........

    I found it at a local African American hair supply store. They had them in a large box marked $1 each. I wouldn't go through the trouble at $5. If you've tried modern William's, it isn't all that dissimilar, and it is cheaper.

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  9. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Enjoyable and informative read!

    :happy088:
     
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  10. jaro

    jaro Well-Known Member

    yes i have tried modern williams.. i actually like it. there is a drug store locally that sells williams for like 95 cents i have several pucks of it.....
     
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  11. SharptoothC

    SharptoothC I bite..........

    If you luck up and find Marvy for $1, give it a whirl. But at $5, William's is the better deal.

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  12. jaro

    jaro Well-Known Member

    thanks for the info
     

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