Zote soap

Discussion in 'General Shaving Talk' started by Brickman301, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Brickman301

    Brickman301 Well-Known Member

    I have been using Zote bar laundry soap, in the shower for over a year now. Zote soap is a laundry soap made in Mexico. It’s a huge bar at 14.1 oz’s. It is made with a 66% tallow. It’s been fine in the shower, and works great. In Mexico, they use it for all kinds of cleaning.
    So this morning I opened up a new bar and thought to myself,maybe it could be used as a shaving soap? I grabbed a boar brush, to see how it would lather. Sure enough it lathered great. I was a little reluctant at first, but it hasn’t bothered my skin, using it in the shower, so I gave it a go.
    Actually I’m impressed, doesn’t work as good as Arko, but works as good or better than WILLIAMS or the Van Der soaps. No irritation at all. I’m actually going to use it again later this week, when I shave.
    So am I the only one, that has thought to do this?
     
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  2. Brickman301

    Brickman301 Well-Known Member

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  3. SHAVEWIZARD420

    SHAVEWIZARD420 Well-Known Member

    I use the Zote bars to make homemade laundry soap (washing soda, borax, essential oils). It is cheap and works well to clean clothes.

    Give you props for experimenting using it for a shave soap. Would think it could burn the skin.
     
  4. Brickman301

    Brickman301 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I was a little concerned about irritation, but figured it hasn’t happened while using it in the shower, so I went with it. Happy to say it didn’t bother me at all.
     
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  5. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Makes good catfish bait. I have used it to shave. I disagree with it being better then Williams or VDH. It will work though.
     
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  6. Brickman301

    Brickman301 Well-Known Member

    I’ve heard of it being used for catfish bait as well, and I’m going to try it out sometime this summer.
    I was going from memory when I said it was as good as those other soaps. I don’t have any WILLIAM’s but I do have some VDH. I’ll do a comparison of the two later this week.
     
  7. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Give it a try. I have caught blue cats on it.
     
  8. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Well, you've set a low bar for yourself. I have rarely shaved with bar soap (mostly to see what it was like), but my grandpa did when he came back from the war, as food was more important than shaving soap. He used the remnents of soap bars and mashed them into a coffee mug for his shave.
     
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  9. Brickman301

    Brickman301 Well-Known Member

    I’m not saying this is going to be something I use on a regular basis. It was just something fun to experiment with. Just an idea I had, and wanted to try. I’ve tried a lot of soaps and creams over the years, I prefer shaving soaps. I’m a big Arko fan, and I don’t think that’s ever going to change.
     
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