I’m part of our Made + Remade Movember team, raising awareness of men’s health issues this month through the art of mustache cultivation. We’re a week in, and so far I’ve allowed my razor to gather dust, but the time has come to decide on a stylish ‘stache. I’m torn between the Robert Goulet and the BJ Honeycutt (although given just a month, I may be too optimistic).
Whatever the mustache, a truly good shave begins with a thick, rich lather of shaving soap. To celebrate the occasion, I’ve mixed up a batch of my own. Using a blend of oils (each serving its own purpose), lye, and a healthy dollop of bentonite clay to give the lather a razor-friendly texture, homemade shaving soap is fairly easy to make and delivers a clean, close shave using ingredients that are actually good for your skin.
This recipe is a “cold process”, which means it doesn’t take long to put together, but must cure for 5 or 6 weeks before it’s ready to use. Lye is used for a chemical reaction to saponify the oils (turn them into soap) and must be handled with care to avoid burning. Gloves and eye protection are recommended.
The soap I made last month is ready to go and my razor is poised. I wonder if I could pull off a Sam Elliott.