Shaving Soap FAQs

Q: My skin is okay, but shaving just tears up my face. Help!

Q: Why is your shave soap shaped like a deflated baseball?

 Q: Is your shave soap milled? Triple milled?

 Q: Is triple milling shaving soap time-consuming and expensive?

 Q: Doesn't milling soap remove its glycerin content?

 Q: Is your shave soap vegetarian?

 Q: I like the shave soap, but I prefer a shave stick for face lathering and travel. Will you make one, please?

Q: Are your soap scents essential oils or fragrance oils?

 



My skin is okay, but shaving just tears up my face. Help!

A: GMSC's CEO has skin like iron (he's rumored to have shaved with metal siding and cold water), but our son doesn't. He discovered traditional shaving in 2007 and hasn't looked back. It's a closer, gentler shave, it's better for your skin, it's more sustainable than using cartridges and canned foam or gel, and it's seriously cheaper than cartridges. If you're feeling gutsy, shave with a straight razor. You'll have an amazingly smooth face once you learn how.

Why is your shave soap shaped like a deflated baseball? 

A: That shape fulfills two criteria; first, that it fit in any size shave mug, large or small, and second, our puck is a generous weight (121 grams), and a wide puck would have been very big---necessitating larger packaging and higher shipping costs.

Is your shave soap milled? Triple milled? 

A. Our shave soap is triple milled. Sometimes more if the situation requires it, but never less than three times. 


A: Ugh. Yes. Especially if you leave the glycerin in your shave soap.

Doesn't milling soap remove its glycerin content?

A: No. That's a misconception. Milling soap is much easier with a "dry" soap, one without water or glycerin, but milling soap doesn't affect the glycerin content.

Is your shave soap vegetarian? 

A: No, our shave soap contains tallow. We are working on a vegetarian shave cream, but the shave soap took three years of R&D. The shave cream may take a while, as we want to guarantee the same shave experience.

I like the shave soap, but I prefer a shave stick for face lathering and travel. Will you make one, please? 

A: GMS shave soap does perform well when face lathering. Some informal testing reveals that a shave stick is indeed possible for us to manufacture. Packaging and additional infrastructure will be required, however. Shave sticks will not be available for a while yet.
Are your soap scents essential oils or fragrance oils?

A: The shave pucks use essential oils. The scented bath soaps use fragrance oils. All scented soaps are made in a separate building with a separate air handling system from the unscented and liquid soaps.