Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap
I started out using shaving creams and finally decided it was time to try a soap. My internet research found almost a cult following for Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap (MWF), especially for guys with sensitive skin.
While I waited patiently for it to be delivered, I noticed online a lot of people not being able to get a good lather. I was concerned as I had the soap being delivered in a few days. Not only that I had never used a soap before, so I was starting with what seemed to be a tough one.
There are several videos and articles about how to lather Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap. The fact that there were so many scared me as this appeared to be an issue. I watched a few videos and was ready when she arrived.
I live in an area with hard water, which is a further negative for making a lather. We have about 165 mg of calcium carbonate per L, and depending on the scale you look at that can be moderately hard to very hard. I figured if I can make the MWF work then I should be good with any other soap.
My first shave using Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap was hands down the best shave of my life. It was absolutely amazing. I shave both my head and my face, and neither have ever felt softer. It is like the soap itself moisturizes your skin while you shave, which is exactly what they claim: “Soothes softens and smoothes.”
I was literally blown away by this soap, and continue to find each time I use it I consider if that may have been the best shave I’ve ever had. I was so impressed that I wanted to find a comparable aftershave that would compliment the results of the shave, and what I found worked great was using Thayers Original Witch Hazel as an astringent and then finish off with Mitchell’s Wool Fat Hand & body Lotion (I used the unscented).
The scent of the MWF is basically like a fresh bar of soap, so it is very neutral. This is great if you want to pair it with a stronger aftershave, or maybe if you plan on wearing cologne later on.
I personally find that Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap works best to face lather. I load up my brush relatively dry (I still soak it but I give it a good squeeze to get most the water out) and then after I get a base layer on my face. After that I add some water to the brush and get a good lather going. Almost like using a soap shaving stick, it works great.
If I had to pick a favorite or best shaving soap, this would be it. I’m sure I will run into many that may be equal, but if I do find one that is actually better I will come back and update this post. I highly recommend the Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap.
Lather = 5/5
Slickness = 5/5
Scent = 5/5
Overall Subjective Rating = 5/5
Ingredients: Sodium Tallowate, Potassium Stearate, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Stearate, Aqua, Potassium Cocoate, Glycerin, Parfum, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Lanolin, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Silicate, Tetrasodium, EDTA, Magnesium Sulphate, Tetrasodium Etidronate.
Made in England.
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