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Merchant
Millbrae - CA
(This post was last modified: 05-23-2017, 10:05 PM by GroomingDept.)
My name is Mohammad I live in the Bay Area - CA. I launched GroomingDept on May 15th 2017!

I have been working on a vegan soap formula for about a year. I wanted to try make a soap after I amassed over 50 artisan and non-artisan soaps.

Whether one chooses vegan or tallow soaps, there are many fantastic offering on the market these days. But four soaps stood out for me, Saponificio Varesino, Valobra and two soaps that are no longer available: Wet Shave Obsession and Klar Kabinett.

I made 53 iterations of my soap while varying the ingredients and performing multiple blind tests to see what works and what I liked best. At iteration 34 I started sending out samples to various wetshavers in the community. I kept refining the formula till I felt I can offer a soap that is exceptional.

I wanted to create a soap I can use ATG on the first pass and survive the ordeal Smile Really, most non-wetshavers do that all the time with their 5-plus blade razors. The soap has a slickness that is off the charts, and takes/needs to a lot of water to reward you with that type of slickness. The post-shave is also extreme, it's very soothing and healing too. It has a lot of ingredients, precisely to achieve something unique among soaps.

The ingredients are very complex, some people are taken aback by the complexity. But to achieve all the goals I set for myself I had to make a complex formula. If you look at the latest Saponificio Varesino, it has 31 ingredients. I was very pleased this morning to discover that Barrister and Mann’s new Reserve uses one of my star ingredients, it’s called Sucrose Cocoate.
#2

Member
Woodstock, VT
Mohammad welcome!

I have ordered and have followed your progress on Instagram with great anticipation.
The soap looks and sounds great. Can't wait to try it with all the hard work put in and your ingredient list may be the most unique in our hobby!
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#3

Merchant
Millbrae - CA
(05-23-2017, 09:10 PM)vtmax Wrote: Mohammad welcome!

I have ordered and have followed your progress on Instagram with great anticipation.
The soap looks and sounds great. Can't wait to try it with all the hard work put in and your ingredient list may be the most unique in our hobby!


Thank you sir!

Every ingredient has a purpose, without relying on synthetic foaming agents (which have their place and purpose). For example I use a very unique butter than no shaving soap contains! It's called Cupuacu Butter. This butter rivals lanolin in its ability to hold on enormous amounts of water. As you probably know lots of water with lather that can hold the water without collapsing produces super slick surface. This comparison is spot on!

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#4
Welcome welcome!


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I have purchased two of grooming Dept shaving soaps. And I could just tell you that it goes as one of my favorite soaps now and I own over a hundred soaps and creams. Great slickness and cushion

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Merchant
Millbrae - CA
(05-24-2017, 02:57 AM)rawfox1 Wrote: I have purchased two of grooming Dept shaving soaps. And I could just tell you that it goes as one of my favorite soaps now and I own over a hundred soaps and creams. Great slickness and cushion

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Thank you! You were the 3rd order after the launch Smile I appreciate the support.
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#7
Welcome Mohammad, your soap is interested.
#8
Good luck with your venture! You mentioned one of my favorite non-tallow soaps, Saponificio Varesino, and I've always been amazed by how many ingredients they use. I see that your soap also has a complex ingredient list. Just ordered a couple, looking forward to using them.
All the best,

Michael P
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#9

Merchant
Millbrae - CA
(05-24-2017, 05:59 AM)Michael P Wrote: Good luck with your venture! You mentioned one of my favorite non-tallow soaps, Saponificio Varesino, and I've always been amazed by how many ingredients they use. I see that your soap also has a complex ingredient list. Just ordered a couple, looking forward to using them.


Thank you for your support sir! Please try different amounts of water but less water to start with, the soap does like water. Looking forward your thought in the soaps/creams forum.
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Just placed an order!
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