One of the best-kept secrets regarding Shannon's Soaps may be that Shannon makes a great line of shaving soaps. In fact, shaving soap was one of the first soaps she made.
It was my request actually. If she could make fantastic bath soap that even my super-sensitive skin could handle, I figured she could make a shaving soap that would make shaving a less irritating chore. Thankfully, I was right. While it was curing, I got myself a brush and a mug, and began to look for a razor.
Unfortunately, my stock of Schick Tracers had nearly been depleted. Or perhaps that was a happy coincidence. If you're going to go the traditional shaving route, you've got to go all the way, right? I needed a more traditional razor. My uncle's suggestion was to use the antique straight razor he gave me that had belonged to my great grandfather. That was problematic for a couple reasons. First, I have a bit of an aversion to causing further wear and tear on antiques. Second, and no offense to straight razor aficionados here, straight razors are terrifying. I'm sure they're perfectly safe, but as a near-life-long user of modern razors (both electric and blade), I settled upon looking for a double-edge safety razor. Why the very name is confidence inspiring! Maybe I'll try a straight razor someday, but I thought I should walk befor I ran.
For the uninitiated, a double-edge safety razor is a bit of a halfway house between a straight razor and a modern cartridge razor. It features a disposable double-edge blade that is locked in the razor's head. A safety (there's that word again) bar or comb helps guide the user in achieving the proper blade angle. It can be a bit tougher to use than a modern cartridge razor, which can have a pivoting head to lend further assistance in getting the angle correct, but with some practice, it's really not that hard at all.
So... I came across the razor pictured above in a thrift store. A vintage Gillette Super Adjustable, brand new in the package. Because I could not bring myself to open it, I bought a very nice Gillette Super Speed from the '50s that I am currently using. The Super Speed worked great, but the Super Adjustable called to me every so often. I mean, it's so cool, and it's adjustable - which is a nice feature to have. The adjustment changes the blade angle, so you can get a more or less aggressive angle depending on your needs.
So the question became, "What should I do with it?" I can't start ANOTHER collection... A basement full of vintage Atari stuff makes that impossible. Then it hit me - I could use this poor, defenseless razor to enhance our soap making profits. That's right people. Buy some shaving soap, or I will OPEN and USE it! Then it will no longer be a pristine, new-in-the-box razor... HA HA HA!
Of course, the major flaw in my evil plan could be that most people are probably not as sentimental about these sorts of things as I am. Hmm... Well... Buy some shaving soap anyway. If you try it, you won't go back to cream or gel.