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    Default Major update on Mitchell's Wool Fat soap!

    Recently I posted a thread giving my appreciation for Mitchell's Wool Fat shaving soap and got a lot feedback -- most very positive. But I've been noticing something lately and thought I'd pass it along to any newbies who might be looking at it. Since using wool fat shaving soap, I've noticed that I'm not getting many cuts to my face. And when I do, they don't bleed much at all . . . or am I just dreaming?

    Well, I'm positive I'm not cutting myself as much and when I do, the bleeding stops more quickly than before. In fact, the very few nicks just don't last long at all and by the time I'm through shaving, the blood and the cuts have disappeared.

    I started thinking about it and have come to a couple of conclusions --
    1. The cushion effect is real and quite good, permitting a less damaging shave,
    2. The soapís lubrication is superior so it supports fewer cuts,
    3. The lanolin in the soap tends to help coagulate the blood and repair the skin. As a matter of fact, sometimes I lather up for a minute after the shave before rinsing off. Heck! If it works, why not?

    Now, I'm not a doctor and I've never played on TV, but I think there's a lot to these assumptions. The bottom line is that my face is benefitting from using this soap, and it's something you might like to know if you're considering buying some.

    Before I go on, no, Iím not profiting from selling Mitchellís Wool Fat shaving soap. I donít know anything about that -- Iím just passing on what Iíve found, so pardon my enthusiasm. If you want to stick your toe in the water and not spend much money, contact Larry Andreassen at Whipped Dog Straight Razor Sales and order a four dollar, twenty-gram chunk. Be fair, however, and buy something else while youíre there Ė I canít imagine Larry can come out with free shipping on a four dollar order!

    Then if you like it, Google "Mitchell's Wool Fat shaving soap" and you'll find where you can buy a full puck. I bought mine for $13 and I think that's probably about the best price available, but some of you are very good at scrounging! So go have fun! (And let us know if you can get it for less.)

    If you're thinking about Wool Fat shaving soap, give it a try and let us know if you receive the same benefits Iím describing. I love it!

    Bruce
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    Bruce,

    Yes, Mitchell's Wool Fat is a quality soap all around and we've kept company for a number of years. Some gentlemen complain about the soap's modest lather, but I've never had a problem making generous lather with this soap. Glide and cushion are high-end, too. And I love the soft fragrance. Good stuff Mitchell's Wool Fat.

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    Obie
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    I feel like a Whipped member, everytime I turn around there's another thread devoted to Larry's shop. I'm sure he's a great guy but maybe we could post these in his vendor forum thread?

    And yeah, MWF is da bomb! the few times I purchased, I found it cheapest at suffolksupplies' shop overseas, something like $7 / puck. He doesn't have a vendor thread here though
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    Obie, I've heard that, too. But I personally haven't found it to be true. Our water is very hard where I live but the soap still lathers up just great. I have found a stiffer brush seems to work well, so maybe that's a key.

    Hogaloo, my reference to Larry Andro was just where to buy a small piece for basically nothing. Several seem to think MWF is expensive, so here's where people can try it without risk. I've not seen it sold this way anywhere else, so to me, the uniqueness of getting a just little bit is worth mentioning. Hope it doesn't offend anyone.

    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoglahoo View Post
    I feel like a Whipped member, everytime I turn around there's another thread devoted to Larry's shop. I'm sure he's a great guy but maybe we could post these in his vendor forum thread?

    And yeah, MWF is da bomb! the few times I purchased, I found it cheapest at suffolksupplies' shop overseas, something like $7 / puck. He doesn't have a vendor thread here though
    hoglahoo,

    I buy mine from Paul at suffoksupply, too. He seems to offer the best price I've come across.

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    I've been playing with some different soaps and have read plenty on MWF. Price has put me off, though without putting in a plug, I did see Larry had some sample sizes available...temptation.

    Anyway, I wonder if you guys could relate the qualities of MWF to other common soaps.

    For instance, I heard plenty against Williams Mug Soap, but found it's lather comparable to Col Conk's soaps that I've tried and heard plenty of good things about. Meanwhile I've seen VDH soap looked down upon as the "beginner's" soap that gets the job done but is nothing special. IMLE it lathers easier with better lube and cushion than WMS and even Col Conk.

    Would be interested to hear what "modest" lather is compared to lathers of other common soaps.

    Thanks fellas.

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    seeing threads like this makes me more and more tempted to splurge and get MWF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcintineo View Post
    seeing threads like this makes me more and more tempted to splurge and get MWF.
    You should... it's definitely a wonderful soap.

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    I find I get a great shave with MWF and it is my go-to soap. Dont be too deterred by the price though the 120g that I grated into my soap bowl in December and use often doesn't appear to have gone down by even a millimeter as yet - This soap lasts a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim View Post
    I've been playing with some different soaps and have read plenty on MWF. Price has put me off, though without putting in a plug, I did see Larry had some sample sizes available...temptation.

    Anyway, I wonder if you guys could relate the qualities of MWF to other common soaps.

    For instance, I heard plenty against Williams Mug Soap, but found it's lather comparable to Col Conk's soaps that I've tried and heard plenty of good things about. Meanwhile I've seen VDH soap looked down upon as the "beginner's" soap that gets the job done but is nothing special. IMLE it lathers easier with better lube and cushion than WMS and even Col Conk.

    Would be interested to hear what "modest" lather is compared to lathers of other common soaps.

    Thanks fellas.
    Hello, Jim:

    Williams and VDH are good soaps — for the money. They stand like sentries at the gate opening into the exciting wet shaving world. Many of us started with those two soaps, mostly because U.S. pharmacies offer little else, even today. What's more, with some exceptions, there is no such a thing as a shave shop in the U.S.

    Many gentlemen shavers have continued using Williams and VDH. Some even swear by them. That's all right, too. Some of us have found what we think are far superior soaps and moved on. I have. At the same time I will not criticize anyone who uses Williams or VDH. No one's tastes are better than another person's. To each his own.

    Those thoughts somehow reflect one's view on what a luxurious lather is compared to a modest one. I have never had any problem getting a big and luxurious lather with Mitchell's Wool Fat. I will say, however, that the amount of lather I get from, say, Martin de Candre, Provence Sante or L'Occitane turns out to be huge. There, too, "huge" is in the eye of the beholder.

    Mitchell's Wool Fat gives me a delightful shave. Cushion and glide are ideal. Also, I tend to keep my lather a touch more moist with Mitchell's Wool Fat than I do with other soaps. I don't know why, but it does wonders for me. Of course, I love the soft and clean fragrance. Mitchell's Wool Fat is a superb soap, I believe, and that it should be tried at least once by every wet shaver.

    My bowl of Mitchell's wool Fat is never empty.

    Regards,

    Obie
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