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List of Local soap producers

Postby thetarn » Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:24 pm

I have seen mention on this forum, and all over the internet of various South African soaps.

Being new to the wet shaving (with decent gear anyway) arena, I do not have much experience beyond palmshave and TSC soaps.

Would anyone be interested in providing a list of local artisanal soaps? If such even exist? I heard mention of a dagga soap in another thread. Probably not my speed. But that shows that someone is doing something different. And I like different!

Hoping to get my hand on some Hallows 2016 soon. (nudged a friend in the US. Think she may send me some). Also, my dad is bringing me some soap from the UK. Didn't ask him for anything specific. Figured I would rather (hopefully) be pleasantly surprised.

That said, I would like to try my hand at soap making. Have been doing a fair amount of reading on the matter. Gonna play around. Have some fun.
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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby Thug » Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:46 pm

I don't know of too many local Artisan soaps.

RVT stocks most of them, from his own line of excellent soaps, to the Wriggly Tin and the Wild Dagga.

ShavehavenSA also has his own soaps.

Both can be purchased through their web stores on Bid or Buy.
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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby JHBBlade » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:53 pm

I can highly recommend all of the RVT soaps with the following caveats, the soaps need some work in order to load the brush nicely and this is best done with either a short bloom (leave a thin layer of water on top for 5 min while you shower) or by using a brush with good backbone. The scents of the RVT soaps are up there with the very best. The Bay Rum being the only scent which for me is just good, not excellent. The lather performance never let's me down.

Wriggly Tin has the most amazing lather, it's unique and rich, BUT their scents are very uncomplicated and don't always work for me. They've brought out a Lime and Bergamot that I have high hopes for.....hoping they don't make a mess of Lime.

Dagga soap is a very good Tallow soap but has a very shy and modest scent, that you will not always even know is there.....also the soap comes in a bar and will need to be parmesan shaved into a nice tub. Try Wespack Body Butter tubs 150ml for a screw on clear container.

Shavehaven soap I've only tried his non Tallow Lavender which is good. I've a suspicion his Tallow soap is very good.

All local soaps with moustaches anywhere on the packaging are unlatherable and plain useless, if in doubt ask me I've probably tried it and wasted my money on it already to save you the trouble. Antsie's Rooibos soap is also unlatherable but great scent for washing armpits and charm pits.

Oh I forgot Reitzer Soap , it's a fairly good glycerine soap.



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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby JHBBlade » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:59 pm

I also forgot my favourite preshave, not technically a soap, but it's made by Tony the barber in Pretoria and Shavehaven stocks it. It's on a par or better than Prep but has a different feel.

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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby JHBBlade » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:00 pm

Pre-Resato, that is.

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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:42 pm

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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby deepsouth » Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:17 pm

Forgot about prerasato - that's good stuff, I really enjoy his aftershave. Frosty Bay rum is the one local soap that stands head and shoulders above the rest - keep in mind I love menthol - the new formula is just great !

Pretty much any soap with a beard logo is rubbish, perhaps with the exception of Bundubeard, not sure if he's launched yet...

Wriggly is a great latherer, but unfortunately I got the vanilla one - quite sweet, would've preferred the bay rum. I also enjoyed the dagga soap from rondavel, not too slick, but smells great.

Annatjie's soap has a nice container - tabac refill fits in it quite well, once you've finished using it as a shower soap.

I had the lavender hills and minty one from shavehaven and enjoyed them too.
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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby Gaza365 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:22 pm

thetarn wrote:I would like to try my hand at soap making. Have been doing a fair amount of reading on the matter. Gonna play around. Have some fun.


Im planning on giving this a go myself, The youtube vids are very dramatic and made it seem far more exciting and dangerous than it really is! I read this post on the forum the otehr day (viewtopic.php?f=14&t=742 ) that got me iterested though, so im doing my homework, and ill cook up a batch for the fun of it all some time this year.
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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby JAYDEE » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:25 pm

I didn't know Reitzer is South African. I thought it was Dutch! :oops:

Forgive me, please!

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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby c4Chucky » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:13 am

Gaza365 wrote:
thetarn wrote:I would like to try my hand at soap making. Have been doing a fair amount of reading on the matter. Gonna play around. Have some fun.


I'm planning on giving this a go myself, The youtube vids are very dramatic and made it seem far more exciting and dangerous than it really is! I read this post on the forum the other day (viewtopic.php?f=14&t=742 ) that got me iterested though, so im doing my homework, and ill cook up a batch for the fun of it all sometime this year.


That's awesome, Gaza!
I've been making my soaps since last year and it's not as hard as it seems. It's not overly dangerous, as long as you take precautions. Just gloves and goggles should be fine.
Things get interesting when you start using replacements for water: Beer, Milk, Tea etc.

Remember that KOH is a core ingredient to make soft shaving soaps and a combination of KOH and NaOH are used in the best of the lot.

Just respect the KOH. It does not like any kind of moisture. It should not contact your skin or eyes under any circumstances.
http://www.atmos.umd.edu/~russ/MSDS/pot ... roxide.htm

I've got some great results with Coconut and Palm oils.
Check out the Silverfox recipe for a great way to start.
http://www.silverfoxcrafts.com/2015/04/ ... beginning/
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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby c4Chucky » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:23 am

I forgot to mention. This soap calculator helps a lot to get the correct amounts of KOH to water ratio.

http://soapcalc.net/calc/soapcalcwp.asp

With shaving soaps you should care too much about the Hardness factor this gives you because the KOH will make a softer soap regardless.
Either way, play around with it and you will find something that works.

Let me know if you need any advice. :)
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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby Bundubeard » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:17 pm

We also have a range of shaving soaps on www.Bundubeard.co.za, feel free to give them a go, we are adding two more soaps from local makers in the next week or two, not shaving soaps though, body soap and shampoo bars. I have tested the still to be listed 'Rooibaard Boereseep' as a shaving soap and was impressed. I think it will be a great addition for guys with sensitive skin, the smell can be a bit 'powerful' to some, but one gets used to it. If I get some positive feedback as a shaving soap, I will work with the supplier to see if we can do fragrances.
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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby JAYDEE » Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:12 pm

I need to free up a container for my new Wriggly Tin Rosemary Mint soap. Oh, I know what to do, I'll throw away the crummy Williams puck which I can't stand!

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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby jegreen » Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:23 am

c4Chucky wrote:I forgot to mention. This soap calculator helps a lot to get the correct amounts of KOH to water ratio.

http://soapcalc.net/calc/soapcalcwp.asp

With shaving soaps you should care too much about the Hardness factor this gives you because the KOH will make a softer soap regardless.
Either way, play around with it and you will find something that works.

Let me know if you need any advice. :)


This calculator is interesting and the key to working out quantities correctly. In fact, it was so interesting that I ordered a bunch of supplies and spent 5 hours last night making 4 x 100g shaving soaps and 1 x cold process body soap. I used Soapee as a calculator and researched the week to formulate the 4 options that I wanted to try. Gave me quite a bit of appreciation for the people who've refined a recipe.

Having a highly inaccurate scale, no blender, no slow cooker, and me being impatient with estimating quantities and wanting to cook quickly didn't help much, but the results look ok. My tongue is fried from to much zap testing and especially from zap testing the cold process soap (very bad idea). But nothing that a mouthful of vinegar couldn't fix. Now to be patient and let it age for a few days before I start testing!
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Re: List of Local soap producers

Postby c4Chucky » Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:26 am

jegreen wrote:
c4Chucky wrote:I forgot to mention. This soap calculator helps a lot to get the correct amounts of KOH to water ratio.

http://soapcalc.net/calc/soapcalcwp.asp

With shaving soaps you should care too much about the Hardness factor this gives you because the KOH will make a softer soap regardless.
Either way, play around with it and you will find something that works.

Let me know if you need any advice. :)


This calculator is interesting and the key to working out quantities correctly. In fact, it was so interesting that I ordered a bunch of supplies and spent 5 hours last night making 4 x 100g shaving soaps and 1 x cold process body soap. I used Soapee as a calculator and researched the week to formulate the 4 options that I wanted to try. Gave me quite a bit of appreciation for the people who've refined a recipe.

Having a highly inaccurate scale, no blender, no slow cooker, and me being impatient with estimating quantities and wanting to cook quickly didn't help much, but the results look ok. My tongue is fried from to much zap testing and especially from zap testing the cold process soap (very bad idea). But nothing that a mouthful of vinegar couldn't fix. Now to be patient and let it age for a few days before I start testing!



Well that sounds like fun! ;)
Carefull with those zap tests. It becomes easier when you start recognising the readiness of the soap by the viscosity. Remember to look out for a gelatin like texture when cooking, it should look like vaseline.
Looking forward to know how they came out.
I started making cold process body soaps at first, but waiting 6 weeks for them to mature is a long lead time. I gotta say, making Castile soap has helped tremendously with my daughter's sensitive skin. My wife uses nothing else now. It doesn't dry out your skin and leaves a great after feel.
Things are going to get interesting when you start adding fragrances to your soaps. This is where you will have to get a thermometer and make sure your soap does not seize when adding certain fragrances or essentiail oils. I had a lot of frustration with this. I lost a couple of batches.
Worst was when I added Clove essential oils to my soap and started getting skin irritation from it.
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