Best Shaving Soap Reviews

best shaving soap reviews

At the Shaving Emporium we really do like our shaving soaps, so we thought we would do some detailed reviews on the best that are currently available in the UK market.

We have been wet shaving for many years, but we were actually surprised by the number of different brands, and different alternatives that were available in the market. Gone are the days of just a couple of choices it seems!

Now that may all be well and good, but choice can also make things more complicated, and often it is hard to know the really good ones. Hopefully we can help point you in the right direction.

Top Rated Shaving Soaps

Taylor of Old Bond StreetEdwin Jagger 99.9% Natural Shaving SoapProraso Shaving Soap

Like many of the products that we review here at the Emporium, we like to create lists. This just makes it easier to compare them quickly, based on buyer ratings and price.

Before we do that though, we thought it would be a good idea to understand some general information about shaving soap, and what you as a buyer should be looking out for.

We don’t stock or sell products here so we are content that the information we offer, is independent and based on the personal experiences of the people who contribute to this website.

The table below shows the soap name, and an image with a description. You will also see a rating column where buyers online have rated the products out of a maximum score of 100%. There is also a price guide.

Top 6 Shaving Soaps In The UK Market

Here we summarise what we believe to be the best shaving creams currently available on the UK marketplace. We have used our own ratings scored out of 100. Please note that by clicking on the product link, you will be taken to the Amazon UK product page.
Shaving Cream NameOur Rating Out of 100Description
Kent Shaving Bowl & Soap98Dark oak shaving bowl
Luxury shaving soap
Mitchells Wool Fat Shaving Soap96Perfect for sensitive skin
Has Lanolin and Tallow
Made in England since 1893
Proraso Shaving Soap(Our Recommendation)94Has added menthol and eucalyptus oil with glycerine, and recommended for men with sensitive skin.
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Soap Bowl94This comes in a high quality hand turned bowl which looks rather beautiful. this is a high quality herbal shaving soap and you get 100 grams. Refills are then available.
Edwin Jagger Aloe Vera 99.9% Natural Shaving Soap90Hard shaving soap in a black plastic tub which has 65 grams of soap. Paraben and mineral oil free using organic and natural plant extracts.
Wilkinson Sword Shave Soap Bowl85You get 125 grams of soap in a plastic container. Hand for travel, creates a good lather and inexpensive.

So as you can see there are plenty of options available. It really is a matter of trying a few out, and see which one you prefer. We have done an article on how to use a shaving soap with a brush to create a great lather.

You can read that by clicking here. So have fun trying out the different soaps, and let us know in the comments below, which ones you like the most and why.

Best Shaving Soap For A Safety Razor

The average price of shaving soap in the UK is about £5-10 for 100 grams. That would be the price including the tub and after that you could buy a refill, which then costs about £4-6.

A typical refill contains about 65 grams of soap. We also noticed that is is pretty hard to find in places like pharmacies, drug stores, chemists or supermarkets.

They tend to sell those shaving gels or cans of foam. If you are lucky you may find the very odd shaving stick, but that is not the same as buying real soap, designed for the purpose of having a high quality wet shave.

I picked up a shaving stick I found in one pharmacy recently and the date was about 3 years out of date. I managed to get that one taken off the shelf, but they had nothing to replace it with.

How Long Will A Puck of Shaving Soap Last?

There are three general types of soap which are:

  1. Glycerine Based
  2. Hard Soap
  3. Triple Milled

Assuming the soap is used every day, a glycerine based on will last about 2-3 months and a hard soap will last about 5-6 months. So what is the difference in these types?

Glycerine based soaps are softer, are cheaper to buy, but will wear down a lot quicker. They are also easier to lather up. You will find that the harder shaving soaps are made from a heavier oil, such as palm oil, and these will produce a much thicker and better quality lather.

Triple milled soaps are even harder again, create high quality lather and will last for about a year. They are also typically a lot more expensive.

You may also have heard of what are termed tallow-based soaps. This is actually where fat is used to harden the soap. Yes I know it sounds strange, but that is used in the making of many different types of soap.

Hard Shaving Soaps

We would always recommend paying the little extra for a hard soap, as it creates a better quality of lather, lasts a lot longer and we think it is simply better value for money. Like many things with shaving though, it really all comes down to a bit of trial and error, and then deciding which one you like the best.

Different men just like different smells and fragrances, and we find that is pretty much which makes their mind up. We also think it does no harm to change your soap every now and again, just for a bit of variety.

When you eventually decide that, then always buy refills as they are cheaper because you are not paying for the tub and all the packaging.

The good news is we think, that at the start you tend to buy a few to try them out. If you have say three soaps you will have more than enough for about two years of shaving.

We can tell you that is a heck of a lot cheaper than buying tins of useless foam or gels. Many of the guys here at the Emporium will have a different soap when travelling or going on holidays, as that is usually when you get a little free time to check them out.

Edwin Jagger Natural Sandalwood Shaving Soap

Edwin Jagger 99.9% Natural Sandalwood Shaving SoapWe thought that it would be worth doing a more detailed review on a few of the better quality and best selling soaps.

This comes in a black plastic tub and is one of the highest quality soaps available. In truth, you will never go wrong with any product made by this quality company.

This soap is parabens and mineral oil free, which is always a good thing. For those that don’t know parabens are widely used in cosmetics, the principle being that, they preserve the product longer.

You will find these in products like shaving foams and gels. You may well ask why this is important? In the 1990’s these were linked to potential cancer problems. A lot of research took place and to be honest the information is sketchy at best.

After that many manufacturers of cosmetics started making products that were classed as parabens free. We think that was a good call. If we are going to put something on our skin, then why take any unnecessary risks? This shaving soap is made from natural products, creates a great lather, and we like it a lot.

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Proraso Shaving Soap Jar

Proraso Shaving Soap JarThere was no way I was going to leave out one of my own favourite soaps. I was recently in Rome and I brought a couple of these back with me as they only cost a few Euros.

Again, this soap is made with natural products and I do like the feint fragrance of Eucalyptus oil and glycerine. Without trying to sound silly, it is just what I would term a proper man smell.

This soap does not just sell in Italy, but it is a worldwide best seller and if you ever get around to trying it, you will soon see why.

Of all of the different soaps available, this is in my opinion, the easiest one to lather up and use. What I also like about this is that a little soap goes a very long way.

This also fills a market where the consistency of this product is like a half way house between a soap and a cream. It gives great lubrication and if you like that clean menthol smell, then this is the one for you.

If that isn’t enough it is rated at 96% buyer satisfaction rates by online buyers and that should tell you something.

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Best Shaving Soap for Beginners

If you are new to using a soap then here is what we would advise. It depends on where you are with your shaving experience. If up until now you have been using those foam or gel types of creams, then moving straight to a soap, will be a bit of a challenge. you might want to first move to a good quality shaving cream first.

When you get used to that, then by using a shaving soap and brush, with a little practise you can quickly lather up a very high quality cream.

If your heart is set on finding and using a soap, then we would recommend the Proraso jar we have mentioned just above.

Shaving Soap Sticks

Image of a shaving soap stickSome guys do prefer the more traditional soap stick. There are a few of these available in the market. The good news is that they are pretty cheap and worth a try if you fancy checking them out.

The most famous brand for these is Arko, and they have this product that costs less than £4

People who buy these really love them and without any question it is a great way of remaining loyal to traditional shaving.

It does lather up very quickly and it does offer a high level of protection to the skin. I used this myself for many years and still have a few that I use on and off.

When you have a look at this, I don’t think it looks like much, but don’t be fooled by that. This works like a treat and you can check out other buyer reviews by clicking here.

What Is The Best Shaving Soap For A Straight Razor?

We do get asked this question from time to time. You know that when using a straight razor, that the blade is sharp and that you have very little protection.

If you have gone down that route, then you want to buy the best cream that you can afford. The higher the quality the better as far as we are concerned.

If you are putting a blade right next to your skin, then you want as much protection as you can get. Check out our list above to find out the best. If in doubt start with the Proraso and see what you think of that one. We think it is very good.

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