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So, I’m cheap. Not thrifty, but full-blown cheap. However, I decided to try supporting someone listing their products on this site, and I was unhappy with my recent shaving products (and shaving product companies, but that’s a different story).
So, I decided to order – but being cheap, I didn’t take advantage of a bundle and only got the men’s shaving soap in the bay rum.
Had some trouble with the website (user error on my part) and after reaching out they got back to me quickly and got it sorted out for me.
Product arrived quickly. I’ve used it for a week, and this morning after not shaving for 3 days. It smells great, handles daily shave and heavier whiskers just as easily, and makes my face feel great.
Now my only problem is I feel like an idiot for not getting the bundle deal with the after-shave oil.
Looking forward to trying that out and trying the shaving soap in the sandalwood version. I like bar soap, but might have to try out their hand and body wash too.
Give it a shot – take it from someone as cheap as me it was worth every penny!
Do you shave with a DE razor or a cartridge?
I shave with a cartridge. A Gillette sensor twin blade. I have used a DE razor with the shaving soap and it works very well. It also works very well with electric razors.
I use a 5 blade cartridge. Have wanted to try the safety razor route, but haven’t yet.
I started with safety razors after getting tired of the social agendas of some of the big corporate sellers of cartridges. I first got an inexpensive Feather razor and some Feather blades. Those Feather blades are sharp. I then tried Russian-made Rapira blades and they work well with my skin and beard growth. I use them with a Muehle razor, made by a family-owned firm in Saxony in the old East Germany. I like various types of soap, which I apply with a boar brush. Boar bristles work well for me though many prefer badger. For soap, I have used Muehle’s soap, Speick, and Proraso. I will give this soap a try.
You might try the Derby blades. Not quite as brutally sharp as the Feathers, but darn good. And as low as 7 cents per blade. I use DE and straight razors. This seems like an oil, not a soap, but maybe worth a try. As for a brush, I have some very nice badgers, but eventually found that the boar bristle, as stiff as it seems, works better, even lathering directly on my face rather than in a bowl. I paid about $12 for it…
I love the Israeli Personna blades
I also love the Israeli Personna blades, blue label,. Not as sharp as Feather, but then I don’t think anything is .You’re right about Speick and proraso. Great soaps.
Try an Occam’s Razor. It’s single edge and works beautifully. The razor is expensive but it is a one time sunk cost and will last just about forever. A package of Feather blades will cost about $21 for 15 but each one will last at least a couple of weeks ( I get close to a month with a very heavy beard).
As an added bonus you can tell folks you apply Occam’s razor every day.
I will look into Occam’s Razor. I have seen reviews of Derby, whcih look good but the Rapira Super Steel blades are also about 7 cents per blade and I have had very good results from these blades. If I want something a sharper, I like Muehle’s blades, which aren’t as sharp as Feather or Polsilver from Lodz. I had tried Israeli Personnas and found them too sharp for my skin, beard, etc.
heh. My frugal brother. I too ordered just the soap. It does work very well. Not a strong scent at all.
Any after shave balms or creams available?
I have an aftershave oil. It is for dry or sensitive skin. It is made up of jojoba oil, aloe vera oil, and a little bit of olive oil. I don’t recommend it for oily skin. I have developed an astringent aftershave for oily skin, but I need to get labels printed up and the glamour shots taken for the website and the Amazon page. That will take about three to four weeks.
I’m not just cheap, I’m lazy AND I’m tired of messing with stuff. Tired of hair getting yanked. Tired of leaning toward the mirror, frikkin TIRED OF IT ALL.
Screw blades. Screw soaps.
Grow a beard..
Didn’t care for the prorasa stuff. Like art of shaving but still know it has dark antecedents. Not sure I want to bother with the boar hair brush. If you can soap up with your hands, I’ll try it
We have been overwhelmed with the orders that have come in through Helen’s Page. We are running out of inventory and we’ll have to take two to three days to go back into production and try to recover. We are unable to take any more orders until next week. Thank you so much for the incredible response that everyone has had for our product’s.
Tried this stuff for the first time today. Seemed a little odd not to have a face covered with bubbles, but the proof was in the results. I got a very close shave, and my skin felt great afterwards.
Glad to know it works so well.
…And here’s a two-week follow-up.
I’ve used Harry’s razors and shave gel since they came out, and been quite happy with those products. Substituting the OPR soap for the Harry’s gel–using the same razor, IOW–I’m getting a closer shave with no irritation at all.
Yeah, this stuff is excellent.
So far so good – have used it with my Feather cartridge razor and am very pleased with slickness, comfort, scent, and how my face feels when done.
Will use it with the DE razor this weekend and report back.
As promised – works equally well with my DE razor. Definitely recommend this based on my week of using it.
I understand they may also have a version for ladies for leg shaving – my look into this for my lovely, long-legged wife…
I bought this on a whim. I’ve been on a lookout for a better shave and thought it might be worth a try.
Let me say with a handful of shaves that this is an excellent product. Best shave I’ve had in years. Easy to use and surprising effective and pleasing.
FYI: I’m not a shaving aficionado. I just want a close shave with minimal cost, time, and hassle.
I’ve tried the “Bay Rum” and “Original Formula” shaving soaps and the “Bay Rum” aftershave oil.
I definitely like the Original Formula smell better than the Bay Rum. The Bay Rum scent stays all day and has a strong sandalwood component (to my nose). The Original Formula has a light cedar (or maybe lavender) scent while I’m shaving, but it quickly fades after the rinse. Both are very nice.
I love the high quality result and low cost of using a double-edge safety razor, but it always took forever to work up lather in a bowl and re-apply for multiple passes. It was a fun process, but with a young family, I simply didn’t have the time. So I drifted back to a cartridge razor because it was faster. (I tried several different shave butters, but they would clog the razors.)
OPR shaving soap is a game changer. I can shave multiple passes with my safety razor without having to re-apply soap. I also don’t need to work up lather in a bowl like traditional shaving soap. This stuff stays crazy-slick for at least three passes (re-wetting my face between passes). So I can shave as quickly as with any other method, but cheaper and with a better quality result.
OPR shaving soap worked equally well with cartridge and DE razors. I’m slowly using up the last of my Mach-5 and Harry’s inventory, and don’t plan to purchase either again. For DE blades, I mostly use Voskhod so I can pretend I’m Vasily Zaitsev. (To be honest, I’d rather pretend to be Simo Häyhä, but I don’t know of any Finnish razor blades.) Shark, Personna, Rockwell, and Feather blades all do great with the OPR oil too.
This product deserves a hearty endorsement. My first use of Old Post Road shaving soap resulted in the best shave I’ve ever had (that’s in nearly 50 years of shaving). Super-close shave with zero abrasion; very comfortable. The bay rum scent is subtle and pleasant. As I told the Old Post Road people, they have a customer for life.
I ordered the OPR Shave Soap, and have to say, it is extraordinary. I have been a wet shaver for over a decade, using either a straight razor or a double edge safety razor, with a brush and soap (I have tried them all…), and have been very happy with the whole routine. But: this stuff is incredible, leaving me with the best shave I’ve ever had – and I already got really great shaves. I would say, though, that they recommend 2 or 3 pumps when 1 pump is plenty. Also, for my second pass, although they say no need to reapply (and you really don’t need to), I use a tiny bit of the soap and reapply anyway. It really is great, and my face feels great even before I put on my Clubman Aftershave. Speaking of that, I wish I could order the OPR aftershave oil separately. It appears to only be part of a combo, and I’ve already purchased the shave soap. Am I missing something?
Thanks for the comments!
The aftershave is available on the website to purchase separately. Here is a link:
Regarding the pump, we had to shift pumps as our standard supplier was experiencing shortages. The substitute pump does dispense a higher volume of soap. We hope to get back to our standard pump in about a month.
Thanks for the reply. I will be purchasing the aftershave.
I managed to catch Old Post Road with some inventory a couple of weeks ago and ordered the Bay Rum shave soap. Up front: I’m extremely happy with this product! This was my 1st shave with anything other than the typical commercial shaving foam. The difference was night and day – absolutely the smoothest, closest shave I’ve ever had. My wife loved the feel and says it smells great and, let’s be honest, that’s what’s important. 😀 I definitely recommend this product and I see myself turning into a long-time customer.
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