|Shaving soap cakes|
I've been tinkering with my shaving soap recipe - again. The previous one is great, but so slow to cure - last time it took almost 8 weeks to really firm up. So I made some adjustments and poured in a round silicone mold this time instead of the pvc pipe I've been using. I gave the tops a little swirly effect and they really turned our well. The only thing is I won't be able to stamp these but maybe next time i will leave the top smooth so I can. The lather is just as wonderful as ever so I'm happy with them.
While most of my soap is cut in a bar style, I like my shaving soap to have a distinctive, more rustic look. The chunky "soap cake" look seems to be more appealing to men, and also fits easily into a shaving mug.
What about you? Do you have a standard size and shape bar you always use or do you like to mix it up a bit? Many soapers feel the linear approach is best for branding purposes, but I like to try a variety of shapes and sizes. I'd love to hear your opinions!