Del Brown Approved!

The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!

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Friendly Soap Natural Velvety Lather Orange and Lavender Shaving Soap


Friendly Soap Orange and Lavender Shaving Soap – 95g (£2.49)

Attention all wet shavers!  Be that male or female shaving hair on chins, legs, top of your head or anywhere else for that matter.  What do you currently use to shave with in the way of cream or gel?  Have you looked at the ingredients to see what you’re putting on your skin?  The primary purpose of a shaving cream or gel is to provide lubrication to the blade whilst gliding over the skin.  So what if I suggested a bar of soap made with 100% natural ingredients, that foams up in your hand like most soaps, but that can also be used to shave with!

Those clever gents at Friendly Soaps have developed a shaving soap made with coconut, olive and castor oil, together with clay.  The combination of these ingredients provide natural lather and a lubricating film on the skin, essential to a clean shave.


Holding the bar over the sink, I added a little water and quickly whipped up a luxurious foam which was perfect to shave with.  The shaving brush part is optional as for ladies shaving your legs, just work the bar directly on the skin, no brush required.


The base and biggest ingredients in this bar are coconut oil and olive oil followed by water, castor oil and clay.  Then we see the essential oils of lavender and orange and finally aloe vera leaf juice.  Now don’t expect the bar to smell overly strong of either orange or lavender, instead the bar has a fairly neutral fresh aroma.

Shaving soaps are traditionally round, heavily fragrances usually with some sort of synthetic woody aroma and quite expensive.  One popular high street brand sells a 100g bar for £12.00 and contains both synthetic perfume and colourings.  This on the other hand retails for £2.49 for 95g and is 100% synthetic free.


As the ingredients are so pure, I didn’t react, develop a shaving rash or spots.  My skin was also left feeling smooth and moisturised, not dry or irritated.  I took this bar whilst travelling and used it both as a both a regular soap and a shaving soap. Incidental if only used to shave with, I can see this bar lasting you months!  Fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Sodium cocoate, Sodium olivate, Aqua, Sodium castorate, Kaolin (clay), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil contains linalool, limonene, geraniol, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) essential oil contains limonene, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice

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Glycerine based shaving soap with propolis and honey

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Simply Bee Shaving Soap – 125ml (13.50)

Being a man who chooses to wear his hair short, oppose to being bald, I shave my head regularly. As this is a weekly task and covers a substantial surface area, I invested in a quality shaving brush and have tried a variety of shaving soaps over the years.

The qualities of a really good shaving soap are the following; primarily lubrication! The soap needs to encourage the easy slide of a sharp blade, cleanly over the skin, without drag or irritation. Foam, the soap should foam up and stay foamy for as long as the shave is taking place. This enables one to clearly see the areas already shaved. Bonus qualities include ingredients that calm the skin, because we all know the shaving process can promote redness, irritation and even spots. So anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing properties are all good.

This hand made shaving soap from Simply Bee natural products ticks all the boxes. It is primarily a vegetable derived glycerine based soap made with coconut oil, castor oil and palm kernel oil with added bees wax, antimicrobial propolis and honey. No synthetics, no perfumes, no artificial colours or preservatives.

It comes in a clear plastic 125ml pot with screw lid, making it practical for use when travelling. Unscrew the lid and apply a damp shaving brush, whip up a lather of long lasting, honey fragranced bubbles that soften the skin, lubricate a blade and soothes the skin. pop the lid back on and the soap is hygienically sealed ready for next time. The effect is a clean smooth shave and soothed, irritation free, moisturised skin.

If you’re already a shaving brush and soap user, take a moment to read the ingredients in your current brand of shaving soap. If you find it full of unnecessary additives, fillers, artificial colours and perfumes, then it’s time to throw it away! If you struggle with shaving creams or gels, get through them too quickly or are left with skin irritation, consider this more natural alternative.

Ingredients: Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut Oil), Castor Oil, Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Elaeis Guineensis Kernel Oil, (Palm Kernel Oil), Sorbitan Oleate, Sorbitol, Aqua, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Propolis Cera (Propolis), Maltodextrin (Honey)