This June I started making my own bath soap simply because a friend sold me some and I thought it would fun to do it myself.
So... eventually, since I've always preferred making my own lather (I've got an old pure badger I've had for 20 years) I thought, why not make my own shaving soap. I'd used Williams and was not all that impressed, but what bothered me the most was the puck sliding around in the mug.
Pouring my own soap in a shaving mug solves that. The cold process soap making technique makes excellent soap, prob'ly better than anything you can buy (for reasons I'd be happy to answer if anyone is interested). Shaving soap recipes basically don't differ much from bath soap, except they generally include more castor oil for rich creamy lather and a little bentonite clay for razor slide.
One thing led to another and just today I ran across the news that DE razors are making a comeback. Couldn't find my old one so I ordered a Merkur 38C (anything that sounds like the perfect bra size has got to be great). Not wanting to wait, I rode out to some junk stores and bought a couple old Gillettes for $5 a piece.
Now I don't know if it's just that I used a brand new blade, or that I used more care than I do with a routine shave with my Fusion, but... WOW!
Yes Virginia, there IS a difference.
Only... now what am I going to do with the five shaving mugs I've got with homemade soap, not to mention 15 pucks of the stuff sliced from my 3" cylinder mold?