Bay Rum Shaving.Okay, Scott ... maybe you want to back up a little and explain why you want to make a shave soap with clay in it? If you have a recipe you're thinking about, might also want to post that too.
Reason why I say this is that clay is a shave soap ingredient with a lot of controversy surrounding its use. Many recipes created by non wet shavers are basically bath soap recipes with added clay ... and that's not a real shave soap. I'm not a shaver dude, and even I can tell you that! Most of the shaver dudes who make their own soap and post here on SMF don't use clay.
This recipe stings like a bee and floats like a butterfly.Clay was a boxer, not a shaving soap ingredient.
This recipe stings like a bee and floats like a butterfly.
It is also a normal soap recipe with clay added. And not a very good one at that.
Thank you IrishLass you have given me lots to ponder..Besides Songwind's thread and LBussy's thread linked to above, here is another one of my favorite (long) shave soap threads: http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=47002&highlight=NaOH
Just to add to what IrishLass said:
I do not make "shave soap" however I do make soap for my husband to shave with. He is strictly a shave in the shower guy and will not use any soap that does not have clay in it. In fact his favorite is French Green Clay! In his option it's the only way to shave!
Actually, many wet shaves dislike clay based on the idea that it could dull blades. Kind of a big deal when purchasing double edged blades or using straight razor.IMO, clay is one of those things that is held in low esteem because it was misused. As everyone says, bath soap + clay does not a shaving soap make. I think that so many wet shavers were burned by that misrepresentation that clay's reputation became forever soiled. (hehe)
In spite of that, adding a bit of clay or activated charcoal to a properly formulated shaving soap can be a nice addition.
I'm not disputing that some people think that, but they're empirically wrong. Scientifically, it's nonsensical. Bentonite clay is made of montmorillonite which runs no higher than a 2 on the Mohs hardness scale - about as hard as a fingernail. Kaolin clay is primarily kaolinite which comes in around 2.5 Mohs. Whereas mild steel runs at least a 4 and a good razor should run 5.5-6ish. These clays no more dull good steel than do your fingernails scratch a diamond ring. The only thing that dulls razors is rust.Actually, many wet shaves dislike clay based on the idea that it could dull blades. Kind of a big deal when purchasing double edged blades or using straight razor.
A properly formulated shave soap absolutely does not need clay. If a person is using disposables and normally uses bar soap for shaving, then yes, go ahead and use some caly. Those kind of razors dull fast anyways.