Mitchell’s Wool Fat

Mitchell's Wool Fat

Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes Sir, yes Sir, three shaves full.

Mitchell’s Wool Fat soap is so-called because it contains lanolin, a waxy-substance obtained as a side-effect of washing wool for processing prior to spinning it. That having been said, I’m not sure how much of this is a matter of a little going a long way, and how much is marketing gimmick, as it really doesn’t contain much lanolin, being 14th on the ingredient list, behind even the perfume and other scents, which considering that this is designed to be an extremely lightly-scented product suitable for those with sensitive skin, is saying a lot.

That having been said, this product gives a damned fine shave. As outlined in our fine host’s video on the subject:

It can be difficult to lather if you have hard water, but it can be well worth it if you wish to put in a bit of effort. Personally, I have quite soft water, so I ended up ignoring most of the recommendations made, with the exception of the “load the brush quite a lot” point, and the admonition to add water as you lather instead of up front.

But, taking those steps, and putting in a bit of elbow grease, yielded a wonderful shave. Just top notch, and left the face feeling great. Still probably not the best shave I’ve ever had, as I think that honour is currently held by Mike’s Natural Soaps (which funnily enough appears to have far more lanolin than MWF does, being 7th on the ingredient list instead of 14th), but I think this stuff is good enough to share the 10/10 Lather Quality score.

The scent, as I mentioned, is quite light, seemingly by design. It’d be best described as a clean scent. I can’t really pick up any individual elements within, beyond a bit of a woodsy aroma. It was strong enough when I was sniffing the baggie the sample I’m using came in, but neigh undetectable when on the face.

  • 7/10 Scent Pleasantness
  • 3/10 Scent Strength
  • 10/10 Lather Quality

A puck of MWF soap (125g) goes for $13.99, however the sample I used was $3.00 for a half ounce sample (currently not in stock at the time of writing).

Overall, my recommendation depends upon whether or not you view the scent of the soap as an integral part of the experience, as I do, or not. If so, I wouldn’t recommend it. 6/10. Far too weak of a scent, there’s other soaps out there that still give great shaves while smelling good. If however you don’t care, or have rather sensitive or dry skin, do yourself a favour and try some. 10/10.

Ingredients: Sodium Tallowate, Potassium Stearate, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Stearate, Aqua, Potassium Cocoate, Glycerin, Parfum, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Lanolin, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Silicate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Magnesium Sulphate, Tetrasodium Etidronate.

Palpz Palpz (35 Posts)

Royal Canadian Naval officer; amateur shave soap reviewer; political junkie

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  1. I think it smells like a cat’s fur. I love the way it makes my brush smell. Currently using it as my main soap, giving myself a “MWF break” once or twice a week with proraso.

  2. Shavefan12 says:

    I don’t know what he’s talking about regarding the scent. The scent is awesome. Kind of powdery, fresh, but not weak at all.

  3. You have to love the irony of a product called “wool fat soap” having sodium tallowate as the first ingredient.

    • Two small points. Apparently it’s back in stock at Garry’s Sample Shop, but he’s currently on vacation till the end of the month. I’ve also been told that there’s a few people who do have bad allergic reactions to the stuff, so if you’re allergy prone, you might want to test it someplace other than your face at first.

  4. You might take a look at Prairie-Creastion‘s tallow+lanolin soaps: excellent soaps and fragrances that produce a very fine lather.

    • Oh don’t worry, I’ll get around to everything on your list eventually. Tell ‘em to offer samples for sale and I’ll get around to it a lot faster!

  5. Thanks for the review. But I agree, for myself also, Mike’s had superior performance. Also the ingredients are all natural and recognizable for Mike’s soap. A big plus in my book.

    • Your use of “all natural” indicates your lack of knowledge. Search google for ‘deadly nightshade’, or ‘rosary pea’, or ‘oleander’, or ‘European yew’, or ‘Hemlock’… or a number of others. They’re all natural and they can all kill you. Being ‘all natural’ doesn’t mean it is good for you.

      As for this even being all natural, again search google for Tetrasodium EDTA, one of the ingredients in this soap. It is definitely not all natural!

      I just ordered one of these because of the great reviews on it. I’m not saying don’t use it, I will be using it, but at least know what it is you’re using.

    • GDCarrington GDCarrington says:

      The ingredients in Mike’s soap are:
      Distilled water; saponified tallow and stearic acid; vegetable glycerin; saponified kokum butter, avocado oil, and shea butter; lanolin, fragrance and/or essential oil(s); saponified coconut oil; kaolin clay, vitamin E.
      Is this what you are referring to in your comment?


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