Art of Shaving Changing Their Shaving Soap Formula?

The shaving forums (here for example) are all abuzz that The Art of Shaving’s excellent shaving soap is apparently in the process of changing from a tallow-based formula to one based on palm oil.  I’m frankly surprised its taken this long for Proctor and Gamble’s accountants to make themselves known, but there you have it.  I’ll have to try the new formula soon and report back.  Trumper’s tried doing something similar with their Eucris shave soap and while the results are acceptable it is not nearly as luxurious as their tallow soaps.  Stay tuned….

Meanwhile, if you want to see if you can get a puck of the old stuff, Art of Shaving is having a “Friends and Family” sale this weekend at their stores (be sure to look at the ingredient list so you know what you’re getting: the original formula will list sodium tallowate). The sale will probably be online as well–it’s worth looking at their website this weekend to see though of course there’s no way of telling whether you will get the old formula or the new).

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  1. If you’ve been looking for the Art of Shaving Soaps with tallow, no need to despair! Here’s a good stock of the discontinued version. Since it’s discontinued, it’s obviously only going to be around for a limited time:

  2. Nick from WI says:

    This really sucks because I have the AOS tallow, lemon shave soap and I absolutely LOVE IT! I don’t even want to try the reformulation and I really wonder why some of these big brand names that produce an awesome product are going away from tallow! Tallow shave soaps are the best and it really sucks that AOS is going with a new formulation without tallow! I won’t be purchasing in the future! I will be trying Mike’s shave soap or Mystic Waters tallow!

  3. Arkadin says:

    So no update on trying it out yet? All the reports from people who have actually used the new soap (novel idea) have been very positive.

    • mantic59 mantic59 says:

      I have used it a few times since. Decent performance, much better than the previous CM products. But just not a personal favorite so I don’t use it all the time.

  4. I have to agree that the tallow artisan soappers have outperformed AoS tallow soap IMO. This includes, the Strop Shoppe, Mike’s, QCS, and Mystic Waters. The reformulation doesn’t really affect me at all b/c I’m so much more happy with the above mentioned artisans.

  5. Another one bites the dust. At least I have my mountain of Palmolive and Arko sticks, as well as a few of the old school soaps to keep me happy.
    It’s incredible that the last few years have seen a resurgence of traditional shaving (thanks to the internet and sites like these) only to see the demise of one shaving product after another. Depressing or what.

  6. Tabac is tallow based as well

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