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Synergy Shaving Soap From How To Grow A Moustache: A New Paradigm?

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How To Grow A Moustache (HTGAM) Synergy shaving soap has just about every quality shaving ingredient you can think of:
Ingredients (updated to reflect latest mix): Kokum Butter, Organic Mango Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Pumpkin Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Organic Neem Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerine, Purified Water, Sodium & Potassium Hydroxide,Soy bean protein, Chaulmoogra Oil, Aloe Extract, Maca Root, Yellow Dock Root, Essential Oil [Unless Scent Free].  This thing is chock full of good stuff.

Brush Loading Synergy Shaving Soap

But it’s extra-wide puck makes brush loading a snap.  In fact, I don’t know if its the puck size, the ingredients, or a combination of both (perhaps that’s where the “Synergy” name comes in) but the amount of water this soap can take in a very short time and make an incredibly thick, lubricating lather (even in hard water) with every type of shaving brush I have tried is simply astonishing.

The scent I have is bay rum (with perhaps a little citrus thrown in).  The scent is medium strong and lingers just long enough for a full shave.  Performance-wise, Synergy shaving soap is among the best products I’ve tried: shaving is effortless.  I sent Sharpologist c0-founder Andy Tarnoff a puck of the Lavender & Cedar version.  Here’s what he had to say:

“The soap performed incredibly well for me. You wouldn’t think the shape of the tin would matter, but for some reason it did. My brush lathered extremely well; not too watery or too dry, and I felt both excellent cushioning and glide. I got an extremely close shave on my first try, and I liked how easily it washed off, too. I’m not a fan of the Lavender-Cedar scent – which didn’t linger – but that’s all that’s keeping me from giving this a 10 out of 10. Great, great stuff.”

Andy really likes bay rum products so he and I are swapping pucks.  There’s also a scentless puck.

The kicker is that it’s a great value.  Yes, it’s $16/puck but a puck is 8oz!  That’s $2/oz, cheaper than many artisan glycerin-based shave soaps.
I don’t often “rave” about a new shaving product, but HTGAM Synergy shaving soap deserves your attention.  The combination of the soap itself and the extra-wide size might be a game-changer for artisan shaving soaps.

Synergy definitely gets Mantic59’s Seal of Approval.


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28 thoughts on “Synergy Shaving Soap From How To Grow A Moustache: A New Paradigm?”

  1. Update: Hey folks, for those not in the know, Synergy is now Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements! We are on our most recent formulation 3.0 and I believe it to be our best yet, but don’t take my word for it…ask for opinions in the forums! 🙂 We also now make a High Butter formula for our Crown King Brand! Both equally killer formulas with that classic Synergy post shave feel. Shave On!

  2. I disagree. This review was about our 1.0 formula, over the last year it has always been evolving. The current formulation is 2.5. I am always working to better what we do. My current formulation is far better than 1.0 IMHO…I wouldn’t sell it otherwise. What would be the sense in that? As with everything in Wet Shaving, it’s placebo and YMMV! 🙂 Thanks for your interest and shave on!
    Here’s a recent review by Nick:

    1. Douglas,
      So where do I go to buy this product? What is the official name so I can try and get my hands on some of this soap that everyone is talking about?

  3. Just a quick update to say that based off this review, I tried the soap and loved it — it really transformed my shaving experience. Sadly, however, post HTGAM’s merger into Phoenix Artisan, they have completely changed the formula for the soap (I suspect for cost reasons) and it is simply not as good. In particular, the slickness is gone as is the post-rinse face feel. Shame. Seems like they’ve taken an outstanding product and transformed it into something merely average, and virtually indistinguishable from competing products.

    1. You gotta be kidding! I just spent the better part of the hour researching reviews on this and now the rat b@st@rds changed the formula?
      Any idea when? Perhaps a reseller still has some original left…
      Thanks for the input!

      1. They have changed formula several times since this article was published. Be sure to check the dates of any other reviews you find so make sure you are looking at the most recent version. This applies to any shaving product! Changes and updates happen all the time.

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  6. Synergy shave soap is the best shaving soap I have used to date. Like Andy, I’m not crazy over the lavendar/cedar wood scent but the performance overshadows that. I’m in the midst of moving, but I’ll definitely be trying one of the other available scents soon!

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  8. Just curious, is this more of a croap (soft soap) or is it hard?
    As to the diameter, I agree a large puck is better for loading. I typically fit my soaps into a wider mouthed container for just that reason.

    1. I would call this a soft soap (though a bit harder than other soft soaps I have. I guess it’s all relative. 🙂 )

  9. I totally agree: the price for half a pound of soap is a terrific bargain (quite a few shaving soaps are 4 oz or less), and the soap is superb. The big surprise, though, is what a difference the puck diameter makes. As James Cameron famously said, “Size does matter.”
    This soap is definitely a favorite.

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  11. Thanks Mark!
    Let it be known we now have 6 scents, that is if you count our scentless puck too, they are: Lime, Cavendish, Bay Rum, Vanetiver (vetiver/vanilla), Lavender/Cedar, and Non-Scents (scentless). Happy Shaving!

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