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Last Chance: Just the Goods vegan shaving soap for normal or sensitive skin

Last Chance: Just the Goods vegan shaving soap for normal or sensitive skin

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Razor burn and bumps, as well as itchy and flaking skin, can often be attributed to the harsh and pore clogging petrochemicals found in conventional shaving cream. A mild, moisturizing soap infused with the cleansing and healing benefits of essential oils is a fantastic way to achieve softer, smoother skin without irritation.

Just the Good's vegan shaving soap gives a satisfying, clean shave that helps skin feel great thanks to vegetable-derived stearic acid and kaolin for slip and lather, essential oils that disinfect and provide antibacterial support, and shea butter moisturizes. Please note that those with highly sensitive skin and/or an allergy to botanicals may prefer the unscented version of this product.

  • Lemon and Rosemary:  Lemon essential oil is antiviral, astringent, detoxifying, and antiseptic. It is also said to have the ability to stimulate white corpuscles which protect the body against infection. Rosemary essential oil is a potent anti-fungal and antibacterial agent that helps dull skin. An interesting bonus is that it has the capacity to decrease fatigue and mild depression. Please note, however, that rosemary is not recommended for use by those prone to seizure.
  • Tea tree oil and Patchouli: Tea tree oil has well-known antibacterial properties, making it great for helping to avoid razor burn and other irritation. Patchouli also has antiseptic and astringent properties but brings the added benefit of being an antidepressant and aphrodisiac!
  • Unscented is best suited for very sensitive skin including allergies to botanical ingredients. Unscented is also suitable for use during pregnancy and/or nursing.


SLS & propylene glycol-free melt & pour base [water, vegetable glycerine, sodium stearate, sodium oleate, sorbitol, stearic acid, lauric acid, sodium laurate, sodium myristate, pentasodium penteate, tetrasodium etidronate] with unrefined butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), kaolin clay, tocopherol (vitamin e - contains non-gmo soy) + essential oils (where applicable).


Shaving soaps are quite different than conventional shaving cream in a can.  As you know, cans use aerosol or other expellants to fill a petroleum base with gas and/or air to create a mousse. Just the Goods shaving solids, however, are made without sodium lauryl sulfate or other artificial foaming agents, so the trick to making them work is to use a shaving brush to create tiny bubbles. Brushes are sold separately.

To create lather, first saturate your brush with warm water then swirl it onto the shaving soap in fast and hard circles until tiny bubbles form. Next, using the brush, scoop up the bubbles and transfer them onto the area you wish to shave. A little goes a long way, so even the appearance of what is required is different than conventional shaving foam — all you need is a thin layer to help your razor glide.  Please note that if you try to rub the shaving soap directly onto the desired area, you won’t get enough bubbles to reduce the friction of your razor across your skin. A shaving brush is therefore required to whip up the soap, introducing air into the mixture, and creating the bubbles needed to do the job well.

When you’re finished shaving, tighten the lid of the the jar to prevent the soap from drying out and shrinking. The brush should be rinsed out and, ideally, hung upside down so water doesn’t sit in the base, which may case the adhesive holding the bristles in place to deteriorate. A clean, dry brush also means less bacterial growth, which means a fresher, healthier shave.


Just the Goods shaving solids are poured directly into 125 ml / 4 oz reusable glass canning jars and offer a 65 g / 2.29 oz of soap. Shaving brush and razor sold separately.

Note about availability:

Shaving soap was the first item I made when I started tinkering with DIY cosmetics approximately 13 years ago, well before I ever dreamed of starting Just the Goods. Since that time, many other plant-based shaving soaps have become available, which is great because that means more people are thinking about what goes onto (and thus into) their bodies.

With all that said... as much as folks love this item, it's challenging for me to make and thus increasingly difficult to justify keeping in regular rotation. It takes approximately 4 hours to make 20 jars (not including clean up time) so, during those several months early on in the pandemic when I was working alone, I switched this product from on-demand to inventoried. Even though Amanda has been back at work since mid-August, it's still difficult to find the time required to keep this product in stock, so I'm thinking of phasing it out. I have enough material to make approximately 65 more jars so, when those are made, I think that'll be it for shaving soap from Just the Goods.

I've been batting this idea around for a few years, but I think it's finally time to decide. For now, new inventory of unscented, lemon + rosemary, and tea tree + patchouli scented shaving soap has been listed at and, when I get a sufficient chunk of time, I'll finish making what I can with remaining ingredients then make a more official announcement that these will be the last ones, forever.

On the upside, I've been thinking about making shaving oil and aftershave for a long, looong time, so maybe that will come next? What do you think? It's funny -- most toner works great as aftershave, but there seems to be some sort of gendered misunderstanding around this. So, if I do pursue making aftershave, I'll be sure to provide some clarity 😊 I'll keep you posted on all of the above! Please be sure to let me know your thoughts, too 😊 

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