The Victorian Shaving Soap Project

by sallypointer in Mountain Ash, Wales

The Victorian Shaving Soap Project

I am researching and exploring the wide variety of luxurious and often highly scented shaving and toilet soaps favoured by Victorian gentlemen. Rich almond pastes, attar of roses, spices and citron all feature in these recipes which evoke the atmosphere and tastes of the gentleman's dressing room well over a century ago. I'm seeking funding to allow me to not only fully research and reconstruct a number of these recipes (the findings will eventually form part of a new book which will reflect my current research into the archaeology and history of soap and other cleansers), but I will also be selecting some of the recipes to be updated and have full modern safety and quality assessments carried out on them. I plan to put this selected range back into small scale production for use by those interested in experiencing the texture and aroma of real soap, carefully made using historic techniques (but to modern quality and safety standards) without any of the modern additives or synthetic fragrances so often seen in today' products. I will be recording the progress of the project in a blog, offering readers a chance to help me choose which recipes are put back into production, and offering bars of the final chosen soaps (once certified and passing all current legal requirements applied to soap in this country) to funders. The funding reward structure doesn't allow me a way to offer a reward for investments of under £10 but please do feel free to invest smaller amounts. Even £1 is useful and very much appreciated. Thank you so much for reading this, and even if you do not feel able to help fund this unusual project, I hope you'll stop by the blog at some point and see how my progress is.

by sallypointer in Mountain Ash, Wales

We did it
On 17th December 2011 we successfully raised £380 with 23 supporters in 60 days

I am researching and exploring the wide variety of luxurious and often highly scented shaving and toilet soaps favoured by Victorian gentlemen. Rich almond pastes, attar of roses, spices and citron all feature in these recipes which evoke the atmosphere and tastes of the gentleman& 39;s dressing room well over a century ago.

I& 39;m seeking funding to allow me to not only fully research and reconstruct a number of these recipes (the findings will eventually form part of a new book which will reflect my current research into the archaeology and history of soap and other cleansers), but I will also be selecting some of the recipes to be updated and have full modern safety and quality assessments carried out on them.

I plan to put this selected range back into small scale production for use by those interested in experiencing the texture and aroma of real soap, carefully made using historic techniques (but to modern quality and safety standards) without any of the modern additives or synthetic fragrances so often seen in today& 39; products.

I will be recording the progress of the project in a blog, offering readers a chance to help me choose which recipes are put back into production, and offering bars of the final chosen soaps (once certified and passing all current legal requirements applied to soap in this country) to funders.

The funding reward structure doesn& 39;t allow me a way to offer a reward for investments of under £10 but please do feel free to invest smaller amounts. Even £1 is useful and very much appreciated.

Thank you so much for reading this, and even if you do not feel able to help fund this unusual project, I hope you& 39;ll stop by the blog at some point and see how my progress is.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

For those investing £10, once the new range of tested & safety certified soaps is ready, I will send you a bar of soap made to one of the Victorian recipes as a thank-you for your help.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Invest £50 or more and I will send you a specially turned wooden bowl containing Victorian recipe shaving soap in a choice of scents (or unscented).

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Invest £100 or more, and I will design you a soap to your specifications, and will provide you with 6 bars or cakes of it.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

Invest £200 or more, and I will teach a one day soap-making workshop to a group of your choice (up to 10 participants). Travel costs may need to be negotiated if you are not within 50 miles of me.

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