Hometown: Liberty Hill
Filed Under: Try finding another world-class shaving soap at this price, with or without an engraved windmill. You won't.
Overview: Affordable shave soap produced in small batches, one at a time, using the Van der Hagen family's own unique kettle process. Thick lather, light but masculine scent, and long-lasting bar quality make these little Dutch-derived, Texas-made shaving soaps an essential weapon in your morning battle against the stubble
Appreciate: What you get for the price. Search online shave forums, read online product reviews, or best yet: try it yourself, and you'll reach a common conclusion: Van der Hagen's Luxury Shave Soap is a high-quality yet bargain-quality product. It contains over 10% Glycerin, which is a natural, allergy-free ingredient that is known most for its hydroscopic properties, which means it attracts moisture, which in turn means that when mixed with water and absorbed by your skin, your skin becomes softer. But Glycerin also facilitates the chemistry needed to extend the life and strength of bubbles; and in the context of a great shave, this means a consistent lather that does not dissolve on one side of your face while you work on the other. Van der Hagen's luxury shave soap also contains other skin-softening ingredients like shea, mango, and cocoa butters. It's all hypoallergenic, and available in non-scented to boot. One more thing: none of Van der Hagen's products are animal-tested, which is nice for everyone, including the dogs around Liberty Hill
Know: You'll need a quality badger brush and nice-sized shave bowl to work the soap into a marvelous lather. Good news: Van der Hagen sells those, too. Buy the Luxury Shave Set, which includes the soap plus a monogrammed shave brush made from 100% badger hair, an apothecary mug for making your lather, and an acrylic stand to hang your brush and razor from
Special Comments: Based in Liberty Hill, Van der Hagen Enterprises is a family owned, family-run business. The Van der Hagen's emigrated from Holland to Texas in 1905, and not long after, area-ranchers began losing their beards. They run a relatively discrete and low-profile business, which is surprising considering they supply ingredients to high-profile product lines by icons like Estee Lauder, Bath and Body Works, Elizabeth Arden, Harrods, and Liz Claiborne
Cost: Around $4 per puck; look for packs of three for under $12 at Amazon and similar retailers; the Luxury Shave Set can be yours for around $30
See it: Here.