Who writes this article today, is not a genius of the formula, but for years he has been working with producers all over the world and inevitably, he had to learn what you will read below.

The shaving soap, this unknown.
Recently we have been asked, how to understand when a shaving soap is worth and when a shaving soap, not worth it shopping.

The reality is that without having the exact formula framework in hand, you will never know for sure and even having a formula framework in hand, this is expressed in percentage ranges to protect corporate secrecy. However, by continuing to read this article on Shaving Soaps, you will better understand the costs and processes.

What is the cost of shaving soap given?

1 - Type of processing
2 - Quality / Cost of raw materials
3 - Quantity of raw materials
4 - Packaging
5 - Additional costs to be incurred

SAPONIFICATION OF HOT OR COLD SHAVING SOAP.

First, let's get some basic clarity. When it comes to Shaving soap / Shaving cream, there are 2 processes from which it is possible to start.
- Hot Saponification
- Cold saponification

HOT SAPONIFICATION

Hot saponification in terms of machinery, it has a higher cost but it is not said that shaving soap will necessarily be higher compared to cold working. As the word itself says, hot working means working the materials at certain temperatures, kneading and playing the little chemist.
it seems basic but the cost of a shaving soap also depends on it. The mixing phase of the mixture has a precise duration. Let's take 30 minutes. But to have a better worked product, therefore more amalgamated and harmonious, we use the compound multiplier, eg, Triple mix. the basic processing time therefore goes from 30 to 90 minutes. As you know, time is money.

COLD SAPONIFICATION

Cold Saponification, in terms of machinery, it has a lower cost because the base is made by purchasing bags of shaving soap shavings already in flakes. The quality of the soap that will come out will be given by the quality of the basic material purchased. The work and the added quality, in this case, is given by how many times the soap will be machine drawn to make it smooth and homogeneous and obviously by the fragrance.

The oils added during cold saponification are more difficult to incorporate well into the shaving soap and you have to be very good, otherwise it is a bit like the difference between adding olive oil in the mixing phase and adding it. on the bread on the table.

A bad operator who makes hot soap will have a lower result than a good cold soap maker, and vice versa.

QUALITY AND COSTS OF THE RAW MATERIALS CHOSEN FOR THE SHAVING SOAP

Always paying attention to the "quadroformula" issue mentioned in you I attach the card (in this case the Re Nero - The Goodfellas' Smile shaving soap) and taking note that generally you will never know the exact percentage but only the range, let's get an idea of ​​the costs.

Let's leave the reagents aside (although J5-certified cosmetic stearin costs almost as much as coconut oil), these are not the subject of contention today.

Coconut oil:
A lot of it is used in shaving soaps. Its cost varies from 2 to 3 € per kilo to the producer.
The so-called Golden Oils: Argan / Jojoba Oil (IF USED)
they cost from 35 to 40 € per liter. Unless you don't want them with BIO certification (this applies to all oils), where perhaps for the exact same product but certified organic, the price rises to 350 - 400 € per liter

ESSENTIAL OILS

The Essential Oils used in shaving soap are used to give perfume and any further native characteristics.
Always taking note that the quality is given by the choice of the raw material and that the cost depends on volumes that are purchased.

The essential oil of peppermint (fragrance) costs from 45 to 75 € per liter.
The essential oil of sandal (fragrance) costs € 1300 per liter (but the prices also vary according to how the crops are going. a couple of years ago, it rose to € 5000 per liter)
The essential oil of lavender essence (fragrance) costs 90 € per liter but the lavender mont blanc, it costs 300.

Now someone will wonder if the various oils included in shaving soap really have the claimed beneficial effects;
It clearly depends on the quantity used. The extracts of which essential oils are composed, have their own characteristics and are very specific, these never disappear. But if the content is too low, it's a label statement made just to boast about it.

But also pay attention to the inverse case studies! using too much of a raw material could irreparably ruin the formula, paradoxically, worsening it rather than improving it. IS' always a question of balance to get the best result.

SHAVING SOAP PACKAGING

This already affects a lot today and the plastic tax will certainly not help.
There is glass and glass as there is plastic and plastic. There are plastic pots that cost more than glass but in general we can assume that
a plastic jar purchased in large quantities can cost 30/50 cents while a glass jar can cost 0,8 / 1,5 €.
If you add to this the cost of the cardboard box, this could further affect 40 - 50 cents per piece.

The above is a general idea of ​​how much it could cost shaving soap. But since I like to go to the bottom we will now take a card and try to do a little analysis.

The card that I proposed is a The Goodfellas' smile shaving soap. Specifically, the BLACK RE shaving soap.
Obviously, we know the exact percentages and will report them correctly, but it is always and in any case up to the reader, whether or not to decide to trust.

COST OF THE BLACK SHAVING SOAP IN TERMS OF RAW MATERIALS.

Processing type: Hot, triple mix.
ingredients:

WATER: 30%
STEARIC ACID: 30% (€ 2 / Kilo)
COCONUT OIL: 26% (3 € / Kilo)
Certified CURRANT OIL: 5% (180 € / Liter)
EQUINE MILK certified: 4% (460 € / Kilo)
PERFUME: 4% (€ 95 / Liter)
REMAINING: 1% Total.

We are talking about 30 € per kilo.

ADDITIONAL COSTS TO BE INCURRED TO PLACE A SHAVING SOAP ON THE MARKET
From the cost of a soap per kilo, the initial study, man, machine, packaging, labels, but not only must obviously be added.
To be properly placed on the market, they must be properly notified, registered and checked.
Finally, this soap knows beard, ends up in stores all over the world, and shopkeepers need an adequate markup to be able to afford to sell them in turn to the end customer.

Here is a brief and light-hearted explanation of how to evaluate a shaving soap