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La Toja shaving stick reformulation

Steve56

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I think that I’m in good shape, the majority of mine are the older formula, which I never had an issue with. Plus two sticks in a tub which is how I use it at home.

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I noticed the scent change which I am not sure is related to the reformulation, maybe to people’s sensitivity issues?

Below are two sticks of the old formula, one has a round nose and one has a square nose. I was thinking that the scent change came with the square nose of the old formula? Maybe a manufacturer/factory change?

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Steve56

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I stocked up on it years ago in anticipation of this.

Me too, but not so much a conscious stocking up as cart stuffing to get free shipping. If I was $2-10 short of free shipping, I’d throw in some La Toja sticks, since I like it. So I acquired it faster than I used it.

I’d like more of those round nose sticks of the old formula though!
 
I’m no chemist but Sodium Chloride is found in many harder soaps as well, such as Martin de Candre for example, which I believe is for saponification purposes. The mineral salts are a totally different thing.
Exactly, in soap making, fats or oils are first hydrolysed by using sodium hydroxide, NaOH or potassium hydroxide, KOH to form a solution of glycerol and fatty acids. Ssoap is then precipitated from the solution by adding salt like sodium chloride, NaCl, potassium chloride, KCl, etc.
(In specifics sodium ions from the sodium chloride bond with the fatty acid , forming a product that is less soluble in water . because of this reduced solubility the soap forms a solid mass.)
In many cases artizans use it also because it helps unmold the final product quicker - due ti enhanced solidification. :001_smile
 
Come on gents, La Toja hasn’t been ruined as some people are already spreading around this forum. Please manage your anxiety and stop the fake news

La Toja has been reformulated multiple times over the past years. If you follow the Spanish forum, there was a change just a few years ago and many people there didn’t like it, but no one here noticed, because it’s still awesome. Also, La Toja contained tallow up until not so long ago. Here’s a reference to a reformulation no one here cared to notice:

This new version will perform nearly the same with potentially a slightly different scent.

L’Occitane Cade has been ruined, Trumper’s has been ruined, La Toja will be just fine
 
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SOTD (2 days stubble)

La Toja "new" stick
Omega 80097 boar brush
Muhle R41 -Rosegold handle
Bic Chrome Platinum blade #1
Omega Alum stick


Apart for the new scent (to my nose the lavender-Mediterranean notes are definitely gone ) the soap performs brilliantly.
I rubbed the stick to my face and used my boar brush to make a thick lather , after a few swirls it exploded just as La Toja always did.
Three pass save and tried a lot of buffing to test the residual slickness, and it was pretty good.

After the shave i used the alum stick and had no irritation - none at all , just a wonderful BBS shave.

I also whipped a quick lather to my shaving bowl just for bowl lathering sake , hence the photo.

All in all the product is still good , an excellent vfm soap - i always carried a stick in my shaving travel bag .

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Come on gents, La Toja hasn’t been ruined as some people are already spreading around this forum. Please manage your anxiety and stop the fake news

La Toja has been reformulated multiple times over the past years. If you follow the Spanish forum, there was a change just a few years ago and many people there didn’t like it, but no one here noticed, because it’s still awesome. Also, La Toja contained tallow up until not so long ago. Here’s a reference to a reformulation no one here cared to notice:

This new version will perform nearly the same with potentially a slightly different scent.

L’Occitane Cade has been ruined, Trumper’s has been ruined, La Toja will be just fine
May have understood the change, if I understood the video.
Sorry.
 
SOTD (2 days stubble)

La Toja "new" stick
Omega 80097 boar brush
Muhle R41 -Rosegold handle
Bic Chrome Platinum blade #1
Omega Alum stick


Apart for the new scent (to my nose the lavender-Mediterranean notes are definitely gone ) the soap performs brilliantly.
I rubbed the stick to my face and used my boar brush to make a thick lather , after a few swirls it exploded just as La Toja always did.
Three pass save and tried a lot of buffing to test the residual slickness, and it was pretty good.

After the shave i used the alum stick and had no irritation - none at all , just a wonderful BBS shave.

I also whipped a quick lather to my shaving bowl just for bowl lathering sake , hence the photo.

All in all the product is still good , an excellent vfm soap - i always carried a stick in my shaving travel bag .

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Good to know that it is the old salt that it used to be.
 

Steve56

Ask me about shaving naked!
Try airing the new version out, uncovered, for a day or two outside or a bit more inside. That seems to restore the ‘old‘ scent or help a lot. La Toja is strongly scented, there’s a lot of fragrance in it which maybe goes unnoticed because it isn’t an ‘in your face’ scent (sorry, couldn’t resist).

Performance is still the same, or closer than I can tell, and a straight razor will tell on the soap!
 
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