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Shaving soaps and the cost per shave- Data mined from the 3017 thread.

Interesting reading here guys. Almost enough to have me 3017 something.
 
I seem to be a bit higher, but it is likely based on a lot of soft soaps and creams the first year and a half of 3017ing
Yes, your creams certainly bump up that average. The soft soap cost per shave actually seam conservative in comparison.

Turns out the expensive hard soaps are not always that expensive when priced on a per shave basis, but the expensive creams are really expensive!
 
Yes, your creams certainly bump up that average. The soft soap cost per shave actually seam conservative in comparison.

Turns out the expensive hard soaps are not always that expensive when priced on a per shave basis, but the expensive creams are really expensive!
I hope to start 100g of MdC on December 01. Looking forward to seeing how that one plays out. :thumbup1:
 
I hope to start 100g of MdC on December 01. Looking forward to seeing how that one plays out. :thumbup1:
I was hopeful to see some MdC stats as well since folks think it is insanely overpriced; however, I hear it lasts a really long time. I'm curious if the longevity makes it a viable candidate especially since many "lower cost" (i.e., lower initial purchase price) soaps seem to have a higher cost per shave.
 

Steve56

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I was hopeful to see some MdC stats as well since folks think it is insanely overpriced; however, I hear it lasts a really long time. I'm curious if the longevity makes it a viable candidate especially since many "lower cost" (i.e., lower initial purchase price) soaps seem to have a higher cost per shave.

Here you go:

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/414860-Soaps-Cost-per-Use?highlight=MdC+usage

My numbers did not include shipping the MdC, IIRC the cost per shave with shipping was around 35 cents and I used 1.4 grams per shave with a Chubby 1. So no, the cost per shave is not that much different from other high end soaps.

Looking at the data, am I seeing that creams are generally more expensive per use than soaps? I didn't do any creams but did find the hard soaps more cost-efficient in general.

Cheers, Steve
 
My guess on MdC (from my 3017 thread), is that you're using more than you think you are, and that it's likely the high volume of soap that makes it appear to last a long time. I could be wrong, but 1.5-2.0 grams per shave would be my expectation.
 
I was hopeful to see some MdC stats as well since folks think it is insanely overpriced; however, I hear it lasts a really long time. I'm curious if the longevity makes it a viable candidate especially since many "lower cost" (i.e., lower initial purchase price) soaps seem to have a higher cost per shave.
I've also heard often that MdC is supposed to last longer somehow, but usually that claim is made without enough comparison stats for my liking. From what little I have seen from tracking, MdC doesn't last any longer than other hard soaps.

So, if the 200g glass jar costs $70 and usage rate is between 1g to 2g per shave, the cost is around 35c to 70c per shave. If you end up paying $20 or more on shipping, that cost increases to between 45c to 90c per shave.

Some may use less soap, other could use more. But, I don't think you should bank on using MdC any slower than what you would use say Tabac or an AoS soap.
 

Steve56

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My last order contained a jar of fougere at $42. Their price on the website ncludes VAT (about 15%) until you log into an account outside the EU. Shipping one jar has never been the most efficient, but a jar would likely end up at around $51 shipped from France to the U.S. based on the rate I paid.

Cheers, Steve
 

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Gold Dachs: 4/26/10-6/19/10: 55 days/$11.00: $0.20
SCS Chilled Stick: 6/30/10-7/28/10: 29 days/$6.50: $0.22
AoS Lavender: 7/29/10-10/14/10: 64 days (2 weeks for a Brush Chronicle)/$30.00: $0.46
L'Occitane Cade: 11/1/10-1/17/11: 78 days/$12.00: $0.15
Mitchell's Wool Fat: 1/18/11-5/26/11: 127 days/$13.00: $0.10
Acca Kappa White Moss: 8/4/11-9/11/11: 38 days/$19.00: $0.50
DR Harris Almond: 9/12/11-12/27/11: 118 days/$18.00: $0.15
Institut Karite: 1/1/12-2/4/12: 33 days/$14.00: $0.42
Haslinger Marigold: 2/5/12-2/18/12: 14 days/$9.00: $0.64
SCS Refined: 2/12/12-3/5/12: 21 days/$7.00: $0.33
Castle Forbes Lavender Travel Size: 3/6/12-4/3/12: 27 days/$16.00: $0.59
Czech & Speake 88 (1.25 travel pucks): 6/11/12-7/10/12: 30 days/$12.00: $0.40
DR Harris Arlington stick: 7/11/12-8/17/12: 38 days/$18.00: $0.47
Geo. F. Trumper Rose: 9/1/12-12/2/12: 93 days/$18.00: $0.19
Simpson Luxury Shave Cream: 12/3/12-12/31/12: 28 days/$25.00: $0.89
RazoRock Napoleon's Violet: 1/1/13-1/26/13: 25 days/$8.00: $0.32
Czech & Speake Oxford and Cambridge: 2/1/13-3/19/13: 47 days/$34.00: $0.72
SCS Bay Rum with a Twist: 3/21/13-4/3/13: 14 days/$7.00: $0.50
AoS Lemon: 4/4/13-6/13/13: 74 days/$30.00: $0.41
C.O. Bigelow Cream: 6/28/13-7/14/13: 17 days/$5.00: $0.29
Boellis Panama 1924 Soap (Half Brick, 85 g): 7/17/13-8/12/13: 25 days/$25.00: $1.00
​SCS Mochaccino Soap: 8/13/13-8/30/13: 18 days/$7.00: $0.39
SCS Fairway: 9/21/13-10/5/13: 16 days/$7.00: $0.44
Mitchell's Wool Fat: 1/21/14-3/20/14: 60 days/$13.00: $0.22
Simpson Unscented Soap: 3/30/14-5/12/14: 44 days/$7.00: $0.16
Captain Fawcett's Luxurious Shave Soap: 6/13/14-7/27/14: 44 days/$36.00: $0.82
TOBS St. James Cream: 8/1/14-8/18/14: 18 days/$11.00: $0.61
Truefitt & Hill Grafton Cream: 9/4/14-9/23/14: 20 days/$22.00: $1.10
SCS New Spice Soap: 9/30/14-11/12/14: 18 days (not including interruptions)/$7.00: $0.39

Clearly, for a dedicated, load it like you hate it 3017er, you get no value from soft soaps or creams. Your best bet is a true, triple milled hard soap, and in the case where you load it like a normal person (like my first go around with MWF), it's incredibly cheap.
 

Clearly, for a dedicated, load it like you hate it 3017er, you get no value from soft soaps or creams. Your best bet is a true, triple milled hard soap, and in the case where you load it like a normal person (like my first go around with MWF), it's incredibly cheap.
Nice to see the breakdown of those soaps and finally someone who beat out my $0.98. :tongue_sm
 
Here is the analysis of my 3017 journey so far:

- All weight measurements are of the soap/cream only
- Cost was what I paid for a new tube/tub/puck/etc.


StartEndSoap/CreamWeight (g)# of Shavesg/ShaveCost$/ShavePerf.ScentAdditional Comments
11/14/20131/5/2014Barrister and Mann Nocturne Soap106303.53$12.00$0.40********
1/7/20146/17/2014The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Cream1501141.32$25.00$0.22*********
6/18/20147/30/2014RazoRock XX Soap (White Tub)103482.15$10.00$0.21******
7/31/20148/22/2014Stirling Soap Blue Sample52212.48FreeFree*******
8/23/20149/1/2014Stirling Soap Sport Sample22102.20FreeFree-**Allergic reaction
9/2/201410/9/2014C.O. Bigelow Shaving Cream (Partial Tube)75381.97$6.67$0.09*******$/Shave was extrapolated
10/10/2014-Truefitt & Hill Rose Shaving CreamIn Progress

This confirms my thinking that the AOS soaps are no more costly than the RazoRock soaps. Yet one is considered a great value while the other way overpriced. The longevity has to be taken into consideration when you purchase a soap to really know if it was a good deal or not.
 

Steve56

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+ A bunch on the great thread! Thanks to everyone who is curious about the real cost of things.

Cheers, Steve
 
Great thread Jim. If nothing else it helps new members who are sometimes overwhelmed at the prices of good shave lathers. I was struck by it as well when I first started and only after months did it dawn on me one day that for the most part, shaving in and of itself is cheaper than dirt. Now lets not get started on the ancillary items such as brushes, custom knives, etc. Oh no, we won't go there! But this thread amply demonstrates that the reasons many of us got into this habit are still valid. When it comes to shaving it is still much cheaper than cartridges and Edge gel. Me? I quit justifying any of this years ago. My wife still gives the 'look' to me once in awhile.
 
This confirms my thinking that the AOS soaps are no more costly than the RazoRock soaps. Yet one is considered a great value while the other way overpriced. The longevity has to be taken into consideration when you purchase a soap to really know if it was a good deal or not.
To clarify, I 3017'ed a tub of AoS cream. I do have an AoS Sandalwood soap puck that I will get to sooner or later. It's rather hard so I suspect that I will get a significant number of shaves from it.

After seeing the consumption rate of others, it seems that my rate is fairly low especially for creams.
 
RR Mudder Focker is completed. Cost of $10 and I got 33 shaves from it (100g of soap in jar)

Mystic Water - $0.34
QCS Cream - $0.93
GFT Coconut Cream - $0.65
PdP - $0.16
Nancy Boy - $0.48
LaToja Stick - $0.39
PannaCreama - $0.45
Proraso Blue - $0.21
Haslinger - $0.38
RR P.160 - $0.25
Castle Forbes - $0.98
RR Mudder Focker - $0.30
 
I only have 2 products to contribute, but one is interesting to me.

Stirling Frozen Tundra - (puck+sample) - $8.00 - 68 shaves - $0.12/shave
Barbasol Original - 2.25fl oz - $0.97 - 13 shaves - $0.075/shave

When I extrapolate the shaves from a 2.25fl oz travel can to a 10oz normal can that costs $2, I get $0.035/shave

I'm sure not everyone will enjoy using Barbasol, but for me, the shaves were good. Not as great as I get with a soap, mind you, but good solid shaves.
 
Haslinger is done.

If I go off the $9 a puck before shipping, cost me $0.28 per shave

If I go off the $6.50 delivered price I got them for in my last order, it's a steal at $0.20 per shave.

Mystic Water - $0.34
QCS Cream - $0.93
GFT Coconut Cream - $0.65
PdP - $0.16
Nancy Boy - $0.48
LaToja Stick - $0.39
PannaCreama - $0.45
Proraso Blue - $0.21
* Haslinger - $0.38 ($9 a puck)
RR P.160 - $0.25
Castle Forbes - $0.98
RR Mudder Focker - $0.30
* Haslinger Coconut - $0.20 ($6.50 a puck from new vendor)
 
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