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Erasmic Shaving Soap (UK)

Erasmic Shaving Soap comes in a neat little tub that is also good for travelling. It produces a generous lather that cushions the razor and hydrates the skin. The Erasmic soap is completely glycerin based and has no tallow in it whatsoever according to the ingredients. It also has a markedly different fragrance than the creams--one that reminds me of the original Old English aftershave. The performance is on par with the original Erasmic cream. To date this is the only Erasmic product the manufacturer Keyline Brands hasn't tampered with. Let's hope they leave well enough alone. It's a staple in my shaving soap rotation and I can't recommend it highly enough.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 


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Erasmic Shaving Cream (UK)
Erasmic Shave Stick (UK)

NO LONGER AVAILABLE
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The following review applies to the original formulation only.

The original formulation Erasmic Shaving Cream and Shave Stick were two of the finest wetshaving products on the market. Economically priced and widely available, they often were the first products that those new to wetshaving tried. When I first got into traditional wetshaving and before I started stocking them, I found it difficult to believe that they could possibly live up to the hype they had generated. I'm happy to relate that they did and then some! Both possessed a light and refreshing aroma. Apart from calling the scent very clean and very masculine, it is difficult to describe but it was certainly one that is readily associated with the traditional barber shops that are becoming more of a challenge to find these days. Both products afforded a rich lather, a good cushion, and a slick surface for your razor to glide on. The shave stick was essentially the cream in solid form so there was no perceptible difference in the performance between the two.

Although the cream has not been manufactured for close to two years now and the stick ceased production about a year or so ago, both of these products are still available as NOS stock from a few select vendors on the internet. If you wish to know whether the tube or stick you currently possess is the original formulation please click on the product pictures and compare the list of ingredients.

If you purchase any of the NOS products available out there the only caution I would advise concerns the cream. The stick stores well and should weather the passage of time without incident. Alas, the same cannot be said for the cream. Erasmic cream is sensitive to extremes of heat and the passage of time will cause it to separate into its constituent water and cream components to the point that you can literally pour it out of the tube. The good news is that once the product has reached this point it is not beyond redemption. If you receive a tube that has slightly separated you can simply replace the cap and give the tube a vigorous shaking for a few minutes. If the separation has gone beyond the "slight" stage then more drastic measures are called for. I have heard of people reconstituting the product in the tube when it reached this stage by taking something slim, like a pipe stem cleaner, and working it up and down in the mouth of the tube. The "churning" motion serves to reunite the product but it can be a little messy so do it over the sink. After a few moments of energetic churning the cream is ready for use again. Other people generally express the entire contents of the tube into a glass bowl with a cover--like the Anchor Hocking custard bowls--mix it up in there and then use the bowl for continued storage.

The stick and cream are still being marketed in new formulations by the current owners of the Erasmic brand. The new stick no longer contains tallow and has gained a reputation, not an altogether enviable one, for its disappearing lather amongst wetshavers. The new cream is a similar disappointment. To compound the blasphemy Keyline Brands has even seen fit to introduce a gel version of this venerable staple! Oh, the humanity!!

Review date--2 April 2010