New Tiki November

New Tiki November
We are so close to reopening our store with new packaging and are so excited! While soap never technically goes 'bad', it does lose its scent and can develop stearic acid precipitates over time (aka 'steric spots'), especially if the soap gets hot during transport.  To say thank you for being a loyal customer, to help clear out your shaving den, to replace a scent you d...
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Tiki Time Update

Tiki Bar Soap Update
Many of you have expressed concern over the past few days as I haven't really been on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) very much recently. We have gotten extremely behind on orders, and are closing from now until September 7th to get caught up as well as recover from DragonCon. So what has been going on? Well, I have been absent from a myriad of factors, including, b...
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Meet Nic, the new co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap

Meet Nic Oberneder, co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap
Meet Nic, the new co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap I would like to introduce you to Nic Oberneder, the new co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap. As many of you may know, we hired a warehouse manager last August to assist with creating products, staying organized, shipping orders - doing basically everything I needed help with. My previous assistant met the love of her life and moved to...
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What Does Artisan Mean To You?

What is Artisan?
Many of you often ask the question 'what is your favorite artisan soap?' or 'what is your favorite soap, non-artisan?' in reference to shaving soap. I thought I would touch on the subject of 'what is artisan' tonight. No one starts out making soap in large vats to begin with, unless they are given a large sum of money to purchase a business or they begin with a business plan of...
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In Depth Review – Shavette

A shavette
In Depth Review - Shavette: So I have gone into detail about how straight razors and safety razors work, but we haven't touched on shavettes at all. There seems to be a plethora of information out there on safety razors as well as on straight razors, but the information available on shavettes is few and far between. Why is this? Upon searching forums, youtube videos, and goo...
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Shaving Soap Tips & Tricks

Lather
There are several different methods of lathering shaving soap, from face lather, to bowl lather, to 'blooming' the soap, to using a scuttle. For those of you not familiar with these terms, this blog post, Shaving Soap Tips & Tricks, aims to discuss the various methods available to achieve the best lather possible in hard or soft water. The type of lather you are looking ...
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Straight Razor Care

A leather strop
Since yesterday's post was on how to select a razor and brush for beginners, I thought today I could post about how to care for a straight razor, for more advanced users. There are several types of straight razors available, whether it is Japanese steel kamasori type (literally, kamasori means razor in Japanses), Chineese steel like the Gold Dollar (many people argue that th...
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Chicago Shaving Meetup 2015

Chicago Skyscape
We recently attended the 2015 Chicago Wet Shaver's Meetup, and it was a blast! I got to meet many of the Youtubers, other shaving soap vendors, and tour Mertz Apothecary and Q-Brothers, a very popular shaving soap and bath and body store in Chicago which carries our products. While this was techincally a 'business trip', it really felt more like vacation, as we spent time hangi...
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Traditional Wet Shaving Soap vs. Cream

Soap vs. Cream
In part 2 of 3 in our series on ingredients in shaving products, this article, Traditional Wet Shaving Soap vs. Cream, focuses on the similarities and differences between artisan and/or commercially available shaving soaps vs. shaving creams. The creams I will be discussing here are not the 'goo in a can' variety but rather creams which come in a tub or tube and are generally c...
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