Experimental is a shaving soap project rather than a product. Each soap is handmade in micro-batch quantities of around 5 tubs. The batches represent a change in formula - sometimes large and sometimes small. All Experimental soaps are tested for performance and only those with great performance are released.
We are proud of the performance of all Experimental soaps. We know that there are several unknowns when buying one of these soaps so they are priced accordingly. At $8.99 these soaps are punching WELL above their weight class!
Formula 17.3 focuses on improving performance in hard water by adding Tetrasodium ETDA, a common chelator in cosmetics. Chelators bind with the calcium and magnesium in hard water, preventing these ions from killing lather. This improves the lather quality and reduces the amount of soap needed. Chelators also reduce the amount of soap scum caused by lye-based soaps.
This batch of 17.3 is moderately scented with a clean barbershop fragrance combining powdery floral notes with classic spice notes.