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In his book, "Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving," Michael Ham was focused on the folks doing the shaving rather than the women (and men) who are making shaving soap - for the men (and women) who are shaving. But the book gives a wonderful, detailed explanation of the art of shaving well - and a great overview of shaving soaps, creams and other products. By helping me to understand shaving better, this book helped me better understand what was really needed in a great shaving soap. I've reformulated my cold process shaving soap recipe to better reflect Ham's recommendations for the perfect shaving soap. May your 2014 be filled with perfect shaves and satisfied shavers!