You will need:
- A refill bar of shaving soap.
- A container to hold said soap, such as an empty jar or even a soup bowl.
Open the soap package. Discard the wrapping. Alternatively, keep the wrapping if you only want to use half of the soap bar.
Break or cut the soap bar in half.
Flatten one half against the bottom of the container with your fingers, a spatula, or the back of a spoon.
If using the other half right away, flatten it against the bottom of the container as well.
Smooth out the soap to your preference. Wash your hands.
If you need to shave today, lather up! If not, close your container (if it has a closure) and put it in a safe place for next time. If it doesn’t have a closure or cover of some kind, a stretchable material like plastic wrap will keep dust and hair out of your soap. However, if you choose to go this route, make sure that you give the soap ample time to dry in between uses to prevent microbial growth and other nasty consequences.
Note: Alternatively, you can just use the bar like a big soap stick and rub it against your stubble rather than loading your brush. From there, apply a wet brush to your face and build a lather as you would normally. It’s a helpful way to get a great shave even if you don’t have a lathering bowl or other container available, and is especially useful for travel.