Squadron Shave Soap- Red Lead
We are excited to introduce Squadron Soap to North America.
Red Lead Shave Soap
A recent edition to the Squadron line-up, and the subject of the recent 'name our soap' competition. Read the full story behind the name of the soap at the bottom of the page.
What does it smell like?
A manly classic mix of nutmeg, lemon, star anise with middle notes of geranium, cinnamon, musk and tonka bean. Quite simply this is their interpretation of Old Spice, and they think it's pretty damn close.
What's In It?
Stearic Acid, Water, Coconut Oil, Tallow, Potassium Hydroxide, Vegetable Glycerine, Lanolin and Fragrance.
The name behind the soap.
It was thought to be bad luck for the ship’s cat to leave the ship, and there is an Australian story of a straying cat whose ship went down. This is the story of Red Lead, the black kitten mascot of HMAS Perth
In January 1942, HMAS Perth, with a crew of over 600 men, was tasked with preventing the Japanese advance across south-east Asia. En route they stopped at Fremantle, where, it is thought, little Red Lead joined the ship. The cats favourite spot was curled up in the cabin of Hec Waller, the ship’s captain.
On 27 February, HMAS Perth joined a fleet of British, Dutch and American ships to stop a Japanese naval convoy from landing on the island of Java. The allied fleet was outnumbered; its ships were picked off by Japanese planes and the heat of battle sent Red Lead to hide in his favorite place till Perth withdrew, and returned to safe harbour. It is reported that while at harbour, Red Lead tried to leave the ship, no less than three times. But in each instance spotted “deserting” , was intercepted, and returned to his post. The ship’s log for the day read :
"Red Lead, ship's kitten, endeavoured to desert, but was brought back on board, despite vigorous protests."
Several of Perth’s crew observed this and were dismayed, seeing Red Lead’s escape attempts as a bad omen for their future.
Very sadly, Red Lead’s instinct was proven. The next day, HMAS Perth and USS Houston sailed for the south coast of Java and met a large fleet of Japanese ships. After a desperate battle, the Perth was sunk. Over 350 men, including Captain Waller, and one little black kitten, were lost.
Red Lead was named after the pawprints she trekked through the ship after walking through red paint which annoyed the WWII sailors no end.
About Squadron Soap:
"I was a kid that grew up in a military family. Mum, Dad, Uncle, Aunties, they were all serving in the Royal Australian Air Force, others in my extended family were serving in the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army. A Grandfather in the Army during WW2, distant relatives in WW1, and further back some during the Boer War.
No surprise I joined the Air Force myself when I was old enough, serving for almost 2 decades.
In my final few years in the Air Force I became interested in wet-shaving along with a few work colleagues. We shared various soaps, brushes and embraced all that was 'old' about the familiar morning routine of shaving. Someone said 'you should have a go at making your own shaving soap' - and that's where it began, a bit over a year of testing, tweaking and fine tuning my recipe to get where it is here today.
The name 'Squadron Soap', is a nod to that part of my life, and the artwork and names are reminiscent of the British 'Commando' Comics I read as a kid. I was most interested in WW2, and that is the theme of our soap range.
All our soaps are made by hand, manufactured in small batches of no more than 7 tubs at a time. Sure we could make larger batches, but we like to keep it small so we can keep a close eye on everything. I just wanted to produce a good soap, at an affordable price, with 'old school' ingredients like Tallow and Lanolin.
Squadron Soap is based in the rural outskirts of the Barossa Valley in South Australia."
Stearic Acid, Water, Coconut Oil, Tallow, Potassium Hydroxide, Vegetable Glycerine, Lanolin, Fragrance.
Made in Australia