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Lather Talk - A Wet Shaving Podcast

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Shaving doesn't need to be an inconvenience anymore, it can actually be enjoyable, meditative or even a hobby! Take a deep dive into the world of wet shaving with hosts Jon Hsieh and Gerard Gustillo, where we'll be discussing razors, shaving brushes, artisan shave soaps, aftershaves and more. Suppor… read more

67 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Lather Talk #065 - Chris Christiansen, Owner of Gentleman’s Nod

September 29th, 2023


Lather Talk Wet Shaving Podcast

Episode 65 - Chris Christiansen, Owner of Gentleman’s Nod

In this episode of Lather Talk, we have guest host Nate Bauermeister (of Instagram’s BBS.Live) and our featured guest. Chris …

Lather Talk #064 - Where Are You With the Wetshaving Hobby?

September 13th, 2023


Lather Talk Wet Shaving Podcast

Episode 64 - We're Back!

Jon and Gerard are back from the summer podcast break! We do some catching up, share some exciting life updates, and check in where we are currently with the …

Lather Talk #063 - When the Thrill of the Hobby is Gone (feat. HD Shaves)

May 23rd, 2023


Lather Talk Wet Shaving Podcast

Episode 63 - When the Thrill is Gone

Jon and Gerard are joined by returning guest HD Shaves to discuss what happens when the thrill of the wetshaving is waning or gone. We also touch a …

Lather Talk #062 - See You Later! Artisans Shutting Their Doors

April 28th, 2023


Lather Talk Wet Shaving Podcast Episode 62

See You Later! Artisans Shutting Their Doors

Jon and Gerard discuss the recent slew of wet shaving artisans who have closed down and what implications it might have on the …

Lather Talk #061 - Shaving with Greg Tardif

March 16th, 2023


Our guest this episode is wetshaving YouTuber Shaving with Greg Tardif! Greg has some of (if not the best) production quality in the wetshaving niche and we get down to talking about who some of his influences are, some …

Lather Talk #060 - The Second Annual Lather Talk Awards Show

February 3rd, 2023


It's time fo the second annual LATHER TALK AWARDS SHOW! This year we had YOU the audience help with nominating and voting for who would win the oh so …

Lather Talk #059 - Year End Wrap Up

December 22nd, 2022


In the last episode for 2022, Jon and Gerard discuss some Christmas traditions and highlights from this past year!

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Lather Talk #058 - Turkey, Anniversary, and Sloppybadger

December 7th, 2022


In this episode, Jon and Gerard discuss Thanksgiving traditions and the three year anniversary of Lather Talk. We also have a new Listener Spotlight with sloppybadger, who some of you might know from Instagram.

Check …

Lather Talk #057 - Kaleb Aylsworth, Founder of Aylsworth Razors

November 18th, 2022


In this episode, Jon and Gerard speak with Kaleb Aylsworth, Founder and Lead Designer of Aylsworth Razors. They talk about how Aylsworth Razors premiere razor, the Drakkant, how Kaleb went about designing his own razor …

Lather Talk #056 - Artisan Brushmaker Rob Moffett of Chisel and Hound

October 14th, 2022


In this episode, we talk to artisan brushmaker Rob Moffett of Chisel & Hound! We discuss how Rob got into brushmaking, the challenges of taking …

Lather Talk #055 - Too Many Soaps, Boar Brushes & Listener Spotlight

September 16th, 2022


In this episode, Jon and Gerard catch up after having a break in the podcast over the summer! They discuss the problem with having too many soaps and how can a hobbyist prevent hoarding and better appreciate the items …

Lather Talk #054 - Wet Shaving YouTuber HD Shaves

September 1st, 2022


On this week’s podcast, we have wetshaving YouTuber and professional musician HD Shaves on the show! We discuss what got him to start his channel, his love of single edge razors, as well as a peek into the life of a …

Lather Talk #053 - Get ready for "Voices" with House of Mammoth

August 12th, 2022


We are back from our short break and just in time to chat with Ben Esposito of House of Mammoth to discuss our collaboration: Voices! You’ll get a …

Lather Talk #052 - Lather Games 2022 & Introducing the Listener Spotlight

June 10th, 2022


Hey Lather Talkers, we’ve got something a little different this episode. First Jon and Gerard do a little catch up and talk about recent pick-ups, products they are currently enjoying, and reddit’s Eight Annual Lather …

Lather Talk #051 - Chris Cullen, Artisan Soap Maker and Founder of Catie's Bubbles

May 16th, 2022


Our guest for this episode is none other than Chris Cullen of Catie's Bubbles, one of the early artisan soap makers in the wetshaving who just so …

Lather Talk #050 - Jake & Ashley Yates, Founders of Yates Precision Razors

April 22nd, 2022


Our guests for the podcast this episode are Jake and Ashley Yates of Yates Precision Razors! We get a behind-the-scenes look at the life of this husband and wife manufacturing duo, how they've shifted from part-time to …

Lather Talk - Podcast Trailer

April 5th, 2022


Hey everyone, my name is Jon, you might also know me as Latherhog, and I want to invite you to listen to my wet shaving podcast, Lather Talk! Join me and my co-host Gerard as we tackle different topics in the hobby and …

Lather Talk #049 - Healthy Hobby Breaks & The State of Shave Brushes

April 5th, 2022


We’re joined by friend-of-the-show Ross McBee for a casual conversation tackling a number of topics: the ebb and flow of interest as a wetshaving hobbyist and taking healthy breaks, price increases all around us, and …

Lather Talk #048 - Take Care Men Podcast hosts Todd Stanfield & Andy Wilmer

March 15th, 2022


Our guests this episode are the hosts of the Take Care Men Podcast, Todd Stanfield of “Take Care Man” and Andy Wilmer of “The Opinionated Brit!” We discuss how they first decided to work together to take on the …

Lather Talk #047 - Daniel Jantzi, CEO and Founder of Henson Shaving

February 10th, 2022


Our guest for this episode is Daniel Jantzi, CEO and Found of Henson Shaving! Bringing to market a razor with the precision and tolerances of …

Lather Talk #046 - The 2021 Lather Talk Awards [VIDEO]

January 29th, 2022


After some delays, I am happy to finally bring you the first annual Lather Talk Awards show! Gerard and I will share with you our top picks (and …

Lather Talk #046 - The 2021 Lather Talk Awards

January 27th, 2022


After some delays, I am happy to finally bring you the first annual Lather Talk Awards show! Gerard and I will share with you our top picks (and …

Lather Talk #045 - A Partnership Between Dovo and Ariana & Evans

January 13th, 2022


Lather Talk is back for 2022 and we are just in time to share some breaking news about a new partnership between our two guests for this episode: first is Jens Grudno, the current CEO of Dovo, the German straight razor …

Lather Talk #044 - Cody Wick, Artisan Soap Maker and Founder of Noble Otter

December 2nd, 2021


In this episode, we chat with Cody of Noble Otter about how he got started in the world of wetshaving, his creative process in creating new scents,  what to expect in 2022 and much more!



Lather Talk #043 - Lothur Grooming

November 18th, 2021


In this episode of Lather Talk, we chat with Jonny of Lothur Grooming! We talk to him about his journey from a fashion designer to owner of a men's grooming brand, mental health (part of the Lothur mission statement), …

Lather Talk #042 - Spooky Shaves

November 4th, 2021


In this episode, Gerard and I are joined by Arvin Lucio, fellow wetshaving hobbyist and friend who helps us as a moderator of the Lather Talk Discord! We talk about upcoming releases, Halloween-themed shaves, wetshaving …

Lather Talk #041 - Shawn Maher, Perfumer and Founder of Maher Olfactive and Chatillon Lux

October 21st, 2021


In today's episode, Gerard and I have a conversation with perfumer and maker of grooming products Shawn Maher, owner/operator of both Maher Olfactive …

Lather Talk #040 - Fall Scents and Artisan Auctions

October 7th, 2021


Hey everyone, Lather Talk is back for Season 3! Gerard shares about his recent trip to Boston, where we met in person for the first time! We also share the responses to some of your favorite scents to use for the Fall …

Lather Talk #039 - Catch Up on Shaving Gear We're Enjoying

July 8th, 2021


Jon and Gerard discuss some of the shaving gear they're currently enjoying, and take some listener questions.





Lather Talk #038 - Heather Melton, Artisan Soap Maker and Founder of Zingari Man

June 24th, 2021


Our guest this week is Heather Melton of Zingari Man! We chat about how the business has changed and grown, moving into a bigger, dedicated work space, and how Heather transitioned from Zingari Man being a part-time …

Lather Talk #037 - Jared Francais, Founder of The Thirsty Badger

June 4th, 2021


Hey everyone, thanks for tuning into the Lather Talk podcast. Our guest this week is Jared Francais of The Thirsty Badger, a wet shaving blog and artisan of shaveware such as bowls, mugs and soakers. We have a chat with …

Lather Talk #036 - Matt Pisarcik, Founder of Razor Emporium and Rex Supply Co.

April 29th, 2021


Hey everyone, thanks for tuning into the Lather Talk podcast. You might know our guest this week from his work in restoring vintage razors, or from his YouTube channel. Our guest for this week is none other than Matt …

Lather Talk #035 - The Scoop on the new Blackland Razors Era Safety Razor

April 15th, 2021


Hey guys, thanks for tuning into the Lather Talk podcast. We have a really exciting episode for you today as Gerard and I once again talk to Shane from Blackland razors, and he’s giving us the scoop on his newest razor, …

Lather Talk #034 - Scott Stewart, Artisan Brush Maker, Soap Maker, and Founder of Declaration Grooming

March 25th, 2021


Our guest for this episode is Scott Stewart of Declaration Grooming. We had a fun and very candid conversation and got to chat about his tenuous relationship with email, our mutual love of video games, and even some hot …

Lather Talk #033 - A Chat with the Boys

March 9th, 2021


In this episode, Gerard and I have a casual chat with our good friend Ross aka nova_shaves. We talk about our mutual love of the Blackland Blackbird Ti razor, whether this past year was the year of the post shave and …

Lather Talk #032 - Ben Esposito, Founder of House of Mammoth

February 23rd, 2021


In this episode of Lather Talk, we talk to Ben Esposito of House of Mammoth! We’ll talk about how Ben got started as an artisan, dealing with drama from scarcity of his product, and how he came to partner with Chicago …

Lather Talk #031 - Wet Shaving YouTuber The Virtual Groom Room

February 9th, 2021


Our guest for this episode is wet shaving content creator Jack Martin Daniels of the Virtual Groom Room! We talk about how Jack got started on YouTube, how he came to work at Karve and much more!

Jack from The Virtual …

Lather Talk #030 - Shane Swartzlander, Founder of Blackland Razors

January 26th, 2021


In this episode of Lather Talk, we talk to Shane Swartzlander of Blackland Razors. We’ll talk about how Shane got into razor making, some of the challenges he’s faced since starting the company, as well as what’s coming …

Lather Talk #029 - All About Razors

January 12th, 2021


Happy New Year from the hosts of Lather Talk! Jon and Gerard do some catch up and a lot of this episode revolves around the topic of RAZORS. We also …

Lather Talk #028 - Nate and Mel, Hosts of BBS Live on Instagram

December 1st, 2020


Lather Talk S02E09 - BBS Live In this episode of Lather Talk, Jon chats up Nate and Mel from BBS Live, a bi-weekly live show on Instagram! We'll talk about how Nate and Mel first met as well as their recent …

Lather Talk #027 - What Happened to the Shave Soap Tier List?

October 27th, 2020


Lather Talk S02E08 - What Happened to the Shave Soap Tier List?
In this episode of Lather Talk, Jon and Gerard discuss some recent releases including the launch of Seaforth from previous guest Spearhead Shaving! Also, in …

Lather Talk #026 - Mark Herro AKA mantic59, Founder of

September 15th, 2020


In this episode of Lather Talk, we talk to Mark Herro aka mantic59, founder and creator of! Mark shares some insight in where he …

Lather Talk #025 - Melody and Zachary Kent, Founders of Moon Soaps

September 1st, 2020


Lather Talk S02E06 - Moon Soaps

In this episode we talk to Melody and Zach of Moon Soaps!




Find Lather Talk on your favorite …

Lather Talk #024 - Rod Lovan, Founder of Stirling Soap Company

August 18th, 2020


In this episode we talk to Rod Lovan of Stirling Soap Company! Tune in to hear about the addition of a new baby to the family, how things are going with their new coffee roastery, and the twists and turns of bringing a …

Lather Talk #023 - Wet Shaving YouTuber IAMCDB

August 4th, 2020


Lather Talk Podcast S02E04 - IAMCDB

00:48 - Why did you first start a YouTube channel on traditional shaving?

07:10 - What advice would you have a …

Lather Talk #022 - Chris Kerrigan, Founder of Oaken Lab

July 28th, 2020


Lather Talk Podcast S02E03 - Oaken Lab

01:49 - What other artisan products did you try on your recent visit to the US?

12:23 - Soap making and ingredient sourcing

18:06 - Art background

I recently had the chance to …

Lather Talk #021 - Spearhead Shaving Company

July 14th, 2020


Lather Talk S02E02 - Spearhead Shaving Company

00:37 - What is your "desert island shave" set up?
02:28 - How did you get started into wet shaving?
06:09 - How did the vision for the Spearhead Shaving soap come …

Lather Talk #020 - Artisan Soap Maker and Perfume Collaborations on the Rise!

June 30th, 2020


Time to shake off the dust and talk about some wet shaving! We talk about a few new and upcoming releases, the rise of artisan soap and perfume …

Lather Talk #019 - Peter Charkalis, Artisan Soap Maker and Founder of Ariana & Evans, The Shaving Shop & The Club

May 19th, 2020


Today we are bringing you a BONUS episode before Season 2 kicks into action. This episode is taken from an interview Jon did with Peter Charkalis of Ariana & Evans, The Shaving Shop and The Club for his Latherhog …

Lather Talk #018 – Great Expectations

March 31st, 2020


In today’s episode, we are closing out our first season by taking a quick look back at previous episodes, place our first soaps on the Lather Talk Shave Soap Tier List, and talk about what’s coming up in the future for …

Lather Talk #017 – Douglas Smythe and Fran Towle, Founders of Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements

March 24th, 2020


Lather Talk #017: On today’s show, we have special guests Douglas Smythe and Fran Towle, the faces behind Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements! We’ll discuss how the couple transitioned Phoenix Shaving from a part-time project …

Lather Talk #016 – Sri Ram, Artisan Soap Maker and Founder of Wholly Kaw

March 17th, 2020


Lather Talk #016: Welcome to Lather Talk, a wet shaving podcast. In today’s episode, we have special guest Sri Ram, the man behind Wholly Kaw, maker …

Lather Talk #015 - Mary and Chris Troniak, Artisan Soap Makers and Founders of Highland Springs Soap Co.

March 10th, 2020


Lather Talk #015: Hey guys, welcome back to another episode of the Lather Talk Podcast. This episode, Gerard and I are bringing you an interview with Mary and Chris Troniak of Highland Springs Soap Company who are based …

Lather Talk #014 - The Ethics of Flipping

March 3rd, 2020


Lather Talk #014: It’s been awhile since Jon and Gerard had an episode to tackle a topic so this week we’ll be discussing the ethics of flipping or the reselling of an item at a considerable mark up. What are the …

Lather Talk #013 – Will Carius of Barrister and Mann & Berceuse Parfum

February 25th, 2020


Lather Talk #013: This week our guest is Will Carius of Barrister and Mann and the recently launched Berceuse Parfum. We’ll take a deep dive into how Berceuse Parfum and the first scent in the line, Allegretto 7.2 …

Lather Talk #012 – Neil Breed, Founder of Heritage Collection Shaving

February 11th, 2020


Lather Talk #012: This week our guest is Neil Breed, founder of Heritage Collection Shaving. Specializing in providing replicas of vintage shaving …

Lather Talk #011 - Discussion of Acquisition Disorder with Alex, Creator of website Try That Soap

February 4th, 2020


Lather Talk #011: This week we have a roundtable discussion on Acquisition Disorder, with special guests Alex, founder of and returning guest and friend Ross from West Coast Shaving's The Daily Shave …

Lather Talk #010 - Brushception (w. Dogwood Handcrafts)

January 28th, 2020


This week on Lather Talk, we’re bringing you PART 2 of our interview with Stephen Joiner of Dogwood Handcrafts. We’ll talk about how he got into brush making, made a video for YouTube that went viral, and he’ll tell us …

Lather Talk #009 - Stephen Joiner, Artisan Brush Maker and Founder of Dogwood Handcrafts

January 21st, 2020


Lather Talk #009: Today we're talking with Stephen Joiner, brush maker and owner of Dogwood Handcrafts! In this first part (of 2) we are going in depth on a variety of materials used in brush making.  

Examples of brush …

Lather Talk #008 - We'll do it LIVE

January 14th, 2020


Lather Talk #008: Jon and Gerard went LIVE on Instagram last Thursday and things…didn’t go according to plan. However, we’re able to share some highlights from the session, which includes some Q&A as well as an …

Lather Talk #007 - Graphic Designer Xicano Design

January 7th, 2020


Lather Talk #007: Happy New Year everyone! Today we are talking with Rafa from Xicano Design and how he got into wetshaving and graphic design. We’ll …

Lather Talk #006 - Limited Editions, Small Batch & FOMO

December 31st, 2019


Lather Talk #006: It's the last episode of 2019! Jon and Gerard discuss the their thoughts on Limited Edition and Small Batch soap releases, how FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) factors in, and make some wetshaving …

Lather Talk #005 - What's so Special About Declaration Grooming Shaving Brushes?

December 23rd, 2019


Lather Talk #005: This is the second half of our conversation with friend and fellow WCS "The Daily Shave" host Ross on shaving brushes. In this episode we take a look at Declaration Grooming, which offers custom …

Lather Talk #004 - What Shave Brush Do You Use?

December 17th, 2019


Lather Talk #004: We are joined by our friend and fellow WCS "The Daily Shave" host Ross to talk about shaving brushes.

Time Codes:

1. 00:47 - Brush Journeys & Preferences

2. 15:52 - Face Lather or Bowl Lather?

3. …

Lather Talk #003 - Premium vs. Budget Soaps

December 13th, 2019


Lather Talk #003: Continuing the conversation from last episode, Jon and Gerard discuss premium versus budget shave soaps.

Time Codes:

1. 00:39 - …

Lather Talk #002 - A Wealth of Soap Bases | The Shave Soap Tier List

December 12th, 2019


Lather Talk Episode #002: Jon and Gerard talk about the wealth of premium soap bases currently available from artisan soap makers. They also discuss a different method to measure the performance of different shave …

Lather Talk #001 - Welcome to Lather Talk!

December 5th, 2019


Lather Talk #001: In the premiere episode of Lather Talk, Jon and Gerard share how they each got into wetshaving and discuss the recent release of the Gillette Heritage-Inspired Safety Razor on

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