For those of us who want to transform the mindless task of shaving into a more enjoyable sensory experience, artisan soaps are the most significant part of the equation. Though I never actually said it to him, my friend was right. I should have tried artisan soaps when he first recommended them. In recent years, I have tried many and have found my favorites. My wife would say that I have “too many favorites.” I admit, it can hard to choose what to use on a given morning. In fact, sometimes it feels like I’m getting drunk at a wine tasting. Since making the switch to artisan soaps, however, shaving has definitely not been boring.