05-23-2013, 08:49 PM
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  • Crag
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So, I'm going to buy a top-shelf soap and need help in deciding which one! I have 2-pucks of Penhaligon's English Fern, 93g of Boellis Panama 1924, all of the DR Harris soaps in Bowl, and an MdC Fougere on order.

I was looking at:

Castle Forbes Lavender
T&H Luxury in Wood Bowl
Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet Shave Cream
Tabula Rasa Patchouli or Light Cream
Scottish Fine in Ceramic Bowl
C&S 88 in Wood Bowl

I know this is subjective, but which one would you buy and why?

Thanks!

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 05-23-2013, 09:53 PM
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C&S 88

1. It smells incredible.
2. The performance of the soap is tops.

This is one of my desert island picks, and I have tried most of the high end stuff.

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 05-24-2013, 03:30 AM
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I can only speak about tabula rasa, I had the patchouli fragrance and didn't like the scent at all. The light cream scent is really nice and subtle, regardless of scent all tabula rasa crest shave well.
I've read very good reviews of panna crema on this forum, quite keen to try it myself. Nearly forgot santa Maria novella shave cream is seen as top shelf too but haven't tried that one either

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 05-24-2013, 07:16 AM
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Get C&S Lavender, not a fan of 88, their Lavender however is out of this world.

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 05-24-2013, 09:39 AM
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If we talking Soaps.

My top 3 are:

Boellis Panama 1924
Martin De Candre
Santa Maria Novella

Charles U.K

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 05-24-2013, 10:03 AM
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(05-24-2013, 09:39 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote: If we talking Soaps.

My top 3 are:

Boellis Panama 1924
Martin De Candre
Santa Maria Novella

Charles U.K

Agreed, (especially with the Boellis!) I have all of those, so I'm looking for a new soap to Acquire...Maybe I'll add Aqua Di Parma to the list....

How does AdP fit into the mix?

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 05-24-2013, 10:05 AM
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I would agree with Steve and strongly advise swapping the C&S 88 for their Oxford & Cambridge. Not a straight lavender scent but amazing. And from Valobra, performance is outstanding.

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 05-24-2013, 01:17 PM
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(05-24-2013, 10:03 AM)Crag Wrote: [quote='whatmorebrushs' pid='245280' dateline='1369417140']
If we talking Soaps.

My top 3 are:

Boellis Panama 1924
Martin De Candre
Santa Maria Novella

Charles U.K

Agreed, (especially with the Boellis!) I have all of those, so I'm looking for a new soap to Acquire...Maybe I'll add Aqua Di Parma to the list....

How does AdP fit into the mix?
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Hi Matt,
You've got to try AdP, it's one my faves...Not only is the scent intoxicating IMO but the performance is out of this world. Slick, thick, rich lather that is easily achieved and the best part is that all you need is a few swirls and BOOM!!!

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 05-24-2013, 01:51 PM
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On my lunch I stopped over at Sephora and asked if they would give me a Sample of the AdP shave Soap and to my utter surprise the manager said, "Sure we need more men in here!" so I have a small sample to shave with when I get home! Pricey stuff, though! $62 a tub...Wowzers! lol

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 05-24-2013, 04:50 PM
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(05-24-2013, 01:51 PM)Crag Wrote: On my lunch I stopped over at Sephora and asked if they would give me a Sample of the AdP shave Soap and to my utter surprise the manager said, "Sure we need more men in here!" so I have a small sample to shave with when I get home! Pricey stuff, though! $62 a tub...Wowzers! lol

Didn't even know they sold it at Sephora. I know where, I'm going tomorrow. AdP is one I've always wanted to try, next to SMN, and MdC (MdC I have now).

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 05-24-2013, 05:04 PM
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(05-24-2013, 01:51 PM)Crag Wrote: On my lunch I stopped over at Sephora and asked if they would give me a Sample of the AdP shave Soap and to my utter surprise the manager said, "Sure we need more men in here!" so I have a small sample to shave with when I get home! Pricey stuff, though! $62 a tub...Wowzers! lol

Good news with AdP and MdC is that it takes very little product to produce enough lather for 3 passes. The initial investment of buying these products is high but they'll last for a very long time. Hope you enjoy the AdP.

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 05-24-2013, 05:34 PM
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PdP. It has a nice mild scent, lathers like crazy and has amazing post shave feel.

They could easily stick a "top tier" price tag on it and people would be talking about it along all the other ones mentioned.

From your list, I'd go with CF Lavender. It's an amazing cream and a great performer.

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 05-24-2013, 06:20 PM
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(05-24-2013, 05:34 PM)Bruce Wrote: PdP. It has a nice mild scent, lathers like crazy and has amazing post shave feel.

They could easily stick a "top tier" price tag on it and people would be talking about it along all the other ones mentioned.

From your list, I'd go with CF Lavender. It's an amazing cream and a great performer.

Thanks Bruce! I bought a tin this evening, and the price surprised me!

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 05-24-2013, 06:34 PM
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PdP is great. Love the mild scent it has, and lathers up easy for me too.

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 05-25-2013, 05:25 AM
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PdP is indeed great! Have it with me on a two week trip, even as we speak. Easy, rich lather, and great post-shave feel. Good herbal/spicy scent.

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 05-25-2013, 07:14 AM
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I'm a huge fan of PdP, it took me a little time to figure out the proper way to get a good lather out of it (drier is better), but once I did I couldn't stop using it...which lead to my wife discovering it, and abducting it. She calls it "her soap" now. It's an excellent soap at an excellent price.

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 05-25-2013, 08:05 AM
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(05-23-2013, 08:49 PM)Crag Wrote: So, I'm going to buy a top-shelf soap and need help in deciding which one!.....

I would go off the list and get Mike's Natural. Then have fun trying all the world's bests soaps to try and top it. You won't, but you'll have lots of AD fun trying.

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 05-25-2013, 08:39 AM
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(05-25-2013, 08:05 AM)Aimsport Wrote:
(05-23-2013, 08:49 PM)Crag Wrote: So, I'm going to buy a top-shelf soap and need help in deciding which one!.....

I would go off the list and get Mike's Natural. Then have fun trying all the world's bests soaps to try and top it. You won't, but you'll have lots of AD fun trying.

If Mikes had a Lanolin-Free version, I'd give them another try.

From what I remember, it did lather quite nicely, but not a fan of lanolin as it irritates mine and others skin.

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 05-25-2013, 10:02 AM
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(05-24-2013, 10:03 AM)Crag Wrote:
(05-24-2013, 09:39 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote: If we talking Soaps.

My top 3 are:

Boellis Panama 1924
Martin De Candre
Santa Maria Novella

Charles U.K

Agreed, (especially with the Boellis!) I have all of those, so I'm looking for a new soap to Acquire...Maybe I'll add Aqua Di Parma to the list....

How does AdP fit into the mix?

AdP has a beautiful scent is is a croap similar to Panama 1924. One in which you should try....... not as slick as Panama 1924 if you like Almond this is it.

Charles U.K

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 05-25-2013, 04:28 PM
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I've tried nearly all the soaps you've listed and the only one you mention trying that I don't think I could live without is the C&S (albeit in the Oxford and Cambridge scent). All of them perform brilliantly so it comes down to scent. The O&C is amazing.

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