Poll: Favorite shaving stick
Arko
Palmolive Erasmic La Toja Speick Irisch Moos D.R. Harris Taylor of Old Bond Street Valobra Other (specify)
 04-15-2012, 12:23 PM
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  • Teiste
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Whats your favorite shaving stick and why?

I have a couple that I love for various reasons :

1.La Toja.Im a spaniard,enough said
2.Wilkinson.Great skin care,poor packaging.
3.Valobra.The same than Wilkinson but great scent
4.Irisch Moos.I love its scent.

But If I would have to choose one,Ill choose Myrurgia (not longer made) or La Toja,even when I like the older versions much better.

What about you?

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 04-15-2012, 12:35 PM
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  • MrGuy
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I went other, mostly due to it's what I happened to use today. Vintage Williams in the red tube with the rose scent. I have some older Williams and some much older Colgate sticks and they seem to get better with age! I've tried all on the list, minus the TOBS, and all are great to use, with the possible exception of Erasmic. Just can't get it to work most days.
Of course, if I were to have answered the question yesterday I would have voted differently, since my all time favorite shave stick is which ever one I happen to have in my handTongue

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 04-15-2012, 12:42 PM
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  • Johnny
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I've only tried three of them, Arko, Palmolive, and Speick. I preferred the Speick as it gave the same great shave and scent as the cream.

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 04-15-2012, 12:46 PM
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I'll be back in 2 days and let you know. It's between Speick and Valobra. Now if you had asked most cost effective, that would be easy!

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 04-15-2012, 01:21 PM
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I'm working through a comparison of most of them right now on another board. La Toja and Valobra are my current favorites.

Erasmic was awful stuff, even with tallow...it wouldn't produce a stable lather.

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 04-15-2012, 01:35 PM
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  • Teiste
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(04-15-2012, 01:21 PM)cvac Wrote: I'm working through a comparison of most of them right now on another board. La Toja and Valobra are my current favorites.

Erasmic was awful stuff, even with tallow...it wouldn't produce a stable lather.

Huh,thats weird.I have a Erasmic tallow (new version with the old ingredients) and lathers really well,and the lather is thick and stable.
Oh man,it seems that Erasmic also have suffered from a batch/es of dull soaps.

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 04-15-2012, 05:44 PM
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  • MrGuy
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(04-15-2012, 01:35 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(04-15-2012, 01:21 PM)cvac Wrote: I'm working through a comparison of most of them right now on another board. La Toja and Valobra are my current favorites.

Erasmic was awful stuff, even with tallow...it wouldn't produce a stable lather.

Huh,thats weird.I have a Erasmic tallow (new version with the old ingredients) and lathers really well,and the lather is thick and stable.
Oh man,it seems that Erasmic also have suffered from a batch/es of dull soaps.

I got the old non-tallow stick in a part of a trade, pretty poor performer would be the most polite way to put it. After I found a source of the "new"/old formula with tallow I tried again. If it got better, I couldn't tell. Could be some bad batches out there, unfortunately I'll probably never know. I don't see another Erasmic stick in my future again.

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 04-15-2012, 06:15 PM
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  • Songwind
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I went with Arko because I've only used it and Palmolive. Palmolive is a decent soap, but nowhere near as slick or as easy to lather as Arko for me.

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 04-15-2012, 07:54 PM
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  • tgutc
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1. La Toja
2. Speick
3. Valobra

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 04-15-2012, 08:18 PM
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  • TexBilly
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Disclaimer: I mill my shave sticks into bowls. Blush

Hands down, it's Valobra for me. Great lather and scent, plenty slick and my skin feels great. Your comments, Teiste, about Wilkinson remind me I've never used my stick so I must give it a spin. I should also add I used Speick recently and wondered why I had put it away for so long. Easy, slick lather and a great value to boot!

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 04-15-2012, 08:50 PM
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  • Andrew
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Valobra. Fantastic stuff.

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 04-16-2012, 02:52 AM
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Of the current production ones, Valobra, for sure.
Although I enjoy other shaving sticks, like Wilkinson, La Toja, Sir Irish Moos or Palmolive.

I've tried the Erasmic tallow and although it works well, it was not impressed.

I also have a couple of vintage sticks that are no longer made, like the Myrurgia, Musgo Real stick or Gibbs nº53.

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 04-16-2012, 03:37 AM
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Wilkinson or Arko for me. I've tried the others, but these just seem to work really well for me.........and I like the scents. Biggrin

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 04-16-2012, 04:52 AM
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I'm a big fan of the Palmolive stick with tallow. Wilkinson Sword is my second pick.

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 04-16-2012, 05:09 AM
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I'll go with Arko. Lathers great and i love the scent. Palmolive is mediocre. Tabac stick could be in second position but it is not in the list.

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 04-16-2012, 05:56 AM
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  • pgp
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Valobra for me! Great, great scent... Sometimes, when I shave in the afternoon, I spend the all day thinking on this great scent! Smile

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 04-16-2012, 06:02 AM
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Speick, followed by Palmolive, and La Toja.

Clayton

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 04-16-2012, 07:51 AM
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I voted for Valobra only because its the only I have tried thus far(and I do love it)

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 04-16-2012, 02:56 PM
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the only one I've tried so far is a Speick stick. I guess I need to order some other sticks, huh?!

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 04-16-2012, 06:31 PM
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I tried the Colgate shave stick I picked up at the PX during basic training in 1961. I used it when traveling, and if I remember it was OK.

More recently I have use Arko and Valobra. I prefer Arko, which I mill into a ramekin and use as a puck. Valobra is also excellent, but I've only used it as a shave stick.

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