08-08-2013, 11:02 AM
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Newbie questions, I'm very interested in Tabac Shave Soap in the Milk Bowl and want to know if you can use the bowl to build your lather in? Is this a good soap for a beginner? Would you guys recommend something else to start with?

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 08-08-2013, 11:56 AM
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Dave, Tabac is an incredibly easy soap to lather and for a beginner, I would certainly include it in a list of possibilities. If you wish to bowl lather rather than face lather, then I would recommend using a separate bowl for that purpose. Putting aside that in the beginning the soap will fill most of the bowl anyway, you tend to use excess soap that way too.
As for other alternatives, the list is endless. Any of the Italian soft soaps, Cella, Vitos, Valobra, not to mention the vast range of RazoRock, would be a good choice. These are very easy to lather, in fact, pretty much foolproof. D.R Harris is also highly recommended. And don't forget that soap in stick form is also excellent, not just for travelling convenience but also when home too. These though tend to be used for face lathering in the main.

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 08-08-2013, 12:19 PM
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(08-08-2013, 11:56 AM)Optometrist Wrote: Dave, Tabac is an incredibly easy soap to lather and for a beginner, I would certainly include it in a list of possibilities. If you wish to bowl lather rather than face lather, then I would recommend using a separate bowl for that purpose. Putting aside that in the beginning the soap will fill most of the bowl anyway, you tend to use excess soap that way too.
As for other alternatives, the list is endless. Any of the Italian soft soaps, Cella, Vitos, Valobra, not to mention the vast range of RazoRock, would be a good choice. These are very easy to lather, in fact, pretty much foolproof. D.R Harris is also highly recommended. And don't forget that soap in stick form is also excellent, not just for travelling convenience but also when home too. These though tend to be used for face lathering in the main.

+1 Good luck with the soap, Dave!

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 08-08-2013, 02:04 PM
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Dave,

I have a Tabac soap stick that I use for travel. It's a little chunky for carry-on luggage but TSA doesn't mind it.

It has a strong but pleasing scent and very easy to lather.

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 08-09-2013, 05:32 AM
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Tabac is my "must have soap".
Very nice scent, super easy to lather and provides a very nice sensation of protection.

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 08-09-2013, 07:16 AM
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Tabac is a great soap. People either love or hate the scent. Personally, I love it. It's so easy to lather, it should be a crime.

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 08-09-2013, 07:35 AM
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Tabac is a nice soap, but has a very polarizing scent (as others have mentioned). I first enjoyed the scent, but not so much these days. Not sure why, tastes just change over time I guess.

As far as building the lather you only want to use the milk bowl to load the brush, then transfer to a different bowl to actually mix the lather. The reason is once the brush is loaded you will need to add little bits of water to create the lather. If you keep going back to the milk bowl you will keep loading the brush.

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 08-09-2013, 07:51 AM
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I've always been curious about Tabac, would somebody please describe the scent? Thanks.

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 08-09-2013, 10:45 AM
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I do believe I'll get it and try my hand at face lathering first.

By the way thanks for all the replies.

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 08-09-2013, 11:11 AM
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(08-09-2013, 07:51 AM)Macko Wrote: I've always been curious about Tabac, would somebody please describe the scent? Thanks.

It's kind of a hard scent to describe. I've heard it smells like anything from a 1970's locker room to the inside of an old lady's purse (and the lady's a smoker).

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 08-09-2013, 11:32 AM
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Yes, difficult to describe. There is a spicy edge to it.

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 08-09-2013, 02:13 PM
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I keep hearing rave reviews about the lather of Tabac but since the scent is way too polarizing in the forums, I just can't see myself trying it. OTOH, I think DRH is great for lathering and scents if you are looking for a hard, triple-milled soap.

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 08-09-2013, 06:27 PM
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(08-09-2013, 02:13 PM)SFGiantsFan Wrote: I keep hearing rave reviews about the lather of Tabac but since the scent is way too polarizing in the forums, I just can't see myself trying it. OTOH, I think DRH is great for lathering and scents if you are looking for a hard, triple-milled soap.

Some people love the scent, some hate it... There isn't a lot in between, but all I hear is that it is a "need to try" soap. I'm going to order mine next week! Wink

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 08-09-2013, 07:35 PM
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There are many soaps with great lather and great scent. Tobac has great lather but smells like baby butt cream.

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 08-09-2013, 09:03 PM
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Its a fantastic soap!!!! Just rub a damp brush on the soap and build the lather on your face. Add water as needed.

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 08-10-2013, 02:49 AM
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A 1970's locker room? Wow, that's frightening.

Edit: Last comment removed. Administration Team

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 08-15-2013, 03:58 PM
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I just bought a puck of Tabac. Can't wait till it arrives. I love the Tabac shave cream and prefer soaps.

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 08-15-2013, 04:02 PM
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(08-15-2013, 03:58 PM)InfernoOrangeSS Wrote: I just bought a puck of Tabac. Can't wait till it arrives. I love the Tabac shave cream and prefer soaps.

If you like the scent it is really nice stuff Biggrin I think you will be pleased!

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 08-15-2013, 05:15 PM
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Thanks! I am a big fan of the Tabac shave cream scent.

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 08-15-2013, 05:40 PM
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Tabac is in my top 3.

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