10-04-2013, 01:07 PM
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  • vferdman
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  • Western Massachusetts
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I have read a lot of good stuff about Stirling shave soaps and their creator, Rod. I have recently order 7 samples of shave soap and 3 full bath bars of soap from Stirling. They arrived yesterday and I'd like to start a thread about this stuff as it seems to be a very high quality product which very reasonably priced.

I ordered the following scents of shave soap:

Black Cumin and Orange - amazing scent and fairly strong during the shave, but does not linger. It's the only one I shaved with so far.

Lavender Sage - no surprises. Very pleasant combination if a little weak.

Anise - amazingly strong and pleasant. Looking forward to shaving with it.

Ben Franklin - pretty nice smell, but not grabbing me right away. Will need to shave with it before deciding if I like it.

Coniferous - very piny. I though I'd love it, but it's a bit too much pine. Still, very true and clean scent.

Tuscany - I have not received this one yet, but this is the one I am excited about the most

Scots Pine - Well, it has pine in it, alright, but mostly it smells like mutton. Not in a bad way, but strong. I can't wait to shave with this one as it is different from others in that it is mutton tallow based and includes lanolin.

I had my first shave with Black cumin and Orange today. I really enjoyed the soap's scent and glide, but I felt the cushion was a bit weak. I must admit that I am not an expert at lathering hard soaps. I am more of a Cella and other classic Italian soap user. Those tend to be not fussy about technique or hydration. This Stirling lather was a bit dry at first, but when I added water it was fine if a bit thin. I need to dial it in and then it should be just fine. So chalk it up to user ineptitude, but the scent and glide are first rate. The price of these hand made soap is almost unbelievable. The post shave feel was astonishingly good. Almost half a day later my face still feels soft and hydrated.

I am looking forward to trying other scents I got and especially trying the Scots Pine mutton soap.

Anyone else tried Stirling soaps? Let's hear some reviews.

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 10-04-2013, 01:29 PM
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  • Macko
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  • Virginia
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I'm a big fan of Stirling soaps, I put them right up there with MWF.

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 10-12-2013, 04:38 AM
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  • Coyote
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I have been using the Scots Pine for a while now after finishing my first puck of Margaritas in the Arctic. I decided to try the Coniferous sample Rod sent me with my last order today. The scent is like a pine mountain forest, but not overwhelming. As expected, I got a great slick, smooth, cushioned lather and a great shave. So far, I have used MITA, Scots Pine, Tea Tree, and Coniferous. I have had equally good results with all of them. Stirling has just added more scent to some of their formulas and made some slight adjustments to help get even better lather(I have not had a problem, even with my hard water). The Unscented has come down in price and a few have increased. None are over $6 a 4 oz. puck.

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 10-12-2013, 05:02 AM
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  • Bruce
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they did not work out for me.

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 10-12-2013, 06:34 AM
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Great soaps, Rod is a great guy to deal with, too.

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 10-12-2013, 08:12 AM
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  • evnpar
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Great customer service, interesting scents, but just average performance for me. I think I'm spoiled from using high quality Italian soft soaps and MdC.

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 10-14-2013, 07:05 PM
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I have their Green Irish Tweet knock off scent shaving soap. Good soap but does not work as good as QCS or Mike's for me. Well worth a try.

His bath soaps are tops for me.

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 10-15-2013, 04:41 PM
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I've tried the Cool and Sandalwood samples that Rod sent with my order. I find them to be as good as my benchmarks (MWF and DR Harris) in slickness and moisturizing: the two factors most important to me. I do not find them as easy to lather or as voluminous as say, Arko, but are not bad in these respects. Scents are natural and not overpowering. Looking forward to the Frozen Tundra, Coniferous and Ben Franklin pucks.

I personally put a lot of stock in a simpler ingredient list, good quality essential oils (not fragrance), American-made and affordable so I am a fan of Stirling soaps and will probably be a return customer.

Side note: the unscented and Shea butter bath soaps have been great as well as the vetiver aftershave.

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 10-15-2013, 07:58 PM
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  • Teddyboy
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(10-12-2013, 05:02 AM)Bruce Wrote: they did not work out for me.

Me neither.

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 10-18-2013, 03:33 AM
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I have ordered 2 soaps today. Ozark Mountain + Coniferous.

Sound like it is a really good soap. I´m really curious about it now. Let´s see how long it will take from USA to Germany.Biggrin

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 10-23-2013, 09:32 AM
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Rod is great to deal with and the soaps are an excellent value for the amount you get, but I could never get consistent lather from them using the suggested method of lathering in a mug. His Ben Frankilin and Anise scents are outstanding! I hope he reformulates his soap so I could purchase some more pucks in those scents.

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 10-28-2013, 04:57 AM
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  • Coyote
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I was back with the Scots Pine today. I thought I would post a shot of today's lather. I have that good ol' rock hard south Texas water. I have not tried any of Rod's latest formulations with the added scent and even easier lathering? I will have to order a couple pucks soon.

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 10-29-2013, 09:10 AM
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  • vferdman
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I have used Black Cumin and Orange today and I must say I am completely taken with the scent. I think it is one of the best scents I have tried. I am still working through my samples and I have enjoyed them all: Black Cumin and Orange, Scots Pine, Anise and Lavender and Sage. The performance of the soap is not outstanding, but it's very good. The scents are fantastic. Once I am through these samples I will probably get a full puck of Black Cumin and Orange and try some of the other scents. Very good stuff, this.

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 10-29-2013, 06:52 PM
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  • MaxP
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I loaned Black Cumin-Orange to a fellow wetshaver for him to try.

The other two are in "the box in the basement." There are simply too many other really excellent soaps in my drawer.

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 11-07-2013, 08:32 AM
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I have a puck coming. I seem to be stalking the mail carrier. I'm just super jazzed about trying it. All of your great reviews have helped so much.

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 11-07-2013, 08:43 AM
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A wonderfully scented oil slick…

While my test lathers last night were promising and the scent is very enjoyable, I just did not enjoy the lather from this soap at all. I believe that it's the castor oil, especially since it is high on the ingredient list; 2nd. I have oily skin as it is so anything with a high oil content doesn't work well for me like preshave oils and aftershave balms.

So while the lather was dense and extremely well hydrated (I kept adding water trying to make it better) it was very tacky. It kept sticking to the razor, blade, and me. I almost never have blood when using the Streamline but today was blood-y. Even an hour after my shave my skin still has a tacky feeling to it. I feel like I'm going to stick to anything my face touches. I feel sorry for my kids and wife today.

At least I learned free of charge (Thanks Rudy) that I need to be careful with soaps that have a high amount of castor oil in them. So if you have dry skin & both preshave oils and aftershave balms serve you well, then this may be a great soap for you.

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 11-09-2013, 06:41 AM
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  • Coyote
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I tried the Glacial this morning. Let's just say it is very well named. I really like the Margaritas in the Arctic, but Glacial takes menthol to a whole new level, if not planet! I got a great shave using my Red Tip and a Voskhod (3) Blade. The lather was very thick, slick, and well cushioned. It did not produce large volumes of lather, but I didn't need that either. Great shave!

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 11-09-2013, 07:53 AM
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  • vferdman
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I am afraid I will be relegating Stirling soaps to hand soap duty. Just can not make them work as well as others. They smell wonderfully, but the shave is just not all that great. Black Cumin and Orange gave the best performance, but still a bit of a struggle. I just do not want to be constantly trying to get a good lather of my shaving soap when I have so many that are just a sure thing. Mike's, Panna Crema, Cella, Proraso, Palmolive stick. All can produce an amazing shave. Stirling is good soap, but not for shaving for me. I love the bath bars, BTW. Started on a Pig Trail as my hand soap and that's part of my shave prep. I wash my face with my hand soap at the sink. this is now Stirling Pig Trail bath bar and it's divine. I will be using my Stirling shaving soap samples for this as well. Just as hand soaps and face prep before the shave. Love the scents and love the way the soap feels for washing purposes. Shaving qualities elude me still.

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 11-09-2013, 10:53 AM
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I have to sell my Stirling soaps (Coniferous, Ozark Mountain and a sample from Electric sheep). My skin don't like the soap (better said one or more ingrediants).

My skin feels terrible after appliying the lather. It's burning and it feels like my skin will break up the next few moments...I only had that bad feeling by the use of my Erasmic shaving cream.

Very sad to give it up because the scents are really really nice. Sad

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 11-10-2013, 01:36 PM
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I bought about 6 different ones but I too find them a bit harsh on my face. I went straight for the Nivea post shave. I tried 2 so far, barbershop and a Tundra Marg, and didn't have much lather luck.
I don't want to open the others although I love the scents, I thought someone else might be able to give them a go,

Not everything works for everyone,

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