04-29-2012, 10:29 AM
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Hey tsn,

I'm in the market for a heavily mentholated cream. I'm just wondering what the two or three absolute coldest option would be. What are your thoughts?

I've really only tried Proraso and Nancy Boy signature.

Thanks!

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 04-29-2012, 10:48 AM
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QCS Vostock. I've not used it but I've asked this same question & while there are others, the Vostock got the majority of the praise.

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 04-29-2012, 10:56 AM
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I personally like the Proraso Green product but that is another of those YMMV things.

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 04-29-2012, 11:20 AM
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Toms of Maine is pretty minty stuff.

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 04-29-2012, 11:28 AM
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RazoRock Mentholipto is pretty cold.

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 04-29-2012, 11:41 AM
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(04-29-2012, 11:28 AM)tgutc Wrote: RazoRock Mentholipto is pretty cold.

I might have to try that out. It's the only tallow-based menthol shaving soap I've come across.

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 04-29-2012, 11:42 AM
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I can't imagine being able to handle anything colder than QCS Vostock. It's so cold it makes my eyes water and my nose run a little. And if you think the shave is cold, the cold water splash at the end is like jumping into the Arctic Ocean.

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 04-29-2012, 11:50 AM
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I didn't try the QCS Vostock but Mama Bears Awakenings Shaving Soap with Peppermint, Tea Tree and Menthol made my eyes water as well.

It was the coldest soap I've ever tried.

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 04-29-2012, 11:54 AM
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QCS Vostock is tallow and the coldest product. Godrej Menthol Mist is downright chilly too, and I hear Italian Palmolive is right up there in the cold department.

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 04-29-2012, 12:10 PM
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I seem to remember an artisan soap maker (can't remember name) offering a soap with as much menthol added as you want. Prairie creations, maybe?

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 04-29-2012, 01:22 PM
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(04-29-2012, 12:10 PM)slowhand Wrote: I seem to remember an artisan soap maker (can't remember name) offering a soap with as much menthol added as you want. Prairie creations, maybe?

TSD Iced Subzero soap or cream will do that for you if you want.

(04-29-2012, 11:42 AM)Tonality Wrote: I can't imagine being able to handle anything colder than QCS Vostock. It's so cold it makes my eyes water and my nose run a little. And if you think the shave is cold, the cold water splash at the end is like jumping into the Arctic Ocean.

I ordered 2 Vostok soaps last week. I sure hope they come soon so I can tell you that I agree. In the mean time, this is the coldest cream I ever tried.

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 04-29-2012, 03:20 PM
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I have tried plenty of menthol creams and soft soaps. Queen Charlotte Soap's Vostok definitely leaves a 40 minute chill after the shave and feels chilly on the face while shaving. Second would be TSD's Iced Shave Cream, which was once my favorite. So, go for the QCS Vostok. It is amazingly cool and I'm a menthol junky! Much colder than Ingram or Proraso. Then you can keep it going for a while longer with Nancy Boy's cooling aftershave gel.

I also have menthol crystals that I blend in creams, such as TOBS Avocado. Very refreshing.

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 04-29-2012, 03:34 PM
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Tell me more about these menthol crystals...are they ground pretty fine like salt? I imagine that serves a dual purpose of exfoliation?

Sounds intriguing...

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 04-29-2012, 03:45 PM
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I am a big fan of http://www.queencharlottesoaps.com Vostok shave cream. It will give you the Arctic Blast you seek and if you follow it up with the aftershave Osage Rub then you will be riding the Arctic Express. Menthol crystals can be purchased at Amazon or other internet sites.

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 04-29-2012, 03:57 PM
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In terms of creams... Palmolive Menthol.

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 04-29-2012, 04:09 PM
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(04-29-2012, 03:34 PM)slowhand Wrote: Tell me more about these menthol crystals...are they ground pretty fine like salt? I imagine that serves a dual purpose of exfoliation?

Sounds intriguing...
The crystals can be an inch long and smaller. You can crunch them up to make it easier to blend. You stir it up to mix and it dissolves into the cream. No exfoliation involved, just menthol blast.

You can add crystals to alcohol based aftershaves or splashes and shake it a little and it dissolves quickly. I even added it to a mentholated splash I have to make it supercold. Made my eyes water for a while.

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 04-29-2012, 04:18 PM
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(04-29-2012, 03:20 PM)lindyhop66 Wrote: I have tried plenty of menthol creams and soft soaps. Queen Charlotte Soap's Vostok definitely leaves a 40 minute chill after the shave and feels chilly on the face while shaving. Second would be TSD's Iced Shave Cream, which was once my favorite. So, go for the QCS Vostok. It is amazingly cool and I'm a menthol junky! Much colder than Ingram or Proraso. Then you can keep it going for a while longer with Nancy Boy's cooling aftershave gel.

I also have menthol crystals that I blend in creams, such as TOBS Avocado. Very refreshing.

Ahhhhhhhh man - I'm drooling now for my Vostok soaps! Laughing1

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 04-29-2012, 04:44 PM
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(04-29-2012, 12:10 PM)slowhand Wrote: I seem to remember an artisan soap maker (can't remember name) offering a soap with as much menthol added as you want. Prairie creations, maybe?

Not sure if the Prairie Creations stuff ever went on sale, but I was one of the lucky few that got to test it. The sample with the menthol cranked all the way up was downright painful to use. My eyes watered and nose ran immediately when lathering up and your softest brush felt like it was a brick it was that harsh. Don't get me wrong, I loved testing it, much like trying out the hottest wing sauce just to try it.

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 04-29-2012, 05:11 PM
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Does anyone here remember Giovanni of Tryphon Enterprises? This fine man made a Permafrost soap and cream which were extremely cold. Practically the same menthol level as TSD Iced Subzero.

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 04-29-2012, 05:40 PM
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(04-29-2012, 11:20 AM)Shanman Wrote: Toms of Maine is pretty minty stuff.

Are you still able to buy it? It has been discontinued about 3 years ago.

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