01-31-2014, 11:34 AM
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...and I'm glad I did.

I started using Mike's Vetiver about 6 months ago and after about 5 or 6 lathers with it, I gave up. It's not that the lather was bad, I just could not compare it to some of my top performers (MWF, MDC). I was expecting more from it. I got good lather and the shaves were fine, it just did not blow me away.

Well, I recently acquired some Pine and Cedarwood in a trade. Now the scent of Mike's soaps are second to none now that I have tried two of them. They smell so natural and real.

This time, based on suggestions, I used a wetter brush to load and I used a lot more water than I do with my other soaps. I was gifted with beautiful, thick and extremely slick lather. One of the better shaves I have had.

I am now an official fan of Mike's. I would say that Mike's soaps are not "beginner friendly" because they take a little more effort. I get it now.

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 01-31-2014, 11:41 AM
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I am a Mike's fan. I have two: Coconut and Bay Rum.

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 01-31-2014, 11:46 AM
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I hope to reacquire Vetiver and hope to add the Hungarian Lavender next. Biggrin

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 01-31-2014, 11:59 AM
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  • Giorgio
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Mike's Natural soaps are among my favorite to use. I simply have never had a bad shave with them. I am particularly fond of the Rose & Cedarwood scent. Haven't tried the Hungarian Lavender yet but it will definitely be part of my next order.

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 01-31-2014, 03:30 PM
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Mike makes some of the best soap, around!

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 01-31-2014, 07:08 PM
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  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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While there are many excellent soaps that people hold as their "Gold Standard," Mike's is the standard that I use. I do enjoy sampling a variety of products, but after a week or so of "venturing off the path," I'll always return to Mike's for a few days of predictable and wonderful shaves. Strop Shoppe comes very close to Mike's quality, and Mystic Water is an excellent soap with my favorite scents (and favorite soap maker), but Mike's remains number one in my book.

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 02-05-2014, 04:13 AM
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I am a fan of Mike's soaps too.
I have 5 of them and by my experience, the best way to unleash their marvelous scents is to dip you brush in warm water for a couple of minutes then load it in youy Mike's.
Using warm water will unleash the oils more easily than the cold water.

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 02-05-2014, 04:20 AM
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(01-31-2014, 11:41 AM)jltgonca Wrote: I am a Mike's fan. I have two: Coconut and Bay Rum.

Have the Bay Rum, must try the Coconut soon! How do you find it, José Luis?

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 02-05-2014, 04:23 AM
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(02-05-2014, 04:20 AM)TheMonk Wrote:
(01-31-2014, 11:41 AM)jltgonca Wrote: I am a Mike's fan. I have two: Coconut and Bay Rum.

Have the Bay Rum, must try the Coconut soon! How do you find it, José Luis?
Here:
http://www.mikesnaturalsoaps.com/Mikes_N...e_tin.html

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 02-05-2014, 04:40 AM
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I've had good luck with all of Mike's soaps. I wish they were easier to find. He's often "out of stock". Great soap.

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 02-05-2014, 05:48 AM
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(02-05-2014, 04:23 AM)Rui Marques Wrote:
(02-05-2014, 04:20 AM)TheMonk Wrote:
(01-31-2014, 11:41 AM)jltgonca Wrote: I am a Mike's fan. I have two: Coconut and Bay Rum.

Have the Bay Rum, must try the Coconut soon! How do you find it, José Luis?
Here:
http://www.mikesnaturalsoaps.com/Mikes_N...e_tin.html

Rui, I was not asking José Luis where to find it, but HOW does he find it, which is the same as to ask how does he like it. Smile

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 02-05-2014, 06:10 AM
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(02-05-2014, 05:48 AM)TheMonk Wrote:
(02-05-2014, 04:23 AM)Rui Marques Wrote:
(02-05-2014, 04:20 AM)TheMonk Wrote: Have the Bay Rum, must try the Coconut soon! How do you find it, José Luis?
Here:
http://www.mikesnaturalsoaps.com/Mikes_N...e_tin.html
Shy
Rui, I was not asking José Luis where to find it, but HOW does he find it, which is the same as to ask how does he like it. Smile

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 02-05-2014, 06:26 AM
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(02-05-2014, 04:13 AM)Rui Marques Wrote: I have 5 of them and by my experience, the best way to unleash their marvelous scents is to dip you brush in warm water for a couple of minutes then load it in youy Mike's.
Using warm water will unleash the oils more easily than the cold water.

I wonder if that's my problem with Mikes. I prefer using cold water to shave rather that warm. The next time I break out my Mikes samples I'll have to try using very warm water.

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 02-05-2014, 07:27 AM
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My Mike's routine works like a champ -- easy and makes a fantastic lather.

1. Soak brush in hot water while showering.
2. Before shower, drizzle a little hot water from the brush onto the Mike's puck.
3. When ready to lather, get most of the water out of the brush. Even a little squeeze. This creates a brush that is ready to pull some soap material off of that puck. When you finish loading, scoop up as much of that "pro-lather" as you can.
4. Swirl in the bowl, reversing direction, for about 15 seconds. Keep pushing the lather from the sides down into the bottom and brush, keep working and stirring it, along with the newly generated lather coming out of the brush.
5. Add back some water in the bowl now. Experience dictates how much. But it can take a good bit.
6. Swirl for minute or so, working it off the sides as you.

This creates a shiny, thick, protective lather.

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 02-05-2014, 07:30 AM
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(02-05-2014, 06:26 AM)5Savages Wrote:
(02-05-2014, 04:13 AM)Rui Marques Wrote: I have 5 of them and by my experience, the best way to unleash their marvelous scents is to dip you brush in warm water for a couple of minutes then load it in youy Mike's.
Using warm water will unleash the oils more easily than the cold water.

I wonder if that's my problem with Mikes. I prefer using cold water to shave rather that warm. The next time I break out my Mikes samples I'll have to try using very warm water.

Well, then give us your feedback.

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 02-05-2014, 07:32 AM
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Vie-Long Beehive Silvertip
Floris Elite Shaving Soap
Weber DLC Bulldog
Polsilver SI
Floris Elite Aftershave Balm

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 02-05-2014, 07:56 AM
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(02-05-2014, 07:32 AM)jaguar Wrote: Vie-Long Beehive Silvertip
Floris Elite Shaving Soap
Weber DLC Bulldog
Polsilver SI
Floris Elite Aftershave Balm
Your post should be in SOTD Thread.

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 02-05-2014, 09:05 AM
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I took a day off my "just use Cade" to try it again. This time I used a boar and it performed pretty good. I think boars seem to hold more water or at least make it available to the soap. I'll have to eventually give it a longer try to see how it ranks or performs better with practice, but I personally don't consider it a top-tier soap.

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 02-26-2014, 06:17 PM
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I've been using boars exclusively for some time. Warm your brush up in the sink...when you get out of the shower..turn the brush on its handle and let the excess water run off. load your brush..loading it for an extra 30 seconds...face lather or bowl if you prefer and enjoy!! Hope this helps...got this from Marco!!

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