02-02-2014, 03:31 AM
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Last Christmas season during our holidays, I stumbled upon a limited offer of De Vergulde Hand.
For a limited time, it came with a free mug. It also costs next to nothing.

I bought three and planned to PIF these to shaveaficionados not having access to these Dutch soaps as I noticed they seem to have quite a following and lots of members seem interested in at least trying the regular or the Extra Fris (fris means something like refreshing, fresh, clean in Dutch).

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And this week I found out that the cheapest parcel from The Netherlands to the US is almost 35 euros.
Would you believe that? That is ridiculous expensive for a soap of a few euros.

So, back to the drawing board to see if I can come up with a better idea for sharing these.
Meanwile, I could not resist opening up one and see how it works.

I should notice that I like a lot if Dutch people have tried this in the past, as it is widely available.
For some reason, I have been less than impressed.

As I tried it this morning, I learned that I might not been adequate in my memories.
Either that, or my lathering skills have significantly improved over the years.

This De Vergulde Hand soap fits the mug which is a sort of nice plastic (not the too cheap kind) nicely, so I turned it into a mug soap. That worked fine. The old Semogue 610 had no problem if creating a nice lather that proved quite stable. A couple of swirls was all it took to build the photogenic meringue like stuff with almost no bubbles. I also liked the fresh, clean scent.

That said, I do not per se like the meringue style later. Too often, it turns out to be style over substance. Not in this case. The shave itself was nice, with the help of the Pearl open comb. The soap did not feel very protective, but it did provide a nice cushion and just enough slickness for an effective and nicks-free shave. It also did leave my skin feeling OK.

All in all, a soap that exceeded my expectations. For the price, I think this soap is hard to beat. It is widely available in supermarkets here in The Netherlands, and that is nice. That, and stuff like Palmolive cream, make life easy for wannabe wetshavers and have a great, easy start and a joyful shaving experience.






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 02-02-2014, 04:46 AM
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but hey - you can pif them inside europe Biggrin nice write up!

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 02-02-2014, 06:58 AM
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I never tried the Extra Fris version, but the regular version of De Vergulde Hand soap is wonderful. I love it.

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 02-02-2014, 10:08 AM
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At one time it wasn't easy to obtain here in the US. I have no idea if that has changed. But yes, a very nice soap for the money.

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 02-02-2014, 11:58 AM
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Wim, congratulations on revisiting the soap! Smile

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 02-02-2014, 04:28 PM
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Our very own BullGoose carries it:

http://www.bullgooseshaving.com/de-vergu...have-soap/

I tried it a while back. Good lathering performance, but I didn't care for the scent. A purely personal thing. I melted the puck with some unscented soap to dilute the smell and now use it as my "sacrifice" soap for breaking in brushes.

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 02-02-2014, 08:32 PM
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I love the scent, but I can't get anything about airy foam out of it.

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 02-03-2014, 05:31 AM
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(02-02-2014, 04:46 AM)tonsorius Wrote: but hey - you can pif them inside europe Biggrin nice write up!

If anyone is interested?
I thought it would be easy enough to get these around Europe?


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(02-02-2014, 08:32 PM)5Savages Wrote: I love the scent, but I can't get anything about airy foam out of it.

That has been my experience also!

Now with the Semogue I get a very decent lather.
Not airy at all, if anything a bit 'fatty' .

I can imagine this soap being nice for sensitive skin.


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 02-03-2014, 10:41 AM
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(02-03-2014, 05:31 AM)wimbouman Wrote:
(02-02-2014, 04:46 AM)tonsorius Wrote: but hey - you can pif them inside europe Biggrin nice write up!
If anyone is interested?
I thought it would be easy enough to get these around Europe?

never seen - but of course it is always possible to order from another country Smile

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 02-03-2014, 01:14 PM
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I have both, and like both. No problem getting a very nice lather, either. The "fresh" scent is one of my favorites. Give it another try, with a wet brush. I don't work to hard to make a lather in the bowl. I do work it to a thick lather on my face, maybe that makes a difference?

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 02-03-2014, 03:50 PM
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I really enjoy De Vergulde Hand. Love the scent, and it performs well for me. Plus it's cool having some soaps in the rotation that have served generations of shavers (in my case DVH, La Toja, Palmolive, Tabac and Proraso).

Dave

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 02-04-2014, 03:36 AM
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De Vergulde Hand is definitely not easy to find here in Portugal, Europe. I only know 1 portuguese shop that imports and sells it (with a price much higher than in the Netherlands Confused).

Saying that, it is indeed a nice soap. That free mug surely seems like a nice addition. Smile

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