05-02-2014, 02:03 AM
#1
  • Karlo
  • Active Member
  • Manila, PHL
User Info
I spent almost two weeks on the road and used a Muhle Travel brush coupled with a stick of Harris Arlington. The experience was encouraging so I'm looking to try some reasonably priced sticks.

Here's what I'm planning to score:

Speick
Palmolive
La Toja
Wilkinson Sword

I'd like to ask those with sensitive skin if any of these have given them problems? I know it's a YMMV thing but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.

Thanks!

Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk

2 286
Reply
 05-02-2014, 03:43 AM
#2
User Info
Karlo, I have used all those sticks listed without any issues.
That said, the La Toja stick has often been reported as giving irritation due to the mineral salts it contains. There's only one way to find out, unfortunately, but it is a superb stick.

31 5,278
Reply
 05-02-2014, 03:53 AM
#3
  • BobH
  • Senior Member
  • Thunder Bay Canada
User Info
Yea, those are all good shave sticks. I would add Arko and Tabac to the list as worth a try too. Unfortunately you really don't know till you try a soap if you are going to have a reaction to it.

Bob

0 1,694
Reply
 05-02-2014, 05:31 AM
#4
User Info
I've used the Palmolive and La Toja without incident, and really like the La Toja.

You should probably try Arko, too. But I would warn that you want to be sure to rinse *thoroughly*. I didn't the first couple of times and ended up with a very dried out face.

10 1,858
Reply
 05-02-2014, 07:36 AM
#5
User Info
(05-02-2014, 03:53 AM)BobH Wrote: Yea, those are all good shave sticks. I would add Arko and Tabac to the list as worth a try too. Unfortunately you really don't know till you try a soap if you are going to have a reaction to it.

Bob

+1 Good luck!

82 21,056
Reply
 05-02-2014, 08:06 AM
#6
  • W.S.O.
  • Banned
  • Philadelphia, Pa
User Info
I like Palmolive and Tabac (as well as Green Irisch Moos) quite a lot.
Im not crazy about LaToja and Arko as they do not leave my skin feeling that great. It is dried out a bit.
My favs are Tabac and Green Irisch Moss but of the lets say "reasonably priced" (although tabac can be had for about 11-12 dollars shipped off the bay, or at least it used to be)sticks Palmolive is my favorite. I grate it and put it in a twist up dispenser and it is fantastic IMO.
In fact I experimented with making shave sticks and still have some and they work very well, but the fact is why reinvent the wheel. There are excellent sticks available at amazing price points. Its not something worth entering into IMO.
Im curious to hear which sticks you end up liking, please keep us updated.

9 429
Reply
 05-02-2014, 08:07 AM
#7
User Info
I would add Valobra shaving stick to that list. But of course, that depends on your notion of "reasonably priced", as Valobra is pricier than the other ones.

A great inexpensive shave stick is LEA from Spain. Great performance, tallow-based and with lanolin. Smile

2 5,545
Reply
 05-02-2014, 08:28 AM
#8
User Info
(05-02-2014, 08:07 AM)oversaturn Wrote: A great inexpensive shave stick is LEA from Spain. Great performance, tallow-based and with lanolin. Smile

+1 on this. Personally I have not had any "sensitivity" issues with any shaving stick I've tried, so I think the preferences might be based more on scent. Palmolive smells like their bar soap, Arko is of course Arko, and La Toja has a nice salty/mineral scent. I've never tried Valobra, but if its similar to the hard soap puck they came out with recently, you will get those "clay" notes (which is much more pleasant than it sounds). LEA probably is the least likely to "offend" and performs great. It also comes with a plastic tube which is helpful.

84 1,505
Reply
 05-02-2014, 08:52 AM
#9
  • W.S.O.
  • Banned
  • Philadelphia, Pa
User Info
Hearing you gentlemen talk about the LEA stick just reaffirms my desire to pick one up. I have been meaning to get one, now I def will.

9 429
Reply
 05-02-2014, 12:21 PM
#10
  • Johnny
  • MODERATOR EMERITUS
  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
User Info
I had no problems with the Speick or Palmolive, but the La Toja did irritate my skin. The Speick is my favorite stick.

175 23,752
Reply
 05-02-2014, 01:24 PM
#11
User Info
La Toja is my favorite. But it can have a salty feel.

0 303
Reply
 05-02-2014, 05:09 PM
#12
User Info
Just buy a puck of WSO soap and use it like a stick.

9 1,203
Reply
 05-02-2014, 05:14 PM
#13
  • Shaun
  • Senior Member
  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
User Info
Speick & Palmolive. The others are novelty IMO, nice scents, but dry out easily. Don't forget the blue Wilkinson Sword. Looks odd, smells like, well, soap, but by crikey it providers a decent shave and is very cheap. Tallow-based, too.

0 1,732
Reply
 05-02-2014, 06:04 PM
#14
  • TheMonk
  • Super Moderator
  • Porto, Portugal
User Info
(05-02-2014, 08:07 AM)oversaturn Wrote: I would add Valobra shaving stick to that list. But of course, that depends on your notion of "reasonably priced", as Valobra is pricier than the other ones.

Valobra, indeed! Definitely worth the higher price tag.

26 4,895
Reply
 05-02-2014, 06:04 PM
#15
  • Nero
  • Ban Groupthink from Earth
  • le montagne
User Info
Get all of them.
Valobra is probably the least likely to irritate your face. It feels very natural on the skin (IMO), and leaves it soft after the shave. The scent is very light and pleasant.

I like them all, but Valobra is a pretty safe bet…
Speick too, some of the ingredients are even organic… but has more of a scent, though not too strong.

57 2,543
Reply
 05-02-2014, 06:06 PM
#16
  • TheMonk
  • Super Moderator
  • Porto, Portugal
User Info
(05-02-2014, 06:04 PM)Nero Wrote: Get all of them.

Now that's what I call proper enabling! Biggrin

26 4,895
Reply
 05-02-2014, 06:08 PM
#17
  • Nero
  • Ban Groupthink from Earth
  • le montagne
User Info
(05-02-2014, 06:06 PM)TheMonk Wrote:
(05-02-2014, 06:04 PM)Nero Wrote: Get all of them.

Now that's what I call proper enabling! Biggrin

Well, no one said it yet!!!

57 2,543
Reply
 05-03-2014, 03:22 AM
#18
  • Karlo
  • Active Member
  • Manila, PHL
User Info
Thanks for the encouragement! Of those in my list, La Toja is the one I'm most worried about. I don't hear of as many people reacting with Palmolive, Wilkinson or Speick.

Will be sure to post updates after the sticks get here and I've given them all a fair shake.

Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk

2 286
Reply
 05-03-2014, 03:40 AM
#19
User Info
Don't forget about the artisans who have shave sticks. Mystic Water, HTGAM, prairie creations, just to name a few. Not sure if WetShaveObsession, Barrister&Mann, or Dapper Dragon has sticks.

31 1,800
Reply
 05-03-2014, 07:42 AM
#20
  • DaveL
  • Member
  • Houston, Texas
User Info
All of the sticks you mentioned are great. I especially like the La Toja.

2 128
Reply
Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)