05-17-2014, 12:56 AM
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  • tgutc
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Lately I've noticed the majority of conversation under the Soap and Cream Sub Forum has been about artisan soaps. It seems like every week a new artisan comes on the scene with a really good soap. If I was forced to choose five soaps to stick with four of those would be artisan. I have not tried them all, but I think there are several that perform better than production soaps. Do you think this is a fad or will artisan's continue to keep the forum goers business? In the long run I'm sure the business to the artisan's is only a drop in the bucket and does not affect the large soap makers. I would think that the majority of sales to artisan soap makers come from forum members. We are a very small percentage of total wet shavers. Something else I've been wondering is why the lack of artisan cream makers?

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 05-17-2014, 01:04 AM
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I think the artisan soap making business is going to continue to grow - these soaps are discussed extensively on shave forums, facebook, reddit, etc. Plus, many of the shave vendors are carrying more and more artisan soaps.

I am almost exclusively artisan with my shave soaps, I think the only mainstream soap I have is from Czech&Speake.

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 05-17-2014, 01:42 AM
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  • Agravic
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Agreed.

Artisan soaps are top shelf products these days, and often outperform commercial ones in many aspects.

Quality speaks for itself.

It's also gratifying to be able to purchase from, and support, these talented aficionados who exhibit passion for their chosen art ... it's tangibly personal.

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 05-17-2014, 03:27 AM
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I never used to be a fan of artisan soaps but now there are certain soap-makers whose soaps I love. For example, I love Stirling soaps and The Shave Den's as well.

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 05-17-2014, 03:49 AM
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I'd love for some artisan to figure out how to produce a tube cream.


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 05-17-2014, 04:09 AM
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(05-17-2014, 03:49 AM)jpakstis Wrote: I'd love for some artisan to figure out how to produce a tube cream.


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+1. That would be nice.

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 05-17-2014, 04:12 AM
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Unless you consider Martin de Candre artisan, I don't own any. I started with the forums back in late 2006 and like most guys discovering this new "hobby" around that time, began with the 3 T's...add some Tabac and MWF...all of the "classics". At that time the only "artisan" soap makers were the Soap Queens and Charles at QED with his melt and pour offerings. None of those ever appealed to me. I realize the 2014 versions of artisan products are head and shoulders above those humble beginnings I remember. I just am pretty much stuck on the traditional products I have always used. When I use those up (around 2019) I will see what the artisan landscape is at the time and maybe explore that area. Slight possibility I could sell/trade/PIF away enough product to try some ahead of that time but frankly I enjoy the products I have. I do watch all the videos and read all the reviews on the artisan products because of my interest in whats happening in this exploding market. What an amazing level of growth Men's Grooming and shaving supplies and equipment has experienced in less than a decade!

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 05-17-2014, 05:03 AM
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  • srgjazz
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The only Artisan soaps I use are from RazoRock. Tried several others and find I do not prefer added Glycerin nor Shea Butter.

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 05-17-2014, 05:23 AM
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More and more I am drifting towards the artisan soaps. Many outperform the old standby's. Most, exception Mikes and a few others, need to learn more about the fragrance side of things. But, many are fantastic in performance and after shave feel.

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 05-17-2014, 07:54 AM
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(05-17-2014, 01:42 AM)Agravic Wrote: Agreed.

Artisan soaps are top shelf products these days, and often outperform commercial ones in many aspects.

Quality speaks for itself.

It's also gratifying to be able to purchase from, and support, these talented aficionados who exhibit passion for their chosen art ... it's tangibly personal.


+1

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 05-17-2014, 09:06 AM
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  • Johnny
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Right now all I am using is an artisan soap (2). My MWF, Speick, SMN, and Proraso are collecting dust.

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 05-17-2014, 11:04 AM
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It's great that they are pushing each other to become better resulting in better offerings for us. It also feels better buying from people who contribute to the forum, opening the lines of communication between the buyer and seller.

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 05-17-2014, 11:20 AM
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(05-17-2014, 11:04 AM)Shakamoto Wrote: It also feels better buying from people who contribute to the forum, opening the lines of communication between the buyer and seller.

This is probably one of the most important aspects since you can actually correspond with the smaller artisans and even make suggestions for a new scent or two and come to realize what wonderful folks they are!

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 05-17-2014, 01:06 PM
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  • Howler
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I enjoy using artisan soaps and I'm glad to see so many great quality soaps. A majority of them are value priced compared to some commercial brands. The great thing is they are not mass produced either.

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 05-17-2014, 01:12 PM
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I also can't understand why there are no artisane makers of shaving cream - at least to my knowledge Huh

I'm hesitant to buy artisane soaps because I still think they need to do better with the overall presentation.

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 05-17-2014, 01:22 PM
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(05-17-2014, 01:12 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I'm hesitant to buy artisane soaps because I still think they need to do better with the overall presentation.

That's a good point and important to some. While I generally don't factor in presentation, I once got an artisan soap that included a hair. To me, that's an issue of quality control and regardless of the performance of the soap, I won't order from this particular soap maker again!

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 05-17-2014, 01:23 PM
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Can't shave with a presentation Claus. Cool

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 05-17-2014, 01:53 PM
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Aside from D.R. Harris, all I have are artisan soaps, and I have another brand on the way.
As long as the performance is there, I will probably keep it that way. I have a few more that I want to try as well.

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 05-17-2014, 02:45 PM
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(05-17-2014, 01:12 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I also can't understand why there are no artisane makers of shaving cream - at least to my knowledge Huh

I'm hesitant to buy artisane soaps because I still think they need to do better with the overall presentation.

Al produces what he calls a cream, and I believe that Barrister & Mann are working on one. But not in a tube. Read somewhere one of the artisans saying that the equipment necessary to package in a tube would not be cost effective.

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 05-17-2014, 02:46 PM
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Not big on artisan soaps. I use all the old standbys I have been using for years

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