05-13-2012, 10:20 AM
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With a little help from a friend, some time ago, I came across a vintage puck of Colgate's Cup Soap for Shaving! Here's some photos:

The package is a little beaten up, but in an overall good shape...

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.. the puck itself has some words and a logo printed on it, perfectly legible...
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... the most curious thing is a small paper with instructions that lay on the inside. Besides the instructions, it shows a nice picture of a gentleman using a straight razor (who uses those things nowadays? sheeesh! Biggrin)
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Hope you like this photos! Cool

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 05-13-2012, 11:21 AM
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Thanks for sharing Emmanual! Love the instructions


This is actually very good soap. Comparably with vintage williams. The "Mug Soap" is to avoided at any price, however.

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 05-13-2012, 11:38 AM
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  • Theido
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(05-13-2012, 11:21 AM)GreekGuy Wrote: Thanks for sharing Emmanual! Love the instructions


This is actually very good soap. Comparably with vintage williams. The "Mug Soap" is to avoided at any price, however.

What is the difference between normal Williams and "Mug Soap" Williams? Is it just some writing on the box that denotes that it's the newer version of Williams?

As for the Colgate please let us know how it is. I have seen it on the Bay a few times and wanted to try it provided there are some good reviews for it.

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 05-13-2012, 11:48 AM
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(05-13-2012, 11:38 AM)Theido Wrote:
(05-13-2012, 11:21 AM)GreekGuy Wrote: Thanks for sharing Emmanual! Love the instructions


This is actually very good soap. Comparably with vintage williams. The "Mug Soap" is to avoided at any price, however.

What is the difference between normal Williams and "Mug Soap" Williams? Is it just some writing on the box that denotes that it's the newer version of Williams?

As for the Colgate please let us know how it is. I have seen it on the Bay a few times and wanted to try it provided there are some good reviews for it.

The last Williams reformulation was in 2000, and I believe there was one around 1989. It has been a while since I saw the actual dates, but there is a noticable difference in the product when sampled before and after reformulation. Don't be turned off by modern Williams. It will produce copious amounts of lather. The problem is it's a water hog and takes a little extra effort.

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 05-13-2012, 12:42 PM
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Emanuel,
Obrigado pelo as photos!
Thanks for the pic, my friend!

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 05-13-2012, 02:10 PM
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Great photos, will you use it?

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 05-13-2012, 02:12 PM
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Mr. Guy sent some Colgate Cup soap to me last summer. It really is a nice soap. I may have to reach for it for tomorrow's "Mourning" shave.

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 05-13-2012, 02:23 PM
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(05-13-2012, 11:48 AM)CharlieFoxtrot Wrote: The last Williams reformulation was in 2000, and I believe there was one around 1989. It has been a while since I saw the actual dates, but there is a noticable difference in the product when sampled before and after reformulation. Don't be turned off by modern Williams. It will produce copious amounts of lather. The problem is it's a water hog and takes a little extra effort.
   
This is how I have solved virtually every lathering problem (including current Williams). I have an electric kettle that I use to boil water. The white bowl in the picture has boiling hot water in both the outer jacket and in the inner bowl. I put a little bit of the boiling water in the soap (green cup), dip my brush in the white bowl, and by the time I have lathered there is great lather and it is not too hot to apply to my face. For my second and third pass, I dip the brush maybe a quarter of the way in the white bowl, swirl around in my lather, and apply to my face. The lather is nice and warm. (I don't dip it in all the way or else it would be too hot.)

That enables me to use any kind of shaving soap with great results.

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 05-13-2012, 02:47 PM
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Excellent pictures Emanuel. Thanks for sharing. I haven't tried Colgate but I have used Old Spice (thanks also to Andy aka MrGuy). The vintage soaps that used to be do easy to get were high quality. It's a shame we can't get these easily and/or they've been reformulated poorly.

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 05-13-2012, 03:27 PM
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nice photos, Emanuel. also notice that the instructions suggest face lathering! Tongue

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 05-13-2012, 08:36 PM
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(05-13-2012, 02:23 PM)CaliforniaCajun Wrote:
(05-13-2012, 11:48 AM)CharlieFoxtrot Wrote: The last Williams reformulation was in 2000, and I believe there was one around 1989. It has been a while since I saw the actual dates, but there is a noticable difference in the product when sampled before and after reformulation. Don't be turned off by modern Williams. It will produce copious amounts of lather. The problem is it's a water hog and takes a little extra effort.

This is how I have solved virtually every lathering problem (including current Williams). I have an electric kettle that I use to boil water. The white bowl in the picture has boiling hot water in both the outer jacket and in the inner bowl. I put a little bit of the boiling water in the soap (green cup), dip my brush in the white bowl, and by the time I have lathered there is great lather and it is not too hot to apply to my face. For my second and third pass, I dip the brush maybe a quarter of the way in the white bowl, swirl around in my lather, and apply to my face. The lather is nice and warm. (I don't dip it in all the way or else it would be too hot.)

That enables me to use any kind of shaving soap with great results.

John, that is a great warming pitcher you have. i have the same one!

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 05-13-2012, 09:07 PM
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When I started shaving in the 1950's, Williams and Colgate seemed to be the only shaving soap around at the time.

I'd drop a puck in an old coffee mug, and using a Fuller Brush Co. boar bristle brush, build lather right in the mug.

As I recall, both products lathered up just fine. Smile

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 05-14-2012, 02:51 AM
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I was impressed with the performance of Colgate cup soap, it lathers beautifully and provides excellent skin care. I also bought the Colgate mug soap, that GreekGuy refers to, and agree that it is not as good as the cup soap and I would not buy it again. If anyone wants to try Colgate I would recommend making sure the box says cup not mug, ebay always seems to have lots of Colgate mug soap.

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 05-14-2012, 12:01 PM
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  • freddy
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Thanks for sharing those great photos, Emanuel.

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 05-14-2012, 10:03 PM
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  • Teiste
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Great pics and I love the shaving soap instructions.
I haven't tried any of those Colgate's or Vintage Williams shaving soaps but the current formulation one (Williams) with regular results.

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