05-22-2012, 08:07 AM
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there's a few Indian markets local to where I like that I've been meaning to stop into, to see if they have any shaving supplies that us traditional shavers would enjoy. do we have any folks from India on here who might be able to translate some product names that are named different in India than they are in America?

I've been told before that a lot of Indian markets carry alum blocks, but it's listed under an Indian name. does anyone have a translation for that? any other items I might want to keep an eye open for? shaving creams/soaps? blades?

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 05-22-2012, 08:27 AM
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Mysore Sandal body Soap!

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 05-22-2012, 08:52 AM
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Well, I'm Indian, but that doesn't mean much as the languages are different all over the country. My regional language it going to be Greek to most of the store owners in the US.

The language we are most likely to have in common is English, and that's the language I use in most of the Indian stores I visit.

For future reference Alum is called 'Phitkari' in Hindi. You can ask for it as such, or you can try English. That may be one item where the English word may not help you, as it's not a common product.

The stores do tend to have nice shaving and bathing related stuff. Anything with Neem in it is a good item to try. The Mysore sandal soap is also nice.

While you'll save a few $$ on alum from the Indian stores, you can find it in stores like Whole Foods.....marked as a deodorant. It costs about $4 and lasts forever. It's also packaged better in these stores - helps with storage.

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 05-22-2012, 09:17 AM
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I recently visited a couple of indian grocery stores and found Godrej shave cream for 3.00 us, it's really a good cream. Good luck with your search.

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 05-22-2012, 09:35 AM
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Please keep us posted on what you find. We have a couple of small Indian markets where I live & it would be cool to pick up some shaving supplies locally.

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 05-22-2012, 09:58 AM
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most of the labels will still have english on them, but have a look out for gillette blacks, godrej shave cream, the old spice creams all are wonderful products

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 05-22-2012, 01:43 PM
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thanks for the replies guys. I'm going to stop in 3-4 local Indian markets tomorrow after work to see what they have and then I'll report back.

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 05-22-2012, 02:01 PM
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I wish we had one where I live. I want to try the Mysore Sandal Soap.

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 05-22-2012, 02:05 PM
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I am so glad to have found this thread. My sister-in-law adopted a little Indian girl and she is the apple of Uncle Dave's eye. I would never have thought about an Indian grocery store. Kentucky has a pretty good number of immigrants from India so going to an Indian market will give me the chance to pick up some shaving supplies and her a chance to learn more about her culture. Thanks!

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 05-22-2012, 03:52 PM
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(05-22-2012, 02:01 PM)Dave Wrote: I wish we had one where I live. I want to try the Mysore Sandal Soap.

Dave,

I'll check at ours, and pick one up for you if they have it. Don't hold your breath, though. They're not the best stocked store.

Yohann

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 05-22-2012, 04:31 PM
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Yohann that would be amazing. Thanks!!!

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 05-23-2012, 11:44 AM
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I did not find any creams other than your typical foam style creams and wilkinson DE blades, but almost every store I went into had mysore sandal soap and alum blocks. I picked up one of each for a total of $4.

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 05-23-2012, 11:52 AM
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(05-23-2012, 11:44 AM)andrewjs18 Wrote: I did not find any creams other than your typical foam style creams and wilkinson DE blades, but almost every store I went into had mysore sandal soap and alum blocks. I picked up one of each for a total of $4.

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I need to do the same in my town $4 is cheap! Smile

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 05-23-2012, 11:56 AM
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(05-23-2012, 11:52 AM)wlmcad Wrote:
(05-23-2012, 11:44 AM)andrewjs18 Wrote: I did not find any creams other than your typical foam style creams and wilkinson DE blades, but almost every store I went into had mysore sandal soap and alum blocks. I picked up one of each for a total of $4.

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I need to do the same in my town $4 is cheap! Smile

most of the stores I went in after the first store where I bought the 2 items in my photo had the mysore soap for $1 per bar.

mental note: next time, bring more cash with me as they'll usually only take CC with a $10 minimum. Sad

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 05-23-2012, 12:18 PM
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(05-22-2012, 02:01 PM)Dave Wrote: I wish we had one where I live. I want to try the Mysore Sandal Soap.

I purchase my Mysore Sandal Soap on Amazon. With Amazon Prime, it costs about $1.40 per 2.41 oz bar. It's great stuff!

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 05-23-2012, 03:45 PM
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stopped at another Indian market a little while ago and grabbed these two items:

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they didn't have any shaving creams like we'd use, but he's going to call his supplier to see if he can get in some of the godrej and old spice cream and check on the gillette blacks and let me know next week.

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 05-23-2012, 04:06 PM
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This is why the nook rocks. Thanks Andrew. I finally get to try some Mysore Sandalwood soap.

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 05-24-2012, 04:45 AM
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I have 2 Indian markets here and neither carry any shaving products. When I asked if they could get any for me they looked at me like I was from another planet.

A sticky post with a list of all of the Indian products would go a long way in helping some of us find these products. It's difficult when you know what you are looking for but don't know what to ask for.

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 05-24-2012, 01:59 PM
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It has been a while since I hit the Indian stores near me. I'll have to pay a visit soon. Wink

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 05-24-2012, 02:21 PM
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(05-23-2012, 04:06 PM)Dave Wrote: This is why the nook rocks. Thanks Andrew. I finally get to try some Mysore Sandalwood soap.

Dave,

your mysore soap should be to you by Tuesday or Wednesday. I added an extra goodie in the box for you. enjoy. Smile

(05-24-2012, 04:45 AM)turtle Wrote: I have 2 Indian markets here and neither carry any shaving products. When I asked if they could get any for me they looked at me like I was from another planet.

A sticky post with a list of all of the Indian products would go a long way in helping some of us find these products. It's difficult when you know what you are looking for but don't know what to ask for.

odd, because every single one I went into (and I visited like 10 yesterday) had mysore sandal soap and alum blocks, and some had wilkinson DE blades, with one even having some crappy looking DE TTO razor.

this one that is pretty local to me has some nice owners. I asked them if they could get a bunch of creams and the gillette blacks from India. they said they weren't sure, but they'd check and call me.

(05-24-2012, 01:59 PM)freddy Wrote: It has been a while since I hit the Indian stores near me. I'll have to pay a visit soon. Wink

always a fun time to just go out shopping!

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