11-11-2014, 07:02 PM
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  • bullgoose
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When talk turns to "vintage" shaving soap, the bulk of the attention seems to center on Tallow Trumper, old tallow Penhaligons and a few others. The Yardley in a wood bowl gets some mention but almost nobody talks about Yardley Black Label. To me, Yardley Black Label is the holy grail of shaving soap -it seems to lather by just glancing at it and the lather it produces is rich, thick and slick with excellent skin conditioning properties. The scent is kind of neutral but pleasant (perhaps the scent has faded and the original scent was stronger).

I believe that this was produced in the 1970's up until perhaps the late 1980's. What is your favorite "vintage" shave soap.

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 11-11-2014, 07:15 PM
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I do love my Ralph Lauren Safari Shy

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 11-11-2014, 08:04 PM
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Well done, Phil!
And I second you, Black Label is excellent and lathers in the wind.
All 3 of these still have scent, and the scents are all different.
The triangle on the left is mainly cinnamony.
The wood bowl is a springy/spicy citrus.
And the triangle on the right is soft and cloudy (creamy and vanilla).
I could see that the two triangles perhaps were originally the same scent, and just faded differently… because they are both "dreamy" scents, just different predominant notes come through. Or, maybe they have always been different… there is still a LOT of scent, to be very honest (sorry to gloat!!).
But the wooden bowl is totally different from the triangles… no way were they ever the same scent.


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I also have 3 other Yardley soaps in bowls, and their scents are nowhere near the level of these three I am showing in the picture.

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 11-11-2014, 09:03 PM
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Thank you Matt. The scent of my black label smells of vanilla and is slightly powdery. It is a very pleasant scent but I have no idea if this is how it smelled originally. I agree that the scent of this and the soap in the wood bowl is totally different. While I have several wooden bowls of Yardley, I only have one Black Label. I am jealous of you Matt; it is an incredible soap.

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 11-11-2014, 09:28 PM
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What's with the triangular containers?! It must be a tad disruptive when loading the soap, no? Biggrin

I really should try one of these vintage soaps, one day! Blush

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 11-11-2014, 10:04 PM
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I've been wet shaving since 1962. I hate it when the soap I used in the '70's and '80's is called "vintage." I'd rather be called an old fart than vintage. The soap my grandfather used would be called vintage.

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 11-11-2014, 10:12 PM
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For me to use an old soap it pretty much needs to fall into my lap. I don't seek them out.

I haven't used many old soaps, but my favorite, and the only one still in my cabinet is a puck of "Barbershop" soap from the '70s. The performance is great and the scent is nice and not too strong after aging for all those years. It has turned a deep tan color, assuming it was white when new, but that doesn't appear to have hurt the soap at all.

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 11-11-2014, 11:29 PM
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(11-11-2014, 09:03 PM)bullgoose Wrote: Thank you Matt. The scent of my black label smells of vanilla and is slightly powdery. It is a very pleasant scent but I have no idea if this is how it smelled originally. I agree that the scent of this and the soap in the wood bowl is totally different. While I have several wooden bowls of Yardley, I only have one Black Label. I am jealous of you Matt; it is an incredible soap.

Don't be too jealous, I almost had to take out a mortgage to buy them haha :-)

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 11-12-2014, 01:24 AM
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I have been using a Yardley puck and like it. Have also tried a Williams stick from the 1920-30 era, I think, and it lathered real well. Not much scent left in that one though. Another one I miss is Noxzema shave cream.

Bob

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 11-12-2014, 05:09 AM
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Yardley is tough to beat, Tallow Penhaligon's BB is also excellent. To me, Old Spice isn't in the same class as Yardley or Penhaligon's.

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 11-12-2014, 06:11 AM
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I've tried to score a Yardley Black Label, but haven't been able to thus far. My current favorite is Penhaligon's English Fern tallow, it's just superb, and the scent remains quite strong after all these years.

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 11-12-2014, 06:27 AM
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I get great shaves form AOS tallow soaps. Why they changing winning formulas I will never understand.

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 11-12-2014, 08:35 AM
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(11-12-2014, 06:27 AM)keithmax Wrote: I get great shaves form AOS tallow soaps. Why they changing winning formulas I will never understand.

It is certainly a head scratcher. The AOS Tallow soaps are excellent.

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 11-12-2014, 09:14 AM
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Gibbs nº53

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 11-12-2014, 09:35 AM
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(11-12-2014, 08:35 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(11-12-2014, 06:27 AM)keithmax Wrote: I get great shaves form AOS tallow soaps. Why they changing winning formulas I will never understand.

It is certainly a head scratcher. The AOS Tallow soaps are excellent.

Now we have Valobra. Similar in performance to the AOS tallow, as they come from the same source.
The scents are different, thought.

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 11-12-2014, 10:04 AM
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(11-12-2014, 09:35 AM)oversaturn Wrote:
(11-12-2014, 08:35 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(11-12-2014, 06:27 AM)keithmax Wrote: I get great shaves form AOS tallow soaps. Why they changing winning formulas I will never understand.

It is certainly a head scratcher. The AOS Tallow soaps are excellent.

Now we have Valobra. Similar in performance to the AOS tallow, as they come from the same source.
The scents are different, thought.

For me. I much prefer the AoS tallow bc the new Valobra pucks seem to have too much fragrance and it really dries out my skin :-(

The Valobra stick is lighter scented and I don't have any issues with that thankfully, and the scent is really classic!

But I primarily use AoS tallow when I shave with a soap so I'm a bit biased!

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 11-12-2014, 10:07 AM
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(11-12-2014, 09:35 AM)oversaturn Wrote:
(11-12-2014, 08:35 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(11-12-2014, 06:27 AM)keithmax Wrote: I get great shaves form AOS tallow soaps. Why they changing winning formulas I will never understand.

It is certainly a head scratcher. The AOS Tallow soaps are excellent.

Now we have Valobra. Similar in performance to the AOS tallow, as they come from the same source.
The scents are different, thought.

Better yet -we now have Czech & Speake. The performance is a bit better than AOS tallow (similar formula and from same source but with more slip) and the scents (in my opinion) are better. YMMV and all that

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 11-12-2014, 10:09 AM
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(11-11-2014, 09:28 PM)celestino Wrote: What's with the triangular containers?! It must be a tad disruptive when loading the soap, no? Biggrin

I really should try one of these vintage soaps, one day! Blush

It sounds to me like someone needs to work on his brush skills. Tongue

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 11-12-2014, 10:23 AM
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Sorry, AOS is not vintage,Pens not sure Cool

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 11-12-2014, 10:24 AM
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According to EBAY, aos tallow is vintage.

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