11-22-2014, 08:17 PM
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For a few years now, and basically since I started wetshaving, I have used almost exclusively artisan soaps. Lately I've been getting more and more "itchy" to try some commercial soaps, but with all the reformulations and relatively steep price tags, I wanted to hear some thoughts about the good ones!

I'd love to get some input from those who have more of the soap experience than I in the "commercial" market. Soaps I'm curious about in particular are Valobra/C&S, DR Harris, Pen's, and essentially any of those traditional hard soaps I might have omitted. Good performers with scents would be great to hear about!

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 11-22-2014, 10:04 PM
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  • beartrap
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Czech & Speake Oxford & Cambridge Smile

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 11-23-2014, 03:35 AM
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The I Coloniali Rhubarb soap is top notch. Easy to lather. Slick as snot. Great post-shave feel. Intriguing scent.

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 11-23-2014, 03:56 AM
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The soaps you have listed pretty much cover my favourites, too.
I would also add MWF, though.

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 11-23-2014, 05:09 AM
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MWF
CADE

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 11-23-2014, 05:32 AM
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Yes, my only remaining non-artisan soap.

(11-22-2014, 10:04 PM)beartrap Wrote: Czech & Speake Oxford & Cambridge Smile

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 11-23-2014, 07:10 AM
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Proraso Green. Great in summer, awesome in winter.

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 11-23-2014, 07:45 AM
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(11-22-2014, 08:17 PM)explodyii Wrote: Lately I've been getting more and more "itchy" to try some commercial soaps, but with all the reformulations and relatively steep price tags, I wanted to hear some thoughts about the good ones!

Well:
  1. It is a cream, not a soap; and
  2. It completely lacks a "steep price tag," so it fails on one of your criteria; and
  3. Its scents are fairly conventional; but
  4. IT KICKS BUTT.

Kiss My Face Lavender & Shea.

I have a rotation of five soaps and creams, all excellent, listed below in order of price/ounce, high to low:
  • Mike's Natural (Orange, Black Pepper, & Cedarwood);
  • Cold Water Soap Works (Vètiver Terreux);
  • Razorock XXX;
  • Provence Santé Green Tea; and
  • Kiss My Face Lavender & Shea.

The KMF holds its own in that company.

Typically sells for about $4.50 for a 3.4 oz (TSA approved for carry-on luggage) tube, so it kind of busts your "steep price tag" barrier.

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 11-23-2014, 07:57 AM
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MWF - stands on its own merits

TABAC - awesome soap, some object to the scent

D R Harris - pick a flavor, they are all fabulous.

LEA Classic - a new entry, very nice with a great scent (wife loves it).

Gold dachs - an incredible (and pricey) veggie soap.... Dr. Dittmar is a less expensive variation.

Enjoy the shave Thumbup

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 11-23-2014, 08:17 AM
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Mwf for sure

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 11-23-2014, 08:30 AM
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It remains unsaid to buy the refills first before more wooden bowls.
In addition to above; Bath house Fig and Nutmeg, Dr Selby and Institute Karite.
I've only enjoyed samples, but have all on my wish list.
Don't let the stories of MWF being tempermental scare you.

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 11-23-2014, 09:06 AM
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Erasmic bowl

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 11-23-2014, 10:45 AM
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I agree with most of the above (MWF, iColoniali, Tabac, Gold Dachs, CADE), but no one has yet mentioned one the most commercial soaps out there...AOS. I haven't used the new formulation, but the old stuff is about as good as it gets. (I've read mostly good stuff about the newer formula as well.)

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 11-23-2014, 12:04 PM
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The line between artisan and commercial soaps can get blurry at times, but the clearly commercial soaps I have and like are Arko*, GzD and Derby sticks. Everything else I have is either clearly artisan or commercial soaps that I'm less trilled about... like Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood which smells simply wonderful but leaves my skin dry.

I had samples of Martin de Candre and TFS Bergamotto Neroli, and while both were pretty nice soaps I don't feel they are any better than the artisan soaps I have.

*) Love it or loathe it - everyone has an opinion on this one.

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 11-23-2014, 02:35 PM
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My picks:

1. Czech & Speak - 88 as well as Oxford & Cambridge (they are both equally great)
2. Penhaligon Sartorial (new third reformulation works very well indeed)
3. DR Harris - own them all, my favorite now is the new Sandalwood and Lavender and Windsor and Arlington...... Wink
4. Tabac - you can't beat it for performance
5. Acqua di Parma - does this count as a soap or a croap ?
6. Klar - all 3 scented versions are awesome
7. Valobra - all 3 scented versions are great
8. I Coloniali Rhubarb - excellent stuff
9. MWF - learn to figure it out, and it's awesome
10. Tied between Lea Classic & TOBS Jermyn Street

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 11-23-2014, 02:49 PM
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(11-23-2014, 02:35 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: My picks:

1. Czech & Speak - 88 as well as Oxford & Cambridge (they are both equally great)
2. Penhaligon Sartorial (new third reformulation works very well indeed)
3. DR Harris - own them all, my favorite now is the new Sandalwood and Lavender and Windsor and Arlington...... Wink
4. Tabac - you can't beat it for performance
5. Acqua di Parma - does this count as a soap or a croap ?
6. Klar - all 3 scented versions are awesome
7. Valobra - all 3 scented versions are great
8. I Coloniali Rhubarb - excellent stuff
9. MWF - learn to figure it out, and it's awesome
10. Tied between Lea Classic & TOBS Jermyn Street

I actually tried TOBS Jermyn St once and loved the performance. I definitely have an allergy to the fragrance in it unfortunately! That was some slick stuff.

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 11-24-2014, 09:07 AM
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Floris 89
Tabac
Penhaligons Blenheim Bouquet


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 11-24-2014, 09:12 AM
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TOBS

Palmolive stick

Arko

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 11-24-2014, 09:21 AM
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Post # 19 and no one has said Cella yet, so Cella!

Also, LaToja.

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 11-24-2014, 09:48 AM
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Proraso Shave Soap tub, Sensitive

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