01-28-2015, 09:58 PM
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I have passed up a few soaps and creams when I have smelled the samples. Kinda has me thinking now because I bought some aos sandalwood and when I popped the lid I instantly hated it. I got a little on my fingers and all the way home it gave me the worst headache! So I didn't use it until I got a boar brush in and wanted to start to break it in.i wanted the boar smell out and didn't want to use my other soaps. I decided to lather in my hand and leave over night. But when I lathered Idk why but I really liked the scent. And I have used a few times since. I was just wondering has this happened to anyone else? 

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 01-29-2015, 03:25 AM
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  • robk
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Jabonman Brisa de Oriente smells better lathered than in the jar.

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 01-29-2015, 05:16 AM
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I found this to be true with my B&M Fireside.

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 01-29-2015, 09:57 AM
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While I have found a number of soaps to mellow out a bit when lathered, I have not kept a soap when I hated the smell in the jar. It's just not worth it. I prefer the scent to improve when lathering, not simply become tolerable again. I have found a few soaps where opening the jar feels like getting kicked in the face--it really is an assault on your nose. Shaving should be an enjoyable and relaxing experience from start to finish.

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 01-29-2015, 10:03 AM
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(01-29-2015, 05:16 AM)Kpfeifle Wrote: I found this to be true with my B&M Fireside.

Took the words out of my mouth.  I wouldn't have said I "hated" the scent in the tub, but it definitely improves when lathered on my face.

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 01-29-2015, 11:15 AM
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No.

Some soaps do smell slightly better when lathered, but I have never gone from disliking a scent to liking it just by lathering it.

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 01-29-2015, 12:33 PM
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  • Agravic
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(01-29-2015, 11:15 AM)kingfisher Wrote: No.

Some soaps do smell slightly better when lathered, but I have never gone from disliking a scent to liking it just by lathering it.

Agreed.

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 01-29-2015, 03:23 PM
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(01-29-2015, 11:15 AM)kingfisher Wrote: No.

Some soaps do smell slightly better when lathered, but I have never gone from disliking a scent to liking it just by lathering it.

+2

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 02-03-2015, 11:34 AM
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I bought a tub of MLS Itallian Stallion and was disappointed when I got no citrus from it when I opened the container. I used it and it smelled like wet cookies to me, but the resulting shave and lather were great so I decided to keep it but I couldn't bring myself to use it because of the scent. I used it again for a quick shave a few weeks later and was again disappointed by the scent; don't get me wrong the performance is stellar but the scent was not what I was expecting.

I used it again for a third time after resolving to "use it like I hate it" just to get rid of it and try to tame my den. On my third use I got the citrus scent and it smelled great! 

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 02-03-2015, 01:05 PM
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All the time. Some of my favorites are too pungent from the tub but stellar when lathered.

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 02-03-2015, 01:06 PM
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(01-29-2015, 09:57 AM)vadim Wrote: While I have found a number of soaps to mellow out a bit when lathered, I have not kept a soap when I hated the smell in the jar. It's just not worth it. I prefer the scent to improve when lathering, not simply become tolerable again. I have found a few soaps where opening the jar feels like getting kicked in the face--it really is an assault on your nose. Shaving should be an enjoyable and relaxing experience from start to finish.

Exactly.  Scent is a significant part of my shaving experience.

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 02-05-2015, 12:27 PM
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Yes I have experienced this before. Luckily the scent after I lathered it only made me like it more. 

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 02-06-2015, 07:31 AM
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(01-29-2015, 05:16 AM)Kpfeifle Wrote: I found this to be true with my B&M Fireside.

I had a similar experience with Leviathan which I thought was downright unpleasant when I first opened the tub and took a huge whiff.  I now know not to sniff the tub directly but do enjoy how it fills the room and like the smell during shaving and afterwards.  I think my favourite is smelling the brush after using it.

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 02-11-2015, 06:17 PM
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Tabac but it is growing on me.

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 02-12-2015, 09:45 AM
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I can't say I've had any that I hated in the tin but liked on my face, but there are certainly those that I didn't like as much in the tin.  Our Bay Patchouli Grapefruit is an example.  In the tin, all I smell is cloves, but when lathered, the bay mellows and the citrus comes out.

I think you may also have to use a soap a few times to get the real scent, as sometimes the fragrance can evaporate off the surface only to be uncovered after a few uses.

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 03-11-2015, 03:55 PM
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One for me was Caties Bubbles Ocean Grove, It just smells like an old lady powder to me until I get it on my face. Post shave is the best though because I start to pick up a slight floral and very clean smelling scent.

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 03-11-2015, 10:55 PM
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B&M Nocturne - after third use I got it. A really complex dark brown leavy fall scent. Will never be my favourite, but the scent grew on me once (third time) lathered up.

Tabac - will never be my favourite scent, but I have learned to appreciate and respect it. Once lathered up you get that extra dimension to the scent.

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 03-12-2015, 05:30 PM
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Reading these post I have to agree with the guys mentioning B&M. I think most of their soaps smell better lathered. For me, I hated Lavannille in the tub and though I would have to trade it away. Upon lathering it became my favorite scent.

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 03-12-2015, 06:00 PM
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(02-03-2015, 01:06 PM)MaxP Wrote:  Scent is a significant part of my shaving experience.

+1

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 03-14-2015, 07:25 PM
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I've never liked a soap more after lathering but I have had the exact opposite. Bm latha I loved the smell in the tub, but once I lathered it I thought it was putrid mainly to the fact that I couldn't smell the anise until lathered and I hate the smell of black licorice 

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