02-26-2015, 10:25 AM
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I'm just curious as to what ASB's members enjoy?  I'd say my favorites are Santa Maria Novella, Gentleman's Refinery and one that does not get a lot of mention on the board, Clinique's Post Shave Soother (which has the consistency of and aftershave milk).  

What balms are your favorites?

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 02-26-2015, 10:28 AM
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I have only tried a few, but so far, it's Pre de Provence, and Brut

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 02-26-2015, 10:38 AM
  • eengler
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  • South Dakota, USA
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I have found the Cold River Soap Works After Shave Balms to be the most nourishing. 

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 02-26-2015, 11:25 AM
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I use some Shea butter, cold water, or some basic witch hazel or aloe vera toner, but really, no commercial product in my range gave me satisfactory results.
Less is more. 
My practice goes along these lines: If something in fluid or semifluid form has a decent shelf life, it has to be, by physical means bacteriostatic. Which is basically the sameon our skin cells. 

Using something fluid to calm down the skin is a possibility, in theory.
 But no balm in fluid or semifluid form that I put on makes me happy. No, I have not tried all balms...

 btw I lathered 10 artisan soaps yesterday, applying them then to my face and had a bad rash;
 The key for me is now to get rid of the excessive irritants, which is not good for the producers of soaps. But it sure helps a lot getting the purest means of soothing and protecting your skin, in the first place...  


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 02-26-2015, 12:10 PM
  • Bony
  • Senior Member
  • New York , USA
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My favorite balm is Aqua di Parma Collezione Barbiere ! It's expensive, but truly luxurious and post shaving is amazing.
The scent is based on the legendary  Colonia ! The balm and the A/S  lotion are currently # 1 in my den .


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 02-26-2015, 12:32 PM
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L'Occitane Cade aftershave balm, without a doubt!

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 02-26-2015, 02:41 PM
  • jtmke
  • Ex shaving hater
  • milwaukee
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Polo Green - love the scent
Truefitt and Hill Grafton - love the scent and good for the skin
Trumpers skin food lime. 

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 02-26-2015, 06:43 PM
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(02-26-2015, 12:32 PM)vadim Wrote: L'Occitane Cade aftershave balm, without a doubt!

That and Myrsol Emulsion.

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 02-26-2015, 07:34 PM
  • lfs70
  • Active Member
  • Virginia
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I have five that I use at the moment and truly enjoy;
Icoloniali Mango 3 in 1
Icoloniali Rhubarb balm
L'Occitane Cade
Xpec scented balm
Myrsol Emulsion

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 02-26-2015, 10:10 PM
  • greyhawk
  • Senior Member
  • Southern California
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Gentlemens Refinery
L'Occitane CADE
Kanwa (especially nice because it is unscented, but sadly discontinued, I believe)

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 02-26-2015, 10:28 PM
  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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I Coloniali Mango

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 02-27-2015, 06:03 AM
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I like the new Proraso green lotion.  Has a slight menthol kick and smells just like the green soap.

I recently bought some of the 444 gel.  When mixed with an aftershave splash, like the Portuguese gentlemen say, it's quite nice.  So far I've mixed it with Floid Vigoroso and Dominican Bay Rum.  It lets the splash scent come through while adding a small kick of menthol and a TON of moisture!  Seems to be really good stuff that doesn't get talked about that much anymore?

You also can't really go wrong with old drug store Nivea Sensitive Balm either.  On really bad days, where my skin is really dried out, unrefined Shea butter is nice too.  

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 02-27-2015, 07:45 AM
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Thanks for all the great suggestions!  Because I wear fragrances a lot, does anyone have any ideas for lightly scented or unscented balms?

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 02-27-2015, 09:16 AM
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I think my favorite is Stirling a/s balms -- simple ingredients-great fragrances (or un-scented)

The Proraso white in the bottle, made with oat and green tea is lovely stuff - very mild scent

Also like the Dove Hydrate+            -lots easier to find on the retail shelf


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 02-27-2015, 09:43 AM
  • blzrfn
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I have a tough time with balms, they are either too greasy or not effective enough.  I usually prefer splashes, but during the cold and dry winter I need a little extra help to prevent my face from being itchy.  I have had decent results from Nivea sensitive, but it seems to not be as moisturizing as needed.  One balm that I have found that both moisturizes well and does not leave my face shiny or greasy is Gaia Made For Men Face Creme.  Not much is needed, but it is very effective without the unwanted side effects I normally experience with other balms.

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 02-27-2015, 09:58 AM
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Musgo Real is the only balm I use.  I love the scent and it is the best aftershave product I've ever used, it soothes like nothing else (balm or splash).

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 02-27-2015, 04:04 PM
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Myrsol Emulsion is terrific. 

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 02-27-2015, 04:14 PM
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Another vote for L'Occitane Cade balm. It's great, and a little goes a long way. And OP, it has a very light scent so it won't conflict with your fragrance of the day.

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 02-27-2015, 05:02 PM
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 Thanks! Hoping to pick up some Cade, Emulsion or other balm on the WTB forum ....

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 02-27-2015, 09:01 PM
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I've only tried a few balms. La Toja Manatiales balm feels great and smells even better.

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