03-06-2015, 09:42 AM
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  • MaxP
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I've used Dolomiti several times.  And I have CRSW Select Sandalwood.  I realize the scents are dissimilar.  However the performance is very close.

I had some extra time this morning.  It seemed like a direct comparison was needed.

I gathered two Simpson 2 band brushes and a Weber razor and BOTH soaps.  One lather for the right side of my face (and scalp), the other lather on the left side.

I tried to be observant.  Lather quality, glide, cushion.  Pretty much every aspect that I could notice.  And they are sooo close as to be equal in performance. The difference is container and scent.  As the Dolomiti came in a cardboard box and CRSW comes in a coated screw top tin, the bias is for CRSW.  

As to scent, they're clearly different.  And I like them both equally.

Last consideration is after shave face feel.  I shaved a couple hours ago.  And I've been feeling my face since.  Again, any difference is undetectable.

There you have it.  My thoughts on the two soaps.  As with all things shave related, you get to choose.  In my opinion, both are excellent.  There is no wrong choice.

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 03-06-2015, 10:27 AM
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  • Giorgio
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Very nice comparison. I agree, both are absolutely top notch choices and the ones I reach for frequently in my den Biggrin

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 03-06-2015, 12:16 PM
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  • Mr_Smartepants
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I haven't tried the Dolomiti but it uses the same (beta 4.0) soap base as the saponificio varesino Felce Aromatica (SVFA), which I owned briefly (and quickly sold).
I don't compare the performance of CRSW Select (any scent) with the SVFA.  The beta 4.0 soap was VERY drying to my skin.  The CRSW select is a quantum leap better in performance and post-shave skincare.
Again, this was just my experience and it shouldn't reflect on either soap (YMMV).

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 03-06-2015, 12:57 PM
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  • greyhawk
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A nice comparison; thanks! I have not used either of these highly-regarded soaps, but will put them on my "to try" list.

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 03-06-2015, 01:32 PM
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I have used both.  I prefer the Dolomiti and traded the CRSW Select Sandalwood.  I love the Dolomiti both in scent and performance.

Ed

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 03-06-2015, 03:26 PM
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How does the texture compare to CRSW Select?

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 03-06-2015, 03:36 PM
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I find fascinating such a big factory producing many mass soaps makes it good. CRSW is superior in every regard which says so much for that soap because the Dolomite is very fine soap. For a small producing soap maker like CRSW to be compared with a giant like the SV is very good business for the CRSW I think!

Funny for me to think of comparing two such different types of the soap. I wonder why?

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 03-06-2015, 08:10 PM
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  • MaxP
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(03-06-2015, 03:26 PM)Shakamoto Wrote: How does the texture compare to CRSW Select?

Texture?  Of the lather or the soap itself?

If the lather, they were quite close.  The CRSW was slightly denser/creamier which I prefer.

MaxP

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 03-06-2015, 08:40 PM
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(03-06-2015, 08:10 PM)MaxP Wrote:
(03-06-2015, 03:26 PM)Shakamoto Wrote: How does the texture compare to CRSW Select?

Texture?  Of the lather or the soap itself?

If the lather, they were quite close.  The CRSW was slightly denser/creamier which I prefer.

MaxP

I was wondering about the texture of the actual soap for Dolomiti.

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 03-06-2015, 08:51 PM
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(03-06-2015, 03:26 PM)Shakamoto Wrote: How does the texture compare to CRSW Select?

Dave, it is a triple-milled soap which is very solid and comes in a circular puck. Excellent veggie soap. 

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 03-06-2015, 09:00 PM
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(03-06-2015, 08:51 PM)celestino Wrote:
(03-06-2015, 03:26 PM)Shakamoto Wrote: How does the texture compare to CRSW Select?

Dave, it is a triple-milled soap which is very solid and comes in a circular puck. Excellent veggie soap. 

Thanks. It's on my short list especially if it's being compared so closely with CRSW in performance.

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 03-06-2015, 09:33 PM
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For me, the lather wasn't as creamy as Cold River, but for a veggie soap, it was excellent and had great post-shave. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it. 

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 03-06-2015, 09:47 PM
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  • evnpar
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I agree that both are excellent. Since I prefer using soaps with a variety of scents, I'll probably use the CRSW Select more often, but Dolomiti is clearly in my top five soaps.

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