04-07-2015, 05:18 AM
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Now this is very much a personal preference thing but the top artisan soaps in my opinion are:
Cold River Soap Works
Mikes Natural
Barrister and Mann
Reef Point Soaps
Soap Commander

Like I said they are my opinion some of the best. But what I would like to hear opinions on is why don't some of these leading soap makers make a medium to heavy mentholated soap. Do you think it's because they prefer to concentrate on great performance and menthol can effect this or prefer to work on great scents.
Any views are welcome?

This is very forward thinking as we are only just in spring but I would love to see Larry from Cold River do a great mentholated Summer seasonal scent.
Have a good day!

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 04-07-2015, 05:57 AM
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Well barrister and Mann does a LE menthol soap called articque. I believe it's coming out again this summer. 

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 04-07-2015, 06:00 AM
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(04-07-2015, 05:57 AM)sch1989 Wrote: Well barrister and Mann does a LE menthol soap called articque. I believe it's coming out again this summer. 

Yeah, and if I'm not mistaken, there was so much menthol that it actually turned the soap base into a much softer "croap" consistency.

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 04-07-2015, 06:09 AM
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(04-07-2015, 06:00 AM)jpakstis Wrote:
(04-07-2015, 05:57 AM)sch1989 Wrote: Well barrister and Mann does a LE menthol soap called articque. I believe it's coming out again this summer. 

Yeah, and if I'm not mistaken, there was so much menthol that it actually turned the soap base into a much softer "croap" consistency.

On the heels of that discussion, I think that, if we release it again (I actually haven't completely decided yet), we'll be putting it out in the tallow base. The addition of sodium lye and some buttery fats should help counteract that tendency of the menthol. Smile

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 04-07-2015, 06:23 AM
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(04-07-2015, 06:00 AM)jpakstis Wrote:
(04-07-2015, 05:57 AM)sch1989 Wrote: Well barrister and Mann does a LE menthol soap called articque. I believe it's coming out again this summer. 

Yeah, and if I'm not mistaken, there was so much menthol that it actually turned the soap base into a much softer "croap" consistency.

It was more of the consistency of hair gel lol it was a gooey slime. Actually it was pretty neat looking and feeling lol. 

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 04-07-2015, 06:47 AM
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I think you'll see more in the summer, when people go for the cooling sensation of menthol. Mickey Lee Soapworks (who I'd consider a top level artisan as well) is releasing a menthol grapefruit for summer, just like B&M is considering one for summer.

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 04-07-2015, 06:51 AM
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(04-07-2015, 06:09 AM)BarristerN_Mann Wrote: On the heels of that discussion, I think that, if we release it again (I actually haven't completely decided yet), we'll be putting it out in the tallow base. The addition of sodium lye and some buttery fats should help counteract that tendency of the menthol. Smile

If that's true, then it shouldn't be a matter of "if" but "when" as far as I'm concerned.

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 04-07-2015, 07:09 AM
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I don't know if you didn't mention Stirling because you haven't tried them or because they simply weren't among your best, but they will definitely have several menthol options for summer.  Margaritas in the Arctic is a popular one.  Stirling is in my top five personally, and I am eagerly awaiting some menthol options from them!

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 04-07-2015, 07:51 AM
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Mystic Water has  Lemongrass & Blue Gum Menthol  and Prospect Creek soaps that are quite cooling and they work very well, in my humble opinion.
I would surmise that the soap-makers you have mentioned don't offer a heavy-mentholated soap as most customers might not like such a cooling soap as winters/cool weather may pervade for a longer period of time in most of our areas.
You could always contact them and ask this query.  Smile

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 04-07-2015, 07:55 AM
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I skipped B&M's Arctique last year and went for Petrichor, which in my opinion was the perfect balance of menthol.  Then again I'm not a huge fan of face freezing soaps either...

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 04-07-2015, 07:58 AM
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(04-07-2015, 05:57 AM)sch1989 Wrote: Well barrister and Mann does a LE menthol soap called articque. I believe it's coming out again this summer. 

It's too much Menthol for me personally. I only used it straight once, now I put a dab in my scuttle if I want to add a cooling effect to any other soap.

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 04-07-2015, 08:15 AM
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(04-07-2015, 07:55 AM)CRAusmus Wrote: I skipped B&M's Arctique last year and went for Petrichor, which in my opinion was the perfect balance of menthol.  Then again I'm not a huge fan of face freezing soaps either...

There's no menthol in Petrichor. Do you mean Adagio?

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 04-07-2015, 08:17 AM
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(04-07-2015, 08:15 AM)BarristerN_Mann Wrote:
(04-07-2015, 07:55 AM)CRAusmus Wrote: I skipped B&M's Arctique last year and went for Petrichor, which in my opinion was the perfect balance of menthol.  Then again I'm not a huge fan of face freezing soaps either...

There's no menthol in Petrichor. Do you mean Adagio?

Ahh...Yes...That is the one that I meant...I believe these (Adagio and Arctique) were both released at the same time.

Sorry folks, getting my spring and summer soaps mixed up...

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 04-07-2015, 10:16 AM
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I have heard about the new Mickey Lee Soap rumour which I would be interested in. Especially as a citrus fan.

In answer to the question about Stirling, I have never been a fan of something in the soap that lets off an odd scent. I have tried quite a few of their soaps and really like the menthol levels. 

I forgot about Barrister and Mann Articque, which I may try.

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 04-07-2015, 05:53 PM
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Caties bubbles has a menthol offering I do believe. I have always added a bit of proraso to some of my soaps when I wanted a bit of a cooling effect, not much just a tiny bit is all that's needed.

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 04-08-2015, 04:00 AM
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If I use menthol at all, I prefer it in my aftershave rather than my soap. 

If you are a menthol lover, contact Mama Bear soaps. She can customize to your preference. She will dial up the menthol to freeze your face & melt your nostrils. 

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 04-08-2015, 07:38 AM
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Another vote for Stirling here. Their Glacial Lavender is a wonderful face freezer. It actually has so much menthol in it, that I'm going to try something mentioned in an earlier post in this thread; using a dab of it in conjunction with another soap or cream.

I haven't tried Barrister and Mann yet, but their offerings are very very tempting.
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 04-08-2015, 08:23 AM
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Manuel(JabonMan) makes a wonderful Lime/Menthol.....Lima-Incienso. 

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 04-08-2015, 09:36 AM
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Taking Barrister and Mann out of the equation as I have discovered they do have a menthol soap, what are people's opinions on Cold River, Reef Point and Mikes not having a menthol soap. 

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 04-08-2015, 10:20 AM
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Personally, I don't enjoy a mentholated soap, so I don't mind it, at all. Biggrin

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