04-08-2015, 04:53 AM
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  • tsimmns
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I'm looking into buying an expensive cream, either Penhaligions or Xpec, would love opinions.


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 04-08-2015, 05:29 AM
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  • v4257
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I can recommend adding ADP to that list

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 04-08-2015, 05:34 AM
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  • BobH
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I would ask "why" having just read your post regarding trouble lathering soaps. Creams are generally considered easier to lather than soaps. That said buying the very expensive varieties does not necessarily mean that they are any easier to lather than the less expensive varieties. Generally a failure to get a good lather is operator error and/or hard water being used. I've not used either of the creams you are interested in but both seem to get good reviews so you probably can't go wrong with either of them.

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 04-08-2015, 05:38 AM
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Creams are notoriously easier to lather than hard soaps. That being said, attention must still be paid to the speed and amount of water that is added. I have used two creams in the last two days that are excellent, albeit not expensive, Cyril R. Salter French Vetiver and Indian Sandalwood. $15 online. Sometimes quality can be acquired without breaking the bank.  Biggrin

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 04-08-2015, 05:42 AM
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  • Aleksey
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You can't go wrong with Musgo Real. And I heard good things about Simpson and Cyril R. Salter creams everywhere. Smile

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 04-08-2015, 05:42 AM
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  • Agravic
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XPEC
AdP
Alvarez Gomez
Baume.be

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 04-08-2015, 05:44 AM
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  • lfs70
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I have never tried the Penhaligons creams but IMO the Xpec is well worth the price.
The performance is top notch and my face feels healthy and hydrated after the last rinse.
Some people don't like the scent so getting a sample might be a good idea. I think old town shaving at stats sells samples on thier site.


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 04-08-2015, 05:50 AM
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  • ben74
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 04-08-2015, 06:08 AM
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There are a number of great creams I've tried.  Including Xpec, Al's Bomb, TH ultimate comfort, etc.  But my current favorite is baume.be.

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 04-08-2015, 06:34 AM
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St James of London creams

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 04-08-2015, 06:38 AM
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Penn's is hit or miss. If you buy the tube, it may be a liquid mess or regular cream consistency. Even my tube of firm cream turned to liquid in storage.

My top three creams, regardless of price....Proraso Blue, GFT Coconut, Nancy Boy Signature.

What is your reasoning for wanting it to be "expensive"?

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 04-08-2015, 07:00 AM
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  • BobH
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Yes, Proraso Blue is a favourite of mine too in the many inexpensive shave creams that will do a good job.

Bob

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 04-08-2015, 07:12 AM
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My best creams include:
-XPEC (both new and old formulas)
-Baume.be
-Alvarez Gomez
-Acqua di Parma

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 04-08-2015, 07:15 AM
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As in all walks of life, higher prices do not necessarily mean higher quality. 

I'm predominantly a soap user, now, but I concur with Bruce on GFT Coconut. One of the few creams I enjoy.  I've used Penhaligon's BB cream. Is excellent, too, but I feel name and packaging come in to price paid here. GFT Coconut is lower price AND better quality, too, IMO.

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 04-08-2015, 09:21 AM
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Don't fall into the trap of price = quality. St. James of London makes fantastic creams for $25 a jar (less if you can grab them on sale). I've tried one up (Xpec) and one down (TOBS) and I can say SJOL hits a great sweet spot in terms of high quality and reasonable price.

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 04-08-2015, 09:31 AM
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(04-08-2015, 04:53 AM)tsimmns Wrote: I'm looking into buying an expensive cream, either Penhaligions or Xpec, would love opinions.


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Castle Forbes is excellent. Highly recommended.

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 04-08-2015, 10:24 AM
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Yes, St. James of London is as good as any out there at a reasonable price.

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 04-08-2015, 10:35 AM
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my favourites are the Cyril Salter and the Vulfix creams. They are somewhat similar: abundant in lather and rich in scent. I get joy from having them around looking at them, frankly I do not use them that much
The St James creams perform very well. The scents leave me cold though.
Now for my recommendation as you asked for  an upscale high quality cream, I  recommend baume.be


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 04-08-2015, 11:06 AM
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  • jtmke
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There are quite a few nice creams. I for one do not like the scent of XPec. Castle Forbes and Truefitt and Hill are my goto creams but I do like some Taylor of Bond scents 

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 04-08-2015, 11:23 AM
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  • blzrfn
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I am a die-hard soap user, but two creams that I have tried and have no reservations recommending are Simpson and Alvarez Gomez.  I have not tried the latest formula Acqua di Parma, but the old version was great in my book even though I would classify it more of a soft soap than a shaving cream.

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