06-23-2012, 06:52 PM
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I've received a box of 12 shave sticks of arko few months ago,they are commonly used by Turkish barbers nice barbershop aroma with old school note with hint of lemon and great cushioning its semi soft like a candle lathers lifespan is good its like having Turkish barber in your home, it really does softening the beard very well, there are many Turks in my country but arko products is not normally found in my local markets then its very hard to find years ago they used to stock them

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 06-23-2012, 07:48 PM
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I love the stuff and tend to always get an awesome shave when I use it.

I've yet to see anyone complain about its performance, but not too many people like its scent which, unfortunately, makes some people avoid it entirely. Sad

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 06-23-2012, 08:15 PM
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I donm't know what the point of the post is. But I use it also, but not as a stick. I shred it into a bowl and use it pressed into a puck form. It has to be the best bang for the buck that I know of.

BTW, I like the citronella scent.

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 06-23-2012, 09:32 PM
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The Arko stick is one of those products you either love or loathe - and I love it Biggrin

In fact you just inspired me to use it for my next shave - it's been too long since I gave it a go. Thanks Smile

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 06-23-2012, 09:34 PM
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  • uncledave
  • Returned to DE Shaving After 40 years
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I believe I'll try it for the first time tomorrow!

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 06-23-2012, 09:50 PM
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(06-23-2012, 09:34 PM)uncledave Wrote: I believe I'll try it for the first time tomorrow!

Have you smelled it yet? If you have, and are fine with it, I'm sure you'll love it. I've yet to see anyone criticize it for anything other than its scent.

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 06-23-2012, 09:51 PM
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  • uncledave
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(06-23-2012, 09:50 PM)Pnume Wrote:
(06-23-2012, 09:34 PM)uncledave Wrote: I believe I'll try it for the first time tomorrow!

Have you smelled it yet? If you have, and are fine with it, I'm sure you'll love it. I've yet to see anyone criticize it for anything other than its scent.

No, I haven't but I think I will in just a few minutes and then let you know my impressions. As long as it won't knock a buzzard off a manure wagon I believe I can stand it. We'll see. Biggrin

OK. I smelled it. It reminds me of something from years ago but I can't think what. The smell is not bad to me but it is unusual. It won't stop me from using the soap.

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 06-25-2012, 08:18 PM
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I too, bought 15 Arko shave sticks some time ago. One of my favorite shaving soaps. I mill the Arko shave stick into a ramekin dish, load my brush on the puck, and either face lather or build lather in a bowl.

An excellent tallow based shaving soap, The Arko citronella scent puts some folks off, but I don't find it objectionable.

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 06-30-2012, 03:40 PM
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Ah, the smiling man with the white beard! Arko just ROCKS

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 06-30-2012, 03:50 PM
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I don't mind the smell and absolutely love its performance!

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 07-01-2012, 03:59 AM
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  • ben74
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I've had a stick of Arko, in my stockpile for some time now, I must get around to trying it...

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 07-01-2012, 05:28 PM
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I have never tried Arko, but I guess I need to bite the bullet and order some.

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 07-01-2012, 06:06 PM
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I get excellent, smooth, comfortable (aka nick free) results with Arko...stuff softens the beard surprisingly well.

It's the only stick I use. I traded my others for more Arko.

That citronella smell is lemongrass I believe - love it or not, it fades quickly, and you're just left with great performing soap.

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 07-02-2012, 03:28 AM
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  • EHV
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Adore the scent and love the lather straight from the stick to the face then add the brush...ANY brush.

I just wish it had a tad more protection and moisturizing properties. That still won't deter me. Great stuff at any price.

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 07-02-2012, 08:05 AM
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(07-02-2012, 03:28 AM)EHV Wrote: Adore the scent and love the lather straight from the stick to the face then add the brush...ANY brush.

I just wish it had a tad more protection and moisturizing properties. That still won't deter me. Great stuff at any price.

You are a man who knows a good soap when you use one - I couldn't agree with you more! Smile

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 07-02-2012, 09:19 AM
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(07-02-2012, 03:28 AM)EHV Wrote: Adore the scent and love the lather straight from the stick to the face then add the brush...ANY BRUSH

Arko lathers so well you could just use a balled washcloth or your hands and get great lather.

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 07-03-2012, 08:18 AM
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I've recently tried this for the first time (friend of mine gave me a portion of a stick) and it is just as awesome as everyone has said. I can see why the scent may turn some folks off -- it's got an underlying hint behind the citrus that I can't quite place -- but I don't find it disagreeable at all. For a tallow soap that performs as well as it does, you can't beat the price on this stuff.

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 07-06-2012, 03:30 PM
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One of my favorites. See earlier post on most underrated. A very nice soap, for me.

Take care,
Ed

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 07-07-2012, 01:54 PM
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I just used Arko a few hours ago. Like always, it allowed me to get a great shave.

Performance-wise, for me, it's better than Mitchell's Wool Fat but slightly less good than Tabac.

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 07-10-2012, 09:52 AM
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Arko is a staple that will always be in my rotation. One of the best performing and protecting soaps I have used, and very inexpensive. Hard combo to beat IMO...

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