08-17-2015, 10:53 PM
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We all know that here in the States Arko is the cheapest shave stick you can buy. Some places sell a single stick for under $2.00. But I was curious what shave stick came in 2nd and 3rd based on the lowest price. So I checked out several vendors for the price of these sticks:

Speick, La Toja, Wilkinson Sword, and Palmolive.
After Arko, Palmolive comes in the second least expensive at an average cost of $3.90 a stick.
Followed by Speick as the 3rd least expensive at an average cost of $5.58 a stick.

So if you are looking to get the most bang for your buck in shave sticks, the order is: Arko, Palmolive, and Speick. 

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 08-18-2015, 12:35 AM
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Here, in the UK, for those places that still sell it, Palmolive is a steal for around 50-70 pence. That's under a US dollar in some places.

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 08-18-2015, 12:45 AM
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(08-18-2015, 12:35 AM)Optometrist Wrote: Here, in the UK, for those places that still sell it, Palmolive is a steal for around 50-70 pence. That's under a US dollar in some places.

Oh sure, rub it in.  Wink  Had a UK friend of mine send me a dozen Palmolive shave sticks this spring for that reason. A very good shave soap at a terrific price imo, won't be without some in the rotation.

Bob

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 08-18-2015, 01:21 AM
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Well if you buy in bulk on Amazon I believe you can get Arko for just over $1/stick. That said, I'm in the camp that can't stand the smell so I'm quite jealous of the cheap and plentiful sticks available in Europe.

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 08-18-2015, 01:28 AM
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I hate everything about arko. The scent, the drying lather and the packaging. It's cheap for a reason.

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 08-18-2015, 02:38 AM
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(08-18-2015, 12:45 AM)BobH Wrote:
(08-18-2015, 12:35 AM)Optometrist Wrote: Here, in the UK, for those places that still sell it, Palmolive is a steal for around 50-70 pence. That's under a US dollar in some places.

Oh sure, rub it in.  Wink  Had a UK friend of mine send me a dozen Palmolive shave sticks this spring for that reason. A very good shave soap at a terrific price imo, won't be without some in the rotation.

Bob

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 08-18-2015, 02:44 AM
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"One man gathers what another man spills" - The Grateful Dead
I still find it intriguing to listen to the "camps" so entrenched in their favorites. 
In the guitar world, same thing - fender v gibson v whatever...
cars too...
watches too...
As kids we argued who was better, Mantle or Mays. The answer was Aaron.

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 08-18-2015, 02:57 AM
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(08-18-2015, 01:28 AM)riskybadger Wrote: I hate everything about arko. The scent, the drying lather and the packaging. It's cheap for a reason.

+1 id describe the Arko stick in the exact same way' i reckon the Palmolive stick would be better than Arko' got too much irritation the last time i used the Arko stick

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 08-18-2015, 03:04 AM
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(08-18-2015, 02:44 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: "One man gathers what another man spills" - The Grateful Dead
I still find it intriguing to listen to the "camps" so entrenched in their favorites. 
In the guitar world, same thing - fender v gibson v whatever...
cars too...
watches too...
As kids we argued who was better, Mantle or Mays. The answer was Aaron.

No camps here, I use hard soaps, croaps, creams and shave sticks in my rotation. I do have ones I really like in each category though and most are not the most expensive either, some are.

Bob

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 08-18-2015, 03:08 AM
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(08-18-2015, 01:28 AM)riskybadger Wrote: I hate everything about arko. The scent, the drying lather and the packaging. It's cheap for a reason.

Yea, I can see people not liking the scent which is an individual thing. Yea, the packaging is cheap too. Oth if you can't get a good lather from Arko that does not dry out on you then it is most likely operator error. Imo it is a very easy soap to raise a rich, thick and slick lather that does not dry out.

Bob

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 08-18-2015, 05:20 AM
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(08-18-2015, 02:44 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: "One man gathers what another man spills" - The Grateful Dead
I still find it intriguing to listen to the "camps" so entrenched in their favorites. 
In the guitar world, same thing - fender v gibson v whatever...
cars too...
watches too...
As kids we argued who was better, Mantle or Mays. The answer was Aaron.

I'm strictly talking price here per stick, buying one stick at a time. Arko, Palmolive, then Speick in order of the least cost.  I like all my shave sticks some just are better than others. I still think Arko performs the best. Easiest to use also. My over-all favorite would be either Tabac or La Toja. They make the best lather IMO.

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 08-19-2015, 08:10 AM
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Price aside, my favorites are Speick and La Toja.  Arko performs nicely and I enjoy the scent, but it dries my skin terribly.  I keep a stick of Speick or La Toja in my dopp kit at all times.  Great soaps.

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 08-19-2015, 09:21 AM
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Stocked up on Palmolive sticks while in German for ~0.79 euros...

to bad it's hard to find in the US.

Good solid no frills stick.,

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 08-19-2015, 09:58 AM
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(08-19-2015, 09:21 AM)GloryUprising Wrote: Stocked up on Palmolive sticks while in German for ~0.79 euros...

to bad it's hard to find in the US.

Good solid no frills stick.,

Here is a place you can get it at a good price too.

  http://bullgooseshaving.com/palmolive-cl...ave-stick/

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 08-28-2015, 09:15 AM
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(08-18-2015, 01:28 AM)riskybadger Wrote: I hate everything about arko. The scent, the drying lather and the packaging. It's cheap for a reason.

To me Arko smells like a puck of William's. It's a little strong at first, but just let it air out a bit. To keep the lather from drying out add more water to your lather,it's a thirsty soap. Arko's a great soap that I use often.

Clayton

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 08-28-2015, 09:26 AM
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(08-28-2015, 09:15 AM)chevyguy Wrote:
(08-18-2015, 01:28 AM)riskybadger Wrote: I hate everything about arko. The scent, the drying lather and the packaging. It's cheap for a reason.

To me Arko smells like a puck of William's. It's a little strong at first, but just let it air out a bit. To keep the lather from drying out add more water to your lather,it's a thirsty soap. Arko's a great soap that I use often.

Clayton

Arko isn't the worst soap I've ever tried,and it's not the best. People that have trouble lathering or folks that just don't want to spend a lot of money on soaps can get by just fine with it. Personally I'm not a fan of the scent . However I don't think there's a better value as far as price and performace.

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 08-28-2015, 09:31 AM
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I picked up 4 sticks of Speick at the Munich Airport Mueller store for €2.00 a piece, that's cheap!  Coming back a happy camper.

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 08-28-2015, 09:37 AM
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(08-28-2015, 09:31 AM)hrfdez Wrote: I picked up 4 sticks of Speick at the Munich Airport Mueller store for €2.00 a piece, that's cheap!  Coming back a happy camper.


I'm jealous of you right now Hector. Angry not from the shave sticks,Germany is one of my favorite places I've ever been. Hope you and yours had a good trip... Wait no I dont. Smile I'm kidding hope you guys enjoyed yourselves.

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 08-28-2015, 09:53 AM
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(08-28-2015, 09:37 AM)Otis375 Wrote:
(08-28-2015, 09:31 AM)hrfdez Wrote: I picked up 4 sticks of Speick at the Munich Airport Mueller store for €2.00 a piece, that's cheap!  Coming back a happy camper.


I'm jealous of you right now Hector. Angry not from the shave sticks,Germany is one of my favorite places I've ever been. Hope you and yours had a good trip... Wait no I dont. Smile I'm kidding hope you guys enjoyed yourselves.
Lol...my wife had a business trip, so I tagged along.  We spent a couple of days and we are on our way back.

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 08-28-2015, 11:09 AM
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(08-19-2015, 09:58 AM)shave/brush Wrote:
(08-19-2015, 09:21 AM)GloryUprising Wrote: Stocked up on Palmolive sticks while in German for ~0.79 euros...

to bad it's hard to find in the US.

Good solid no frills stick.,

Here is a place you can get it at a good price too.

  http://bullgooseshaving.com/palmolive-cl...ave-stick/

It may not be overly hard to find in the US but at the German retail of approximately 0.79 euros/approximately $0.89 USD it is pretty tempting if you find yourself in Germany.

Bob

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