Poll: Which one gives you a better shave
 09-08-2015, 01:41 PM
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Which one provides you with the better shave when using a Straight Razor?

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 09-08-2015, 01:43 PM
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Both. Just depends on how well you make the lather

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 09-08-2015, 01:44 PM
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Yes but if you had to choose, what would you prefer solely when using a SR? For some reason, I think I get a more comfortable shave with creams.. However that could change down the road when I fine tune my SR shaves.

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 09-08-2015, 02:10 PM
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That is the million dollar question....lol.....I myself prefer a good soap, as I seem to be able to make a rich creamy lather that works for me.

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 09-08-2015, 02:59 PM
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  • jtmke
  • Ex shaving hater
  • milwaukee
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Creams provide cushion, soaps, slickness. They are both, when well prepared into a lather, good for straights. I do not prefer one over the other.

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 09-08-2015, 03:15 PM
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For me when using a straight I use soap 100% of the time. I like a thinner wetter lather when using a straight and for me soap just works better.

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 09-08-2015, 04:17 PM
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  • BobH
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  • Thunder Bay Canada
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I'll use either, doesn't really seem to matter to me. I use SRs most of the time. 

Bob

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 09-08-2015, 04:34 PM
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Both but I'm even more picky than usual with what I use with a straight.

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 09-08-2015, 04:50 PM
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  • Scoti
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  • Ontario, Canada
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I could never get down with creams, I like a nice hard soap! To each their own Smile

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 09-08-2015, 05:01 PM
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I had a feeling soaps would get the majority! I do love my soaps to, but these Simpsons creams were a game changer for me. Seems to be the only stuff I reach for now days.

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 09-08-2015, 10:05 PM
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  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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I prefer soaps in general, although I feel that a good soap and a good cream will both produce an excellent lather. I do think my soaps have an edge on slickness, which is high on my list for shaving with a straight.

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 09-08-2015, 10:14 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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I think soaps... I have lots of soaps and only a few creams. I don't think I have used straights with creams in a while, but I think that it would depend on how you make/like your lather and the quality of product. But like most things in shaving YMMV.

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 09-09-2015, 03:00 AM
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No difference, providing you are comfortable making slick lathers with both.

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 09-09-2015, 07:38 AM
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It doesn't matter, a good soap or cream will provide you with a great shave. Whatever you prefer with your DE will work just fine with your straight.


~Royce

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 09-09-2015, 08:53 AM
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  • Entasis
  • Atop the Razor's Edge
  • Southern California
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Both, as the day's shave aligns itself with my mood, my choice of SR, brush, soap, and music. There are soooooo many soaps and creams available today, and most are pretty good. There are some that always put a smile on my face whenever I use them owed to their scent and lather.

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 09-09-2015, 09:24 AM
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  • RobinK
  • I like things that work.
  • Munich, Germany
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There are quite a few manufacturers who offer soap and cream with the same scent. There was a time when English soaps were vastly superior to English creams. But that was in the tallow age. I recently bought Penhaligon's Bayolea, and the soap was nothing like Penhaligon's soaps used to be. That said, this particular cream is arguably the worst in the market. I use it as a pre-shave to compensate for the soap's lack of glide.

Now, there is one manufacturer who makes products which are near identical in performance, and that is Meißner Tremonia. Yet still, I prefer their soaps. The reason is simple: soaps are easier to measure, ie I waste less product when I use the soap. Since the products I use are mostly on the more expensive side, that is a major issue.

In general, and that is a broad generalisation, soaps offer better after shave skin care. There are a few exceptions (Baume.be being a prominent example, Esbjerg another), though. But if you take Proraso as a widely popular cream, its skin care is, diplomatically put, abysmal.

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 09-09-2015, 09:33 AM
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apart from faster loading there is should be not much  difference... 
Some creams are formulated to stay light and creamy, and may be less good when hydrated
I read about super lathering with mixed feeling, as it may often be just a way to load more.

My preference are soaps and I do spend some time in preparation of the lather, which may be key


Philipp

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 09-09-2015, 09:42 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I generally prefer a good soap when using a straight.  My exception to that rule is Speick Cream and BAUME.BE Cream.

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 09-09-2015, 09:43 AM
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  • RobinK
  • I like things that work.
  • Munich, Germany
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(09-09-2015, 09:33 AM)Bibbelmann Wrote: apart from faster loading there is should be not much  difference...
I think that very much depends on the manufacturer. The big English brands are made by different manufacturers as far as I know. Their common denominator is scent, nothing else. This may be different for other manufacturers, but the only one I know is Meißner Tremonia. Are there any others?

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 09-09-2015, 03:39 PM
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My best SR shaves come from a super lather AOS tallow soap and Castle Forbes cream.

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