10-05-2015, 12:18 PM
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Hey guys. Lately my soap inventory has kind of gone through the roof. The wife is fussing because of all the space my pucks take up etc. Well I found a solution shave sticks.

I wanted to make a thread to talk about the shave sticks, which ones are better than others and even some that are harder to find.

So far I have arko ,Palmolive and la toja on the way. I bought a couple of those plastic stick holders online and those are great, I even made a MWF shave stick.

Which ones perform the best and also which one smells the best to you? I know I've had the tabacstick in my cart a few times on amazon but never pulled the trigger because the way the scent is described online.

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 10-05-2015, 12:28 PM
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  • celar36
  • Enjoying Life 1 shave at time
  • London, UK
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Try Valobra shaving stick. Superb. I like it so much I made puck from itSmile

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 10-05-2015, 12:30 PM
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If you want some nice artisan shave sticks you ought to check out Mike's offerings.

Or you can buy Arko - very cheap with great lather.

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 10-05-2015, 12:33 PM
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We are all grown here so I'll say it, I don't really like the smell of arko and it kind of dried my face,however I left it open in tub for well since I had it and the scent did fade a little. I actually use arko stick on the other parts I shave. (I work out been shaving body for years and years) but the arko does work great for what I use it for.

Where can you buy the valobra?

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 10-05-2015, 12:36 PM
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  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
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I recently did a four stick shoot-out in the Soap-A-Week thread and tried: Vie-Long, La Toja, Speick and vintage Williams.  The Vie-Long came out on top and would be an inexpensive one to try if you order regularly from Juan at giftsandcare.com (awesome vendor).  The La Toja is another worth trying, but if your shave isn't perfect the mineral salts will let you know their presence.  I wouldn't recommend the Speick as it was good but not great, but considering your preferences may be different maybe you should try it anyway.  I don't care for Palmolive or Arko because of scent, though both do make good lather.  Valobra is another good one, but I prefer the puck.

Good luck and make sure to share your experiences once you get a few in to try.

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 10-05-2015, 12:37 PM
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Also I know if anyone has trouble with Mitchells wool fat trying it as a shave stick works great. My wife uses MWF this way just because of the amount of soap she uses shaving it's easier for her to use the soap vs to keep loading and loading a brush.

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 10-05-2015, 12:41 PM
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(10-05-2015, 12:37 PM)Otis375 Wrote: Also I know if anyone has trouble with Mitchells wool fat trying it as a shave stick works great. My wife uses MWF this way just because of the amount of soap she uses shaving it's easier for her to use the soap vs to keep loading and loading a brush.

IME, that is the way to go. 
Also, I like Wilkinson stick.

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 10-05-2015, 12:43 PM
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  • VTMAX
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 10-05-2015, 12:49 PM
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My first soaps were sticks, in large part because of space considerations. They were:

La Toja: I like the performance, but my not-good nose finds the scent very subtle.
LEA: Plain and simple. Kind of like how I see MWF described (though I've never used MWF).
Speick: Good performer, nice scent.

I got a gift of Ogalalla Bay Rum, Limes & Peppercorns and just love its scent.

I have Palmolive, Wilkinson, and Arko unopened in reserve. Not tried yet, so no opinion.

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 10-05-2015, 12:54 PM
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  • Steve56
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  • Knoxville, TN
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Valobra is the best performing of La Toja, Palmolive, Sir Irisch Moos (close). Another wonderful and unique stick but quite pricey is the SdM stick.

Cheers, Steve

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 10-05-2015, 12:55 PM
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I use the Palmolive shave stick and love the performance and sent of it...also it is very affordable

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 10-05-2015, 01:17 PM
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  • VTMAX
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I like the Haslinger above because it works beautifully as a stick.  Not as hard as the triple milled soaps or too soft like some artisans. 
Then again I remember having nice results with the DR Harris sticks.

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 10-05-2015, 01:20 PM
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You can use any puck as a stick, just rub it on your face.

For the most part, i stick with Arko and Palmolive sticks.  They are inexpensive, work and travel well.

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 10-05-2015, 01:45 PM
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I really enjoy Mystic Water pucks as they are malleable enough to insert them in shave-sticks. Shy

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 10-05-2015, 01:51 PM
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La toja has a nice scent. I wanted to try Haslinger but because of them just coming in the pucks I never have,now that I see the stick I think I'll give it a shot.

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 10-05-2015, 01:56 PM
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  • VTMAX
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Works great as does rubbing the small pucks themselves. Stick form is just great for travel. No mess.

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 10-05-2015, 02:00 PM
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(10-05-2015, 01:56 PM)VTMAX Wrote: Works great as does rubbing the small pucks themselves. Stick form is just great for travel. No mess.

Even at home it's good for me. Space saver for sure.

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 10-05-2015, 02:18 PM
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  • BobH
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  • Thunder Bay Canada
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I have had good results from Tabac, La Toja, Speick, Lea and Vergulde Hand shave sticks. Tabac for me tops.

Bob

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 10-05-2015, 02:39 PM
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What about TOBS or Dr Harris? Also artisan stick makers, I know all can be converted it if I can buy it already made in the plastic tube I'd rather do that.

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 10-05-2015, 04:58 PM
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SdBB Volcans stick, awesome

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