07-03-2012, 07:40 AM
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What in your opinion is the most underrated soap? We always hear about the big ones MWF, MdC etc. Which ones fly under the radar and are rarely mentioned.

For me it is the TOBS soaps. Great scent and performance and a great price point. You can usually find them on Amazon once a month going dirt cheap from some reseller. TOBs is never really recognized for their soaps and in general they seem to have the Dollar General reputation of all the 3 T's + D.

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 07-03-2012, 08:02 AM
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  • Songwind
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I think Van Der Hagen deluxe soap is underrated. Particularly in terms of price for performance. I never have a bit of trouble getting great lather out of it, and it's not bad on the skin, either.

For < $3 at my Walgreens, it's hard to beat the value. Soaps with better scents are at least double the price, with better slickness triple, and with better skin care, 3, 5, even 10x the price.

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 07-03-2012, 08:04 AM
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  • Teiste
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You just did read my mind.Yes,the Taylor of Old Bond Street soaps are under rated.Well,the lavender refill is not as good as the old lavender soap on a shaving bowl (not longer being made) but its a good soap.I have been using the Sandalwood soap and the Sandalwood shaving stick (Ill write about it lather) with good results,and also nice,very nice sandalwood scents (better than the TOBS sandalwood cream scent,which I truly dislike it).
The Taylor of old Bond Street soap with comes wrapped on a paper with a fresh lavender scent is the same than the old Truefitt and Hill shaving soap (with parafinum liquidum) and Vulfix/John Lewis shaving soaps,and its nice too.
I need to try the other Luxury shaving stick.

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 07-03-2012, 08:08 AM
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(07-03-2012, 08:02 AM)Songwind Wrote: I think Van Der Hagen deluxe soap is underrated. Particularly in terms of price for performance. I never have a bit of trouble getting great lather out of it, and it's not bad on the skin, either.

For < $3 at my Walgreens, it's hard to beat the value. Soaps with better scents are at least double the price, with better slickness triple, and with better skin care, 3, 5, even 10x the price.

+1 VDH was my first (successful) lather, and will remain in my rotation as long as its available. You won't find a better soap for the money. Sure, there are probably better soaps with better scents and performance, but for the cost of some of them, I'll stick with my $1.50 workhorse. Biggrin

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 07-03-2012, 08:15 AM
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+1 the VDH

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 07-03-2012, 09:13 AM
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Calani soaps...many people have never heard of them, but simply outstanding soaps.

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 07-03-2012, 10:12 AM
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(07-03-2012, 07:40 AM)SteelTown Wrote: What in your opinion is the most underrated soap?

Edwin Jagger Natural Shaving Soap Refill's (65g / 2.3oz) for £4 ($9 here in the USA).

Of the 3 available scents, Sea Buckthorn is my favourite, though I also really like the Aloe Vera one.

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 07-03-2012, 10:32 AM
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  • EHV
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Dr. Selby's.
We read about it but it never seems to get the absolutely STELLAR review that it deserves.
Loads of lather easily and amazing skin care properties. Excellent scent too.
I've seen mention of a comparison to MdC and if that is really the case, it should be in everyone's den based on the price to performance ratio.

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 07-03-2012, 11:15 AM
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(07-03-2012, 07:40 AM)SteelTown Wrote: For me it is the TOBS soaps. Great scent and performance and a great price point. You can usually find them on Amazon once a month going dirt cheap from some reseller. TOBs is never really recognized for their soaps and in general they seem to have the Dollar General reputation of all the 3 T's + D.

I was under the impression that TOBS was highly regarded.

If I can extend the question to include creams, the one I have that seem underrated is eShave creams. It's not underrated by those that have used it, but it's not mentioned very often. It could be because the owner has some wild ideas about shaving, but that doesn't change the fact that their creams are incredible.

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 07-03-2012, 11:26 AM
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  • oscar11
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You guys hit on some great soaps, TOBS, Calani and I'd add Haslinger, great soap, IMO.

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 07-03-2012, 12:03 PM
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ARKO! Smile

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 07-03-2012, 12:13 PM
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(07-03-2012, 12:03 PM)Phillips Wrote: ARKO! Smile

The scent may be over vilified but the soap has the accolades of most. Long live Arko!

(07-03-2012, 11:26 AM)oscar11 Wrote: You guys hit on some great soaps, TOBS, Calani and I'd add Haslinger, great soap, IMO.

Haslinger I agree. I love their cocunut and sage.

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 07-03-2012, 01:27 PM
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Arko and Tabac.

I know, I know -- these soaps definitely have their fans. But at least 15% of traditional wet shavers who've tried these soaps write them off as being crap because of their scent. Sad

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 07-03-2012, 02:36 PM
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  • tgutc
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For me it's L'occitan Cade. Great performer in my opinion. Very easy to lather. Good moisturizer and never leaves my face anything but smooth and irritation free. At $13 a puck it's tough to beat.

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 07-04-2012, 09:12 AM
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Arko is dismissed by many because of the strong citronella scent, but it's an excellent tallow-based shaving soap! Smile

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 07-05-2012, 02:38 AM
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(07-03-2012, 09:13 AM)TallyShave Wrote: Calani soaps...many people have never heard of them, but simply outstanding soaps.

Indeed. These do not generally get the praise they deserve.

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 07-05-2012, 09:02 AM
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(07-03-2012, 11:26 AM)oscar11 Wrote: You guys hit on some great soaps, TOBS, Calani and I'd add Haslinger, great soap, IMO.

I was going to add Haslinger, it is a great soap.

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 07-05-2012, 09:37 AM
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I would say Klar Kabinett. Never had a bad shave with this typical barber's shaving soap.

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 07-05-2012, 12:38 PM
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  • Andrew
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Another vote for Haslinger's here.

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 07-05-2012, 06:10 PM
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  • Andrew
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(07-03-2012, 10:32 AM)EHV Wrote: Dr. Selby's.
We read about it but it never seems to get the absolutely STELLAR review that it deserves.
Loads of lather easily and amazing skin care properties. Excellent scent too.
I've seen mention of a comparison to MdC and if that is really the case, it should be in everyone's den based on the price to performance ratio.

Where is the best place to purchase this soap?

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