11-16-2015, 12:50 PM
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Being a cream only man makes for a lonely existence.  Lots and lots of talk about soaps.  Almost none about creams.  And yet there are a lot of creams out there, some great, some not so much.  Nowhere near the number of soaps but still.  Who else uses this stuff?  Am I the only cream shaver, propping up an entire industry on my own?

I kind of feel like Matt Damon, stuck on Mars.

Or Tom Hanks, stuck on an island.

Or, well, you get the idea.

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 11-16-2015, 01:09 PM
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I also prefer creams so if you're Tom Hanks, then I guess I'm Wilson.

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 11-16-2015, 01:16 PM
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  • Johnny
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I like it all.  Hard soaps, soft soaps, and creams.  In the tubes I use Speick, Palmolive, Proraso, iColoniali, and MEM on a regular basis.   Think I will use some for my next three shaves.

Thanks for the reminder.

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 11-16-2015, 01:37 PM
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ADP cream & AS, along with a sharp/smooth razor, is shaving bliss in my opinion
…am I a cream only guy, nope, don't be silly


~Royce

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 11-16-2015, 01:45 PM
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(11-16-2015, 01:09 PM)Blackland Razors Wrote: I also prefer creams so if you're Tom Hanks, then I guess I'm Wilson.

Biggrin

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 11-16-2015, 01:45 PM
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The only "cream" I use is castle Forbes. It is really a soft soap though. I don't like creams because I face lather.

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 11-16-2015, 02:11 PM
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(11-16-2015, 01:45 PM)fram773 Wrote: The only "cream" I use is castle Forbes. It is really a soft soap though. I don't like creams because I face lather.

Get you a tube of Speick, Proraso, or better yet, the iColoniali Rhubarb Cream.  Rub a very thin layer on your face then start lathering with a damp brush.  Add water as needed.  Provides a wonderful shaving experience.

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 11-16-2015, 03:54 PM
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I am mostly a soap user, but take regular shave cream holidays.  There are simply too many wonderful creams to not experience.

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 11-16-2015, 04:49 PM
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  • JAYDEE
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I used to use creams almost exclusively for a long time but now most of my shaves are with soaps these days.

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 11-16-2015, 06:09 PM
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(11-16-2015, 04:49 PM)JAYDEE Wrote: I used to use creams almost exclusively for a long time but now most of my shaves are with soaps these days.

Interesting, I'm the opposite.  Castle Forbes and T&H right now - face lathered. 
I just find that Creams require less work, usually have stronger scents, and with the right brush (Kent BK8) generate lather like a machine.

Life is short.  Use what you like.

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 11-16-2015, 06:57 PM
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I bought my first cream last week, Kiss My Face lavender. I'll admit, I enjoy being able to get a great lather without so much effort. And a tiny pea sized blob is enough for three passes. I'm definitely going to start adding creams to the rotation. Next up to try: Omega, Speick, Proraso blue and Old Spice.

I believe in you! You can do the thing!

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 11-16-2015, 08:21 PM
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I haven't found many options with creams that have a simplified ingredients list - more than likely as they need preservatives to keep them fresh - so I don't use them, along with the fact that the option of scents is quite limited and not really comparable to my favourite artisanal soaps. It is just a personal preference of mine. Shy

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 11-16-2015, 09:08 PM
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(11-16-2015, 01:45 PM)fram773 Wrote: I don't like creams because I face lather.

Depending on the day, I'll either bowl-lather or face-lather a cream.

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 11-17-2015, 07:39 AM
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I'm mostly a soap user but I'll always have some Proraso cream in stock. I got  started with CO Bigelow (Proraso Green) cream, so there's a bit of "nostalgia" for me. Also, my wife really likes BayRum AS over the Proraso Green, so that works for me. 

There are lots of great creams out there, but most of us have a buying problem so it takes us a while to use up product. Creams don't have the shelf life of soaps so that presents a challenge.

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 11-17-2015, 09:54 AM
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  • kwsher
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I am a soap guy the vast majority of the time at home but do keep a handful of creams around for travel.

Either/or I don't discriminate Smile

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 11-17-2015, 01:01 PM
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I use creams and soaps but could easily enjoy the rest of my shaving life with just 3 creams:

SMN Tobacco Toscano
ADP jar
Floris #89 tube

All 3 are stellar. And I face lather!

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 11-20-2015, 04:16 PM
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I think the reason it seems so lonely is because the artisan soap manufacturers are always popping up, and existing ones have new scents and product lines to try.

Meanwhile, the creams come from only a few producers with multiple customers and they are established and proven products. Less to talk about.

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 11-20-2015, 05:58 PM
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(11-16-2015, 04:49 PM)JAYDEE Wrote: I used to use creams almost exclusively for a long time but now most of my shaves are with soaps these days.

+1

In most countries where wetshaving is the rule rather than the exception(India, Middle East etc) - creams dominate.

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 11-20-2015, 11:30 PM
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(11-17-2015, 01:01 PM)Steelman Wrote: I use creams and soaps but could easily enjoy the rest of my shaving life with just 3 creams:

SMN Tobacco Toscano
ADP jar
Floris #89 tube

All 3 are stellar. And I face lather!
You have excellent taste!

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 11-21-2015, 02:26 PM
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(11-16-2015, 06:09 PM)norton Wrote:
(11-16-2015, 04:49 PM)JAYDEE Wrote: I used to use creams almost exclusively for a long time but now most of my shaves are with soaps these days.

Interesting, I'm the opposite.  Castle Forbes and T&H right now - face lathered. 
I just find that Creams require less work, usually have stronger scents, and with the right brush (Kent BK8) generate lather like a machine.

Life is short.  Use what you like.

This is my sentiment as well.  A few years back, while still in the dark ages of cartridge shaving, I tried shaving soaps as an alternative to canned shaving creams.  I found them thin, marginally effective, and.... soapy.  I went back to canned products.  Since switching to wet shaving though, I've done a lot of research on all the products, methods, equip. etc. and decided to try the creams, getting first a cream in a kit from AOS, which I liked, then some Proraso, and then some Taylor of Old Bond Street - all three being a remarkable improvement on soaps and aerosols - by many orders of magnitude.

Found what I've been looking for and never turning back.

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