11-19-2015, 05:35 AM
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Good Morning everyone,

In your opinion, which would be a better soap to get? The C&E Nomand, Sienna, Sandalwood or the discontinued Penhaligon's  English Fern or any of the other Penhaligon's soaps?  

I have seen some of the older C&E soaps around and was curious if i should get some or if the the English Fern would be better.

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 11-19-2015, 05:39 AM
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Depends on which formula of each one. There are scenarios that would favor any.

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 11-19-2015, 05:42 AM
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My wife got me the C&E Nomand and the Sandalwood soaps and they both work great and give you mounds of lather.  As far as scents I would have to go with the Nomad over the sandalwood but that is just a personal preference.

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 11-19-2015, 05:58 AM
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Which are the formulations to avoid? 
The sodium palmate as the first ingredient is one I know to avoid from the Floris and Trumpers soaps.

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 11-19-2015, 06:19 AM
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(11-19-2015, 05:58 AM)Jsanchez Wrote: Which are the formulations to avoid? 
The sodium palmate as the first ingredient is one I know to avoid from the Floris and Trumpers soaps.

Avoid all soaps with Sodium Palmate first.
(Except EVEN OLDER Crabtree soaps like Sweet Almond Oil show Sodium Palmate first, so those are the exception to the rule. Potassium Palmate are the ones you want, in general, and applies to Nomad, Sandalwood, Sienna, and any current Penhaligon's soap (though their tallow were better).)

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 11-19-2015, 09:30 AM
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Thank you for the input everyone. Are the older crabtree and Evelyn soaps worth getting?

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 11-19-2015, 09:34 AM
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Jerry, further to what's already been said, the good EF soaps are those that have the English Fern inscription on them, which includes both the tallow version and the last veggie formulation of this scent. All formulations in between will be the ones to avoid, and will have the word PENHALIGONS inscribed. They have the sodium palmate as first ingredient.

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 11-19-2015, 01:02 PM
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For me the vintage C&E Sweet Almond Oil soap has been excellent, better than the other C&E soaps.  However, in my experience it just doesn't quite match the quality of the tallow-based Penhaligon's soaps.

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 11-19-2015, 07:22 PM
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(11-19-2015, 01:02 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: For me the vintage C&E Sweet Almond Oil soap has been excellent, better than the other C&E soaps.  However, in my experience it just doesn't quite match the quality of the tallow-based Penhaligon's soaps.

I agree with you that the tallow Pen's are the best of the bunch.
However, I get equal (EXCELLENT) shaves between the Sweet Almond Oil vs. "other" (potassium palmate of Sienna, Nomad, Sandalwood).
Finally, I wouldn't be caught dead without any of them Smile

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 11-19-2015, 07:50 PM
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So it turns out they were sodium palmate formulation. I did however find some Ralph Lauren Safari shave soap on the bay. Should be here by the end of next week.

Any other old soaps to be on the look out for?
Tallow and potassium formulations

Penhaligon's
C&E
Floris

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 11-20-2015, 02:05 PM
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(11-19-2015, 01:02 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: For me the vintage C&E Sweet Almond Oil soap has been excellent, better than the other C&E soaps.  However, in my experience it just doesn't quite match the quality of the tallow-based Penhaligon's soaps.

This thread prompted me to pull out my vintage C&E Sweet Almond Oil soap today for the morning's shave.  I really enjoy the scent; something of a cross between MWF and TOBS Sandalwood to my mind.  Gives a nice shave; a step up from TOBS but not quite on a par with DRH.

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