12-05-2015, 06:32 PM
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So, if you were to just use one soap or tube or tube of cream exclusively how long would it last?  For example a tub of Proraso or a puck of Haslinger?

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 12-05-2015, 06:37 PM
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  • eengler
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A guess would be around 2 grams per shave James.

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 12-05-2015, 06:49 PM
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  • evnpar
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A triple milled or hard soap might last for several months of shaving. On the other hand, a soft soap that requires a fair amount of product per shave won't last all that long. I tend to rotate among so many different products that I couldn't give you a more accurate time frame, but there are probably members who use one product at a time until it's been used up who could answer your question. All I know is that if I were stranded on a desert island with only one soap, I'd want it to be triple milled (Klar is processed five times!).

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 12-05-2015, 07:07 PM
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(12-05-2015, 06:32 PM)James D Wrote: So, if you were to just use one soap or tube or tube of cream exclusively how long would it last?  For example a tub of Proraso or a puck of Haslinger?

I own 200+ creams and soaps and rotate them.

But I did use my gifted pot of Mondial Almond 75 gram croap, when staying at hotels during the last 2 monhs.

I believe I shaved 15-20 times with it - head and face each time. And I load the heck out of the brush for all my shaves.....all the time....load it like you hate it.

So I would be able to empty a 150 ml pot of cream rather fast.......6 weeks, if I shave 5 times a week.

A harder soap is more difficult to judge.......perhaps double up.....12 weeks of shaves.

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 12-05-2015, 07:36 PM
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(12-05-2015, 06:32 PM)James D Wrote: So, if you were to just use one soap or tube or tube of cream exclusively how long would it last?  For example a tub of Proraso or a puck of Haslinger?

The last time I used just one soap predominantly -- 2010-2011 -- I was getting well over four months per puck, shaving daily, with Col. Ichabod Conk Amber, which is a glycerine-based soap.  The first puck of other soap that I bought after finishing that puck of Col. Conk, a Provence Santé Green Tea hard-milled soap (and excellent), has been worn down perhaps one third of its volume in two and a half years in a rotation with five or six other soaps.  (No way that it will be dropped from the rotation.)  Within that same time frame, however, I have exhausted two travel size (100 ml) tubes of Kiss My Face Lavender Shea shaving cream.

Of course, it makes a difference whether you are using creams (go fast), croaps (go fairly fast), soaps (last somewhat), or hard-milled soaps (last forever).

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 12-05-2015, 08:39 PM
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How long a soap will last for you may depend a bit on your lathering technique, and the brush you are using. if you have a small digital kitchen scale, weigh your soap in it's container before and after your shave, and do this for a few days. You will then know on average how much soap you use per shave.  Most people probably use 2-3g per shave but as everything with this hobby, ymmv.

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 12-05-2015, 09:27 PM
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(12-05-2015, 08:39 PM)crenedecotret Wrote: How long a soap will last for you may depend a bit on your lathering technique, and the brush you are using. if you have a small digital kitchen scale, weigh your soap in it's container before and after your shave, and do this for a few days. You will then know on average how much soap you use per shave.  Most people probably use 2-3g per shave but as everything with this hobby, ymmv.

+1. However, for me, as I have way too many pucks of soap, I am trying to go through them as quickly as I can and don't even contemplate trying to be conservative with them. Biggrin

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 12-05-2015, 09:31 PM
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Too long.  It forces me to slow down my purchases.

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 12-05-2015, 11:34 PM
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(12-05-2015, 09:31 PM)Billium Wrote: Too long.  It forces me to slow down my purchases.

The solution to that is to load more!  Biggrin

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 12-07-2015, 09:15 AM
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(12-05-2015, 07:36 PM)Mel S Meles Wrote:
(12-05-2015, 06:32 PM)James D Wrote: So, if you were to just use one soap or tube or tube of cream exclusively how long would it last?  For example a tub of Proraso or a puck of Haslinger?

"Of course, it makes a difference whether you are using creams (go fast), croaps (go fairly fast), soaps (last somewhat), or hard-milled soaps (last forever)."

I agree, very well said and my Proraso will not go away.

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 12-07-2015, 10:24 AM
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I've burned thru 4.5 oz of glycerin shave soap in as few as 30 shaves, which is why I prefer a hard soap like Harris which might last 3-4 times as long. I never tracked my Harris use as I have 5 of them in a large rotation.

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 12-07-2015, 10:44 AM
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I've been using Mystic Water Sensitive exclusively for the past several months.  I shave 6-7 days per week and each 4oz puck lasts me about 6-7 weeks.  If I was more conservative about it I'm sure I could stretch each to at least 8 weeks, but the refills are under $10 so it's not a huge deal.  MW is fairly soft for a soap, so I'm sure some other 4oz pucks may last a bit longer if it's a big concern.

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 12-07-2015, 10:57 AM
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I have used quite a number of my favorite soap (in different scents) and each Haslinger puck (60g) lasts approx. one month when I 3017 them give or take a few days.

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 12-07-2015, 11:29 AM
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Each soapbor cream will varry my friend. Each brush will need a different amount to load with. And the amount of lather left in the brush and bowl has an impact.

Ive usrd razorock classic cream and a tube of lea classic cream. been rotating them sibce first use in oh july. Used half the leas and i think half the razorock.

Always have enough for a two pass shave left in the brush with either. Making them last is no issue.

Two shaves eith wilkiams lathering the marko method foubd on the badger site removed all traces of the williams lofo. Oddly it doesnt seem to wear down much since.

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 12-07-2015, 12:07 PM
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The op's question mentioned Haslinger. With various brushes in different sizes from Simpson Chubbies, Rooney/M&F & different sized synths I,and a few gents I know, get right around one month out of the pucks.

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 12-07-2015, 02:26 PM
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(12-07-2015, 12:07 PM)VTMAX Wrote: The op's question mentioned Haslinger. With various brushes in different sizes from Simpson Chubbies, Rooney/M&F & different sized synths I,and a few gents I know, get right around one month out of the pucks.

In a rotation with four or five other soaps, and using predominantly the Bloom Water lathering technique, I am well past seven months into a single puck of Haslinger Schafmilch.  That works out to about 40 shaves with that puck, and it is about one-quarter (or less) used up.  The Bloom Water technique requires a minimal use of the solid product, which may be a problem for some shavers who are in a hurry to get on to the next puck, but it makes a lather that provides an excellent performance on the beard.

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 12-07-2015, 02:41 PM
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I haven't studied mathematics since high school, but 40 shaves doesn't seem to add up to 7 months unless they are fractionals. Biggrin

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 12-07-2015, 03:05 PM
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(12-07-2015, 02:41 PM)celestino Wrote: I haven't studied mathematics since high school, but 40 shaves doesn't seem to add up to 7 months unless they are fractionals. Biggrin
I believe that is in rotation with other soaps. But the fractional reference was funny.  Biggrin

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 12-07-2015, 03:39 PM
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One month one puck...has worked for 4-5 pucks of Haslinger so far for me. 

CRSW & Mike's obviously are different. I was surprised how long a tin of Mike's lasted.

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 12-07-2015, 07:35 PM
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(12-07-2015, 02:41 PM)celestino Wrote: I haven't studied mathematics since high school, but 40 shaves doesn't seem to add up to 7 months unless they are fractionals. Biggrin

Here’s the routine for your CALC application:  
  • Seven and a third months (7.33 months) times 30 days/month equals ~220 shaves (for an everyday shaver)
  • Rotation of five or six (average of 5.5) soaps:  220 shaves divided by 5.5 equals 40 shaves per soap,


“It’s juat arithmetic.”  — Bill Clinton, 2012

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