01-31-2016, 03:15 PM
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I wanted to get all of your opinions on Tim's Soap.  I have only experienced the Greek Peach scent in the past, which burned my face terribly from a reaction to something in the fragrance I am guessing.  Wish I knew what it was because it smelled great to me otherwise. 

I noticed that he doesn't get a lot of exposure on here for some reason (couldn't find any threads after running a search of the site), and he only really gets praise from TSE on Youtube.  Maybe it's because he made Busta's Blend for Shave Busta?  Is Shave Busta popular here at all? 

Anyway, some of Tim's scents intrigue me, and I was wondering what experiences you have had with them?  What are his best scents?  I've considered Old School Lime, Blue Suit, Columbia River, Breakfast of Champions, Ruby Red, and Clean Cut.  

Let me know your thoughts!

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 01-31-2016, 03:48 PM
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Have not heard of the brand.

Sorry can't comment. Aside from the reaction you had, what were your thoughts on it? Lather and such.

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 01-31-2016, 03:58 PM
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I've had 2, Ghost Face and Greek Peach. Had a terrible reaction to them both. My friend is really into Tim's soaps since they became friends on FB and he's always talking them up and urging me to give them another shot, but it's not worth it. I'll stick with my tried and true.

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 01-31-2016, 03:59 PM
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I have Tim's Greek Peach. The scent was nice to start, but not good enough to overcome what was otherwise a poor performing soap for me.

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 01-31-2016, 04:03 PM
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  • evnpar
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There are a plethora of artisan soap makers, with more appearing on the scene daily, and often any particular one won't get mentioned all that often. You will hear more about the ones who decide to be a participating TSN artisan, and post here. Tim's Soaps are best known for Greek Peach. I find his soaps to be very good, although there are several others that I prefer. I do like the scents of Greek Peach, Cimarron, and Columbia River.

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 01-31-2016, 04:33 PM
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(01-31-2016, 03:48 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: Have not heard of the brand.

Sorry can't comment. Aside from the reaction you had, what were your thoughts on it? Lather and such.

Lather seemed a little thin and not a lot of cushion.  Granted, when I shaved with it I was very new to traditional wet shaving.  I had nicks and lots of irritation.  I was puzzled by how much irritation I had, because everything else that irritated my skin could be directed right back to cinnamon essential oil.  

Thing is I guess if people don't talk about it, it must not be worth buying.  The shaving community is overly positive in my experience, and hardly ever post tales of caution that could benefit others for fear of not being nice or offending others.  At least that's what I've gathered while lurking the forums in my early days of shaving.  

I guess I could try lathering it again to see if I was just awful at it then.

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 01-31-2016, 04:48 PM
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I have ghostface nilla and the scent was wonderful.

I can see why some might have a reaction to it though. Lather was ok.

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 01-31-2016, 05:04 PM
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(01-31-2016, 04:33 PM)FenrirWhiskers Wrote: The shaving community is overly positive in my experience, and hardly ever post tales of caution that could benefit others for fear of not being nice or offending others.

Start with the high-end items and dial back from there Smile
AdP and Esbjerg creams will get you started and happy.

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 01-31-2016, 05:16 PM
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(01-31-2016, 05:04 PM)Nero Wrote:
(01-31-2016, 04:33 PM)FenrirWhiskers Wrote: The shaving community is overly positive in my experience, and hardly ever post tales of caution that could benefit others for fear of not being nice or offending others.

Start with the high-end items and dial back from there Smile
AdP and Esbjerg creams will get you started and happy.

Esbjerg grapefruit...mmm

Tim's has a grapefruit as well, Ruby Red, which I've heard great things about.

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 01-31-2016, 06:12 PM
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(01-31-2016, 05:04 PM)Nero Wrote:
(01-31-2016, 04:33 PM)FenrirWhiskers Wrote: The shaving community is overly positive in my experience, and hardly ever post tales of caution that could benefit others for fear of not being nice or offending others.

Start with the high-end items and dial back from there Smile
AdP and Esbjerg creams will get you started and happy.

I'm just a blue collar guy.  :-)  Anyway, the scents on the high end just don't seem that interesting.  What really makes them high end too?  That they have a fruity French name attached to them?  Haha!

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 01-31-2016, 06:31 PM
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I've had a few: Ruby Red, Blue Suit and Greek Peach. I enjoyed all the scents, but I ultimately found them cloying - I prefer very lightly scented soaps. Ruby Red was like eating the pulp of a grapefruit; I got the tartness and cirtus which was weird (in a good way) to smell tartness. Ultimately I preferred the scent of Mickey Lee Soaps Paradise Frost in the grapefruit category which is more like scratching the skin of a grapefruit and smelling it.

Blue Suit was very cologne-y; very nice but I ultimately traded it away. I cut my soaps in half and transfer them to my own containers; Blue Suit had a weird soft consistency in the middle; like it hadn't set for long enough and was almost cream-like; like a sunny side up egg white. No issues when lathered though.

Greek Peach found a place in my den, I really like the scent and performance is on par with Reef Point, Caties Bubbles, etc.

One thing to note; Tim has released a Green Label soap with a new base without tallow and palm oil. I just read about it now; I'll look into placing an order in a few months to test it out.

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 01-31-2016, 08:16 PM
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(01-31-2016, 06:12 PM)FenrirWhiskers Wrote:
(01-31-2016, 05:04 PM)Nero Wrote:
(01-31-2016, 04:33 PM)FenrirWhiskers Wrote: The shaving community is overly positive in my experience, and hardly ever post tales of caution that could benefit others for fear of not being nice or offending others.

Start with the high-end items and dial back from there Smile
AdP and Esbjerg creams will get you started and happy.

I'm just a blue collar guy.  :-)  Anyway, the scents on the high end just don't seem that interesting.  What really makes them high end too?  That they have a fruity French name attached to them?  Haha!

Esbjerg is like $24 and lasts a very long time. It's the firmest and densest "cream" that I've ever seen, shaving-related or not. In fact, it works best by loading from the tub like a soap with a WETTER than normal brush. Just to give you an idea. And I've used/lathered mine 40-50 times in the past 2 years and I still have 40-45% remaining.
As for AdP, it's probably the only thing offered currently that matches the comfort of Esbjerg. And post shave.

Finally, the price thing has been resolved in many prior threads, so I'll just sum it up: they all cost within pennies of each other per shave. And sometimes the most expensive ones are the ones that are the cheapest per shave.

Here's my Esbjerg:
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 01-31-2016, 09:00 PM
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I couldn't stand the smell of Greek Peach, and traded it for Blue Suit (which I like the scent of very much).  My one complaint is that I can't get a consistent lather with it.  I am sure it is user error, but I have more issues with it than others.

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 01-31-2016, 09:22 PM
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(01-31-2016, 06:31 PM)Starkicker Wrote: . . . One thing to note; Tim has released a Green Label soap with a new base without tallow and palm oil. I just read about it now; I'll look into placing an order in a few months to test it out.

I'm looking forward to receiving some even newer Green Labels than he currently has on his site, as well as a tallow version or two he's working on. I've had no problems lathering-up any of his soaps and expect the new ones to be equally good.

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 02-01-2016, 02:45 AM
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I am looking to buy some Tims soap in the coming month, I think I am going to go for Old School Lime but can't make my mind up on Greek Peach or Ruby Red

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 02-01-2016, 05:02 AM
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Tim's soaps have always given me good results.  I have no problem with lathering, and the performance has always been top notch for me.  The scents are robust which is something I like.  As mentioned in another post, if you prefer lighter scents Tim's probably isn't going to work for you.  My favorites are Ruby Red, Greek Peach, Columbia River, and Old School Lime.  I also have Wood & Roses which has less of a scent strength, and Blue Suit which is more of a cologne scent and therefore not as unique as the others.

For me once my performance needs have been met it comes down to scent, and Tim's has some unique strong scents which work for me : )

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 02-01-2016, 06:04 AM
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(01-31-2016, 06:12 PM)FenrirWhiskers Wrote:
(01-31-2016, 05:04 PM)Nero Wrote:
(01-31-2016, 04:33 PM)FenrirWhiskers Wrote: The shaving community is overly positive in my experience, and hardly ever post tales of caution that could benefit others for fear of not being nice or offending others.

Start with the high-end items and dial back from there Smile
AdP and Esbjerg creams will get you started and happy.

I'm just a blue collar guy.  :-)  Anyway, the scents on the high end just don't seem that interesting.  What really makes them high end too?  That they have a fruity French name attached to them?  Haha!

Matt is giving good advice about starting at the top. The reason is that these are soaps/creams that you will judge the others by, and most of the others will fall short, some well short. You'll be asking of a new soap, 'does it lather as richly as Boellis, is it as slick as ABC, does it have the fragrance equal to Oxford and Cambridge, does it lather as easily as MdC, is the post shave feel as good as SdM, etc. those qualities are what makes them high end.

Many of the higher end soap fragrances don't initially give you that "WOW' experience, they are intended to be more subtle fragrances that you don't get tired of or loathe after a couple of weeks and could shave with every day for the rest of your life.

Most of us including me did not follow that advice and have a closet full of mid-level artisan and non-artisan soaps that we really aren't using regularly. It's at least cheaper to have a half dozen of the very best soaps than a closet full of average soaps.

That said, trying new soaps is a lot of fun!

Cheers, Steve

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 02-01-2016, 06:30 AM
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I have to throw in a vote for his Signature scent.  I had the opportunity to smell most of them before buying, and Signature was the winner for me.

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 02-01-2016, 08:27 AM
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so far for me ruby red and hybrid #1 are my favorites, wassail is also a great scent

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 02-01-2016, 08:33 AM
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(02-01-2016, 06:30 AM)racebmx Wrote: I have to throw in a vote for his Signature scent.  I had the opportunity to smell most of them before buying, and Signature was the winner for me.


I also really enjoy the signature but it's really the only one I've tried (at least I think so....I can't keep up with all that I have).

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