03-18-2016, 01:21 PM
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Hey all let's get some hype going about this brand! I've had the Valobra Fougere, AoS Sandalwood, and most recently C&S No. 88 and the performance is just P H E N O M E N A L ! ! !

The C&S No. 88 in particular hits all the angles for me. Easy to load, easy to lather, fantastic scent, enormous cushion, slick as snot, great post-shave feel. Triple-milled so it's highly efficient, even at $35 a puck you get better mileage than most $15-20 artisan soaps.

Has anyone else found that Valobra soaps are at or near the top of their board?

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 03-18-2016, 01:34 PM
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  • nikos.a
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The soaps perform excellent. The only problem I had is that after the shave my skin was a little tight, it didn't feel much hydrated. I had to use a balm almost every time. That's why I sold them. The only Valobra I kept is the stick I had unused. It has the same ingredients, as far as I know, with the pucks. It has a nice, mild fougere scent. I'll use it sometime in the future.

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 03-18-2016, 02:14 PM
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  • VTMAX
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I think Valobra/C&S are one of the top one or two soaps made today. Great soaps.

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 03-18-2016, 02:30 PM
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Good stuff.

I like the fern.

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 03-18-2016, 03:34 PM
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To me, the 3 scented Valobra Triple milled soaps perform as well as the Czech & Speak 88 and O&C - they are made by Valobra all of them.

The Valobra has quite mild boring scents, which the Czech & Speak don't have. This is why I prefer the 2 Czech & Speak over the 3 Valobras. They smell better.
Performance for me is the same.

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 03-18-2016, 05:00 PM
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Claus,

I would like the Valobra better for the same reason you prefer the C&S and the OC.

Biggrin

While certain scents are ok in my book, some very strong ones I don't enjoy.

Since I don't have the available resources to try too many products ever year, I tend to focus on ones that are not described as singly scented.

I have not tried C&S and OC yet. I would actually like to. I'm just knee deep in soap at the moment and I am going through them as quickly as I can.

Should be ready to restock here next leap year. 

The older Valobra made AOS tallow soaps I have. I'm not a fan of the Sandalwood, but the lemon and Lavender were not bad.

I used to get migraines when I was younger. One of the triggers was strong smells for me. Usually women's perfume or cheap cologne. I haven't had one in a long while though.

I'm still skiddish of having one and tend to shy away from new scents I'm unfamiliar with.

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 03-18-2016, 06:09 PM
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(03-18-2016, 02:14 PM)VTMAX Wrote: I think Valobra/C&S are one of the top one or two soaps made today. 
I'm inclined to agree. 

And #88 is my personal fave Valobra-made shaving soap. (Probably my single fave bath/facial soap is Valobra Lattuga.:-))

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 03-18-2016, 06:15 PM
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  • Agravic
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Agreed.
AoS tallow is superb.
These hard milled soaps are top notch : perhaps somewhat forgotten with all the artisan soaps that have dominated attention in recent times.

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 03-18-2016, 08:27 PM
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Of these I have only used the AOS tallow - and it is superb.  Right now I would say it is the best I have, and that is out of a list of good soaps.

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 03-19-2016, 01:44 PM
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  • v4257
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If you only consider performance only - defined as protecting skin during shave and skin looking best post use - this is quite simply the best product (soap or cream) I have used in my 25 years of wet shaving. YMMV. :-)

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 03-19-2016, 02:15 PM
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I have a sample of the C88 that I need to use sometime soon. I haven't used Valobra hard stick but I think I have that too. Anyone know details on where the factory is in Italy that Valobra uses to make there soap?

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 03-19-2016, 02:28 PM
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  • Mouser
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I have the Oxford & Cambridge, while just behind my Yardleys in performance it's my favorite soap to use.

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 03-19-2016, 06:28 PM
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I just grabbed some unscented AOS tallow as a quick re-entry into the V/C&S scene. My original trial with Valobra years ago ended badly after I found the scent awful, and I'm not about to buy either of the C&S's scent unseen.

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 03-20-2016, 02:23 AM
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  • Johnny
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Well, the Czech & Speake Oxford & Cambridge has to be one of my all time favorite soaps.

For home use, the standard size puck:

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And for travel or home use, the travel size container and puck:

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If I had to, I could discard all of my other soaps and creams and just use this product.  To me, it is just that good.

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 03-20-2016, 03:13 AM
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Factory made as well. These old school European firms just know how to make the finest soaps available today. They always work.

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 03-20-2016, 04:11 AM
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  • Macko
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I'm with you Johnny, incredible product.

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 03-20-2016, 04:40 AM
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Has anyone used the Valobra Patchouly or Cologne? Their Fougere was a far more powdery fougere than I'm used to, closer to Pinaud Clubman really. Wondering how they interpret patchouli and "cologne".

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 03-20-2016, 04:43 AM
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(03-20-2016, 04:40 AM)crazindndude Wrote: Has anyone used the Valobra Patchouly or Cologne? Their Fougere was a far more powdery fougere than I'm used to, closer to Pinaud Clubman really. Wondering how they interpret patchouli and "cologne".

They're all a bit powdery IMO, comes with the fact that it is a soap with high tallow content, but to my nose the Patchouli is actually the most pleasant of all the Valobra branded soaps.

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 03-20-2016, 04:48 AM
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  • nikos.a
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(03-20-2016, 04:40 AM)crazindndude Wrote: Has anyone used the Valobra Patchouly or Cologne? Their Fougere was a far more powdery fougere than I'm used to, closer to Pinaud Clubman really. Wondering how they interpret patchouli and "cologne".

Cologne has a mild lemony scent. In my opinion, it has the worst scent of the three. I am not surprised by the fact that most of the gentlemen here prefer the other two.

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 03-20-2016, 09:11 AM
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I like the most their crema di sapone purissima. The menthol one is very pleasant, not a hard mint, but fresh. The almond, well, is a great foam but I dislike the scent, so add a couple of neroli's oil drops.
I like the few bunch of components of the crema, very natural soap. The stick is OK for traveling but has paraffin (this is not a gun to keep in a drawer), lot of ingredients and is the most expensive of the six or seven sticks I know. Is a three milled and very good one, but Palmolive or Lea are very good too, for 1/5 of the price.
C&S is completely out of my soaps allowed price range. My head just pay a lot for Martin de Candre. All the rest have to be far below it.

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