03-29-2016, 06:07 PM
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I own a good number of soaps and creams, and my soaps don' worry me that much, because they contain very little water to start out wiht, so drying them out over time is not that much of an issue.


However when it comes to creams, especially the softer ones like Trumpers, AOS, DR Harris, TOBS, Truefiit & Hill and so on, the drying of the cream over time is an issue for me.

I just took a glance at my DR Harris Arlington 150 gram pot of shaving cream, remembering I haven't used this cream since 2012, and it was totaly dried out, and I had to load it like I would a hard puck of soap.

The fun thing is that the scent is still there, and the lather it made was the same quality as the lather I got from it back in 2012.

On the other hand, the TOBS Jermyn Street cream I also bought in 2012, was not dried out lke the DR harris Arlington was, but it was still very solid and not creamy at all - and the lather I got from the Jermyn Street gave me a sub par head shave.

I own an extra freshes Jermyn Street cream from 2015, I will soon start to use instead.

Have any of you encountered these issues I have with shaving cream srying out ?

I store my creams away from heat and light, but my oldest cream are from 2012, and with the number of creams I own, I can't seem to use them fast enough to avoid some of them dry out in the long run.

I guess I will have to focus on soaps, and only buy the select few TOP TOP TOP performing creams, and forget about the rest.

Just love how Jermyn Street cream and Arlington cream smells - and YES ! I also own both these in the hard soap puck versions.........but still love to use a cream mixe with a soap for a superlather most of my shaves.

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 03-29-2016, 06:24 PM
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  • Agravic
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Umm .. don't hoard creams!

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 03-29-2016, 06:28 PM
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This ^^

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 03-29-2016, 06:44 PM
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I have 5 creams and I love them all , I use them all and I'll replace them all. I'm no Bullgoose so I don't see the point in having any more....

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 03-29-2016, 06:50 PM
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Claus, start using them in the shower, my friend. Shy

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 03-29-2016, 08:35 PM
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 03-29-2016, 09:56 PM
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I added a capful of distilled water (a partial teaspoon) to my Art of Shaving cream that is two years old and it soaked in and softened back up.

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 03-29-2016, 11:23 PM
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(03-29-2016, 06:50 PM)celestino Wrote: Claus, start using them in the shower, my friend. Shy

+1. I did that with two half- empty ToOBS creams, the Avocado and the Rose, which dried out my skin and was the last time I bought any ToOBS.

Or you'll end up throwing them away. 

Of course, Claus, you can always start a WTS thread.

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 03-30-2016, 02:42 AM
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Yup, I guess it's a bad idea to hoard creams Claus. Good thing I saw this thread too, it didn't occur to me that this could happen. I wonder if creams in tubes like l'occitane would also deteriorate the same way?

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 03-30-2016, 04:33 AM
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This is one reason that I only own one tube of C.O. Bigelow shave cream.

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 03-30-2016, 05:24 AM
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Thanks Claus, for reminding me to use up my creams and only purchase soaps.

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 03-30-2016, 06:09 AM
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I don't have anywhere near 50 creams, only around 10 or so but of course they will dry out with time, the inconvenient truth is water evaporates and thus creams harden.   I guess the good news in all of this is that most of them, even if they have dried out will still be able to be used like croaps and soaps. I can imagine your horror though, seeing how much money you have invested in creams. 
Your answer Claus is simply stop buying additional creams, load REALLY, REALLY heavy, and take up full body shaving!!!!  Tongue

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 03-30-2016, 06:17 AM
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Claus, I've had that problem myself. Although I don't have 50 of them the ones I do sometimes get neglected because I'm primarily a soap user. For the potted ones I just took a toothpick and stirred in a drop of water at a time until they were back to original consistency and they worked fine for me.
Hope that helps my Nordic brother! 
And as for the advice to stop hoarding, the only thing that stops me from having a brush collection like Ben, a cream and soap collection like yours is lack of the financial ability. If you've got it and it doesn't create any kind of hardship for you and yours.....go for it!

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 03-30-2016, 08:27 AM
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offer to shave a neighbor and/or their cat, dog

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 03-30-2016, 09:36 AM
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(03-30-2016, 08:27 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: offer to shave a neighbor and/or their cat, dog

Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Wink

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 03-30-2016, 10:01 AM
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I have found a very effective cure for some of my vintage shaving creams,which have dried out .............. which I bought back in 2008,2009,2010 they include: GFT, DRH, T & H and Coates to name but a few.

All have benefited from being Rehydrated with Water soluble Vegetable Glycerine oil. Usage approx 15/18ml for a 200ml tub of cream.

Hope this helps.

Charles  U.K

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 03-30-2016, 11:06 AM
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(03-30-2016, 04:33 AM)primotenore Wrote: This is one reason that I only own one tube of C.O. Bigelow shave cream.

Amongst other reasons?

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 03-30-2016, 11:10 AM
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(03-30-2016, 06:09 AM)merkur man Wrote: I guess the good news in all of this is that most of them, even if they have dried out will still be able to be used like croaps and soaps.

I have a vintage Penhaligon's Lords shaving cream that I use like a soap/croap. It's really not much different, just need to keep an eye on the moisture the brush might add to the jar over time with continued use.

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 03-30-2016, 06:07 PM
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(03-29-2016, 08:35 PM)nervosa1901 Wrote: You did this one already.....

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=36942

Not quite, but close.

That thread was about creams going stale.

Now, my first language is not English, but I would think there is a clear difference between a thread about creams going stale, like in that case my Cella did - and I had to throw it out, and then in this thread asking if people have experienced if their creams have dried out.


If I own a cream that is going stale, I throw it out immediately.
If I own a cresam that is dried out, I start using it as a shaving soap/croap.

Can you see the difference, or is it the same to you ?

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 03-31-2016, 06:55 AM
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You didn't have to throw away your Cella. You could still use it with no problem, even though it had turned yellow. It happens with some italian croaps that have no conservatives. I've read about it many times and I hope that some day people will stop throwing away these products just because their texture became stiffer and the color of the surface changed. This is totally wrong!

My friend, there is a difference between collecting soaps and using them. I guess you must learn to live with the fact that most of the products you have in your excessively huge collection of soaps and creams will eventually turn bad one way or another. Unfortunately, this is the truth.

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