05-27-2016, 01:29 PM
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  • NJDJ
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I have been a cream user since I started with DE, about a year ago.  I have some GREAT creams like Castle Forbes Lime, T&H Ultimate Comfort, TOBS Avocado, Trumper Coconut, etc.  That said, I received a puck of AOS Sandalwood and have used it several times.  It is very nice, performance wise.  I can't put my finger on it exactly, but I may prefer soaps to creams.  Go figure!

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 05-27-2016, 01:59 PM
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If you're talking about the tallow AoS, then it's not going to get much better than that.
I've tried and SOLD hundreds of soaps (and creams) since, and I don't recommend that route, from a financial perspective. Explore a little, but Stick to what you know works.

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 05-27-2016, 02:12 PM
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Artisanal soaps rule my den! Creams don't even compare FOR ME for a variety of reasons. Have fun exploring. Shy

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 05-27-2016, 02:34 PM
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I use both equally some days I think I like creams. Some days soaps. I do not like trying a new soap or cream and being let down by its performance but trying is part of the fun

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 05-27-2016, 03:13 PM
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I started with creams only, no soaps at all. Once I tried my first soap after a year or so, that's all I've used since. My creams have dwindled by attrition. I do enjoy using both in what Claus calls a "super lather." Tallow soaps are more to my liking, btw...

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 05-27-2016, 03:30 PM
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(05-27-2016, 01:59 PM)Nero Wrote: If you're talking about the tallow AoS, then it's not going to get much better than that.
+1
It sets the bar high for creams AND soaps.

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 05-29-2016, 08:00 AM
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I don't think the AOS I have is tallow.  Didn'the they change it recently?

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 05-29-2016, 08:03 AM
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(05-29-2016, 08:00 AM)NJDJ Wrote: I don't think the AOS I have is tallow.  Didn'the they change it recently?
Need look at the logo on the puck.

Tallow AOS is just words. The non tallow version have a circle on it.

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 05-29-2016, 09:54 AM
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I have never found a cream that compares to even the average artisan soap. And the great thing is there is loads to try Smile

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 05-29-2016, 10:53 AM
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(05-29-2016, 08:03 AM)Devilanche Wrote:
(05-29-2016, 08:00 AM)NJDJ Wrote: I don't think the AOS I have is tallow.  Didn'the they change it recently?
Need look at the logo on the puck.

Tallow AOS is just words. The non tallow version have a circle on it.


+1

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 05-29-2016, 11:21 AM
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(05-29-2016, 09:54 AM)Windsor Citrus Wrote: I have never found a cream that compares to even the average artisan soap. And the great thing is there is loads to try Smile

Esbjerg ?
Xpec ?
St. James ?
Acqua Di Parma ?
Antica Barbierria Colla ?
Baume.Be ?
Musgo Real ?
Castle Forbes ?

Huh

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 05-29-2016, 11:24 AM
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Kiss My Face and Speick Men are also excellent creams. I'd say that they're better than many soaps I've tried.

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 05-29-2016, 11:29 AM
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I also started only as a cream user, because the soaps I had tried would tend to dry out my skin a bit.

But now I prefer soaps, but still think there is a lot of GREAT performing creams out there.

But it's just more fun to swirl your brush in a soap, than it is to just dip it in a cream - creams almost make the lather too easily, and I feel you with the better soaps, can get a more dense and thick lather, than I can get from creams. I prefer this kind of lather, that I get from soaps more now.

Yet still the creams I have mentioned above are very very great performing creams, that everyone shoould at least try before they make the judgement, that soaps are superios to creams.

Honestly I'm also forced into preferring soaps now, because with the amount of creams I own, they tend to dry out before I really get to use them, and act more like croaps and even hard soaps.
So why not just buy soaps to start out with, they last longer and I don't have to think about them drying out, unless it's a very soft soaps like Tabula Rasa and Caties Bubbles.

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 05-29-2016, 11:30 AM
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(05-29-2016, 11:24 AM)nikos.a Wrote: Kiss My Face and Speick Men are also excellent creams. I'd say that they're better than many soaps I've tried.

Agreed - Speick is a fantastic value cream, in fact it's just fantastic no matter the price.

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 05-29-2016, 11:42 AM
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I tend to prefer soaps, as there are just so many choices, and they tend to last longer in storage. However, whenever I use one of my creams I'm surprised at how well it performs, and wonder why I don't use it more often.

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 05-29-2016, 11:50 AM
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Of my favorite lathering agents, the creams outnumber the hard soaps. However, my single favorite is probably a hard soap.

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 05-29-2016, 12:01 PM
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(05-29-2016, 08:00 AM)NJDJ Wrote: I don't think the AOS I have is tallow.  Didn'the they change it recently?
NOS tallow AoS pucks (Valobra-made) are still available (on popular auction site). 
Valobra still produces such hard soaps, sold under their own name, and Czech & Speake.

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 05-29-2016, 01:08 PM
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(05-29-2016, 08:03 AM)Devilanche Wrote:
(05-29-2016, 08:00 AM)NJDJ Wrote: I don't think the AOS I have is tallow.  Didn'the they change it recently?
Need look at the logo on the puck.

Tallow AOS is just words. The non tallow version have a circle on it.

Urgh!!!  I looked at the puck and, whatever was there, is gone now!  I guess I will never know because I don't remember.

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 05-29-2016, 01:12 PM
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There is lots of great info in this thread guys...very helpful.

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 05-29-2016, 01:14 PM
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Question for you soap guys. Since I have many awesome creams and have now tried one soap (the AOS) and really liked it, which soap do you recommend that I try next?  Is there a be all end all that will make me push all my creams to the back of the cabinet?

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