05-27-2016, 07:20 PM
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The title says it all. Disregarding cost and scent, which soaps are your best performers? By performance, I mean to consider pre-shave prep qualities, glide, cushion, residual slickness (for buffing, etc.), skin care qualities, lather that won't likely dry out during shave, ease of lathering and post shave feel. Please try to keep your top soaps to under five choices, with possible honorable mentions if you feel bad about leaving any out. Feel free to also post your disappointments at the end.

My favorites in order:

1. PannaCrema Nuavia - best pre-shave qualities prepping the whiskers like no other soap, residual slickness, glide, and cushion are above average, soap acts like an aftershave like none other so that a splash may not even be required. Post shave feel is tops. Ease of lathering is average. My favorite soap.

2. La Savonniere du Moulin - Very close second, almost a tie for my favorite soap. The very best slickness and glide, and skin care qualities are second to none. Matched in post shave feel with Nuavia, but a completely different kind of feel, more moisturizing and nourishing. Feel on skin during the shave just feels the most gentle, creamy, healthy and nourishing.

(These top two soaps are so good, I could drop all the rest and never use another soap again (not doing that quite yet though Wink ), but for completely different reasons and qualities.)

3. Barrister & Mann - Best 'looking' lather, and stays hydrated in bowl better than any other soap. Top marks in residual slickness and glide. Ease of lathering is second only to MdC. Cushion and post shave is average. All around strong top performer in nearly every category.

4. Czech & Speake - Best cushion, and most protective of all my soaps. Residual slickness is below average, glide is average, but cushion makes up for this. Excellent post shave feel!

5. Martin de Candre - Ease of lather is a the very top of all other soaps here. Skin care qualities are also top of the line, but may not do well for those with dry skin, as it cleans as it shaves. Nothing cleans while shaving like MdC. Stays well hydrated in the bowl. Cushion is average. Glide is above average, while residual slickness is below average. Love the post shave clean feel.

Honorable mentions go to Esbjerg as my favorite cream (and may break into my top 5)... and Mystic Water...

My greatest disappointments are AdP, LPL, and Soap Commander, for various reasons.

Still looking to eventually try MWF, Tabac, SMN, Meißner Tremonia, CRSW, and Haslinger.

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 05-27-2016, 08:28 PM
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I only use one soap, but there are quite a few that are equal in performance. If it is a good soap, then I can make it work for me with my shaves. Shy

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 05-27-2016, 08:50 PM
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Nothing has happened with my taste, since I wrote these two threads:

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=40805

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=40800

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 05-27-2016, 09:26 PM
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Len, I am curious what you find disappointing in the AdP?

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 05-27-2016, 09:56 PM
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Best soaps for me are Barrister and Mann, particularly Hallows, Le Grand Chypre, Beaudelaire, and Fougère Imperiale. Antica Barbieria Colla cream is just as good. I haven't found any others that work as well as these for me. 

-ntr(nwu)

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 05-28-2016, 01:25 AM
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(05-27-2016, 08:28 PM)celestino Wrote: I only use one soap, but there are quite a few that are equal in performance. If it is a good soap, then I can make it work for me with my shaves. Shy

Pretty much the same here although I do use more than one soap.

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 05-28-2016, 03:38 AM
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Martin de Candre
Castle Forbes
Antica Barbieria Colla
Boellis Panama
Creams I like ToB, T&H, Penhaligon, GFT, Esbjerg

I know that is more than 5

Disappointments other than quite a few artisanal offerings, LPL, meibner. Meibner is a fine paste but the coloring stains.

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 05-28-2016, 03:50 AM
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Mike's
Strop Shoppe
B&M
Cella [le brick]
MWF 

Honorable mention to Valobra/Czech&Speake and Tabac.

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 05-28-2016, 04:12 AM
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Looks like I'm going to have to get busy on Google and figure out what and where all those different soaps are.  Smile

La Terra Verte (Catie's Bubbles) and their La Piement de Vie both work quite well for me.  
For creams I like TOBS and Proraso

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 05-28-2016, 10:59 AM
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I'm going to mention vintage Yardley , I always passed my bowls of Yardley along due only to scent. I have had a tub smell like band aids , a few smell like not much at all , but in terms of performance it really is up there with the likes of Valobra IMO.

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 05-28-2016, 12:53 PM
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Tallow:
CRSW Select V2
Mike's Natural
Valobra 

Non-tallow:
MDC
LPL Fougere. (This scent performs better for me than other LPL scents)
Floris #89 cream 
SMN cream

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 05-28-2016, 01:04 PM
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(05-27-2016, 09:26 PM)Nero Wrote: Len, I am curious what you find disappointing in the AdP?

I don't want to bash AdP, as I know its in a lot of guys favorites lists, but it is not a soap for me. Ease of lathering is poor... doesn't do well on residual slickness, glide, or cushion... At the very bottom of the list for staying hydrated in the bowl (lather breaks down quickly), and the lather it does produce is very airy/bubbly. I do give it high marks on post shave feel, and it seems to have a very slight menthol coolness during the shave which I enjoy. (YMMV)

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 05-28-2016, 01:07 PM
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ymmv for certain...
SMN
ABC
Barrister & Mann
Savonnerie du bon Berger (volcans)
Softsoap
XPEC
I cannot count, this is 6...

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 05-28-2016, 01:10 PM
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Mike's
Phoenix and Beau

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 05-28-2016, 08:10 PM
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(05-28-2016, 10:59 AM)ultra~nova Wrote: I'm going to mention vintage Yardley , I always passed my bowls of Yardley along due only to scent. I have had a tub smell like band aids , a few smell like not much at all , but in terms of performance it really is up there with the likes of Valobra IMO.

+1
except that, for me, they stand alone as THE best performing product, soap or cream, I've ever used. From Arko and TOBS to Czech & Speake and Xpec.
I had to edit to include some vintage Penhaligon's of my cousin's I got to try some time ago. It's up there with the Yardley.

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 06-01-2016, 11:11 PM
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Phoenix & Beau leaves my cheeks feeling silky smooth and just ever so slightly numb, like they've been buffed by angels. The bloom water doubles as a pre-shave, at no added cost. The lather erupts in thick pillows of sweet cream that give your skin deep-down protection against multiple passes and buffing. It's endurance and slickness are remarkable: you could play a hockey tournament on this stuff. After a P&B shave, there's no need for aftershaves, witch hazels, lotions, or balms – just pop a rosebud in your lapel, and you're out the door.

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 06-02-2016, 05:44 PM
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(06-01-2016, 11:11 PM)Bouki Wrote: Phoenix & Beau leaves my cheeks feeling silky smooth and just ever so slightly numb, like they've been buffed by angels. The bloom water doubles as a pre-shave, at no added cost. The lather erupts in thick pillows of sweet cream that give your skin deep-down protection against multiple passes and buffing. It's endurance and slickness are remarkable: you could play a hockey tournament on this stuff. After a P&B shave, there's no need for aftershaves, witch hazels, lotions, or balms – just pop a rosebud in your lapel, and you're out the door.

Sounds awesome! I've got some Sanskrit on the way

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 06-02-2016, 11:15 PM
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In no particular order 
  • Nuavia
  • Saponificio Varesino
  • Mystic Water
  • Mike's
  • Jabonman Eufros
  • Meisner Tremonia

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 06-03-2016, 12:54 AM
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MWF
D.R.Harris shaving soap

Palmolive Classic Shaving Cream

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 06-06-2016, 09:01 AM
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Sampsons, with an "a." Great performance during and after the shave, negligible scent. Price is higher than I'd like, but the tub holds enough soap to last a long time.

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