08-28-2016, 10:52 AM
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Hello,
I am new to wet shaving.  Currently shaving with
Razor:Edwin Jagger DE89BA Barley Chrome. 
Soaps: Proraso Green, Wickham Sandalwood and Razorock XXX.  I bought Proraso, but received samples for Wickham and Razorock.
Preshave: Proraso Green, Art of shaving oil
Aftershave: Proraso Green and Mens grooming lounge aftershave.

Can someone suggest better choices for Soaps, Preshave and aftershave?

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 08-28-2016, 11:09 AM
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When i first started about 3 years ago I used Proraso green cream and aftershave. They are good products. Later I got into buying products with no or limited harsh ingredients and realized that not only was it food but hygiene products as well. For example toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, and... shaving products. So with that said I only buy shaving products with natural ingredients. (please spare me the lectures about dihydrogen monoxide, which is delicious). I recommend Mike's natural shaving soap and Barrister and Mann aftershave.

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 08-28-2016, 11:10 AM
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  • Mouser
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You've just got to try as many as you can for yourself. There are a few sites where you can get sample sizes and some manufacturers offer sample packs, like St. Johns of London. If you pay attention you may find someone on a forum whose tastes parallel your own, I have. Although his pockets are much deeper than mine if I see he's using a product it's a safe bet it'll work for me.

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 08-28-2016, 11:17 AM
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  • BobH
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(08-28-2016, 11:10 AM)Mouser Wrote: You've just got to try as many as you can for yourself. There are a few sites where you can get sample sizes and some manufacturers offer sample packs, like St. Johns of London. If you pay attention you may find someone on a forum whose tastes parallel your own, I have. Although his pockets are much deeper than mine if I see he's using a product it's a safe bet it'll work for me.


Yes, pretty much it. No sense asking what the best soap, or anything else is, because everyone's answers will vary. The trick really is to try a bunch and see what works best for you, samples are a very good way to go.

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 08-28-2016, 11:22 AM
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  • Steve56
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Welcome! I predict you will get a lot of answers. I don't use preshave products so I cannot help you there, but for the rest....

Soaps: start at the top. Castle Forbes, La Savonnerie du Moulin, ABC, Martin de Candre, Czech and Speake and if you like stronger fragrances, XPEC and Santa Maria Novella. You can get at least some of them as samples from Maggards Razors or Old Town Shaving and maybe Gary's Sample Shop.

After shave splash: I use mostly Myrsol products, my skin likes the Agua Balsamica.

Heavy After Shave Balms (good for winter or harsh weather) Antica Barbiera Colla (ABC) Apricot Hull, Myrsol Emulsion, 

Lighter Balms: The other ABC balms, Castle Forbes, Pre de Provence, Martin de Candre Huille Vegetal are all good.

Some of these products like MdC Huille Vegetal and the heavy balms are extremely rich and the amount you need is tiny compared to more average products. Some of them are easy to overdo it.

Cheers, Steve

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 08-28-2016, 11:23 AM
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 08-28-2016, 12:34 PM
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Thank you all for your suggestions.

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 08-28-2016, 12:35 PM
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Biren, if I may ask, where are you located?

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 08-28-2016, 12:43 PM
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If I could start all over again I would have purchased more samples as a new wet shaver.  It would have saved me a lot of money.  

When it comes to soaps and fragrances there are so many variables that depend on your preferences and skin type that although reviews and recommendations can be a very good place to start, they cannot substitute for you trying them yourself.

Get your hands on as many samples as you can.  Its a great way to experience a wide variety of products without breaking the bank.

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 08-28-2016, 12:58 PM
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 08-28-2016, 02:26 PM
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I would first ask a definition of 'better'? Is a $5 dollar item that gets the job done 'better' than a $10? If you have ethical considerations is Palm Oil soap in a aluminum dish 'better' than Tallow in plastic? Is there a scent that just makes you 'stop and smell the roses' maybe is roses? Does you inner Steve McQueen want to throw Pee Wee Herman out the door with product that Helen Reddy goes quiet over? Or maybe you just want a good shave and have some fun.

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 08-28-2016, 02:32 PM
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I would suggest to start with the classics. Arko, Cella and Tabac.

Arko most notably cause it's very inexpensive but the performance is undeniable, at least in my experience. It's not my favorite scent by any means but I am not bothered.

I have top tier soaps but Arko has a permanent spot in my den.

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 08-28-2016, 02:43 PM
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(08-28-2016, 02:32 PM)1Geralt Wrote: I would suggest to start with the classics. Arko, Cella and Tabac.

Arko most notably cause it's very inexpensive but the performance is undeniable, at least in my experience. It's not my favorite scent by any means but I am not bothered.

I have top tier soaps but Arko has a permanent spot in my den.


Very good suggestion this.

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 08-28-2016, 04:19 PM
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my recommendation would be to try some of the artisan soaps.  Mike's, Mystic Water, Cold River, Soap Commander, Mickey Lee, Barrister&Mann to name a few that all make great soaps and are affordable.

Czech & Speaker, Nuavia, Jabonman, also if you are willing to spend a little more money.

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 08-29-2016, 07:46 AM
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For price, variety of scents, slickness and customer service it's hard to beat Stirling.  Route 66 a close second IMV.

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 08-29-2016, 08:14 AM
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(08-28-2016, 12:35 PM)22bulldog Wrote: Biren, if I may ask, where are you located?

In Illinois

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 08-29-2016, 08:20 AM
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(08-29-2016, 07:46 AM)preidy Wrote: For price, variety of scents, slickness and customer service it's hard to beat Stirling.  Route 66 a close second IMV.

Yes, I checked out Stirling website.  Variety of soaps, samples and decent price.  Definitely ordering some samples. 
Thank you!

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 08-29-2016, 08:32 AM
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(08-29-2016, 08:14 AM)biren44 Wrote:
(08-28-2016, 12:35 PM)22bulldog Wrote: Biren, if I may ask, where are you located?

In Illinois

I've got some empty sample containers.  If you will PM me your address, I'll send you some samples (free of charge).

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 08-29-2016, 08:47 AM
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(08-29-2016, 08:32 AM)22bulldog Wrote:
(08-29-2016, 08:14 AM)biren44 Wrote:
(08-28-2016, 12:35 PM)22bulldog Wrote: Biren, if I may ask, where are you located?

In Illinois

I've got some empty sample containers.  If you will PM me your address, I'll send you some samples (free of charge).

Thanks for the offer Brad.  I sent you the PM.

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 08-29-2016, 09:19 AM
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  • ARGH
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I would also add to the mix:

Phoenix & Beau
OSP
Nanny's Silly (Tallow)

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