09-05-2016, 05:57 PM
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I have seen plenty of reviews on both.  Which one to go with and what are their best scents?

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 09-05-2016, 06:15 PM
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I've had great customer service experiences with both.  If I am a newbie, and between those two, I would probably start w/ Stirling.  Mystic Water for some requires a certain amount of skill to achieve the best lather.  Might be best to practice on some easier lathering soaps first.  JMO.

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 09-05-2016, 07:14 PM
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I vote for Mystic Waters.  For whatever reason I just didn't care for the scents of five different Stirling soaps I tried, so I just stopped trying them, the lather was nice though.  Mystic Waters has excellent scents and one of the best lathers around.  I would argue that Mystic doesn't require any particular skill to lather it, it simply requires that you figure out what it takes to lather the soap, which is different than other soaps that simply lather themselves, but once you've figured it out it is no harder. You just need to know what to look for at the various stages of lather building.

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 09-06-2016, 01:24 AM
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I think Mystic River is a movie Wink

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 09-06-2016, 02:28 AM
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^ Lol, it is.


I vote for Stirling. 

Mystic is really slick, but I did find it harder to lather than usual. I'd love to try their new formula.

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 09-06-2016, 05:26 AM
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You can't go wrong with either one. Both have great scents and are about the same as far as slickness goes. I would give a slight edge to Mystic Waters because of the post shave feel.

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 09-06-2016, 07:17 AM
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Stirling tends towards synthetic-blend kinds of scents, Mystic Waters goes more towards simple natural scents. Both have good scents. My skin very rarely tolerates synth fragrances and I tend to prefer simple natural scents so my vote goes for Mystic Waters.

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 09-06-2016, 07:34 AM
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After doing this for three years now and trying just about everything, I've settled into just two soaps:  Stirling and Mystic Water.  I thought it was awesome that you started a thread about these two.

What I like about Stirling:
Very easy to lather.
Shave and post shave are 9/10 (for me)
Large variety of scents
You can get a matching aftershave or balm in the soap you use

Mystic Water:
Harder to lather.  But if you nail the lather, the shave and post shave are 10/10.  Takes practice but once you get the hang of it, getting a good lather is easy.
Scents are really, really good
The one tiny blemish about MW for me is that after a shave I often am left trying to figure out what aftershave or balm to use, because I never have anything that goes well with them.  But I continue to use MW because it's fantastic with a proper lather and the scents are great.

If for some reason I could only pick one, I'd probably go with Stirling.  The post shave difference is so negligible and I like being able to pair the soaps with aftershaves.

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 09-06-2016, 07:45 AM
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(09-06-2016, 07:34 AM)shakermaker41 Wrote: After doing this for three years now and trying just about everything, I've settled into just two soaps:  Stirling and Mystic Water.  I thought it was awesome that you started a thread about these two.

Wow! Only two soaps in your den! That is impressive. Thumbsup

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 09-06-2016, 08:57 AM
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I like them both.  

Mystic Water has more sophisticated scents, but I have found some Stirling scents that I like a great deal.  MW takes slightly longer to lather.  Both are slick; Stirling might be a hair slicker.  MW has better face feel after the shave, but Stirling is no slouch.  Both are very reasonably priced.  

Can't really go wrong, so long as you can find a scent that pleases you.

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 09-06-2016, 09:01 AM
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(09-06-2016, 07:45 AM)celestino Wrote:
(09-06-2016, 07:34 AM)shakermaker41 Wrote: After doing this for three years now and trying just about everything, I've settled into just two soaps:  Stirling and Mystic Water.  I thought it was awesome that you started a thread about these two.

Wow! Only two soaps in your den! That is impressive. Thumbsup

Two soap brands, not total soaps.  I think I currently have four Stirling and three MW Smile

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 09-06-2016, 09:04 AM
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(09-06-2016, 09:01 AM)shakermaker41 Wrote:
(09-06-2016, 07:45 AM)celestino Wrote:
(09-06-2016, 07:34 AM)shakermaker41 Wrote: After doing this for three years now and trying just about everything, I've settled into just two soaps:  Stirling and Mystic Water.  I thought it was awesome that you started a thread about these two.

Wow! Only two soaps in your den! That is impressive. Thumbsup

Two soap brands, not total soaps.  I think I currently have four Stirling and three MW Smile
Celestino only has one soap in his den... 24

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 09-06-2016, 09:14 AM
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(09-06-2016, 09:04 AM)primotenore Wrote:
(09-06-2016, 09:01 AM)shakermaker41 Wrote:
(09-06-2016, 07:45 AM)celestino Wrote: Wow! Only two soaps in your den! That is impressive. Thumbsup

Two soap brands, not total soaps.  I think I currently have four Stirling and three MW Smile
Celestino only has one soap in his den... 24

Laughing1

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 09-06-2016, 01:18 PM
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(09-06-2016, 09:01 AM)shakermaker41 Wrote: Two soap brands, not total soaps.  I think I currently have four Stirling and three MW Smile

I understood. I doubt most anyone, nowadays, would only have two pucks of soaps in their dens. I was just impressed that you only used TWO brands of soaps. Biggrin

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 09-06-2016, 04:34 PM
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I choose Stirling only because it's easier to lather. Both overwhelm me with too many scents to choose from. Call me boring but I prefer less choices like CRSW.

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 09-06-2016, 05:06 PM
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I have a number of items from Mystic River (some bath, some shave soaps), and Michelle does a great job with the scents. Her Orange spice tea is one of my sleeper favorites.

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 09-07-2016, 03:39 PM
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(09-06-2016, 09:04 AM)primotenore Wrote:
(09-06-2016, 09:01 AM)shakermaker41 Wrote:
(09-06-2016, 07:45 AM)celestino Wrote: Wow! Only two soaps in your den! That is impressive. Thumbsup

Two soap brands, not total soaps.  I think I currently have four Stirling and three MW Smile
Celestino only has one soap in his den... 24


Yes, but 999 scent variations

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 09-07-2016, 03:41 PM
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Great thread. I'm planning to acquire 16 MW soaps and 16 Stirling soaps to make my collection hit the 333 mark at the end of the year

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 09-07-2016, 03:43 PM
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In my experience Sterling is WAAAAY better than Mystic Water.

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 09-07-2016, 04:08 PM
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Stirling   l l l l l l

MW    l l l l

So far, Stirling has a slight lead.  Probably not surprising, MW is still plagued with its difficult to lather problems.  It is an interesting comparison because lately I have found certain similarities between the two.  For some reason, the Stirling lather has not been as stable as I had experienced earlier, but not as transient as MW.  

I should say that I have not binned my MW b/c I insist on getting it to work!!  Several NYers use MW so my problem cannot reside only in the water.  Maybe I'll go to Vancouver like I've always wanted to and visit Celestino for some hints.   Cool

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