08-05-2012, 08:57 AM
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Which would be better soap or cream and which lasts longer of the two

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 08-05-2012, 09:14 AM
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It's a personal preference to many. Soaps in general last longer but a bit longer to load the brush.

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 08-05-2012, 09:37 AM
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What are you using now? Have you ever tried soaps or creams? Which do you prefer?

I received, as a gift from Gifts & Care, a tube of Lea cream & a stick of Lea soap some time ago. I gave them both a good honest try, but I just couldn't find any love for the cream. For me, the stick seemed to outperform the cream, and was easier for me to use. Don't get me wrong - the cream worked okay, and different brands would most likely yield different results.

If cream was all I had, then it would probably be okay. But, before getting into traditional wet shaving, canned goo was all I had, & it worked okay. Get the picture?

I just began my second month of Arko stick exclusively. The more I use it, the more I become accustomed to it, the better I like it.

That's just my opinion - YMMV!

~Frank

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 08-05-2012, 10:24 AM
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Cream is hard to find with tallow in the ingredients. However, GFT is one of my favorite soaps and comes in cream form.

Soap lasts longer in general. Probably because you only use as much product as needed, instead of using enough to make several bowls full of lather.

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 08-05-2012, 10:25 AM
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I haven't tried soaps in a long time and now all I do is cream cause it's easier to use

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 08-05-2012, 10:30 AM
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Creams are easier to use,thats true,this is why so many people prefer them.
I personally prefer triple milled shaving soaps,but I do shave with shave creams too,or "croaps",as we refer to the soft Italian soaps/creams (Acqua Di Parma,Santa Maria La Novella)...
Also creams are more heavily scented than many shaving soaps,so thats a plus.
Skin care wise,soaps offers me a better protection.

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 08-05-2012, 10:30 AM
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I'm probly going to get mamma bear since the price is reasonable

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 08-05-2012, 10:47 AM
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It's a glycerin based soap, triple milled soaps are different in both lathering and lather building.

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 08-05-2012, 10:54 AM
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I don't like glycerin based soaps as much.

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 08-05-2012, 10:55 AM
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(08-05-2012, 10:30 AM)Tylerbrycen Wrote: I'm probly going to get mamma bear since the price is reasonable

Coming from creams and wanting to try some soaps that lather easy and are very affordable I'd highly recommend the La Famiglia range from RazoRock. $7 for 125mL.

(08-05-2012, 10:54 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: I don't like glycerin based soaps as much.

Amen!

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 08-05-2012, 11:50 AM
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I prefer soaps over creams.

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 08-05-2012, 11:56 AM
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Soaps rule and creams drool. That's why there's more water in a cream!

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 08-05-2012, 12:24 PM
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That is true I feel liked have to use more water for a cream

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 08-05-2012, 12:26 PM
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(08-05-2012, 12:24 PM)Tylerbrycen Wrote: That is true I feel liked have to use more water for a cream

Not quite what I meant. Creams are just watered down soaps. Or vice versa soaps are dried out creams.

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 08-05-2012, 12:57 PM
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Soaps for me as well. Or Croaps

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 08-05-2012, 03:12 PM
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I love my soaps, creams and croaps but tend to lean a bit in favor of creams. Soaps do tend to last forever though.

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 08-05-2012, 03:30 PM
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I use both but I have far more soaps.

Creams are easier to use. I suppose I have more soaps because they can stay on a shelf for decades and still be good. It might be that long before I use any product up.

Have you considered locally available products? It's a rare place in the US where you can't find Kiss My Face(KMF)(pretty much any natural food store) or Bigelow cream (Bath and Body Works). They are rock solid performers.

Pay no attention to tallow or not. Do your homework and see what folks on the SOTD and in the soap/cream sections have to say. If it's junk and someone uses it they'll mention it. Or you can ask as you did here.

Can't help with Mama Bears.

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 08-05-2012, 03:31 PM
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I have creams that I like and I have Soaps (glycerin and triple milled) that I like.

on the other hand I have had both creams and soaps that I won't buy again. It is a personal preference and to some extent a YMMV.

If you like a cream or a soap use it if not move on and try something else. There are a lot of options available.

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 08-05-2012, 03:58 PM
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I really agree with this statement, especially since I am a relative newcomer to wetshaving at just under a year.

If a cream is all that you've been using, you may be frustrated with a glycerin based soap like Mama Bear's the first few times you attempt to lather up. I know that I was.

Mama Bear's is a great product if one likes a glycerin soap and you certainly can find it's sweet spot but I agree that a product like RazoRock's LaFamiglia's line will prove MUCH easier for your first experience with a shave soap. It's just fantastic stuff at a fantastic price that's easy to use.

After that, you'll gain the experience and can move on to whatever you want without the frustration.


(08-05-2012, 10:55 AM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(08-05-2012, 10:30 AM)Tylerbrycen Wrote: I'm probly going to get mamma bear since the price is reasonable

Coming from creams and wanting to try some soaps that lather easy and are very affordable I'd highly recommend the La Famiglia range from RazoRock. $7 for 125mL.

(08-05-2012, 10:54 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: I don't like glycerin based soaps as much.

Amen!

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 08-05-2012, 04:24 PM
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(08-05-2012, 10:54 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: I don't like glycerin based soaps as much.

Me either.I will go for triple milled soaps first.

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