08-09-2012, 09:41 AM
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  • beartrap
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Just had my first shave with Otoko this morning. I didn't even try searching forums, have no idea if it was reviewed before, just had to state my opinion and not be affected by other reviews.
I don't like glycerin based soaps, I really don't, I've tried at least 6, from artisans to "big name" manufacturers and they just don't work for me.
That said...

Otoko Organics Wet Shave Essentials Shaving Soap
I think I am still in shock on how good it was, probably because I expected to be disappointed and I wasn't, I loved it.

Scent 8/10 - I am bad at describing scents but it's very fragrant, soft, full of pleasant non-chemical notes.
(Will get back to this in my conclusion)

Lathers 10/10 - I had loaded my damp Semogue 1305 for 10 seconds or less, added a drop of water and it exploded in mounds of lather, enough for at least 3 passes.

Skin care 10/10 - Really impressed on how moisturized my face felt after the shave.
(Will get back to this in my conclusion)

Price 5/10 - At $30 delivered to US it is way overpriced for what it is, 70g of this soap will not last long, cost per shave is not cheap.

Conclusion
I opted to skip the balm at the end, I felt there is really no need plus the scent was still lingering and I didn't want to cover it.
Very nice soap!
Would I buy it again? NO! At $30 there are better options. If someone decides to import it and sell it at reasonable price I might change my opinion ~~winking at Phil~~

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 08-09-2012, 09:57 AM
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Thank you for the review!

I've been curious and was going to post a query on the Otoko.
I haven't seen much at all except for Bruce's blog:

http://www.bruceonshaving.com/2011/01/28...ssentials/

And your results appear to be similar. It's too bad that the shipping cost to the States makes the soap so expensive. I guess that it's a case similar to MdC in that if you feel it so lather worthy, it's worth it to you to order. In your case, no but again, the review is much appreciated!

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 08-09-2012, 10:05 AM
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You can't compare this soap to MdC Smile
MdCs cost per shave is at least 6 times less.

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 08-09-2012, 10:22 AM
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Everyone I've seen that's tried this is very impressed. Thanks for the review. The price is to bad though.

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 08-09-2012, 11:02 AM
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Where did you buy this soap?

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 08-09-2012, 11:05 AM
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  • bullgoose
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I was gifted a tub and did not care for it. Essentially just another glycerin soap in my opinion. YMMV it appears.

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 08-09-2012, 12:40 PM
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(08-09-2012, 11:02 AM)Johnny Wrote: Where did you buy this soap?

http://www.shave-shack.com.au/index.php?...oductId=11

(08-09-2012, 11:05 AM)bullgoose Wrote: I was gifted a tub and did not care for it. Essentially just another glycerin soap in my opinion. YMMV it appears.

It always is Biggrin
I was really surprised myself, will try it again with big expectations and see if my opinion holds.

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 08-09-2012, 02:48 PM
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It is overpriced and a great soap

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 08-09-2012, 03:05 PM
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(08-09-2012, 11:05 AM)bullgoose Wrote: I was gifted a tub and did not care for it. Essentially just another glycerin soap in my opinion. YMMV it appears.

Thirty bucks (or even 20) for glycerin soap is excessive IMHO.

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 08-09-2012, 03:17 PM
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Yes it is, but it would make a good buy at $15, so if someone strikes a deal with manufacturer, it would fly.

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 08-09-2012, 10:59 PM
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I was given a sample of this soap , was not impressed with it at all . Col Conk was better ......

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 08-09-2012, 11:04 PM
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(08-09-2012, 10:59 PM)Rabidmonkey Wrote: I was given a sample of this soap , was not impressed with it at all . Col Conk was better ......

This is YMMV in its glory! Col Conk is better 24

Even modern Williams is better than Col Conk soaps.

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 08-10-2012, 01:05 AM
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(08-09-2012, 11:04 PM)beartrap Wrote:
(08-09-2012, 10:59 PM)Rabidmonkey Wrote: I was given a sample of this soap , was not impressed with it at all . Col Conk was better ......

This is YMMV in its glory! Col Conk is better 24

Even modern Williams is better than Col Conk soaps.
The Conk comment was not meant as a complement ... and Id rank all 3 mentioned as subpar soaps .....

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 08-10-2012, 06:47 AM
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Sounds not too bad but expensive for the quantity you get.

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 08-10-2012, 07:58 AM
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I love this soap. It seems to be very gentle on the skin and produces better lather than other glycerin soaps I have tried. Plus it has very few ingredients, which I always like.

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 08-10-2012, 08:06 AM
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Just some odd ball trivia but, the owner if the company is originally from Huntington Beach, Ca. So...it is an Australian company with california roots.

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 08-10-2012, 08:14 AM
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$10 for a glycerin soap is excessive

(08-09-2012, 03:05 PM)insomniac Wrote:
(08-09-2012, 11:05 AM)bullgoose Wrote: I was gifted a tub and did not care for it. Essentially just another glycerin soap in my opinion. YMMV it appears.

Thirty bucks (or even 20) for glycerin soap is excessive IMHO.

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 08-10-2012, 08:37 AM
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(08-10-2012, 08:06 AM)bullgoose Wrote: Just some odd ball trivia but, the owner if the company is originally from Huntington Beach, Ca. So...it is an Australian company with california roots.

Didn't know that. So, where is he getting his price point from? I don't see a big market for it except some "health/organic" lovers, which I always find debatable in the soap.

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 08-10-2012, 09:13 AM
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(08-10-2012, 08:37 AM)beartrap Wrote: Didn't know that. So, where is he getting his price point from? I don't see a big market for it except some "health/organic" lovers, which I always find debatable in the soap.

I am not sure where they arrived at the price. I am sure they have some sort of a justification and I am not questioning his manufacturing costs (and obviously the shipping cost from Australia). I am simply saying there are much better soaps for the money.

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 08-10-2012, 09:19 AM
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(08-10-2012, 09:13 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(08-10-2012, 08:37 AM)beartrap Wrote: Didn't know that. So, where is he getting his price point from? I don't see a big market for it except some "health/organic" lovers, which I always find debatable in the soap.

I am not sure where they arrived at the price. I am sure they have some sort of a justification and I am not questioning his manufacturing costs (and obviously the shipping cost from Australia). I am simply saying there are much better soaps for the money.

Absolutely agree on that. No glycerin soap should cost that much. Even without the shipping it's $20 locally. Looked at the ingredient list and see nothing expensive in there either. Oh well, I've tried it, I've stopped wandering, that's all.

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