12-18-2016, 09:08 PM
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I've seen some other threads about this but they're a few years old and don't take into account new/changed products. I've got hard water. So a lot of the shaving creams and soaps I have don't lather up as well as they could in other environments. Yes, I know I could do a "superlather" or add some distilled water to make a better lather but what lathers up and performs well on its own? For me DR Harris perform exceptionally in hard water. What has worked for you?

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 12-18-2016, 09:49 PM
  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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I too have hard water. A few exceptional performers for me include: Tabula Rasa, La Savonniere du Moulin, Savon Du Bon Berger and Czech & Speake

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 12-19-2016, 01:31 AM
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As Phil states:

Tabula Rasa
Savonniere du Moulin
Czech & Speak

I might add:
AOS Tallow (same Valobra base as Czech & Speak)
Martin de Candre (not my preference during winter because of slight dry post shave feel, but great for summer)
Barrister & Mann (lathers as easily as MDC, just way better post shave feel)
Acqua Di Parma cream in pot
Portus Cale (contains SLS though)
Saponificio Varesino (I own all 8, very easy to lather for me)
Meißner Tremonia Paste (I own 8, all very easy to lather, better performance than the harder MT soaps)
Wickham 1912
Phoenix & Beau
Castle Forbes (actually not that easy, but once you know to have patience and keep adding water to the lather, 5-6 drops at a time, CF is arguably the best cream out there, beating Xpec, ABC, ADP and Baume)
Baume.Be cream (lathers immediately)
Caties Bubbles lux formula
Cella Brick

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 12-19-2016, 05:24 AM
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Miami has very hard water.   The following soaps in my rotation lather very well in my hard water:

Sapone di Paolo

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 12-19-2016, 05:54 AM
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Barrister and Mann is tops for me but Claus has listed all of the soaps that come to mind. I would add cella.

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 12-19-2016, 08:00 PM
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(12-19-2016, 05:54 AM)ultra~nova Wrote: Barrister and Mann is tops for me but Claus has listed all of the soaps that come to mind. I would add cella.

Cella added.
I own the 1 kg brick. I agree. Lathers very fast. Great soap.

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 01-04-2017, 09:27 PM
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Yanks: Barrister and Mann, especially Latha.  L&L Grooming. Mike's.  Stirling.

Euros: Savon des Volcans, SMN, Valobra.  RR XXX.  And Proraso.  It may not be my best performing product but it lathers like a champ.

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 01-04-2017, 11:40 PM
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AOS tallow (valobra)
Local Gent

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 01-07-2017, 04:05 AM
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MdC is seriously easy to lather, along with Haslinger.

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 01-09-2017, 07:30 PM
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Not to derail the thread, but... 
Last year, I decided to add a water softener to my home plumbing. As expected, this has changed my lather/shaves, but I would say it has been more of a lateral move than a vertical move. Soft water hasn't magically made shaving products work better for me, not by a stretch. Perhaps I will start the "what creams/soaps perform best in 'soft' water" thread.

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 01-09-2017, 09:09 PM
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I can usually get most soaps to work with my hard water. 

Only one I tossed in rage was Mitchell's Wool Fat.

I've given up on soaps and creams even before. Irritation or scents that disagreed with me. 

Mitchell's Wool Fat and Erasmic stick were like sidewalk chalk for me. 

A new one I got recently that lathers well, Godrej Round. Priced right. Smells good. It's similar to the ease of Arko. 

Dr. Selby's works great for me too.

B&M and Stirling are nice. MdC is easy as pie. 

I suppose I just decided long ago to load my brush more, load a little extra, and then load some more with just about every product.

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 01-10-2017, 09:05 AM
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I have not had issues with any commercial hard Soap. Just a matter of using the right amount of product. Artisans I don't have much experience with. My water is 15 ppm

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 01-12-2017, 03:51 AM
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I get around this by heating purified water in my electric kettle.  That goes right into my shaving bowl.  The other advantage is that it heats up my tea water at the same time.

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 01-20-2017, 11:32 AM
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CRSW and Eufros are very easy lathered. MNS also great soap.

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