08-13-2012, 02:06 AM
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Col Conk's Bay Rum was my first exposure to bay rum - and it's very, very different than the scent of Krampert's Bay Rum... not to put too fine a point to it, the scent is markedly inferior to Brian's wonderful aftershave. It is not that Col Conk smells bad - far from it - it's just that Krampert's smells better...

That aside, the soap is pretty good for being a glycerin based soap - it lathers easily and abundantly, the lather has decent slip and cushion, and the lather don't collapse before I'm done shaving. The soap seems reasonable indifferent as to the brush I'm using, even if I find I have to load a soft brush for longer than a stiff brush - that probably holds true for all hard soaps though.

I have come to expect that glycerin soaps don't give as much moisture to the skin as tallow based soaps do, and Col Conk is no exception to that rule - use of a moisturizing aftershave afterwards is a must for me, even if your mileage may vary on that. As several of you already knows, my aftershave of preference is Krampert's finest - and after using Col Conk's Bay Run what better way to round off the shave than some of Krampert's bay rum?

Overall I can recommend Col Cok if you're in the marked for a glycerin based soap that gives a smooth shave - but look to the tallow based soaps if you're after something that don't leave your skin feeling dry afterwards.

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 08-13-2012, 08:03 AM
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Hans :

thanks again for your inputs with this soap.

Pretty good,my friend?I would say its rubbish!Seriously,one of the worst shaving soaps that I have tried,with the Col Conk Lime and Almond!

The Van Der Hagen De Luxe are much better shaving soaps,and usually the same price (or cheaper) than this ones.

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 08-13-2012, 08:06 AM
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I've only had one Col. Conk (lime) and it was so unimpressive that it heads my list of "Don't buy again". I'm glad you can get something useable out of it Hans, as I sure couldn't.

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 08-13-2012, 08:21 AM
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Hate to crap on the reviews but this really is the worst soap I've tried out of at least 100. YMMV of course and thanks for the review.

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 08-13-2012, 08:48 AM
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Hans, do you have soft water?

BTW, I haven't used the soap.

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 08-13-2012, 10:18 AM
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I kind of like the Conk bay rum soap. Just as the seed post says, it worked fine for me. Pleasant scent, easy lathering, a smooth ride for my blades.

I remember reading on one of these boards that the Conk line of soaps is mfd. by VDH.

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 08-13-2012, 12:33 PM
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YMMV as always... it gives me a decent shave, but not as good as a tallow based soap does.

Brian, as far as I know my water is pretty middle of the tree; not particularly soft but far from hard.

/Edit: Okay, so I checked the website of our local waterworks. We get our water from the major basin of Lake Vansjø, taken at a depth of 25m and treated. It is considered 'soft water' with a rating of 3-5 °dH - "German hardness degrees" / dGH - which should equal 53 to 89 ppm CaCO3 / 30 to 50 ml CaCO3 per liter... according to their site we're most of the time closer to 3, but they don't start treating the water until it passes 5. As far as I can tell we have much softer water than most of the continental US.

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 08-13-2012, 01:03 PM
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I like Conk's Bay Rum, Lime and Amber far more than the VDH soaps.

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 08-13-2012, 01:07 PM
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Col Conk was one of the first Bay Rum soaps I ever used.....and I still do occasionally.....I love the smell! My area has quite soft water so I get a respectable lather. However for Bay Rum soap.....I now use mainly Ogallala products

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