01-30-2017, 12:38 PM
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At this point in my shave career so to speak, I have had the opportunity to experience some top tier soaps and creams.  Castle Forbes, Esbjerg, Baume.be, Tabac, Alvarez Gomez, LPL, MWF, SJoL, Penhaligon's, I Coloniali Cream, L&L, P&B, PB & J (wait, that was lunch) etc etc.  All fabulous soaps and creams.  However recently I began to compare based on performance and am finding that some of my sub $4.00/oz  soaps seem to be my benchmark for performance.

So my question is, what are some of your best performing sub $4.00/oz soaps and creams ???

For me:

Shannon's
Mystic Waters

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 01-30-2017, 12:50 PM
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I'd vote for Haslinger, easy to lather, slick and cheap to boot.

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 01-30-2017, 12:58 PM
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Palmolive, Arko, and Wilkinson Sword soap stick.

*Edit: I misread the thread as $4 per soap as opposed to $4/oz, nonetheless I stick to my original answer, perhaps with the addition of Mitchell's Wool Fat.

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 01-30-2017, 01:32 PM
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Strictly less than $4/oz I'd say B&M Latha, MW and Stirling are tops for me.  Right at $4 would be B&M Glissant (Seville).  For 70 cents more per ounce -- a few cents a shave -- you can get Savon Des Volcans Menthe Stick, one of the best soaps you can get IMHO and its super hard which means in terms of # of shaves it probably comes out to the same number you'd get for a sub $4/oz soap.

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 01-30-2017, 01:41 PM
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(01-30-2017, 01:32 PM)surfshaver Wrote: Strictly less than $4/oz I'd say B&M Latha, MW and Stirling are tops for me.  Right at $4 would be B&M Glissant (Seville).  For 70 cents more per ounce -- a few cents a shave -- you can get Savon Des Volcans Menthe Stick, one of the best soaps you can get IMHO and its super hard which means in terms of # of shaves it probably comes out to the same number you'd get for a sub $4/oz soap.

Difficult to beat Latha at their price point.

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 01-30-2017, 01:45 PM
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Here are my usual suspects.

Pre de Provence, about $13.50 for 5.25 oz, $2.57/oz. If you bought it on closeout at drugstore.com, it was $1.71/oz
Tabac, $9 for 4.4 oz at the Perfumania specials, $2 oz
Haslinger, about $6 for 3.2 oz, also about $2/oz
Provence Sante, $10 for 3.5 oz, about $3/oz
Acc Brito Lavande, about $8 for 3.5 oz, $2.20/oz

And my personal favorite if you're willing to go +5% over your limit from Ireland, Castle Forbes, $28.68 for 6.8 oz, $4.20/oz. Given it's concentration and performance, it's obvious.

Cheers, Steve

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 01-30-2017, 02:27 PM
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(01-30-2017, 12:50 PM)lestorfreemon01 Wrote: I'd vote for Haslinger, easy to lather, slick and cheap to boot.

+1
Haslinger Schafmilch at $3.76/ounce (60 gram puck) where I purchase it, is a superb soap at an irresistible price.  
Matching Schafmilch on the superb soap aspect, and beating it on price/ounce, is Mystic Water at $2.48/ounce (4 ounce puck).  
Not to be ignored:  Kiss My Face Lavender & Shea Moisture Shave at $1.09/ounce (100 ml TSA-
approved travel tube).

Of course, a cream, with a relatively high water content, has an unfair advantage over a soap puck when the comparison is strictly by weight, but comparisons of price per shave would be tricky, as then one gets into the triple-milled soap vs. softer soap aspects, also.

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 01-30-2017, 02:30 PM
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1) Sapone di Paolo
2) Shannon Soaps
3) Mikes Natural

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 01-30-2017, 02:40 PM
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(01-30-2017, 12:50 PM)lestorfreemon01 Wrote: I'd vote for Haslinger, easy to lather, slick and cheap to boot.
Come to think of it I have never tried Haslinger.  At that price point with the excellent reviews I am going to have to give it a shot.

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 01-30-2017, 03:25 PM
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Latha is number one for me at sub $4, followed by Stirling.

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 01-30-2017, 03:57 PM
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Mike's
MWF
Cella block

Creams

I Coloniali Rhubarb Softening Cream
LEA menthol cream (metal tube)

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 01-30-2017, 03:58 PM
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I may have missed it, but has anyone mentioned Speick stick?

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 01-30-2017, 07:00 PM
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My vote for the best cheapest soap is Arko in a tub.  However, at $4.00 per pounce, this question includes a lot of fine soaps.  To the list of those already been mentioned I'll add the new Asylum Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow.  Superb performance and a lovely subtle scent.

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 01-30-2017, 08:26 PM
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Sudsy Soapery
Soap Commander

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 01-30-2017, 08:40 PM
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Arko, LEA, Derby... you might have to shop around a bit, you you can get a lot of good soaps for cheap Smile

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 01-30-2017, 09:05 PM
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I can see no soap on this page that I would disagree with.  $4 per ounce takes in a lot of really good soaps.

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 01-31-2017, 02:53 PM
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A lot of people liking Latha in this thread, but I have to consider this soap as much more expensive than it seems.  I keep track of how many shaves I get from each puck of soap I buy and use.  I got a total of 34 shaves out of a 4-oz puck of Latha.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the soap; great lather, incredible scent (I had the Limon).  But 34 shaves is not very many.  

By way of contrast, I got well over 130 shaves from a puck of Mama Bear "glycerin soap" a few years ago.  And right now I'm working my way through a puck of Country Club for Men, which is much closer to Latha in terms of the lather it produces and the shaves I get.  I have 80 shaves on it right now and there is a LOT of soap left (granted this is a 6-oz puck, but if it were Latha in a 6-oz puck I would've run out of it at 51 shaves.  

So, cost per ounce is one way of measuring soap value, but cost per shave makes a lot more sense to me.  At $11 for a puck, each shave cost me 32 cents in soap cost alone.  There are a lot of good soaps that provide a less-expensive shave than Latha.

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 02-01-2017, 11:33 AM
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Mike's Natural.  

Price varies depending on the Essential Oils used and range between $12.50 to $19.00 per 5 ounce tin, where most are in the $14 range.  Lets see, that's $2.25 to $3.80 per ounce.

My favorite is Orange, Cedarwood and Black Pepper that costs $14.00 per tin, or $2.80 per ounce.

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 02-01-2017, 11:39 AM
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(01-31-2017, 02:53 PM)kingfisher Wrote: A lot of people liking Latha in this thread, but I have to consider this soap as much more expensive than it seems.  I keep track of how many shaves I get from each puck of soap I buy and use.  I got a total of 34 shaves out of a 4-oz puck of Latha.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the soap; great lather, incredible scent (I had the Limon).  But 34 shaves is not very many.  

By way of contrast, I got well over 130 shaves from a puck of Mama Bear "glycerin soap" a few years ago.  And right now I'm working my way through a puck of Country Club for Men, which is much closer to Latha in terms of the lather it produces and the shaves I get.  I have 80 shaves on it right now and there is a LOT of soap left (granted this is a 6-oz puck, but if it were Latha in a 6-oz puck I would've run out of it at 51 shaves.  

So, cost per ounce is one way of measuring soap value, but cost per shave makes a lot more sense to me.  At $11 for a puck, each shave cost me 32 cents in soap cost alone.  There are a lot of good soaps that provide a less-expensive shave than Latha.

Very true. I do not have the disciplinine required to log shaves per puck. I applaud those that do as it provides interesting data and another perspective to soap usage.

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 02-01-2017, 01:39 PM
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every year there's a buy one get one free xpec deal... so ends ups sub $4 

pretty hard to beat....

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