03-02-2017, 10:33 PM
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So I am use to people throwing bricks at me for saying this. I love Williams Mug Shaving Soap. I get great shaves with it and can still buy it local. Any one else love this one too?

There is no doubt it is a love or hate thing.

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 03-02-2017, 10:38 PM
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Bricks, no; sneers, yes.  Tongue  Just kidding - you could search history for plenty of two-camp positions on the soap.  In my opinion, because we've become so spoiled by so many modern shave soap choices, we forget that soaps like Williams are probably closer to what most men shaved with decades ago: simple, no fuss shave soap.  Doesn't change my opinion of the soap but there ya go.  Angel

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 03-03-2017, 12:41 AM
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Yes.... I do love Williams Mug shaving soaps I have 1 puck still going and 4 spare refill put away. Winky

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 03-03-2017, 12:47 AM
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I guess that is what I like most. Vintsge feel. I have probably 15 cakes of it. Even made some shave sticks.

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 03-03-2017, 04:20 AM
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Nothing wrong with Williams.  Enough guys like it that it's been around since 1840.  Use whatever works well for you.  I have a nice assortment of artisan soaps, but also like Arko.

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 03-03-2017, 06:05 AM
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(03-03-2017, 04:20 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Nothing wrong with Williams.  Enough guys like it that it's been around since 1840.  Use whatever works well for you.  I have a nice assortment of artisan soaps, but also like Arko.

I see a lot of new names in the artesian soap game too. I have been out of the online stuff for several months. I will have to see about a few.

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 03-03-2017, 12:28 PM
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  • Gabe
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(03-02-2017, 10:38 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Bricks, no; sneers, yes.  Tongue  Just kidding - you could search history for plenty of two-camp positions on the soap.  In my opinion, because we've become so spoiled by so many modern shave soap choices, we forget that soaps like Williams are probably closer to what most men shaved with decades ago: simple, no fuss shave soap.  Doesn't change my opinion of the soap but there ya go.  Angel

While I like vintage Williams, I can not get useable lather from the modern formula. Decades ago men were using vintage Williams which is very different than the modern formula. Reminds me a lot of Arko but less drying and without the scent. I can't imagine being able to walk into a drug store and purchasing the good formula Williams.  Or purchasing a Fatboy for $1.95 ($16 today).  Sbathroom_grooming_shaving_100-100

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 03-03-2017, 01:36 PM
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For the price it's excellent. I've used soaps for multiple dollars more that did not approach the quality of Williams. 

If you can track down some vintage pucks on ebay. They are truly fantastic. 

A bit drying so make sure to moisturize properly.

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 03-03-2017, 05:58 PM
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All good thoughts. I have used older and newer Williams. I get great lather snd shaves from it all. I wish I had some of the menthol but nevee got my hands on any.

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 03-04-2017, 11:13 AM
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I can't say I love it or hate it.  I've gotten it to work OK soaking it beforehand and using a ton of water, but it still dries out pretty fast. Performance isn't bad. I guess I'd say it's a viable option for someone on a budget.

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 03-06-2017, 07:58 AM
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Haven't had the pleasure of using vintage, but I like the modern just fine.

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 03-06-2017, 09:17 AM
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I would like to see the thoughts of those who enjoy modern Williams on modern Trumper soaps. To me they are basically the same (both terrible examples of shave soaps/lather), except no one likes modern Trumper and there are many fans (albeit the vast minority) of modern Williams.......

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 03-06-2017, 09:21 AM
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It's your shave. Enjoy it your way.

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 03-06-2017, 11:26 AM
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Works fine, I use it on occasion. Certainly not amongst my favorites but very usable and cheap.

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 03-06-2017, 12:54 PM
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A lot of us got hooked into wet shaving with the tag line, " shave like your father/grandfather did"  but the large majority of us pay way more money and attention to the soaps/creams we use than they did.
And thats just fine by me.

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 03-06-2017, 01:45 PM
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(03-03-2017, 12:28 PM)Gabe Wrote:
(03-02-2017, 10:38 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Bricks, no; sneers, yes.  Tongue  Just kidding - you could search history for plenty of two-camp positions on the soap.  In my opinion, because we've become so spoiled by so many modern shave soap choices, we forget that soaps like Williams are probably closer to what most men shaved with decades ago: simple, no fuss shave soap.  Doesn't change my opinion of the soap but there ya go.  Angel

While I like vintage Williams, I can not get useable lather from the modern formula. Decades ago men were using vintage Williams which is very different than the modern formula. Reminds me a lot of Arko but less drying and without the scent. I can't imagine being able to walk into a drug store and purchasing the good formula Williams.  Or purchasing a Fatboy for $1.95 ($16 today).  Sbathroom_grooming_shaving_100-100

This.  Vintage Williams is great, and its what vintage men used to shave with.  You are essentially being nostalgic for a past that never existed, in which men shaved with modern Williams.  Didn't happen. 

The modern formula is barely a shadow of its former glory.  Get one puck of vintage Williams at an antique store or off e-bay, try it once, and then get back to me.  

For the life of me I don't understand why Combe just can't go back to making the old formula!  I'd happily pay three times more than they charge for the modern stuff.

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 03-06-2017, 02:54 PM
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I've used both old and new and completely agree with the distinction.

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 03-06-2017, 03:18 PM
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(03-06-2017, 01:45 PM)kingfisher Wrote:
(03-03-2017, 12:28 PM)Gabe Wrote:
(03-02-2017, 10:38 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Bricks, no; sneers, yes.  Tongue  Just kidding - you could search history for plenty of two-camp positions on the soap.  In my opinion, because we've become so spoiled by so many modern shave soap choices, we forget that soaps like Williams are probably closer to what most men shaved with decades ago: simple, no fuss shave soap.  Doesn't change my opinion of the soap but there ya go.  Angel

While I like vintage Williams, I can not get useable lather from the modern formula. Decades ago men were using vintage Williams which is very different than the modern formula. Reminds me a lot of Arko but less drying and without the scent. I can't imagine being able to walk into a drug store and purchasing the good formula Williams.  Or purchasing a Fatboy for $1.95 ($16 today).  Sbathroom_grooming_shaving_100-100

This.  Vintage Williams is great, and its what vintage men used to shave with.  You are essentially being nostalgic for a past that never existed, in which men shaved with modern Williams.  Didn't happen. 

The modern formula is barely a shadow of its former glory.  Get one puck of vintage Williams at an antique store or off e-bay, try it once, and then get back to me.  

For the life of me I don't understand why Combe just can't go back to making the old formula!  I'd happily pay three times more than they charge for the modern stuff.
What would that come to? $5? Who wouldn't?

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 03-06-2017, 06:30 PM
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Modern Williams is not the same soap nor is it the same company that made the vintage product that our fathers and grandfathers might have used, so I've never understood the nostagia thing. The box is pretty close though.

Cheers, Steve

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 03-06-2017, 08:51 PM
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Any one have a list of the ingredients that are in the vintage?  What changed?

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