05-19-2017, 07:06 PM
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Is Fine close enough (scent and performance) to C&S, or is it worth the extra $$ for the real thing?

I love the Fine Lavender AS, but I need a new soap to go with it.

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 05-19-2017, 07:15 PM
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They're close.

C&S is richer and more complex. 

Fine isn't bad. It's a bit too heavy on the peppermint.

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 05-19-2017, 07:21 PM
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(05-19-2017, 07:15 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: They're close.

C&S is richer and more complex. 

Fine isn't bad. It's a bit too heavy on the peppermint.

How about performance wise?

Ever tried the C&S cologne?

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 05-19-2017, 07:28 PM
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Smell wise they are pretty close. In regards to which soap to choose, what are the most important aspects you need in a soap?

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 05-19-2017, 07:30 PM
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(05-19-2017, 07:28 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: Smell wise they are pretty close. In regards to which soap to choose, what are the most important aspects you need in a soap?

Cushion, protection, slickness and post shave.  Probably in that order.

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 05-19-2017, 07:52 PM
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(05-19-2017, 07:06 PM)22bulldog Wrote: Is Fine close enough (scent and performance) to C&S, or is it worth the extra $$ for the real thing?

I love the Fine Lavender AS, but I need a new soap to go with it.

Use the matching soap.  Fine makes soaps for each of their Aftershaves.  

I really, really like this company.  

I want them to make a clone of Pitralon.

ETA:  I mean, I think No. 88 is worth the money, when I have it.  When things got lean, I thought it was frivolous.  Now, the wheel of fortune is turning upward, for me, again, so maybe as a treat, for special occasions.  Not just any random Friday Night.  

When, and, where, would you use this aftershave?  For a night at the opera, with the Mrs?  Affirmative, this would be appropriate.  Going to the same local hangout, after your after-work shower?  No, just go with the Fine.

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 05-19-2017, 08:08 PM
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(05-19-2017, 07:30 PM)22bulldog Wrote:
(05-19-2017, 07:28 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: Smell wise they are pretty close. In regards to which soap to choose, what are the most important aspects you need in a soap?

Cushion, protection, slickness and post shave.  Probably in that order.


Although I haven't used either, if money isn't an issue, I think many users on TSN would highly recommend C&S.

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 05-19-2017, 08:46 PM
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Scent is one thing.

Performance is wonderful I think from both of them. Neither is really lacking anywhere for me. Hard pucks of tallow soap. 

For me the only reason I'd like to get C&S again is for the extra complexity of the fragrance. It's a Valobra soap base. If you've tried Valobra or the older version of Art of Shaving then it's a notch above that. It's probably not, but the richness of the scent makes it seem a smidgen better.

Fine is no slouch performance wise. The soaps and aftershaves Mr. Fine makes make great sets. They do smell alike and compliment each other.

For your money, you're not going to get a soap that's 5 times better. C&S is more refined smelling. It's not like it's profoundly going to change the way you think about shaving though. I did buy C&S again even though I have Fine's soap. Like had been said above, I save it for "special situations."

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 05-19-2017, 09:32 PM
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Excellent feedback all the way around.

Thank you, gentlemen.

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 05-20-2017, 04:19 AM
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Fine does an excellent job with matching both the aftershaves and the soaps they target. Of course, a few of the ones they make both aftershave and soap for only come in an aftershave in the original, no soaps, so there is no mile post to achieve but as far as the one in question, the original soap does have an extra something,  and I don't consider it more sophisticated,  just something. An almost claylike smell. The difference in fragrance and performance are extremely small and if you try to quantify them against cost they're not worth paying that much extra for, but if you have enough disposable income to where you just want better, its worth it.
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 05-20-2017, 05:31 AM
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I'll make this simple.

O&C is worth the extra money.
Soap, aftershave and EdT.

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 05-20-2017, 06:24 AM
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Every penny!

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 05-20-2017, 06:30 AM
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Fine are good soaps.
Valobra are the best. End of story.
You wouldn't be let down by either but C&S won't be beat, that's just the way it is.

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 05-20-2017, 08:18 AM
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(05-20-2017, 05:31 AM)Steelman Wrote: I'll make this simple.

O&C is worth the extra money.
Soap, aftershave and EdT.


I'll have to agree with this wholeheartedly.

C&S is in a whole other league...

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 05-20-2017, 01:00 PM
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(05-19-2017, 07:15 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: Fine isn't bad. It's a bit too heavy on the peppermint.

Peppermint? I thought the mint in O&C was spearmint? Am I wrong?

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 05-20-2017, 04:48 PM
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It's peppermint

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 05-20-2017, 04:50 PM
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I will add I like the Fine base more than Tabac's (the soap that Fine is based upon), if that helps.
But C&S is the pinnacle.

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 05-20-2017, 05:35 PM
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If you want the best soap and fragrance, that's Czech and Speake.

Cheers, Steve

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 05-21-2017, 10:44 AM
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(05-20-2017, 05:31 AM)Steelman Wrote: I'll make this simple.

O&C is worth the extra money.
Soap, aftershave and EdT.

O&C is almost three times as much. Is it three times better quantifiably? no. But if the difference in price is inconsequential to you and you just want "better", yes it's worth it. At least to me it is. I have other Fine soaps and I'm very happy with them. I also buy any Yardley soap I can get my hands on. Because they're the best ever.

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 05-26-2017, 11:44 PM
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(05-20-2017, 05:31 AM)Steelman Wrote: I'll make this simple.

O&C is worth the extra money.
Soap, aftershave and EdT.

Agreed.
I have both - o&c - worth it.

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