07-22-2017, 04:20 AM
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(07-22-2017, 04:13 AM)Mouser Wrote:
(07-21-2017, 01:07 PM)primotenore Wrote: Score... Biggrin
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That gets an "attaboy!" From me. Well done Primo.
Thank you my vintage junkie cohort. Wondering if I should (and I am tempted to) grate the soap and press it back into the bowl? Opinion?

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 07-22-2017, 04:42 AM
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(07-21-2017, 01:07 PM)primotenore Wrote: Score... Biggrin
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Clap  Primo, I would use that vintage gem just the way it is, and not grate it.

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 07-22-2017, 04:44 AM
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(07-22-2017, 04:42 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(07-21-2017, 01:07 PM)primotenore Wrote: Score... Biggrin
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Clap  Primo, I would use that vintage gem just the way it is, and not grate it.
Thanks for the advice Ricardo.

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 07-22-2017, 11:00 AM
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(07-21-2017, 05:53 PM)vuk Wrote: I think a lot of the decisions get made post acquisition in a windowless corporate office. AOS was reformulated after P&G took over. It was also P&G who axed Old Spice shave soap in 1991 shortly after they took over the company.
Williams was reformulated each time it changed hands about 5-6 times since the 70's. I doubt Combe even 'makes' the soap anymore and just buys soap noodles and process it into the abomination we know today.

I'm surprised AOS tallow is still on ebay, that guy must have sold a couple thousand pucks already.

The dude probably bought out the warehouse & has a couple pallet's worth.

As for William's, the death knell was Van Der Hagen. Better smell, better packaging, good enough quality. They slowly (or quickly) just ate up the shelf space that William's once took up. It was inevitable it would get the axe.

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 07-25-2017, 11:48 AM
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(07-22-2017, 04:20 AM)primotenore Wrote:
(07-22-2017, 04:13 AM)Mouser Wrote:
(07-21-2017, 01:07 PM)primotenore Wrote: Score... Biggrin
[Image: 1c1Rjc2.jpg]

That gets an "attaboy!" From me. Well done Primo.
Thank you my vintage junkie cohort. Wondering if I should (and I am tempted to) grate the soap and press it back into the bowl? Opinion?

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 07-25-2017, 11:58 AM
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(07-25-2017, 11:48 AM)Mouser Wrote:
(07-22-2017, 04:20 AM)primotenore Wrote:
(07-22-2017, 04:13 AM)Mouser Wrote: That gets an "attaboy!" From me. Well done Primo.
Thank you my vintage junkie cohort. Wondering if I should (and I am tempted to) grate the soap and press it back into the bowl? Opinion?

Sorry to take so long Primo. Theres a few things that can help with the dryness. Ive tried each one of the following on various Yardleys.
One thing is just use it. Eventually it will absorb and hold some moisture . You can also pour some hot water on the top and just let it sit a few hours . I have also grated one, put it gratings in a baggie, added a few drops of lavender EO, shook it up and let it sit overnight  before pressing it back into the bowl. This was with one, my oldest from around 1939 ( i know because i saw the same style bowl in a 1939 magazine Christmas ad ), that had lost all its fragrance. All methods worked fine for me.

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 07-25-2017, 02:23 PM
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Now the most recent one I  picked up, although being as old as my previous oldest one, was remarkable in how fragrant and, would moist be the word? Certainly not dry.  It still had the cellophane seal around it but that crumbled off as soon as I  picked it up. It has all the original literature  which is quite a lot. I've  always espoused that they are meant to be used but I  can't bring myself to mar it in any way. Even the tin of brillantine is untouched.

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 07-25-2017, 02:32 PM
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A shot of the box.
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And I  got it for 40 bucks. I followed that with an unopened card of Personna 74s for 11 clams. I immediately ran out and wasted $10 on lottery tickets.

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 07-25-2017, 02:34 PM
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(07-25-2017, 02:23 PM)Mouser Wrote: [Image: 3RYTdKW.jpg]
Now the most recent one I  picked up, although being as old as my previous oldest one, was remarkable in how fragrant and, would moist be the word? Certainly not dry.  It still had the cellophane seal around it but that crumbled off as soon as I  picked it up. It has all the original literature  which is quite a lot. I've  always espoused that they are meant to be used but I  can't bring myself to mar it in any way. Even the tin of brillantine is untouched.

Mouser, I've always believed vintage soaps should be used.  However, that is such a nice complete set that I can see why you would want to display it untouched.

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 07-25-2017, 02:48 PM
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(07-25-2017, 02:32 PM)Mouser Wrote: A shot of the box.
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And I  got it for 40 bucks. I followed that with an unopened card of Personna 74s for 11 clams. I immediately ran out and wasted $10 on lottery tickets.
Amazing find. You definitely had some good karma! Thanks for sharing. I have a difficult time string something like I just bought, because I have so many underway. I would love to just finish one before I break open another.

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 07-27-2017, 04:08 AM
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(07-25-2017, 02:34 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(07-25-2017, 02:23 PM)Mouser Wrote: [Image: 3RYTdKW.jpg]
Now the most recent one I  picked up, although being as old as my previous oldest one, was remarkable in how fragrant and, would moist be the word? Certainly not dry.  It still had the cellophane seal around it but that crumbled off as soon as I  picked it up. It has all the original literature  which is quite a lot. I've  always espoused that they are meant to be used but I  can't bring myself to mar it in any way. Even the tin of brillantine is untouched.

Mouser, I've always believed vintage soaps should be used.  However, that is such a nice complete set that I can see why you would want to display it untouched.

I imagine if things stay as they are I will use it some day when my others are used up. My chase now is for, (A) the Black Label version of Yardley shave soap and (B) though only possible if I win the lottery, Rooney "Finest" brushes. Style1&3.

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