Poll: Do You Prefer Small or Large Soap Containers
 07-14-2017, 04:27 PM
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I measured all of the soap containers in my rotation.  Some are 3.00", which I'll call "small" for purposes of this poll.  Others range from 3.25" to 4.00", which I'll call "large" for purposes of this poll.  The question is, do you prefer "small" or "large" soap containers?  I can live with the small containers, but they do create a mess, particularly when lathering with a larger brush.  Overall, I don't see what benefit a small container confers on the user.  The small containers are good when traveling, but I'm not convinced the smaller size makes a meaningful difference for travel purposes.

Which of you prefer - small or large soap containers?  Cast your vote.

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 07-14-2017, 04:32 PM
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  • doc47
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The only advantage I see to small containers is that you can store (possess, own, hoard) more of them in the same space you would large soaps.Wink

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 07-14-2017, 04:34 PM
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(07-14-2017, 04:32 PM)doc47 Wrote: The only advantage I see to small containers is that you can store (possess, own, hoard) more of them in the same space you would large soaps.Wink

Cast your vote Dan!

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 07-14-2017, 04:37 PM
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  • doc47
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(07-14-2017, 04:34 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(07-14-2017, 04:32 PM)doc47 Wrote: The only advantage I see to small containers is that you can store (possess, own, hoard) more of them in the same space you would large soaps.Wink

Cast your vote Dan!
I voted before posting  Angel

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 07-14-2017, 04:38 PM
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(07-14-2017, 04:37 PM)doc47 Wrote:
(07-14-2017, 04:34 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(07-14-2017, 04:32 PM)doc47 Wrote: The only advantage I see to small containers is that you can store (possess, own, hoard) more of them in the same space you would large soaps.Wink

Cast your vote Dan!
I voted before posting  Angel

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 07-14-2017, 04:43 PM
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I hate small containers, especially small metal containers.

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 07-14-2017, 05:23 PM
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 07-14-2017, 05:24 PM
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I voted for large, tube SC when traveling... no metal containers for me either Nono .

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 07-14-2017, 05:33 PM
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  • garyg
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Concurred - I won't even grudge the small ones an advantage while traveling - a soap stick is far better for both lathering and packing.  I usually retain factory containers, but will re-home something that is either too small for a brush, or, just as bad in my opinion, filled to excess (think Brutalt Bra)

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 07-14-2017, 05:37 PM
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Large by a mile. 

I actually won't even purchase a soap if it's in one of those tiny little tins, I've been fooled once or twice though as some pictures are misleading.  It could be filled with liquid gold and I'd pass it by.  I can deal with (large) tubs filled to the top, I can deal with bad/poor graphic label design and I can even deal with non water proof labels, just no tins that are 1/4 inch larger than the flare of my brush!

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 07-14-2017, 05:46 PM
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(07-14-2017, 05:37 PM)Username taken Wrote: Large by a mile. 

I actually won't even purchase a soap if it's in one of those tiny little tins, I've been fooled once or twice though as some pictures are misleading.  It could be filled with liquid gold and I'd pass it by.  I can deal with (large) tubs filled to the top, I can deal with bad/poor graphic label design and I can even deal with non water proof labels, just no tins that are 1/4 inch larger than the flare of my brush!

I understand your position, but I expect there are different views on this.  People may prefer a larger container, but that may not affect what they buy.  I prefer larger containers, but if I like a soap I'll get it regardless of the container size.

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 07-14-2017, 06:51 PM
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I'm new to making lather, about 5 months now and have 90% creams over soaps. I read your thread and got out my tape measure to survey my limited collection of containers.
All the creams are in 3" plastic jars. Size makes no difference if I'm scooping some out to put on my brush, but I've started to "load" from the jar and I find the amount of freeboard has more of an effect on the mess factor than the diameter.
The two soaps that I've used are 3" & 3-1/4" tins. Interestingly that extra 1/4" makes a difference that's noticeable to me. That said I just ordered my second tin of WSP Black Orchid even though it comes in this tiny little 3" diameter tin.

RON

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 07-14-2017, 06:57 PM
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  • MaxP
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Where are the voting buttons???

Whatever.

I vote LARGE

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 07-14-2017, 07:11 PM
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Large containers. No tin.

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 07-14-2017, 07:39 PM
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I would even prefer larger than the standard large containers we see used currently. I'm a big brush kind of guy and a 5-6' diameter container would be great actually.

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 07-15-2017, 12:26 AM
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(07-14-2017, 06:51 PM)RetroRon Wrote: I'm new to making lather, about 5 months now and have 90% creams over soaps. I read your thread and got out my tape measure to survey my limited collection of containers.
All the creams are in 3" plastic jars. Size makes no difference if I'm scooping some out to put on my brush, but I've started to "load" from the jar and I find the amount of freeboard has more of an effect on the mess factor than the diameter.
The two soaps that I've used are 3" & 3-1/4" tins. Interestingly that extra 1/4" makes a difference that's noticeable to me. That said I just ordered my second tin of WSP Black Orchid even though it comes in this tiny little 3" diameter tin.

RON

I prefer large containers, but I have three Asylum and one WSP soaps.  If I like the soap, I'll deal with the smaller container.

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 07-15-2017, 12:28 AM
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(07-14-2017, 06:57 PM)MaxP Wrote: Where are the voting buttons???

Whatever.

I vote LARGE

The buttons are on the left of each of the options.  19 guys have voted already.

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 07-15-2017, 03:52 AM
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  • Sully
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I prefer large containers.  I have several "travel" containers of soap and they are such a pain to use I don't take them when I travel, I take large sized containers.

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 07-15-2017, 03:57 AM
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Large and no metal tins for me. For soaps, the larger the better. Most of my brushes are in the 28mm-30mm range. I prefer a smaller size if it's a cream that I don't have to load from the tub, just dip the tips or scoop out a small amount.

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 07-15-2017, 04:42 AM
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  • Nero
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All else equal, I would go medium/large, but I wouldn't choose a worse soap over a better soap based upon any aspect of the packaging.

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