09-04-2017, 06:19 PM
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I have sold a large part of my soap and cream collection, but I still have way too many left.

I have 10 baskets full of soaps and creams, many have never been used yet.
Each basket has between 20-25 soaps and creams in them.

I shave 3-4 times a week these days, most weeks 3 times.

If a cream/soap lasts for 25-30 shaves, I have enough creams and soaps to last me 35+ years.........
I sometimes think to myself how much easier it would be to choose a soap/cream of the day if I only had one basket with 20 products in it.

This brings me to the question: What would be my perfect 10 shaving soaps and perfect 10 shaving creams, if I can have only one from each manufacturer ?

What would be YOUR perfect 10 shaving soaps and shaving creams ?

My picks currently:

Castle Forbes Lavender
St. James Lavender-Geranium Sensitive skin
Santa Maria Novella v3
Esbjerg Sensitive
Penhaligon Endymion
Acca Kappa 1869 (old version)
Acqua di Parma Colonia
Alvarez Gomez
Musgo Real Classic

B&M Seville
CRSW Sandalwood
Caties Pink Grapefruit
Sapo Var 70.th
AOS Sandalwood Tallow
C&S 88
LPL Fougere
Tabula Rasa Dark Lavender
Jabonman Fougere
Nuavia Red

Let me hear your picks !

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 09-04-2017, 07:44 PM
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i don't even have 10... lol...  but there's my rotation

adp, xpec, xpec unscented, abc cream, abc soap, panama bolleis, and martin de candre unscented....

been eyeing Santa Maria Novella...

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 09-04-2017, 08:41 PM
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L&L Grooming
Crowne & Crane
Sudsy Soapery
Barrister & Mann Reserve
Wholly Kaw(Donkey)
Phoenix & Beau
Tallow & Steel
Saponificio Varesino

Honorable mention:

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 09-04-2017, 08:47 PM
  • pbrmhl
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  • Seattle
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I like this question.

Castle Forbes Lavender
Meissner Tremonia Exotic Elemi
Meissner Tremonia Strong 'N Scottish
Wm Neumann 1911
Wm Neumann 1907
Wm Neumann Heartwood
Wm Neumann Absolute Zero

Nuavia Rosso
Nuavia Blu
MdC Fougere
MdC Rose
L&L Grooming Mayflower
Any other L&L
B&M Seville
T+S Maya
Any Sudsy Soapery

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 09-04-2017, 09:35 PM
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I like reading lists like this. I don't have a lot creams that's why mine are mainly soaps.

Saponificio Varesino Stella Alpina
Saponificio Varesino Flying Mango 
Wholly Kaw (Donkey) Fougere Bouquete
Wholly Kaw (Donkey) King of Oud
Tallow & Steel Morocco
L&L Bandwagon
Mitchell's Wool Fat
DR Harris Windsor
Haslinger sheep's milk
Sudsy Soapery Frankincense & Myrrh

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 09-04-2017, 11:36 PM
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Well I don't even need 10 to be honest.
1. Panna crema nuavia rosa, verde and blu
2. Martin decandre agrumes, vetiver, rose and original
3. Abc
4. HTGAM pumpkin, cavendish and bay rum

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 09-05-2017, 12:36 AM
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These are my favourites and are not in any particular order.
MDC (Fougere and Scented)
Klar Seifen (All)
The Dead Sea Shaving Soap
Dr Harris (All except the Naturals)
Czech & Speake (have both) / Art of Shaving Sandalwood
La Savonniere du Moulin (Scented and Unscented)
Savon des Volcans Bon Berger (All)
Nuavia Red
Boellis Panama 1942

I Coloniali Mango Oil
Acqua di Parma (New)
Musgo Real (Orange Amber, Classic and Oak Moss)
Xpec Unscented
Santa Maria Novella (V.3)
St. James (All)
Alvarez Gomez
Meißner Tremonia Pots of Milk
Tabula Rasa Dark Lavender

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 09-05-2017, 02:51 AM
  • ARGH
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My 9 creams:

XPEC unscented
CF Lavender
Stone Cottage
Bulgarian Lavender

My top 10 soaps

Grooming Dept Patchouli
MDC Rose
Nuavia Rosa
CRSW Arctica
B&M Leviathan
C&S 88
Eufros Rosa Bourbon
A&E Revolution
Sterling Executive Man

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 09-05-2017, 03:41 AM
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I don't think that any soap or cream lasts for only 25-30 shaves. I've used the Nuavia Blu, a soft artisanal soap, about 20 times and it's still 80% full. And I load my brushes a lot. So it's more likely that you have closer to 120 years worth of shaves...

About the question, I'm quite happy with the Nuavia Rossa and Blu, the I Coloniali, the Savon de Volcans...

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 09-05-2017, 07:05 AM
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Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet 
Penhalgion's Sartorial 
Penhaligon's Endymion
Aqua Di Parma 
AOS Bourbon Kingsman LE
AOS Rose 
Castle Forbes Lime

I really wouldn't need 10 creams - But I will have to get back to you on soaps, it's harder than I thought  Tongue

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 09-05-2017, 07:57 AM
  • iamsms
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  • San Jose, CA
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Let's see if I can come up with a quick ten:


1. B&M Seville
2. Mystic Water Bay Rum
3. Nuavia Rossa
4. Stirling Scots Pine Sheep
5. CRSW bois floraux
5. C&S 88
7. Jabonman Vetiver de Haiti
8. MdC Rose
9. Mike's Barbershop
10. AoS Tallow Sandalwood


1. Speick
2. SMN
3. Castle Forbes Lavender
4. Baume.be
5. Nivea Sensitive
6. Poraso Sandalwood
7. Indian Old Spice
8. AoS Sandalwood
9. Body Shop Maca root

Not sure I have used any other cream from other Brands

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 09-05-2017, 08:37 AM
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Nice picks, Gentlemen, but I said only one from each manufacturer  Smile

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 09-05-2017, 08:41 AM
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Body shop Maca Root
ToBS Sandalwood
Truefitt & Hill Trafalgar
AoS Peppermint

SV Dolomito
Razorock Tuscan Oud
Proraso Sandalwood
Soap commander Integrity
WSP Fougere Noir

That's my rotation.

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 09-05-2017, 09:24 AM
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Cold River Soap Works Citron
Mikes Hungarian Lavender
Jabonman Rosa Bourbon


TOBS Sandalwood

Could get to 10 on soaps but those 3 are so good I wouldn't need 10.

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 09-05-2017, 12:12 PM
  • Steelman
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I've recently consolidated myself, Claus.
It's a great feeling.


MDC Fougere. Still my fav MDC scent.
Jabonman Eufros tallow tobacco
Saponificio Varesino Manna
AOS tallow sandalwood
C&S Oxford & Cambridge
Valobra Patchouli
Mike's Hungarian Lavender


Floris #89
Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet

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 09-05-2017, 12:51 PM
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Hard Soap
T&H Apsley
D. R. Harris Lavender
AoS tallow SW
Valobra U/s
C&S No.88
I Coloniali with Mango Oil
GFT TALLOW (Sandalwood, Almond)
GFT Eucris

Taylor Royal Forest
D. R. Harris Windsor/Arlington
GFT Eucris
T&H Apsley
St James Tonka & Tobacco Flower
I Coloniali with Rhubarb
Proraso C&V/W&S
AoS Sandalwood
SMN (v1, v3)
Forester XPEC Original

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 09-05-2017, 01:15 PM
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And I left these out from my collection, but they all could be in there:
I Coloniali soap
Savon des Moullins soap
Martin de Candre Fougere soap
Mike's Natural Lime soap
Klar Seifen Classic soap
Tabac soap
Boellis Panama soap
Antica Barbieria Colla (own both cream and soap, cream is slightly better)
Xpec Original cream
TF&H Ulimate cream
Floris 89 cream

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 09-05-2017, 02:14 PM
  • chazt
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The soaps and creams that remain in my den are on the list.

Only 2 creams; Proraso Red and Green

Soaps: Barrister & Mann (it's really difficult to choose only 1, Claus), Valobra, AoS tallow, LPL Oud-Santal, ASW Royal Fougere, MWF, P-Red.

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 09-05-2017, 02:28 PM
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I'll do a combined 10 as I'm more of a minimalist.

XPEC scented
ADP colonia
LPL Traditionale
MDC unscented
Proraso red
Castle Forbes lavender
B&M Seville
CRSW sandalwood

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 09-05-2017, 05:19 PM
  • Nero
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I only use a few brands nowadays but I've nearly tried them all. I actually have Nancy Boy (all three scents) and Biotique Bio Palmyra on the way, two brands that used to get lots of praise but we don't hear about them any more and for different reasons I've never tried them... will soon.

My choices for now...


Crabtree & Evelyn - Sienna
Czech & Speake - usually No. 88
AOS tallow - right now Lemon
Valobra - stick
Trumper tallow - Almond
Martin de Candre - Fougere
ASW - Royal Fougere
WSP - Gaelic Tweed
DR Harris - Almond
Savon du Midi - both equal Vetiver and Sandalwood (EXCELLENT shave soaps and no one talks about these)
SdBB - menthe stick


Floris - No. 89
Penhaligon's - Blenheim Bouquet
AOS - Rose Absolute
Crabtree & Evelyn - Sweet Almond Oil
Esbjerg - Grapefruit
Spencer & Devon - Spice
XPEC - Original (old version)
ASW - Royal Fougere
Acqua di Parma
Coate's - Lime or Lavender, depending on mood/time/season

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