09-27-2017, 04:14 AM
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One of my favorite scents in shaving is Penhaligon's English Fern.  I am wondering if there is any soap company currently producing something that smells similar?  In the past I tracked down some vintage tallow pucks that I paid way too much for and was so disappointed in the performance of the lather.  I know there are people out there who love the performance of that vintage tallow, I am not one of them.  I recently finished off my last tallow puck that I would use with a bit of XPEC unscented cream to create a super lather just because the scent is amazing.  Hoping to find a soap being made now that is close to English Fern in scent.  Please help me locate one.

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 09-27-2017, 04:20 AM
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 09-27-2017, 04:50 AM
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(09-27-2017, 04:20 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Asylum Royal Fougere.

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=...al+Fougere

Do you find this one to be a pretty good take on English Fern Ricardo?

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 09-27-2017, 05:34 AM
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I'm also a fan of English Fern, and am equally disappointed with vintage Penhaligon's soaps. I with they would make it with their current soap formulation, as they perform fairly well. I haven't found anything close to English Fern. I do pick up a little of the English Fern scent in Asylum Royal Fougere. It's a very nice soap, and when I follow it up with English Fern EdT, that's about as close as I can get.

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 09-27-2017, 05:35 AM
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I think Wickham Soap Co. Irish Fern is very close to the puck of Penhaligon English Fern I have. 

Wickham veg formula. It's in the 1912 line. Irish Fern. 

It's the kind of veg soap that if I didn't see it on the label I would think it was tallow soap.

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 09-27-2017, 06:45 AM
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(09-27-2017, 04:50 AM)merkur man Wrote:
(09-27-2017, 04:20 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Asylum Royal Fougere.

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=...al+Fougere

Do you find this one to be a pretty good take on English Fern Ricardo?

Nathan, I would not call it a clone of English Fern but I pick up some similarities.

The reviews on the BullGoose website may interest you.  A number of the reviewers favorably compared Royal Fougere to English Fern.

https://bullgooseshaving.com/collections...-soap-125g

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 09-27-2017, 09:44 AM
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I am a big fan of EF scent and I've tested many many soaps trying to get the closer one: MDC Fougere, Eufros Fougere, Wickham Irish Fern, B&M Imperiale Aromatique and Beaudelaire, WK Fougere Bouquet, LPL Fougere, Queen Charlotte soap Fougere, CRSW Fougere Moderne, LASSCO Topanga and Blackfern, L&L TSM Fougere, Asylum Fougere Royale.

Without any doubt the Asylum is the closer one IMO.

You should definitely try it, you will not be disappointed and probably end acquiring all the products from this line. Phil did a wonderful job about this scent!

It's definitely my favorite scent ;-)

I have just ordered B&M Reserve Fern to try a new one

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 09-27-2017, 10:17 AM
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Ginger's Garden Fougere Fern is the closest match I have found and I'd say it's pretty darn close.

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 09-27-2017, 10:19 AM
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This thread is going to end up costing me money.

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 09-27-2017, 10:23 AM
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(09-27-2017, 10:19 AM)bakerbarber Wrote: This thread is going to end up costing me money.

Just start with the Asylum, and it won't cost too much Biggrin  
It is a mix of English Fern and Trumper's Wild Fern (which is very similar, just more herbal).

Royal Fougere is the closest... but be different and go with the Cream (which is really a croap)... it's easier to load (much larger container) and I think the performance is even better than the amazing soap version.  

Better yet, get the cream/croap and soap!  And aftershave!  Ooops... now it cost a little more again Smile

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 09-27-2017, 01:07 PM
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You may know how I feel about scents. Most of the time I can do without 'em. ASWRF I like.

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 09-27-2017, 01:11 PM
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Is the new B&M Fern a take on Penhaligon?

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 09-27-2017, 01:48 PM
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I gave up looking.  

When I want EF, I spray English Fern EdT on unscented soaps & creams.

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 09-27-2017, 04:08 PM
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(09-27-2017, 01:48 PM)Steelman Wrote: I gave up looking.  

When I want EF, I spray English Fern EdT on unscented soaps & creams.

+1

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 09-27-2017, 06:53 PM
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(09-27-2017, 01:48 PM)Steelman Wrote: I gave up looking.  

When I want EF, I spray English Fern EdT on unscented soaps & creams.


+2

Cheers, Steve

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 09-27-2017, 09:25 PM
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(09-27-2017, 10:19 AM)bakerbarber Wrote: This thread is going to end up costing me money.

+1

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 09-29-2017, 03:18 PM
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Fern scents are fantastic. I love tiki fougere.

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 09-29-2017, 04:12 PM
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(09-27-2017, 01:11 PM)jaxstraww Wrote: Is the new B&M Fern a take on Penhaligon?

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B&M Fern is a take on Houbigant Fougere. And it’s awesome.

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 09-30-2017, 03:30 AM
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(09-27-2017, 05:34 AM)evnpar Wrote: I'm also a fan of English Fern, and am equally disappointed with vintage Penhaligon's soaps. I with they would make it with their current soap formulation, as they perform fairly well. I haven't found anything close to English Fern. I do pick up a little of the English Fern scent in Asylum Royal Fougere. It's a very nice soap, and when I follow it up with English Fern EdT, that's about as close as I can get.

Wow!  YMMV again I  guess. I was able to get a small amount of the old tallow English Fern from my cousin and I  get a fantastic lather from it. Considerably better than the current Pen's soaps. That little bit of old EF tallow is one of my favorite soaps to use but every time I do I'm a little sad knowing I  can't replace it.

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 09-30-2017, 04:13 AM
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(09-30-2017, 03:30 AM)Mouser Wrote:
(09-27-2017, 05:34 AM)evnpar Wrote: I'm also a fan of English Fern, and am equally disappointed with vintage Penhaligon's soaps. I with they would make it with their current soap formulation, as they perform fairly well. I haven't found anything close to English Fern. I do pick up a little of the English Fern scent in Asylum Royal Fougere. It's a very nice soap, and when I follow it up with English Fern EdT, that's about as close as I can get.

Wow!  YMMV again I  guess. I was able to get a small amount of the old tallow English Fern from my cousin and I  get a fantastic lather from it. Considerably better than the current Pen's soaps. That little bit of old EF tallow is one of my favorite soaps to use but every time I do I'm a little sad knowing I  can't replace it.

I think I need to hunt down a verifiable EF tallow soap.  I am beginning to think the ones I had, although touted as tallow, were in fact not tallow.  They came with no box, just wrapped in plastic so I have no knowledge as to the actual ingredients.

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