10-11-2017, 06:53 AM
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    I'm looking for suggestions on some shaving soaps that I can try. I like older brands and traditional formulations and ingredients. I also like plant-based (vegan) ingredients when I can find them. But I'm open to trying just about anything.
Thank you

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 10-11-2017, 07:28 AM
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I liked Institut Karite Shea shaving soap a lot. And after recent reformulation with 25% shea butter content, it can only be better.

Also wanted to try La Maison du Savon de Marseille shaving soap, but the seller won't ship to my country.

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 10-11-2017, 07:41 AM
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veg based: Nuavia, Jabonman and Jabones ByLuna.

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 10-11-2017, 07:50 AM
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Barrister Mann Seville - great soap with a fairly light, classic scent.  Mike's Hungarian Lavender.  So many out there!

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 10-11-2017, 07:58 AM
  • BSWoodturning
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I like the Reef Point soaps.  Very hard soaps that lather spectacularly AND are reasonably priced.  On the Vegan side, Soap Commander soaps are tough to beat. Cool

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 10-11-2017, 07:58 AM
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Mikes Natural Soap, one of the oldest in the game and fantastic performance. It’s tallow based but I’d give it a look.

Cold River Soap Works is a must if you haven’t tried it and for vegan I whole heartedly recommend Jabonman

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 10-11-2017, 09:00 AM
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Cold River Soap Works as mentioned for sure! Don't overlook their Olivia line of vegan soaps. Super slick, lathers like a dream and beautiful creamy lather. My preferences are tallow soaps so the CRSW Select is easily one of the best, artisan or otherwise. Great vendor here on The Shave Nook.

Saponoficio Varesino is an awesome vegan soap. Hard to tell its not tallow it's that good! I think you can get this one from Bullgoose, my preferred shaving shop and a vendor here but if not, SV is also a vendor here.

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 10-11-2017, 09:02 AM
  • Mouser
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Try to find an old Crabtree & Evelyn of the right formula, it will check all the boxes for you.

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 10-11-2017, 09:58 AM
  • Steelman
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Old school/traditional/vegan:
Floris #89
Crabtree & Evelyn
-look for “potassium” as the first ingredient

New school/traditional/vegan:
Martin de Candre
Saponificio Varesino
L’Occitane Cade
Savonnerie Du Moulin donkey milk

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 10-11-2017, 07:44 PM
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Mike's Natural Soaps and Brutalt Bra would be my two top suggestions.

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 10-11-2017, 08:25 PM
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Saponificio Varesino is traditional looking and performing. Long lasting and smells great. It's an all around good one. Money well spent.

Check out Czech and Speake too. It's a little more upfront but tip top quality. It's awesome.

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 10-11-2017, 08:47 PM
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Go buy Stella Alpina Saponificio Varesino shave soap from Bullgoose. That would be my suggestion for a veggie soap and if you wanted a different scent and formulation, Felce Aromatica 4.3 or Cosmo 4.2 in a tin.

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 10-13-2017, 11:03 AM
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Try as many as you can why not? I would start with one of the great artisan and a classic. Maybe a CRSW Olivia line and PDP.

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 10-13-2017, 02:45 PM
  • ARGH
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not an older brand, but a very good soap - Viking. Andrew produces both tallow and vegan versions.

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 10-13-2017, 05:05 PM
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Art of Shaving with tallow, which is discontinued but you can find on auction sites at good prices ($11 each).

Haslinger, an Austrian company

Barrister & Mann, a popular artisan

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 10-18-2017, 03:11 PM
  • Maha0098
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My den has slowly turned over from being all-tallow to almost all-veg. based. A couple of my favorites:

Tabula Rasa Soaps
Baum.be Cream
Asylum/WSP Shave Creams

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 10-18-2017, 08:21 PM
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Martin de Candre

Don't have hundreds or even dozens of soaps under my belt, not an expert!  

I determined criteria for my skin and researched the accumulated wisdom of the folks here that have paid the dues and the blues on the journey to find their personal holy grail.  

These three are where I landed and I'm quite happy.

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 10-19-2017, 05:23 AM
  • Mel S Meles
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Mystic Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  

Haslinger Schafmilch

La Savonnerie Bourbonnaise Cedar/Lemongrass

1.  Mystic Water is excellent across the board, and offers choices among unscented soaps, soaps that have essential oils, soaps that have fragrance oils, and soaps that have both essential and fragrance oils.

2.  The various Haslinger soaps have different formulations, so each flavor may work differently than other flavors do.

3.  La Savonnerie Bourbonnaise Cedar/Lemongrass is radically different from every other shaving soap in the marketplace, and if you find that you love it, you will be dissatisfied with other soaps. Its slickness is off the charts, and you may find it difficult to hold onto your razor if some of the lather gets onto your hand.   OTOH, you could hate it, and decide to throw it in the trash because (wait for it) it is radically different from every other shaving soap in the marketplace.

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 10-19-2017, 11:37 AM
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L&L, Grooming Department and Tallow & Steel are all good ones ...

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 10-19-2017, 11:38 AM
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(10-19-2017, 05:23 AM)Mel S Meles Wrote:

2.  The various Haslinger soaps have different formulations, so each flavor may work differently than other flavors do. 

You're the first person I've seen point this correct statement out (and it's not just the inclusion of lanolin or not... there are other differences in formulations of their different soaps)

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