10-24-2017, 11:24 AM
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Hi,
     What aspects should I be looking for in my search for a "good performing" shaving cream or shaving soap?
Thank you

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 10-24-2017, 11:28 AM
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A soap I give that designation to has the following qualities:
- Capability to produce a rich lather
- Good residual slickness
- Hydrating post-shave properties

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 10-24-2017, 11:29 AM
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To me that means good glide, good cushion, good scent, and not leaving my skin feeling dry. As with all other things related to traditional wetshaving, Your Mileage May Vary.

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 10-24-2017, 11:49 AM
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I'm sure you'll hear a number of these things echoed here, but the biggest things I look for are:
-Ease of building a thick & moist lather (if it takes more than 45-60 seconds, I'm not interested)
-Lather that doesn't dry out while on the face
-Glide/protection against my skin as I shave to minimize the feeling after I've shaved that I just dragged a blade across it multiple times
-Moisturizing properties during/after the shave - the best soaps and creams make aftershaves a luxurious option, not a requirement

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 10-24-2017, 02:11 PM
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(10-24-2017, 11:49 AM)Maha0098 Wrote: I'm sure you'll hear a number of these things echoed here, but the biggest things I look for are:
-Ease of building a thick & moist lather (if it takes more than 45-60 seconds, I'm not interested)
-Lather that doesn't dry out while on the face
-Glide/protection against my skin as I shave to minimize the feeling after I've shaved that I just dragged a blade across it multiple times
-Moisturizing properties during/after the shave - the best soaps and creams make aftershaves a luxurious option, not a requirement

Working up a thick, luxurious lather is part of enjoying my shaves. I'm just getting started after 45-60 seconds Tongue
I agree, there are few things more annoying than dried lather before your pass is done. I like to err on the side of over-hydration.
In my limited experience, the soaps that provide the best protection are Valobra/AoS, LPL tallow and B&M white label and reserve.

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 10-24-2017, 02:38 PM
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For me if lather drys on my face before my pass is done I simply didn’t hydrate the lather enough , this was common when I was getting used to soaps in the beginning. For years I have employed puck lathering and in doing so have always got well hydrated lather. I used to read about gents loading for 5-10 seconds and I yield an entire mixing bowl full of lather for 10 passes , this only lead to poor results for me trying to replicate such things. I learned to do what works for me and stuck with that.

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 10-24-2017, 03:08 PM
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I know it's a good performing soap when I slice it off my face, with a blade, I am left BBS without irritation.

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 10-25-2017, 04:03 AM
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(10-24-2017, 02:11 PM)chazt Wrote:
(10-24-2017, 11:49 AM)Maha0098 Wrote: I'm sure you'll hear a number of these things echoed here, but the biggest things I look for are:
-Ease of building a thick & moist lather (if it takes more than 45-60 seconds, I'm not interested)
-Lather that doesn't dry out while on the face
-Glide/protection against my skin as I shave to minimize the feeling after I've shaved that I just dragged a blade across it multiple times
-Moisturizing properties during/after the shave - the best soaps and creams make aftershaves a luxurious option, not a requirement

Working up a thick, luxurious lather is part of enjoying my shaves. I'm just getting started after 45-60 seconds Tongue
I agree, there are few things more annoying than dried lather before your pass is done. I like to err on the side of over-hydration.
In my limited experience, the soaps that provide the best protection are Valobra/AoS, LPL tallow and B&M white label and reserve.


I agree, I lather for several minutes. I don't keep track but it's gotta be in the 3-5 minute range.
I wish there were other scents from LPL in the tallow formula. I haven't tried theirs, but I have not liked the two oud scents I've been exposed to so far. AoS is one of them, I can't think of the other at the moment.

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 10-25-2017, 04:49 PM
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(10-25-2017, 04:03 AM)Nero Wrote:
(10-24-2017, 02:11 PM)chazt Wrote:
(10-24-2017, 11:49 AM)Maha0098 Wrote: I'm sure you'll hear a number of these things echoed here, but the biggest things I look for are:
-Ease of building a thick & moist lather (if it takes more than 45-60 seconds, I'm not interested)
-Lather that doesn't dry out while on the face
-Glide/protection against my skin as I shave to minimize the feeling after I've shaved that I just dragged a blade across it multiple times
-Moisturizing properties during/after the shave - the best soaps and creams make aftershaves a luxurious option, not a requirement

Working up a thick, luxurious lather is part of enjoying my shaves. I'm just getting started after 45-60 seconds Tongue
I agree, there are few things more annoying than dried lather before your pass is done. I like to err on the side of over-hydration.
In my limited experience, the soaps that provide the best protection are Valobra/AoS, LPL tallow and B&M white label and reserve.


I agree, I lather for several minutes. I don't keep track but it's gotta be in the 3-5 minute range.
I wish there were other scents from LPL in the tallow formula. I haven't tried theirs, but I have not liked the two oud scents I've been exposed to so far. AoS is one of them, I can't think of the other at the moment.

I'll end up with carpel tunnel if I'm lathering as long as you guys! You might need to throw on a wrist brace before your shave sessions pretty soon!  Biggrin

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 10-25-2017, 05:14 PM
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Not to further derail, but I also take my time as I load and build lather. It’s my favorite part of the shave.

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 10-26-2017, 03:53 PM
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(10-25-2017, 05:14 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Not to further derail, but I also take my time as I load and build lather. It’s my favorite part of the shave.
Yes. It’s good clean fun, for sure.

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 10-26-2017, 10:18 PM
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One Noobies Lame Performance Criteria:

What I have discovered in limited trials is an outstanding soap lathers easily.  No Master Bootlegger Nepalese Vegan Distilled Water and Klingon War Chants required to magically make lather appear.

It protects your skin from turning into a fountain of blood at the whims of the razor sharp steel sliding across your face.  

And somehow gives up an obvious and shocking closer shave than other soaps.  

Weird, but yup.

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 10-27-2017, 03:52 PM
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(10-25-2017, 05:14 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Not to further derail, but I also take my time as I load and build lather. It’s my favorite part of the shave.

Likewise. Its the biggest reason I  bowl lather half the time.

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 10-28-2017, 09:07 AM
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After ten years of using soaps, the whole ratings scales and performance metrics mean nothing to me.

As long as a shaving soap behaves like a shaving soap, i.e. can hold a good amount of water to give sufficient glide and the lather remains stable throughout the shave, that's all I require.

Outside of that, just pick your favourite scents.

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