04-26-2018, 06:48 AM
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I sent away for a jar of the Tabac Shave soap along with a brush soap kit, and just got it today (it was delivered to my workplace yesterday on account of I'm moving next weekend and didn't want to risk losing it in the mail). I've heard great things about the brand and was curious to try it out. What should I expect? I wanted to avoid a rut by building a small but decent collection, and plan to rotate my soaps and creams.

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 04-26-2018, 06:53 AM
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Expect an excellent soap which is very easy to lather. Expect cushion and glide at a very high level, and decent post shave, even by modern standards. Expect a classic scent more suited for winter than spring or summer. Expect quality, in one word, and a soap that will always be in the cabinets of lots of wet shaving aficionados.

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 04-26-2018, 06:53 AM
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You should expect fantastic lather with superb protection, glide and post shave feel. The scent might be something that would take some time to get used to. I liked it from the first sniff though. The Tabac AS is one of my most favorite AS splashes (and I have about 60 different ones) and my wife likes its smell very much. If you take your time dialing the soap in you will be rewarded with phenomenal shaves.

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 04-26-2018, 07:28 AM
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You should expect Tabac to hold a firm place as one of the BEST soaps in your growing den. You will never be without it.

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 04-26-2018, 09:10 AM
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Expect excellence.  Smile.  Get some Alt Innisbrook AS to go on after it and be happy.

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 04-26-2018, 10:05 AM
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Awesome.  Smile  How does it like horse hair brushes?  I have a couple of Vie-Long barber-sized numbers and presently load on my VDH deluxe puck and then switch to my porcelain bowl to lather.

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 04-26-2018, 04:50 PM
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Expect excellent shaves, and grandma's closet for the scent (like moth balls)

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 04-26-2018, 05:10 PM
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(04-26-2018, 06:48 AM)Michael_W Wrote: ...just got it today... What should I expect?
Michael_W:

Curious as to your impression of the scent.  

If you like the scent then you will love the soap.

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 04-26-2018, 11:10 PM
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I always liked Tabac. I initially bought it so that I could try a "tallow" soap. Once I tried it in my first shave, it was as simple as wetting the puck and loading a bit. It was easy, intuitive, and yielded positive results. The scent was something I liked but knew that it was bold and different. It stands out in many ways.

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 04-29-2018, 03:58 AM
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(04-26-2018, 06:53 AM)RamonCaratejon Wrote: Expect an excellent soap which is very easy to lather. Expect cushion and glide at a very high level, and decent post shave, even by modern standards. Expect a classic scent more suited for winter than spring or summer. Expect quality, in one word, and a soap that will always be in the cabinets of lots of wet shaving aficionados.

That.

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 04-29-2018, 05:59 AM
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+1 Tabac is a timeless classic.

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 04-29-2018, 06:22 AM
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(04-26-2018, 06:53 AM)RamonCaratejon Wrote: Expect an excellent soap which is very easy to lather. Expect cushion and glide at a very high level, and decent post shave, even by modern standards. Expect a classic scent more suited for winter than spring or summer. Expect quality, in one word, and a soap that will always be in the cabinets of lots of wet shaving aficionados.

I just can agree with this and pretty much all of the previous reply. It is an excellent soap. Post shave feel of the Tabac is unique, at least for me. It is part of my rotation.



It is the first soap that "grew on me". Witch is something I've never experienced before. I couldn't understand how a soap can "grow on you" until I experienced it! I might have to try the AS someday!

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 04-29-2018, 01:42 PM
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(04-26-2018, 05:10 PM)old school Wrote:
(04-26-2018, 06:48 AM)Michael_W Wrote: ...just got it today... What should I expect?
Michael_W:

Curious as to your impression of the scent.  

If you like the scent then you will love the soap.
I tired it yesterday for my shave and I have to say I'm impressed.  The scent wasn't quite as strong as I thought, though it was definitely noticeable.  The lather was nice and slick and left my face feeling really good.

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 05-01-2018, 11:47 AM
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Expect a classic and a great shave.
But don't be surprised when you simply cannot bear it's scent.
I would never ever want to smell like it.



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 05-01-2018, 02:50 PM
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I, for one, like the scent. I like to pair it with Alt Innsbruck myself. I don't smell grandma, I smell  Vito Corleone.

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 05-01-2018, 03:06 PM
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I have three back-ups.  Enough said!

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 05-02-2018, 02:24 AM
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(05-01-2018, 11:47 AM)apogee. Wrote: Expect a classic and a great shave.
But don't be surprised when you simply cannot bear it's scent.
I would never ever want to smell like it.



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(05-01-2018, 03:06 PM)Lipripper60 Wrote: I have three back-ups.  Enough said!

Drop the mic

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 06-08-2019, 05:35 PM
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Tabac in puck form, is IMO, a soap that everyone who gets into classic wet shaving needs to experience first hand.  The only exception being if you have an objection to the use of animal products.

The 'old-time powdery' scent (as posts above illustrate) is it's most polarizing feature.  It does dissipate with time - some would say a long time.  But no one seems to knock its performance. 

Tabac is remarkably easy to lather with any brush you choose - in any kind of water as long as it's wet. 
Protection and glide are as others have mentioned, up there with much more expensive products.   It's a hard soap, so a puck will last you a long time, and it won't dry out or go bad.

If you are new or recent to this wet shaving thing, Tabac is practically mandatory, as is Proraso Green / C.O. Bigelow Bright Green shaving cream in a tube (these are the same product with different labels).
Both punch way above their price point -  and if you learn to make nice lather using these, you will have a baseline that you can use to evaluate other products.  

I have more software than I care to discuss - but I always keep Tabac and Proraso Green around.

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 06-08-2019, 08:37 PM
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Euphoria


~Royce

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 06-08-2019, 11:39 PM
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I'm on my first puck and loving it , so much so I ordered a back up in days .
The easiest soap I have come across for lathering .
But , is it the norm for the soap to develop a putty like texture towards the end of the puck ? , I reckon I have half an inch left give or take and it has taken on a soft pliable texture .

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