06-14-2018, 05:08 PM
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Castle Forbes.

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 06-15-2018, 01:52 AM
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  • Mouser
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Geez, there is no "One" for me. If I use it at all it's good enough to be it.

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 06-15-2018, 06:52 AM
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Wow this is tough. The ones the come to my mind would be Eufros, Wholly Kaw, and CRSW. The performance of all these Artisans to me is very similar and you have a nice variety of scents to choose from.

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 06-15-2018, 06:55 AM
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(06-14-2018, 12:40 PM)Stubble Daddy Wrote: Wholly Kaw

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 06-15-2018, 07:46 AM
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Mystic Water

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 06-15-2018, 08:30 AM
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  • iamsms
  • The Patient Disciple
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Barrister & Mann isn't what I consider the best performing brand right now in the Market, at least for me, but it is close to the top. I also don't agree with many of Will's scents. But he has so many wonderful ones that I enjoy; so for me it would B&M.

I could easily live with Mike's/Mystic Water/Stirling only too.

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 06-15-2018, 08:58 AM
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For me it's easily Cold River Soap Works. Best performance of any of the soaps I've used including Gd/WK/B&M/Eufros and many other artisans. Scents are fantastic and nothing and I mean nothing is slicker than Glide. The new Select is right up there with Glide now, post shave is excellent and almost but not quite as slick as Glide.

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 06-15-2018, 09:47 AM
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Tallow + Steel would be one of those to consider for me.

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 06-18-2018, 10:23 AM
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(06-14-2018, 02:22 AM)zipper Wrote: Saponificio Varesino    Heart     Number_one 

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 06-18-2018, 12:02 PM
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If money were no object, it would be a toss-up between Stirling and Taylor of Old Bond Street with Tabac coming in at close second.  On a budget, Van Der Hagen.

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 06-18-2018, 02:48 PM
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(06-13-2018, 06:34 PM)pbrmhl Wrote: I think my choice would be MdC. But I'm glad I don't have to make the choice.

I second that emotion.  

I am blessed (cursed?) with sufficient disposable income to squander invest in a huge number of low cost and mid-range shaving soaps and creams as well as well as a fair number of pricier options such as  SV, Castle Forbes, ABC, AdL, etc., etc. And there is nary a really bad one among them; even the $2 Williams soap puck and, with a bit of effort, be made to work fairly well.

But if you haven't tried Martin de Candre shaving soaps be aware that, as the saying goes, "they're spectacular and they're real".


The shaving soap cost is not off scale, per se, about $42 net of VAT to non-EU addresses at current exchange rates for a chock-full 200 gram wide mouth container.  And the price of limited edition soaps is upwards of $52.  But they will only ship to the US by 5-10 day rather than a slower postal service option  "express" which adds nearly $33 to the cost, bring the delivered cost up to $75-$85 for a single soap order.

But MdC claims some customers have obtained as many as 700 (!!!) daily shaves from a single 200g container.  So even ordering of a single seasonal specialty MdC soap works out to only $0.12 per shave.

I sprang for the quickly-sold-out citrus offering last summer, used it heavily in the warm months and it barely looked used when it out the summer at the end of May.  I'm enjoying it more than ever.

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 06-18-2018, 03:39 PM
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Of the handful I've tried for everyday forever probably Haslingers.  I suppose with the caveat that the new recipe is as good as the old.

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 06-19-2018, 06:01 AM
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Eufros JabonMan   Cool

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 06-19-2018, 09:11 AM
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(06-14-2018, 04:43 PM)SRNewb Wrote: One company? I recommend therapy.  Biggrin


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 06-19-2018, 09:24 AM
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Not long ago I contentedly settled on Natural Ireland.

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 06-19-2018, 01:24 PM
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(06-15-2018, 07:46 AM)celestino Wrote: Mystic Water
Biggrin

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 06-19-2018, 07:41 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(06-19-2018, 01:24 PM)primotenore Wrote:
(06-15-2018, 07:46 AM)celestino Wrote: Mystic Water
Biggrin

The truth is where you find it; sometimes it is right under your nose.   Hmm

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 06-20-2018, 12:23 PM
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I would never do that.  Ever.  

But if forced, right now, I might well go with Soapy Science.  They are that good.  I absolutely love these soaps.  Another of my favorites is Stirling, and, as mentioned above, there is a variety of scents, so that's a plus.

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 06-20-2018, 01:16 PM
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(06-14-2018, 10:37 AM)Baylorgator Wrote: It’s not my top rated soap, but for widest variety of excellent scents with outstanding performace I’d go with Stirling. I’d never be bored, never lack for performance and never feel like I was stuck in one lane. Having said that, if you said I only had one shave left I’d pick GD Coattails in the new Lusso base. Possibly my favorite 1 soap ever.


Me too...

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 06-20-2018, 01:30 PM
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(06-20-2018, 12:23 PM)kingfisher Wrote: I would never do that.  Ever.  

But if forced, right now, I might well go with Soapy Science.  They are that good.  I absolutely love these soaps.  Another of my favorites is Stirling, and, as mentioned above, there is a variety of scents, so that's a plus.


It’s awesome that you say that, because aside from Stirling, Soapy Science is the only soap I have purchased more than one of at a time, in a couple/three years. There are SO many great soaps out there that I have pretty much been a “Finish One, Buy Another” guy.

The first tub, I honestly bought because it seemed like a cool effort by a neat kid and an involved family. I bought another inside of a week, because the soap really does rock.

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