10-08-2018, 08:27 PM
#1
  • bullgoose
  • The Enabler
  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
User Info
The shaving market has changed drastically in the last two or three years with the huge influx of artisans. One of the byproducts of this influx has been hype which has resulted in surges of popularity of a particular soap, aftershave or hardware often followed by a fall off the cliff.

What product or products can you think of that once had a cult following but that are hardly ever discussed these days.

48 20,080
Reply
 10-08-2018, 08:41 PM
#2
User Info
mongoose

0 106
Reply
 10-08-2018, 08:48 PM
#3
User Info
Soap commander, caties bubbles, Stirling, reef Point.

31 1,630
Reply
 10-09-2018, 07:35 AM
#4
User Info
(10-08-2018, 08:48 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Soap commander, caties bubbles, Stirling, reef Point.
Agree with everything but the Stirling. What makes you mention that brand Mike?

50 4,739
Reply
 10-09-2018, 07:48 AM
#5
  • nikos.a
  • Senior Member
  • Athens, Greece
User Info
I agree about the Mongoose.

But I'll add the following:

iKon
CRSW
Valobra


You hardly read about these products anymore, especially on other forums. Constant changes did some damage regarding CRSW. Just my opinion.

People seem not to use them that much, while a few years ago you used to read more often about them.

I have some more in mind, like Dapper Dragon, but I don't think there was a cult about them. It was just another great performing artisan, but it didn't get much attention.

58 2,346
Reply
 10-09-2018, 07:51 AM
#6
User Info
It is odd alright! To the point I don’t much pay attention to the new stuff because I don’t find it better than the old. Some I really enjoy that aren’t discussed much anymore, Reef Point, mickey Lee,caties Bubbles, seems we keep forcing artisans to release the next formula when the last one was excellent.

6 349
Reply
 10-09-2018, 08:08 AM
#7
User Info
How about Mike's Natural.  He still has a loyal fan group, but the big euphoria and the cult are not there anymore.

0 15
Reply
 10-09-2018, 08:12 AM
#8
  • bullgoose
  • The Enabler
  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
User Info
(10-09-2018, 07:51 AM)Lipripper60 Wrote: It is odd alright!  To the point I don’t much pay attention to the new stuff because I don’t find it better than the old.  Some I really enjoy that aren’t discussed much anymore,  Reef Point, mickey Lee,caties Bubbles, seems we keep forcing artisans to release the next formula when the last one was excellent.
It really is a vicious cycle and it ends up making older formulas obsolete even if they are excellent.

48 20,080
Reply
 10-09-2018, 09:00 AM
#9
User Info
Creative destruction

Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk

0 106
Reply
 10-09-2018, 09:06 AM
#10
User Info
I remember when it was popular to have a Jurgen Hempel handle with a Mongoose head. You don’t see as many of those handles anymore.

10 342
Reply
 10-09-2018, 07:35 PM
#11
User Info
(10-09-2018, 07:35 AM)primotenore Wrote:
(10-08-2018, 08:48 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Soap commander, caties bubbles, Stirling, reef Point.
Agree with everything but the Stirling. What makes you mention that brand Mike?

I guess I just used to read about Stirling a lot more, but nowadays it’s generally about the balms if at all.

31 1,630
Reply
 10-09-2018, 07:38 PM
#12
User Info
(10-09-2018, 08:08 AM)Martini Wrote: How about Mike's Natural.  He still has a loyal fan group, but the big euphoria and the cult are not there anymore.

Mike’s keeps a low profile for sure. He doesn’t engage the big marketing engine, which is what it is. Still, a fantastic, consistent soap. IMO he’s content with the market share he’s developed. One advantage is that he uses the same formula, introduces few new scents, and generally sells out quickly. He’s hit the right balance of demand/production/price.

31 1,630
Reply
 10-09-2018, 09:15 PM
#13
  • Mel S Meles
  • On the edge, ouch
  • 44.4899° south of the North Pole
User Info
(10-08-2018, 08:27 PM)bullgoose Wrote: The shaving market has changed drastically in the last two or three years with the huge influx of artisans. One of the byproducts of this influx has been hype which has resulted in surges of popularity of a particular soap, aftershave or hardware often followed by a fall off the cliff.

What product or products can you think of that once had a cult following but that are hardly ever discussed these days.

Mostly psuedo “new” (i.e., tweaked Dovo/Merkur geometry) DE razors:  

•  Weber
•  Tradere
•  LASS BBS-1
•  Wolfman
•  Timeless
•  Standard Razor
•  Bevel
•  Blackland
•  Rockwell
•  Latest RazoRock (Stealth, Black Mamba, Wunderbar, Game Changer, und welter)
•  etc.

1 1,286
Reply
 10-10-2018, 01:57 AM
#14
  • nikos.a
  • Senior Member
  • Athens, Greece
User Info
(10-09-2018, 09:15 PM)Mel S Meles Wrote:
(10-08-2018, 08:27 PM)bullgoose Wrote: The shaving market has changed drastically in the last two or three years with the huge influx of artisans. One of the byproducts of this influx has been hype which has resulted in surges of popularity of a particular soap, aftershave or hardware often followed by a fall off the cliff.

What product or products can you think of that once had a cult following but that are hardly ever discussed these days.

Mostly psuedo “new” (i.e., tweaked Dovo/Merkur geometry) DE razors:  

•  Weber
•  Tradere
•  LASS BBS-1
•  Wolfman
•  Timeless
•  Standard Razor
•  Bevel
•  Blackland
•  Rockwell
•  Latest RazoRock (Stealth, Black Mamba, Wunderbar, Game Changer, und welter)
•  etc.
Interesting perspective.

58 2,346
Reply
 10-10-2018, 04:01 AM
#15
User Info
I started wet shaving with the usual old DE's like the Red Tip and the Fat Boy.  I was getting great shaves from them but then moved over to straight razors so I never bought any of the ATT's, iKon's, Wolfman's, or other new DE's.  Personally I never really paid attention to those razors so I couldn't tell you what is hot and what isn't.

Many of the soaps listed in the posts above are great soaps - nothing has changed on them for the most part.  I used Catie's Bubbles and CRSW this week and still happy with their performance.  I had an issue with one of the soap vendors a long time ago who is listed above that kind of turned me off so with all of the other choices I moved on.  Honestly I am happy with the soaps I have and I am less likely to jump at the next "hot" product because I am not sure how they can be that much better than the ones I have.

I guess the point of marketing is to make us spend our money on the next shiny object or better mousetrap.

4 489
Reply
 10-10-2018, 04:23 AM
#16
User Info
(10-09-2018, 07:38 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote:
(10-09-2018, 08:08 AM)Martini Wrote: How about Mike's Natural.  He still has a loyal fan group, but the big euphoria and the cult are not there anymore.

Mike’s keeps a low profile for sure. He doesn’t engage the big marketing engine, which is what it is. Still, a fantastic, consistent soap. IMO he’s content with the market share he’s developed. One advantage is that he uses the same formula, introduces few new scents, and generally sells out quickly. He’s hit the right balance of demand/production/price.
Indeed. Consistency is his strong suit. The vendors that are constantly changing their product lose my interest. MW is another reliable vendor.

50 4,739
Reply
 10-10-2018, 04:28 AM
#17
User Info
Another vote here for Mike's.  No marketing hype.  Just consistent, excellent soap which is usually in stock or available after a short wait.

53 8,308
Reply
 10-10-2018, 08:15 AM
#18
User Info
(10-09-2018, 07:38 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote:
(10-09-2018, 08:08 AM)Martini Wrote: How about Mike's Natural.  He still has a loyal fan group, but the big euphoria and the cult are not there anymore.

Mike’s keeps a low profile for sure. He doesn’t engage the big marketing engine, which is what it is. Still, a fantastic, consistent soap. IMO he’s content with the market share he’s developed. One advantage is that he uses the same formula, introduces few new scents, and generally sells out quickly. He’s hit the right balance of demand/production/price.

Agree. Why he is the only artisan product I still buy. No fervor, ads or forum posts. Just announces on his own FB page when stuff is available and responds quick to questions if needed

3 828
Reply
 10-16-2018, 07:41 PM
#19
  • Gabe
  • Senior Member
  • Arizona
User Info
I agree with Mongoose. SOTDs were filled with gooses a few years ago. Ikon can be added to the list.

I think MF brushes have fallen in popularity.

As far as software, I agree with Caties Bubbles. Pitralon seemed to fall off as well.

90 1,724
Reply
 10-16-2018, 08:09 PM
#20
  • AK47
  • Junior Member
User Info
old spice products?

Biggrin

0 12
Reply
Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)