10-29-2018, 04:55 PM
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Given my recent job-financial troubles, I wanted to talk about budget soaps, that is, soaps that can be bought for six dollars or under. So far the most inexpensive I've seen are Williams ($1.29 at Cleveland-area Heinen's stores), Van der Hagen Deluxe ($1.49 at Wal-Greens), and the Derby and Arko shave sticks (average $1.50). What have you tried, and how did it perform for you?

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 10-29-2018, 05:47 PM
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My favorite budget soap is Van der Hagen Luxury soap. You can find it in some local stores. Walmart and Target use to carry it but I'm not sure if they still do. It's a great soap for about $4.00 a puck. It's the one I judge all others by.

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 10-29-2018, 06:03 PM
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Vitos kilo brick can be had for 20 bucks and will shave you for the rest of time.  That's 2.2 pounds of pretty awesome shaving soap.

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 10-29-2018, 08:14 PM
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Arko can be had even cheaper when buying in bulk... and while I enjoy Arko, it's a soap you'll either love for it's lather or loath for it's scent. Well worth trying in my opinion (and that goes for everyone, budget minded or not).

I'm less impressed by the Derby, i recall it left my face slightly dry.

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 10-29-2018, 08:40 PM
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Love Arko in the tub, but I understand the stick is the same.  I like the scent of Williams - kind of like Ivory soap - clean an simple, but the lather really lacks in performance.  

Godrej soap in the little blue puck from India is great - Maggard's I know carries it.

Also I found that RazoRock Essential Lime, Amici, Tobacco (I think Puros), and the What the Puck line generally go on sale for some very good pricing ranging from $2.99 for Amici to 8.99 for a set of three What the Puck tins.  What the Puck is hard and not only performs pretty decent, but it lasts quite a long time.

I enjoy all these soaps and they won't break the bank.
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 10-29-2018, 11:27 PM
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Palmolive sticks are my go-to for budget recommendations. Honestly Palmolive is one of the few soaps I'll not go without. It's always packed in my travel dopp kit, but sometimes I'll use it around the house too for it's quality. The Arko you've used is also a very good performer but I couldn't get past the scent (same with, not budget, Tabac).

if you order Palmolive sticks from the UK they're super cheap too even with shipping to the USA. When I was in London I went to a Tesco and bought 10 for £5, but online you're probably going to pay about $2 each shipped (or $4+s&h from a few US vendors). It's actually worth $4, but don't pay it if you can pay $2! Smile

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 10-30-2018, 04:07 AM
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Arko in the red tub is a good budget soap for me.  I know the scent is controversial, but I like it.

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 10-30-2018, 04:39 AM
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There are also some good budget creams. I’ve been paying ~$5 for the 11oz (Vitacost) pump dispenser bottle of Kiss my Face (unfortunate name). Works well with or without a brush and comes in a variety of scents.

Trader Joe’s SC at less than $4 for an 8 oz. tube is also a good value. The scent, mango/honey, is nice. I prefer less fruit and sweet in a SC, but still a nice scent. Be warned however, this is a brushless, non lathering product which makes this a non-starter for some gents. I like it. It is slick and protective ... and a good value. One more caveat. Don’t bother if you can’t buy it in Trader Joe’s stores; it’s too expensive from Amazon.


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 10-30-2018, 06:58 AM
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$20 for 500mL of proraso is hard to beat imo.

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 10-30-2018, 07:59 AM
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Godrej shave round
Williams Mug shave soap
Razorock what the puck soap bundle
Cella / Vitos kilo brick

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 10-30-2018, 09:48 AM
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(10-29-2018, 05:47 PM)shave/brush Wrote: My favorite budget soap is Van der Hagen Luxury soap. You can find it in some local stores. Walmart and Target use to carry it but I'm not sure if they still do. It's a great soap for about $4.00 a puck. It's the one I judge all others by.

I've used that and it's definitely a great addition to one's rotation.  I think Van der Hagen soaps are glycerin-based, but the lather they generate is quite good.

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 10-30-2018, 07:46 PM
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Vito's brick is hard to beat for the price.

I also like Palmolive cream. I picked up 2 tubes for $7 shipped. These were 100 ml tubes.

TJ Maxx has Proraso creams and tubes for $4. Its hit and miss if they have any in stock.

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 10-30-2018, 09:36 PM
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I haven’t tried the puck mentioned above, but I was given a sample of Godrej cream, that is one of the slickest soaps I’ve ever used! Not much for scent as it smelled like generic lotion, but it definitely gets the job done well. I think it’s 5 bucks a tube.

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 10-31-2018, 05:18 AM
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I've used a number of the "budget" soaps and I classify them as pretty good. None of them are great as the more "expensive" soaps. When it comes to soap you really do get what you pay for. When it comes right down to it, shaving for me is a luxury now instead of a chore. Something I look forward to. I want to use the best gear to further enjoy my experience. Even my most expensive soap like AdP cost me relatively little per shave and the shaves are so much better.

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 11-03-2018, 09:38 PM
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Arko will take the cake on cost per shave basis, can't go wrong with a 12 pack!

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 11-05-2018, 10:15 AM
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What the Puck? as mentioned above, is a great deal.  Triple-milled soap that will last forever.  Sometimes they are selling 3 for like 8 bucks or something insane like that.

Of the VdH soaps, I prefer Deluxe, but personal tastes vary.

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 11-05-2018, 11:10 AM
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If I had to choose a budget soap to keep my shaves as cheap as possible I'd probably have to buy a bunch of Arko sticks.  

Others such as Pre de Province, Tabac, and MWF are slightly more expensive but with a puck lasting well over six months to a year I'd consider those to be cheap on a price pre shave standpoint, even though the pucks have a higher purchase price.  

Any of these would work quite well for you.   

VdH I didn't care for as it's a bit drying for me.  With Cella the Almond smell got boring to me after a while and it's one of the few soaps that actually went bad on me.

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 11-05-2018, 01:05 PM
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I think Kiss My Face is a good bargain soap 11oz. under $10.00. One squirt on my brush gives me plenty for a two pass face lather shave.
I tried Arko, threw it out....but, that's just me. Something in it irritated my face.... Sad

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 11-05-2018, 06:58 PM
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I’d put Mike’s in here. A puck for $10-$13 that’ll last forever. Cost per shave has to be right on par with others mentioned here.

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 11-05-2018, 10:53 PM
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(11-05-2018, 06:58 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: I’d put Mike’s in here. A puck for $10-$13 that’ll last forever. Cost per shave has to be right on par with others mentioned here.

A turn towards Long lasting soaps (price per shave) can't continue without mentioning DR Harris. Those pucks are crazy. I think I prefer the Mike's lather though!

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