07-21-2019, 08:44 AM
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Quality soaps and their brushes are great too!

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 07-22-2019, 10:15 AM
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I have over 160 full tubs of soap and Stirling is at the very top. In my experience the expensive soaps are way overrated and are really just a marketing gimmick.  imo.

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 07-22-2019, 03:00 PM
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(02-12-2019, 11:10 AM)Ols67 Wrote:
(02-12-2019, 10:59 AM)LAParker Wrote: Stirling is a good middle of the pack shaving soap. Love the price but I wish their scents were not so darn strong. I guess they needed to do that to cover up the beefy smell everyone was complaining about.

Well the scents must be effective in covering up the tallow/beef smell, because I detect no unpleasantness whatsoever.  I also like a nice strong scent when I am shaving, because it lets me enjoy it throughout the process.  Although, sometimes I am in the mood for a more subdued fragrance...part of the fun, and nice to have the variety.

I don’t know why...perhaps it’s my face chemistry, or maybe my technique...but I just feel like Stirling soaps are better than middle of the pack for me.  So it’s nice to find something I really enjoy performance and fragrance wise that is so inexpensive.  

I just checked their site, and they do have a few new ones that weren’t there in early 2018!  I am going to revisit the ones I have just to be sure before buying another one or two containers!

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Completely disagree about a "beefy" smell. 

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 07-22-2019, 03:01 PM
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(07-22-2019, 10:15 AM)thefat98 Wrote: I have over 160 full tubs of soap and Stirling is at the very top. In my experience the expensive soaps are way overrated and are really just a marketing gimmick.  imo.
You aren't far off the mark...

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 07-22-2019, 03:23 PM
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(07-22-2019, 03:01 PM)primotenore Wrote:
(07-22-2019, 10:15 AM)thefat98 Wrote: I have over 160 full tubs of soap and Stirling is at the very top. In my experience the expensive soaps are way overrated and are really just a marketing gimmick.  imo.
You aren't far off the mark...

There are some really good high end soaps like saponificio varesino and lpl but stirling and other artisans are just as good if not better.

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 07-29-2019, 09:24 PM
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(07-22-2019, 03:23 PM)thefat98 Wrote:
(07-22-2019, 03:01 PM)primotenore Wrote:
(07-22-2019, 10:15 AM)thefat98 Wrote: I have over 160 full tubs of soap and Stirling is at the very top. In my experience the expensive soaps are way overrated and are really just a marketing gimmick.  imo.
You aren't far off the mark...

There are some really good high end soaps like saponificio varesino and lpl but stirling and other artisans are just as good if not better.

Excuse me for not knowing but what is lpl soaps? What do the initials stand for?

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 07-30-2019, 12:12 AM
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(07-29-2019, 09:24 PM)RoKuLiKa Wrote: Excuse me for not knowing but what is lpl soaps? What do the initials stand for?

Lpl stand for "Le Père Lucien". A soap maker from France.

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 07-30-2019, 05:34 AM
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(07-22-2019, 03:00 PM)primotenore Wrote:
(02-12-2019, 11:10 AM)Ols67 Wrote:
(02-12-2019, 10:59 AM)LAParker Wrote: Stirling is a good middle of the pack shaving soap. Love the price but I wish their scents were not so darn strong. I guess they needed to do that to cover up the beefy smell everyone was complaining about.

Well the scents must be effective in covering up the tallow/beef smell, because I detect no unpleasantness whatsoever.  I also like a nice strong scent when I am shaving, because it lets me enjoy it throughout the process.  Although, sometimes I am in the mood for a more subdued fragrance...part of the fun, and nice to have the variety.

I don’t know why...perhaps it’s my face chemistry, or maybe my technique...but I just feel like Stirling soaps are better than middle of the pack for me.  So it’s nice to find something I really enjoy performance and fragrance wise that is so inexpensive.  

I just checked their site, and they do have a few new ones that weren’t there in early 2018!  I am going to revisit the ones I have just to be sure before buying another one or two containers!

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Completely disagree about a "beefy" smell. 

Way back when they had a reputation as having an "animal" scent, but I haven't heard that in years.  IIRC, Rod changed where he sourced his tallow from and that fixed the issue. 

Great people, great product/scents, always in stock and tons to choose from.

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 07-30-2019, 07:43 AM
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Noses are different, but I don't get any beefy or animalic smell from Stirling at all.  I really like these soaps.  Easy to lather, slick, and plenty of cushion.  Post-shave face feel is good.  Prices are reasonable.  Plenty of different scents; probably one to please almost anybody.

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 07-30-2019, 08:29 AM
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My original reason for ordering my first Stirling was value (5.8oz for $13 just seemed to good to pass up).  I ordered Executive Man and when I shaved with it, I was amazed at the quality of the soap.  I then ordered Satsuma (which I love).  I have soaps from a number of vendors from MdC to Razorock, and I'm another who agrees that Stirling Soaps rank much higher than "middle of the pack soaps".  Now if I could just get my hands on a puck of Haverford!!!!!

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 07-30-2019, 07:42 PM
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(07-22-2019, 10:15 AM)thefat98 Wrote: I have over 160 full tubs of soap and Stirling is at the very top. In my experience the expensive soaps are way overrated and are really just a marketing gimmick.  imo.
Any unused that you are willing to sell?

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 08-10-2019, 04:39 PM
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Usually I get a BBBS, and take a day off of shaving before I shave again. However I felt like shaving this evening!

I used Executive Man soap and menthol aftershave (Stirling’s Creed Knock Off), a tungsten Personna 74 blade on its 10th use, a custom shavemac, and a rhodium plated 1946-47 Gillette Aristocrat razor...what a shave! I got beautiful results, and have zero to complain about on this one!

Next up...first time using Iced Pineapple soap and aftershave. I am really looking forward to it, and I think I might use the Semogue Boar LE!

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 08-12-2019, 09:57 AM
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Just had my first beach shave!

Stirling Iced Pineapple is a superb soap and aftershave combo! It also might be the perfect soap/AS combo to throw in your bag for the beach!

Just beautiful!

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 08-16-2019, 12:45 PM
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I really enjoy stirling even though I only have tried various soap and aftershave samples from them. I used the last of my 'well dressed man' aftershave sample today actually, great stuff! I like that Stirling allows you to by 1oz pucks also.

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 09-04-2019, 06:18 AM
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I too have gotten lost in the best quality soap adventure. I've bought tons of recommended soaps from around the world, worked on my lather, searching for the best scent and slick lather.  I've found myself with staying with 5-6 Sterling soaps in the rotation with a few newby's that I justify to myself of why I need them. The other part of Sterling I don't think you can beat is the amount to choose from. I don't feel like I get bored with them. I like to adventure every now and then but ultimately I stay with Sterling.

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 09-06-2019, 06:44 AM
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(04-09-2019, 03:00 PM)primotenore Wrote: If Stirling changed their name, packaging and raised their price by 200% while doing nothing different to the actual product, everyone would be raving about this amazing soap.


Well said; This is so true!  Sisi1

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