11-17-2019, 02:45 AM
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  • Crag
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Hello Nook!

I'm really interested to know what you all think is the BEST High End Soap or Cream on the Market.  I'm allergic to Lanolin, so I'd prefer them to be without.  I know it's all subjective, but want to hear about it anyway.

Thanks!

Matt

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 11-17-2019, 03:23 AM
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I think you should rephrase your question to what is the best soap or cream on the market rather than what is the best high-end soap or cream on the market. The two attributes of price and quality don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. In My Den, the best high price soap is Nuavia  Blu or Red but the very best soap might just be one of the Grooming Department bases.

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 11-17-2019, 03:33 AM
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Hi, here is my experience.  It's tried that the soaps at the low price ranges give good lather etc, they do not suit my face, nicks, irritation, redness. 

Nowadays, I think I will only use, Saponificio varesino,  Meissner, and if Marten de cadre, the latest for me. I'm not  a  soap snob, but these soaps either add something or leave out something as they give me fabulous skin. 
They seem expensive, but last ages.

However, DO try a variety of soaps at various price ranges .

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 11-17-2019, 04:42 AM
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I'm pretty sure you'll find numerous of threads regarding your quest.

Hi-end is a synonym of highly-priced. I'm of the opinion that you don't have to spend much money to achieve great shaves.

Also, what is hi-end? What's your definition? A product that costs more than 20 euros or one priced at least 40-50-60? One that comes in an expensive container or you don't mind about the container? etc.

NJDJ recommended the Nuavia, a soap that costs 55 euros, while Roy suggested the Meissner (less than 25 euros) or the Varesino (same) or the MdC (more than 45).

If you want to hear some good recommendations, you have to explain what this word means to you because it's usually misused.

To each his own, of course.

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 11-17-2019, 04:52 AM
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These threads tend to set up heated debated vis-a-vis cost vs. performance. I agree with Dean; $$ is not the defining factor in what makes a soap/cream great, it only defines how much it costs.

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 11-17-2019, 04:54 AM
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Here's my 2 cents.
IMHO, Dr. John's song Qualified deals with this concept of value vs. price:
Your steak ain't no hipper than my pork chop

Your Cadillac ain't no hipper than my bus stop
Your champagne ain't no hipper than my soda pop

And so here are my picks as of November 2019 (might change in 2020 like a few other things):
XPEC
CRSW
Speick

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 11-17-2019, 04:58 AM
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Black Tie Razor = easy lather, slick and protective. Priced reasonably. Great scents
Murphy and Mc Neil = great soap with low structure. Lots of scents. Strong plump finish.
Declaration Grooming = top shelf protection and finish.

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 11-17-2019, 05:54 AM
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Like many of you, my list changes over tine.  At the moment my favorites are:

1. MDC   Fougere, Vetyver, Rose, and Argumes.
2. ABC cream
3. Nuavia  Nero and Rosa

Best of the rest:

SMN
Castle Forbes
Sapofinicio Varesino
Czech & Speake

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 11-17-2019, 06:24 AM
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Ive owned well over 200 soaps and in my experience expensive products dont mean quality. 

Saponificio varesino is the best out of all the higher priced soaps ive owned and its half the price of alot of the super high priced soaps. 

I get better shaves from soaps priced around 20 bucks than soaps in the 60 to 70 dollar range.

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 11-17-2019, 09:33 AM
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The most expensive soap I have ever bought was just shy of $40 for a tub of LPL. I’ve tried loads others from $6 to $30. That said, today’s recommendation is Mike’s. There’s nothing finer imo, it lasts like crazy, and he sells pucks of unscented for 10 bucks.

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 11-17-2019, 09:46 AM
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Thanks to those who named soaps that are great in their opinion. As for the others who asked for what my definition is of high end, for me that means great ingredients with essential oils and as little bad ingredients as possible. I'd consider commercial fragrance oils as undesirable.

Thanks for your answers.

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 11-17-2019, 09:57 AM
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(11-17-2019, 09:46 AM)Crag Wrote: Thanks to those who named soaps that are great in their opinion.  As for the others who asked for what my definition is of high end, for me that means great ingredients with essential oils and as little bad ingredients as possible.  I'd consider commercial fragrance oils as undesirable.

Thanks for your answers.

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Your definition is exactly right. The ones I suggested, do wonders for my skin. High quality additives I'd say.

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 11-17-2019, 10:52 AM
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(11-17-2019, 06:24 AM)thefat98 Wrote: Ive owned well over 200 soaps and in my experience expensive products dont mean quality. 

Saponificio varesino is the best out of all the higher priced soaps ive owned and its half the price of alot of the super high priced soaps. 

I get better shaves from soaps priced around 20 bucks than soaps in the 60 to 70 dollar range.
I agree with Saponificio Varesino.
But also the following:
Southern Withcrafts
Mama Bear Soaps (100% Natural Essential Oils for the scent)
Martin de Candre
La Troja
Panacrema



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 11-17-2019, 11:30 AM
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Sebum Gold products are as good as it gets for me. Best packaging and presentation in the business, best scent and performance for me out of the 100s of things I’ve tried over the last decade, and price per oz on most offerings isn’t out of line with anything else high end, or even run of the mill for that matter.

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 11-17-2019, 11:32 AM
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(11-17-2019, 04:52 AM)primotenore Wrote: These threads tend to set up heated debated vis-a-vis cost vs. performance. I agree with Dean; $$ is not the defining factor in what makes a soap/cream great, it only defines how much it costs.

Respectfully disagree, Joseph....

Higher price often means better ingredients which translates to better performance.

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 11-17-2019, 12:13 PM
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ADP( not sure how the new line performs but old one is classy), Nuavia, SMN & Eufros would be my recommendation.

Not tried Sebum products but have heard good things about their post shave balms.


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 11-17-2019, 12:52 PM
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Best cream is XPEC for me and the best soap is Grooming Department.

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 11-17-2019, 01:04 PM
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(11-17-2019, 11:32 AM)nervosa1901 Wrote:
(11-17-2019, 04:52 AM)primotenore Wrote: These threads tend to set up heated debated vis-a-vis cost vs. performance. I agree with Dean; $$ is not the defining factor in what makes a soap/cream great, it only defines how much it costs.

Respectfully disagree, Joseph....

Higher price often means better ingredients which translates to better performance.

Yes, I keep on about great skin, but lower end products result in irritation and redness. I do believe higher products have quality additions .

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 11-17-2019, 01:08 PM
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The best soaps/creams at the high end for me in no particular order are:

- Santa Maria Novella Cream
- Nuavia Soaps
- I Coloniali Mango Soap (Disctontinued)
- Ralph Lauren Safari Soap(Discontinued)
- Old Spice Soap (Discontinued)
- Art of Shaving Sandalwood Soap (Tallow/Discontinued)
- Castle Forbes Lime Cream
- Martin De Candre

While some are discontinued, you can still find them on the market.

Vr

Matt

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 11-17-2019, 02:08 PM
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Unfortunately, the allergy lanolin rules out some of my favorites (Mike’s, Wholly Kaw). That said, saponificio varesino 4.3 is excellent, as is CRSW Glide.

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