Poll: Whats your favorite french shaving soap?
Loccitane Cade
Pre de Provence Provence Sante eshave Savon du Midi Martin de Candre Institut Karite Monsavon Creed Durance L Homme/Other
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 03-15-2012, 10:09 PM
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  • Teiste
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I admit it : Im a French shaving soap lover guy.I do like them all.Martin de Candre is the Holy Grail of shaving soaps for me,being my fav. one of all : great performer,easy to lather,long lasting,wonderful fresh/spicy lavender scent and all natural
However France has a lot of great shaving soaps to offer : Pre de Provence,Provente Sante,Locitanne Cade,Savon Du Midi,Monsavon...
Most of them are veggie based,and even has shea butter,which its a great ingredient for dry skin.
So,whats your favorite frenchie soap and why?

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 03-16-2012, 02:01 AM
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France is definitely my favourite country when it comes to shaving soaps!

Got to go with Martin de Candre. For me, one of the best soaps (performance-wise) that I've tried.
Scent-wise, Provence Santé Green Tea and L'Occitane are awesome, and the performance is great, too. I also like IK (great performer), Savon di Midi and Monsavon. OSMA soap isn't bad, either.

The only French soap that I didn't like was Lothantique Le Coleccioneur. Great scent, but poor lather.

As for the Creed and Durance soaps, never tried any of them.


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 03-16-2012, 05:42 AM
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I have not tried them all. Love PdP, Provence Sante and L'Occitane. My favorite, because it was my first and kind of forced itself on me, is Institut Karite.

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 03-16-2012, 05:50 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Let's not forget Joris/Plisson shave soap. I tend to prefer tallow based shave soaps and often times find the Shea Butter in the French soaps to be a bit too heavy. That said, I do enjoy PdP and Provence Sante Green tea from time to time.

Just to prove again that there is a lot of YMMV in shaving, I did not care for MdC at all and sold my pot within the first week of owning it.

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 03-16-2012, 06:41 AM
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  • Teiste
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Phil,the Joris/Plisson/Maison du Barbier shaving soap is made in UK,not France which its kind of funny to me.


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 03-16-2012, 07:04 AM
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I've only used Cade & Provence Sante green tea. Both are great, but I give a slight edge to the PSGT for the Shea & talc. This leaves my face feeling wonderful after the shave.

I clearly have many more great soaps to try.

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 03-16-2012, 07:07 AM
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(03-16-2012, 06:41 AM)Teiste Wrote: Phil,the Joris/Plisson/Maison du Barbier shaving soap is made in UK,not France which its kind of funny to me.

Ahh...I knew that but was having a brain fart. Biggrin


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 03-16-2012, 07:13 AM
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I thought eShave was out of New York?

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 03-16-2012, 07:19 AM
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With the exception of eshave, Durance L Homme, and Savon du Midi I've tried all the other soaps on your list. For me Martin de Candre is my favorite. I think IK is a distant second.

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 03-16-2012, 07:54 AM
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(03-16-2012, 07:13 AM)Songwind Wrote: I thought eShave was out of New York?

The Company is from NY,but the soap is made in France,while the cream in UK.

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 03-16-2012, 10:00 AM
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Well, my grandson tells me I'm a little strange, and he might be right. I don't really care for most of the French soaps. There is one British soap I really like, some Italian, and some made in Portugal and Germany, and that's it.

Needless to say, I do not have a large soap inventory like some of you do.

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 03-16-2012, 12:44 PM
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I'm not going to vote because I only have one, Provence Sante, and noexperience with any others. The performance of PS has always been there for me. At first I didn't know if I would like the strong scent, but it grew on me. Now I love the stuff.

One of many soaps that I really like.

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 03-16-2012, 12:44 PM
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  • freddy
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Roger & Gallet L'Homme
Pré de Provence
Provence Santé

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 03-16-2012, 01:32 PM
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(03-15-2012, 10:09 PM)Teiste Wrote: ... Martin de Candre is the Holy Grail of shaving soaps for me,being my fav. one of all : great performer,easy to lather,long lasting,wonderful fresh/spicy lavender scent and all natural...

Hi Teiste

Any recommendations on where to buy that soap for those of us interested in trying it?

Take care, Mike

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 03-16-2012, 02:17 PM
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  • river1
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Looks like we have a winner...MDC although there is a soap that is very inexpensive and made by a Sara Lee French subsid. It is quite a value but I piffed mine or sent it along in one of the Traveling Boxes

Monsavon...?

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 03-16-2012, 03:53 PM
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(03-16-2012, 01:32 PM)mikeperry Wrote:
(03-15-2012, 10:09 PM)Teiste Wrote: ... Martin de Candre is the Holy Grail of shaving soaps for me,being my fav. one of all : great performer,easy to lather,long lasting,wonderful fresh/spicy lavender scent and all natural...

Hi Teiste

Any recommendations on where to buy that soap for those of us interested in trying it?

Take care, Mike

There is only one place to buy it online : http://www.shaving-soap.net/

And Planet Rasoir if you are in Paris.

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 03-16-2012, 03:54 PM
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(03-16-2012, 02:17 PM)river1 Wrote: Looks like we have a winner...MDC although there is a soap that is very inexpensive and made by a Sara Lee French subsid. It is quite a value but I piffed mine or sent it along in one of the Traveling Boxes

Monsavon...?

Monsavon beats the hell out of Proraso,for example Biggrin Star-wars-smiley-023 However,its not that soap that you can find as easy as Proraso.

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 03-16-2012, 05:18 PM
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  • Johnny
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........Johnny - WHAT! What's that you said about my Proraso. Smile
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 03-16-2012, 09:51 PM
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(03-16-2012, 05:18 PM)Johnny Wrote: ........Johnny - WHAT! What's that you said about my Proraso. Smile
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Teiste

You need to try Monsavon,Johnny.Its a better performer than Proraso,but thats not that hard,lest be honest...BoxBiggrin

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 03-16-2012, 10:22 PM
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Huh Maybe I missed something ...

Proraso is menthol , no?

Monsavon is lavender.

How are the 2 remotely similar?

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