01-25-2022, 09:52 PM
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  • Shaun
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Everyone has their preferences, and I still find it a shame that the above two German shaving sticks are no longer being produced. I just realised I am down to my last German Palmolive. I must have given too many away as presents. 

Anyway, I find I like both products equally. I love the scent of both. Sometimes I prefer the one to the other.  

The true difference is/was the price, from my perspective anyway.

Anyone feel the same way as me? Maybe the soft water here in Sydney evens out the slickness and cushiony layer of both products. 

The scent of the Fijian Mennen Palmolive is not as pleasurable, but I have been using it lately and find it to be an excellent, creamy, tallow-based stick. Cheap as chips, too.

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 01-26-2022, 01:07 PM
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  • Steve56
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They’re both drugstore soaps as most sticks are. Both very competent and cheap in their home markets when they were produced.They did a decent job at a price non-enthusiasts would tolerate. Quite often a soap or cream is not particularly desirable until it’s discontinued from lack of interest. It’s just the way the wet shaving community is. A classic example is I Coloniali Mango Oil soap and Rhubarb cream - you couldn’t give the stuff away. They were discontinued in 2016 and the existing supply took a year to run out. Now it costs more than gold it seems. I always liked the stuff and threw some extra Mango Oil pucks and balm in my Amazon cart when I was ordering other things so I have enough for me.

The German Palmolive stick is still readily available in the US for now, but you won’t find it at 50 cents or 50p in the UK. If you like it US $7.50 worth, you can stock up on Palmolive.

Honestly I like La Toja better than either, but YMMV of course.

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 01-26-2022, 01:40 PM
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  • Shaun
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(01-26-2022, 01:07 PM)Steve56 Wrote: They’re both drugstore soaps as most sticks are. Both very competent and cheap in their home markets when they were produced.They did a decent job at a price non-enthusiasts would tolerate. Quite often a soap or cream is not particularly desirable until it’s discontinued from lack of interest. It’s just the way the wet shaving community is. ....

Steve, great comment. Thanks for putting across your view. I think the same also sometimes occurs when it comes to hardware. I remember the huge enthusiasm for the Gillette FatBoy, and the silly prices they were fetching. I do love the FatBoy, despite the pretty ordinary plating quality, but I don't find that they shave any better than many other (vintage) razors. While the Ranger Tech (either model) was not adjustable, the finish was beautiful, and the shaves I get are marvellous if very aggressive. Having said that, the Rangers still have a bit of an iconic status (deservedly) and fetch good prices. Thing is, hardware is hardware, and you can still acquire hardware; soaps not so much as they get used up, hence the sometimes disproportionate desirability. Old Spice (for me) is pretty ... meh.

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 01-26-2022, 05:17 PM
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  • garyg
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Interesting observation on the difference between soft & hardware in the scheme of shavers' desires.  I've been the victim of all sorts of acquisition disorders since returning to traditional shaving .. most  recently found myself laying in a stockpile of tallow Tabac ..

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