10-08-2012, 10:03 AM
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  • Teiste
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We all already know Martin de Candre shaving soap , and if not , I will invite you to read this great thread made by du212 , one of the "evangelist" of this shaving soap in the past : Martin de Candre scented shaving soap.

This unscented version of the shaving soap came out last year (2011) after so many petitions from people to have a "milder" scented soap since some of them have experienced skin reactions to its lather , due to the essential oils used.Martin de Candre listened to its customers and this version was born.

The ingredients for this soap are the following :

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So only 5 ingredients list , with Stearic Acid as the 1st ingredient and glycerin and the last one.Pretty impressive I would say.And yes , very close to some of the artisan Italian shaving soap formulations too.

Martin de Candre is a 100% artisan soap which follows the soap making tradition of using only the best , quality ingredients and also the classic process to create a soap.This is not a triple milled soap , but it last forever.

The presentation of the 170 g glass jar is top notch , one of the best out there with no shadow of a doubt.Many other high end brands should follow this example , and if you pay premium for a product , at least , let it have it a great presentation like this Martin de Candre shaving soaps :

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And how does it lathers? Like a Tabac on steroids I would say.Biggrin Yes , its impossible not to be able to lather this soap , even if you never have used a shaving soap before.Its so easy to lather it that I could recommended to anyone who is looking for a soap which behaves like a shaving cream when making lather is concern.

I used my D.R. Harris H2 shaving brush (have I mention how much I do like this brush ? ) and loaded with the soap for 15 seconds :

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and the lather after a minute , using the Dirty Bird Pottery scuttle :

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and the final lather , after 10 seconds more making lather with it :

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The lather is quiet thick and dense but keeping a lot of slickness.Perfect also for who use straight razors and looks for a slick lather.

Skin care wise , is also top notch , being as good as Mitchell's Wool Fat (yes , my very dry , sensitive skin testifies of that ) and we all know how good is Mitchell's Wool Fat.What else could I say?Nothing much, I guess I have said it all.

I must admit that this soap and the scented version are my "Holy Grail" shaving soap , and so far , and after trying many shaving soaps and shaving creams , its the best one that I have tried.Of course they're soaps and creams out there which are very close to performance to Martin de Candre , but I still prefer Martin de Candre better than any of those.

This particular version is less scented than the regular soap , but as I said , there is not a 100% unscented shaving soap or cream out there.

Is this a mediocre soap ? Not at all.Is it overpriced? It could be , but thinking that 170 g would last for a long time , I dont think so either.Its simply an excellent shaving soap , made by an artisan company in France following an old recipe and using only the best ingredients available.For many is simply another soap , for others a good soap and for me is the soap and I measure others with this one.

Martin de Candre.

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 10-08-2012, 10:09 AM
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(10-08-2012, 10:03 AM)Teiste Wrote: ...Its simply an excellent shaving soap , made by an artisan company in France following an old recipe and using only the best ingredients available.For many is simply another soap , for others a good soap and for me is the soap and I measure others with this one.

Martin de Candre.

it's my measure for all soaps too. top notch product that works fantastic and always leaves my face feeling smooth and hydrated.

i prefer the Scented, but am working my way thru a travel unscented and loving it as well.

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 10-08-2012, 10:10 AM
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  • Johnny
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Excellent review Teiste. I have not tried the unscented but my scented version in the fancy glass container (not the jar pictured) is my favorite soap, period. I wish I had one of the large glass jars and one of the nice wooden bowls of MdC to add to my stash.

Well done sir.

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 10-08-2012, 11:45 AM
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  • oscar11
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I swear, I pick up a little lemon scent in the unscented version. But please don't trust my nose. My preference is the unscented by a wide margin.

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 10-08-2012, 01:06 PM
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MdC is awesome. Expensive, but awesome.

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 10-08-2012, 04:39 PM
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Teiste, thanks for the review!

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 10-08-2012, 04:55 PM
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  • GMofmiami
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Great review Teiste....MdC is my fave by far...I used to think that P160 was "the one" for me but MdC has taken over that spot. IMO it is worth every penny.

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 10-08-2012, 07:54 PM
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  • Andrew
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Yes, Teiste. Yes.

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 10-08-2012, 08:47 PM
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Great review, Teiste!

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 10-09-2012, 03:32 AM
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  • gijames
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Thank you for the review and pics Teiste Smile

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 10-09-2012, 10:54 AM
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Good review thanks !

Regarding the price, the shipping cost is a deal breaker for most international customers but the price per g is similar to 3T's soaps.

Also consider the way it is made : They pour the soap in the glass jar and let it dry out a few month, taking care of it like a master cheese-monger matures a cheese.

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 10-09-2012, 11:39 AM
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(10-09-2012, 10:54 AM)intravenus de milo Wrote: Good review thanks !

Regarding the price, the shipping cost is a deal breaker for most international customers but the price per g is similar to 3T's soaps.

Also consider the way it is made : They pour the soap in the glass jar and let it dry out a few month, taking care of it like a master cheese-monger matures a cheese.

Not only do I want to shave again, now you've made me hungry.

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 03-03-2013, 03:08 AM
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Hello my friends. I woold like to ask a question please. What is the expiration date of the soap? And if something happened to the soap, in someone who has it, beyond the expiration date .

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 03-03-2013, 05:13 AM
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I'm not sure that I've seen an expiration date on MdC, or soaps in general. Many people use vintage soaps that are 30-50 years old & they perform as new except for there is little to no scent.

I'll have to look on my pot of MdC to see if there is an expiration date.

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 03-03-2013, 06:05 AM
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  • ben74
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Great review Teiste, thank-you.

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 03-03-2013, 06:40 AM
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if i am not mistaken the new pots are now 200 grammes.

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 03-03-2013, 11:35 AM
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(03-03-2013, 03:08 AM)aris22 Wrote: Hello my friends. I woold like to ask a question please. What is the expiration date of the soap? And if something happened to the soap, in someone who has it, beyond the expiration date .

No expiration date for soaps, my friend.

Cream is where we have the problem........officially creams will last 1-2 years depending on company and parabens.
But with that said I hope my creams will last at least 3-5 years, maybe turn into croaps along the way, since I own 48 creams currently Smile

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 03-03-2013, 01:06 PM
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Thank you very much all of you for the replies. Ι know for οther vintage soaps that they have no expiration date. Other members in the forum which I belong in Greece have soaps 30-40 years old like Old spice or Yardley and it's ok ! But I would like ask about the MDC because is softer and has purest ingredients than triple mild soaps which do not have a problem. Ιn photos I have seen MDC does not indicate expiration date.

Sorry for any mistakes,I'm writing with the help of the Google translate Rolleyes

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 03-03-2013, 03:30 PM
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a few months ago i asked catherin nitsche who operates calani seifenmanufaktur about the longevity of her soaps:

marius:
"how long time (in years) do you think it will be possible to store this soap under ideal conditions?"

cathy:
"due to the higher fat content in these soaps it is less than in industrial soaps. in the package, the durability of the soap is about 1-1 1/2 years. sometimes longer, but the scent is then lower."

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 03-09-2013, 07:06 AM
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I wish this was available in US...

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