10-12-2012, 07:21 AM
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Has anyone found after wetshaving for a long time and experiencning a wide range of soaps/creams at different price points, that they regularly use and enjoy lower priced products. I have really run the gamut as far as soaps and creams, but find I like VDH regularly as it always whips up into a slick, protective lather. This is not to say I no longer enjoy the three "T's", but at least twice a week I find myself using VDH. Has anyone else found themselves gravitating towards the VDH or less expensive product on a regular basis?

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 10-12-2012, 07:29 AM
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I use a lot of Arko, Palmolive and Speick and they're cheap soaps. They might not seem cheap, since they're not readily available in the US but they are. I also occasionally use Real Shaving Company cream and it's pretty cheap as well at $5 per 150ml/5oz tube. However, I still use Tabac, MWF, DR Harris and some Artisan soaps more often than not.

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 10-12-2012, 07:32 AM
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(10-12-2012, 07:29 AM)Arcadies Wrote: I use a lot of Arko, Palmolive and Speick and they're cheap soaps. They might not seem cheap, since they're not readily available in the US but they are. I also occasionally use Real Shaving Company cream and it's pretty cheap as well at $5 per 150ml/5oz tube. However, I still use Tabac, MWF, DR Harris and some Artisan soaps more often than not.

Very similar. I still use Tabac, Arko, Arlington, MWF, RazoRock, Mama Bear, and Prairie Creations soaps!I have not tried the Palmolive stick, but will have to pick one up.

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 10-12-2012, 08:49 AM
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Another vote for Palmolive stick here. I haven't used VDH in a while, but it definitely works as well as (sometimes better than) soaps many times the price, and it was my first soap for the first several weeks of my wetshaving venture.

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 10-12-2012, 08:56 AM
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Keep in mind the Spanish LEA and La Toja sticks.

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 10-12-2012, 09:20 AM
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i am not sure if Mystic Water and Mike's Natural are viewed as inexpensive soaps, but they sure are to me and they are fabulous performers! No way i would ever give them up for the more expensive and popular big boys.

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 10-12-2012, 12:17 PM
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The Real Shaving Co. is the best performing inexpensive cream to me, a real treasure, available locally - 150 ml tubes for $6.50. It's on par with he 3Ts, and I like the scent.

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 10-12-2012, 12:26 PM
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I use La Toja stick (which is very cheap in Spain).I used today.Great stuff.

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 10-12-2012, 01:23 PM
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(10-12-2012, 12:26 PM)Teiste Wrote: I use La Toja stick (which is very cheap in Spain).I used today.Great stuff.

I still have never tried La Toja, I want to try it but everywhere I look it's $8-10 per stick when you count shipping, which is a bit expensive for only 50g of soap in my opinion.
I was going to order a couple of sticks from Vintage Scent ($5.95 each) when I ordered my SOC brush, thinking it would not increase shipping by much, but every stick I added was a extra $3 shipping!

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 10-12-2012, 01:41 PM
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I absolutely do Rockford!

After testing a bunch of high end soaps recently I couldn't wait to get back to some inexpensive ones. I have no idea why. I like the high end products, maybe it was just a return to something where nothing was expected of me? I dunno.

I do know I like variety, so maybe that was why I longed to get back to lower end products.

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 10-12-2012, 02:50 PM
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Soap-wise, Palmolive sticks are great performers for cheap money, and I use Gada Cool Mint cream which is made in Lebanon, and sells here for under 2 bux CAD.

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 10-12-2012, 04:45 PM
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(10-12-2012, 01:41 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I absolutely do Rockford!

After testing a bunch of high end soaps recently I couldn't wait to get back to some inexpensive ones. I have no idea why. I like the high end products, maybe it was just a return to something where nothing was expected of me? I dunno.

I do know I like variety, so maybe that was why I longed to get back to lower end products.

I love the variety, whether it's the brush, soap, cream, razor, blades, aftershave...

(10-12-2012, 02:50 PM)JAYDEE Wrote: Soap-wise, Palmolive sticks are great performers for cheap money, and I use Gada Cool Mint cream which is made in Lebanon, and sells here for under 2 bux CAD.

I never heard of Gada Cool Mint cream . Where can I buy some?

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 10-12-2012, 05:04 PM
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(10-12-2012, 12:17 PM)edgerunner Wrote: The Real Shaving Co. is the best performing inexpensive cream to me, a real treasure, available locally - 150 ml tubes for $6.50. It's on par with he 3Ts, and I like the scent.

It should be on par with the 3 Ts, as they are all made by Creightons. Smile

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 10-13-2012, 06:05 AM
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My inexpensive faves:

SuperMax Comfort cream : fresh clean scent and easy lathering
Arko Cool cream : my wife loves the scent
Arko stick : I like citronella so the scent is A-OK with me, and the lather is superb
Palmolive stick : Super lather with pleasant clean scent
VDH shave soap : easy to lather and easy to find. Melt the puckin a microwave, and pour in your favorite cologne for a custom scent

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 10-13-2012, 10:20 AM
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arko, palmolive and godrej are cheap and work incredibly well, imho.

ymmv, of course...

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 10-13-2012, 10:33 AM
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I don't understand the original question. What exactly is considered inexpensive?

D R Harris may be expensive if you buy it in the wood bowl, but if you buy just a refill it's only $15-$18. And that puck will last at least 100 shaves. More if you don't use a lot of lather.

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 10-15-2012, 03:40 AM
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Real Shaving Co. shaving cream, Creighton's house brand, performs as well for me as the top brands that cost 4-5 times as much.

Regards,
Squire

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 10-15-2012, 05:32 AM
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I believe I left the Kiss My Face shave creams off my list. The 11 oz pump of their creams is a great value ( usually in the $5 - $7 range ), and the smaller tube is great for travel.

I've used the Unscented, the Cool Mint, and the Key Lime. The scents aren't 'in your face' strong, but subtle and pleasant. The cream produces a nice lather, and they are wonderful for mixing with other products for a superlather. For those that care it is also paraben, and SLS free. They also have the bonus of being available locally in brick and mortar stores for me ( at least the unscented ).

Another low cost favorite of mine is the Erasmic Shave Cream. It's another subtle fragrance ( kind of a light, clean lemony scent ), but for me it really makes a lather that provides a pleasing shave. It also has chamomile which I suspect does something to make my skin happy because I've tended to notice the presence of chamomile in other products that I enjoy using on my skin.

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 10-15-2012, 06:21 AM
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(10-13-2012, 10:33 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: I don't understand the original question. What exactly is considered inexpensive?

D R Harris may be expensive if you buy it in the wood bowl, but if you buy just a refill it's only $15-$18. And that puck will last at least 100 shaves. More if you don't use a lot of lather.

I didn't define inexpensive for the reason you cited that a refill @ $15 dollars can go a long way. In fact, this thread has given me great ideas for purchases I would like to make. I love the variety! Great suggestions!

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 10-18-2012, 02:33 AM
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RS Co. SC.

It's dynamite.

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