03-20-2012, 02:39 PM
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  • Howler
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There is always talk about French soaps, which ones do you like?

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 03-20-2012, 03:20 PM
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Have only used a few.

My favorites are Institute Karite and Pre de Provence. Both highly reccomended. Cade and Provence Sante are good too.

Would like to try Monsavon and Martin de Candre

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 03-20-2012, 03:22 PM
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I have both Cade and Provence Sante Green Tea. Both are quite different and I like them for different reasons. IK and Martin de Candre are on my list to try eventually.

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 03-20-2012, 03:51 PM
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I only have the Martin de Candre, and it is very good.

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 03-20-2012, 03:53 PM
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The only one I have is Provence Sante and I thought I might not like it because of the scent, but it grew on me, and frankly it's a really fine soap. MdC will probably be next.

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 03-20-2012, 03:55 PM
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  • Teiste
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The ones that I love! Martin de Candre is the 1st and Cade,Pre de Provence and Provence Sante.

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 03-20-2012, 04:45 PM
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My favorite is Martin de Candre, followed by Institut Karite. I thought Cade was pretty good but it's not on the level as my first two picks. If you can find a puck Roger and Gallet makes a fine shaving soap too.

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 03-20-2012, 06:43 PM
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  • freddy
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Roger & Gallet L'Homme (I'm not sure if it's still in production)
Pré de Provence
Provence Santé
L'Occitane Cade

These are the four that I have and each is very good.

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 03-20-2012, 07:54 PM
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France is one of my remaining two planned "stops" in the soaps of Europe. Don't have any yet.

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 03-20-2012, 07:59 PM
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  • Mynorx
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All this talk about French soaps made me bust out my Loccitane soap. I have to super load it and it's still bubbly and foamy. I don't really care for it.

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 03-20-2012, 09:30 PM
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(03-20-2012, 07:59 PM)Mynorx Wrote: All this talk about French soaps made me bust out my Loccitane soap. I have to super load it and it's still bubbly and foamy. I don't really care for it.

Locitanne Cade doesnt make a thick ( dense ) lather like the other ones,but the lather that I made from it its not also thin or foamy.Maybe you got a bad puck.

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 03-21-2012, 03:21 AM
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(03-20-2012, 07:59 PM)Mynorx Wrote: All this talk about French soaps made me bust out my Loccitane soap. I have to super load it and it's still bubbly and foamy. I don't really care for it.

I participated in the Cade challenge on B&B. Basically a bunch of us used only Cade until it was gone. I found that I needed to start with a pretty dry brush and load heavily and then start adding water slowly to get good lather. Putting two teaspoons of water on top of the puck and letting it soak while I showered also helped. I would dump what ever water was left on top of the puck into my lather bowl before I started loading my brush. Cade like MWF also got easier to use the longer I used it.

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 03-21-2012, 04:10 AM
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  • ben74
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MdC is my all time favourite soap (it just also happens to be French)!!!

I've been using it at least 3 to 4 times a week for about 6 months now and the bowl is only just displaying signs of use, so despite the sizeable investment it certainly lasts and it certainly provides a fantastic lather. The lather is thick, dense and cushioning. I find the scent agreeable and importantly it doesn't dry out my sensitive skin.

I couldn't recommend this soap enough!

(EDIT: I also have (or have tried) Pré de Provence, Provence Santé, L'Occitane Cade and Institut Karite).

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 03-21-2012, 07:49 AM
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(03-20-2012, 07:59 PM)Mynorx Wrote: All this talk about French soaps made me bust out my Loccitane soap. I have to super load it and it's still bubbly and foamy. I don't really care for it.

My experience as well. Additionally, like no other soap and under any condition, that foamy lather seems to dry out in a "snowfall" minutes after applying. Dodgy I do think Pre de Provence is pretty nice, as mentioned above.


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 03-21-2012, 07:52 AM
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I've yet to try the MdC.

My current top French soap is Provence Santé. TOP lather.

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 03-21-2012, 08:51 AM
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I've only tried Cade. I gotta try a dryer brush I guess. It was a wonderful scent. The performance put it on the bench since though. So a dryer brush. I will try MDC sometime though.

Anyone try Monsavon?

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 03-21-2012, 09:15 AM
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I have Monsavon and like it. A very good soap, but not an "high-end" one, of course. But it is a solid performer.

France is perhaps my favourite country for soaps. Until now, I've tried:

- Martin de Candre
- Institut Karité
- Provence Santé (both Verlaine & Green tea)
- Pre de Provence
- Comptoir des Savonniers (French company, but made in Belgium)
- Savon du Midi Vetyver
- Monsavon
- L'Occitane Cade
- Lothantique Le Coleccioneur

All of them are, at least, solid performers, with the exception of Lothantique - this one has a lovely scent, but the lather is poor.

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 03-21-2012, 09:25 AM
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(03-21-2012, 08:51 AM)HCB Wrote: I've only tried Cade. I gotta try a dryer brush I guess. It was a wonderful scent. The performance put it on the bench since though. So a dryer brush. I will try MDC sometime though.

Anyone try Monsavon?
I have hard water so I must use more water & product to get a good lather compared to many others. I treat all soaps (hard or soft) the same. Very wet brush (mainly gravity drained with a slight shake), load aggressively for at least a minute, then face lather adding water as needed by dipping the tips. Cade works brilliantly this way for me. I get a nice thick lather. Definitely not the thickest around, but certainly not airy or thin.

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 03-21-2012, 12:34 PM
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Gentlemen, my four preferred French soaps are, in the order of preference:

Martin de Candre
Provence Sante Verlaine — anything named after the great French poet Paul Verlaine is okay with me
Institute Karite
L'Occitane

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 03-21-2012, 01:18 PM
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If they are all like MdC, then all of them!!

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