11-03-2012, 04:36 PM
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Why do use one or another? Cream is so easy on the brush, soap just pain. Why use soap?

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 11-03-2012, 04:44 PM
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  • MaxP
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  • Madison, WI
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I use soap because I face lather.

Loading a brush with soap seems easier. Plus, I get a closer shave with soap than I typically get when using a cream.

Just my opinion. YMMV

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 11-03-2012, 04:45 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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A really good soap makes a wonderful lather and is nourishing to the skin. A good soap generally speaking has less chemicals/ingredients in it than a cream. The two that come to mind for me, and the two soaps I use are MWF and MdC. But don't get me wrong, I also use a few creams as well with Speick being my favorite cream.

Soap just a pain? Not in my book it's not.

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 11-03-2012, 06:18 PM
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(11-03-2012, 04:45 PM)Johnny Wrote: A really good soap makes a wonderful lather and is nourishing to the skin. A good soap generally speaking has less chemicals/ingredients in it than a cream. The two that come to mind for me, and the two soaps I use are MWF and MdC. But don't get me wrong, I also use a few creams as well with Speick being my favorite cream.

Soap just a pain? Not in my book it's not.

+1 i have to agree with Johnny, and besides, my two favourite soaps, Mike's Natural and Mystic Water, don't come in cream form. Hee hee.

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 11-03-2012, 06:26 PM
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Soap a Pain? YMMV.

Not a pain for me.

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 11-03-2012, 06:40 PM
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  • tgutc
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I enjoy using both. Some days I prefer a cream while others I look forward to the lathering process of a hard soap.

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 11-03-2012, 06:51 PM
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Biggest obvious difference is that a hard soap will last much longer than a cream & is typically more economical because of that. As was already mentioned, creams typically have more ingredients.

Finally, I don't need to pay for water in my shaving software. I'll add it myself. Winky

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 11-03-2012, 07:22 PM
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It is personal preference but I am drawn to the creams. I guess I am all about variety and those hard soaps last so darn long I tire of them. The creams I go through faster and I get to try other creams I haven't tried before.

Probably the fact that my DB scuttle is a daily companion is a factor.

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 11-03-2012, 07:38 PM
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  • Arcadies
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I prefer soaps, I own about 15-20 soaps and 2 creams..one of the creams I never use (RSC) and the other (Proraso Red) I will finish up and never use again once Martelli get off their bums and start shipping tubs to the US. Angry

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 11-03-2012, 08:10 PM
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I have never heard nor experienced hard soap being hard on a brush.

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 11-03-2012, 10:09 PM
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Soaps are more economical and will last longer. I think my puck of Tabac lasted for about six months of daily usage.

If you have a large "collection", soaps also won't go bad.

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 11-03-2012, 10:10 PM
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(11-03-2012, 10:09 PM)insomniac Wrote: Soaps are more economical and will last longer. I think my puck of Tabac lasted for about six months of daily usage.

If you have a large "collection", soaps also won't go bad.

So true... so unfortunately true.... Dodgy

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 11-04-2012, 12:46 AM
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soaps/ croaps for me... Sisi

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 11-04-2012, 02:39 AM
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  • Striky
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I use both, depending on what I want Cool

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 11-04-2012, 04:55 AM
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  • JayPo007
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  • Pottstown, PA- USA
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I enjoy both. Tabac is my fav soap. Croaps come in second, like RazoRock. Creams I like Speick and C.O. Bigelow. Depends on my mood or if I'm traveling.

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 11-04-2012, 07:44 AM
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I prefer creams. I face lather and I just find it quicker and easier to create lather with a cream. I also like using many different products and soaps last longer than I prefer.

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 11-04-2012, 08:56 AM
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I also prefer soaps for all the reasons listed above. I have and use creams as well but have a preference for soaps.
Soaps: last much much longer ($7 puck will last average of six months vs two months for cream, providing better quality lather), long term storage is not an issue (thus allowing me to buy larger quantities when on sale, sometimes as low as half the price and have a larger collection), most have fewer ingredients than creams, can face lather without the need for a lathering bowl.

That is not to say that if you choose to use cream you are wrong. Creams are easier to lather and I consider them better suited during travel. To me they offer just another break from using soaps and a change is as good as a rest.
Nothing wrong with creams at all.

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 11-04-2012, 10:33 AM
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  • Howler
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  • Fort Smith AR
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I chose soap over cream. I love loading the brush and watching the lather explode into mounds of goodness. I find building lather not a problem or a pain.

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 11-04-2012, 10:44 AM
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  • freddy
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For me, it's whatever mood I'm in. I like to change things around a bit with my daily shaving routine and soaps vs. creams helps make that easy to do.

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 11-04-2012, 12:28 PM
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Without predilection, I use what strikes my fancy each day. With four creams and four soaps on hand, something will call out to me. Tongue

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