11-14-2012, 05:09 PM
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Best soaps and creams for the cold?

I don't have enough, I just realized, after applying some Proraso Green to my face & getting chilly.

What's most recommended in this department?

I've Tabac, of course, in both SS and SC, the former a better performer, the latter better perfumed (stronger [I like Tabac's scent]).

I've Old Spice, by India's Shulton; I haven't used the Original or the Musk recently, as I love the Fresh Lime. Hopefully the Classic will be good, as I remember loathing the Musk.

Sandalwood. I've Proraso, C&E and maybe a few others.

I know I'm lacking Bay Rum.

But what else do I need? I was highly impressed by Spencer & Devon's "Spice," but then equally disappointed by the cream's sloppy consistency.

What's warm and wintery?

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 11-14-2012, 05:21 PM
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DRH Marlborough or Almond

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 11-14-2012, 05:21 PM
  • Johnny
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I pretty much use all of my soaps and creams year round. I love a good Proraso Green shave followed up with a splash of Floid Blue just before I go outside to shovel snow. It helps to wake you up on those cold mornings.

It won't do much for you scent wise, but to me MWF is hard to beat in the winter.

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 11-14-2012, 06:06 PM
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got balm ? you mentioned bay rum...if you live where it's cold, balm can be nice in the winter, even if not every day....(Gilbert Henry bay rum balm). After using MWF, I find any balm is too much of a good thing. MWF by itself keeps the skin soft and moisturized, if you like how it shaves for you. Klar Kabinett is non-drying and a favorite cold weather soap for me. I also like Gold Dachs. I like cream and use it mostly in milder weather, switching to a shaving soap after about mid-October here in the northeast. in general, find soaps less drying than creams.

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 11-14-2012, 07:50 PM
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I use lime, citrus & menthol creams in the summer and lavender, almond, woody & unscented creams in the winter.

But some times mix it up a bit Biggrin

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 11-14-2012, 09:06 PM
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I tend to stay away from lighter citrus, mint and such in the winter. But I have been known to use menthol and very hot water for the yin/yang effect.

I also tend to the heavier scents, bay rum, tabac, almond croaps, pretty much if it isn't a light scent I think it's better for the winter. But I have no rules carved into stone.

If you need a great Bay Rum scent Krissys (Prarie Creations) Tallow and Rum "Spiced Rum" will knock your socks off! I've been known to open it just to smell it.

It's also a good time for the soaps with a high superfatted content. Those are generally the high end soaps that leave the skin feeling good after the shave before adding a moisturizer.

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 11-14-2012, 10:16 PM
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This is my first year of traditional shaving but I have definitely been turned off by floral, mentholated and citrus based soaps/creams. I am enjoying traditional Italian soaps (almond, coconut) and woody, earthy scented soaps (sandlewood, vetiver).

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 11-14-2012, 10:18 PM
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I'll start with one that I've not seen mentioned yet; Dr. Dittmar.

Others that have already been said include the Italian almonds like P.160, Vito's, & Cella. TABAC, MWF, & Mike's Naturals round it out for me.

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 11-14-2012, 10:25 PM
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If I can jump in here who makes a Cella type scent that's maybe stronger smelling? Love Cella but I do enjoy a scent punch. I'll give a big thumbs up on the Tabac good for dry winter skin.

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 11-14-2012, 11:01 PM
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Patrick, check with the folks who sell Cella. Get some freshly manufactured croap and I guarantee, it'll be strong enough for you. I had a difficult tolerating it, and I barely did.

The stuff I got from Italian Barber required me to age it before I could easily tolerate it. Now, MANY months later, for me, it's quite pleasant, for you I have no doubt it would be too mild. Not casting anything... I admittedly have a sensitive nose.

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 11-15-2012, 02:28 AM
  • steve g
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I'll recommend two creams, Acca Kappa and The Body Shops Maca Root. Both leave the face heavily moisturized and protected against the elements.

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 11-15-2012, 05:48 AM
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D.R. Marlborough

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 11-15-2012, 06:16 PM
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+1 on the maca root cream. Really good stuff. Found a nice little bay rum soap in a shop at Amana, IA. The maker is online at http://www.cindylousoaps.com.

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 11-18-2012, 10:05 AM
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With the exception of limes or menthol any of my soaps seem acceptable.

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 11-18-2012, 10:11 AM
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Kaveh, this is my opinion - Dr Dittmar soap or Golddachs Spezial soap are great winter latherers. Both are from Germany. They are not cheap, but they're both very worth their prices. Wink

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 11-25-2012, 06:10 AM
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I'd recommend:
Mike's Pine & Cedarwood
Mike's Bay Rum
DR Harris Almond

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