11-19-2012, 07:21 PM
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Howdy,

I am new to wet shaving and have been looking around to which type or brand I would try out next. I have been using C.O Bigalow for a couple of years before I started wet shaving. So What do y'all think? Soap or Cream?

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 11-19-2012, 07:54 PM
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  • beartrap
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Do you use a brush to lather Bigelow?

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 11-19-2012, 07:58 PM
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  • Arcadies
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I prefer soaps, but if all you've used up until this point is Bigelow/cream I'd definitely try a soap. Maybe Tabac..it's foolproof to lather, has good skin care and will easily show you what a great soap can do and you can go either puck or stick. Speick is also a good choice, lather is awesome, good skin care and will also give you experience using a stick. Arko stick is also a foolproof soap but the scent is very controversial, it's inexpensive as well. You also can't go wrong with any of the RazoRock artisan/la famiglia soaps and their price can't be beat.

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 11-19-2012, 08:01 PM
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I started with creams, but after a few years gravitated to soaps. It just depends on what you like. There are some excellent creams; Musgo Real, Nancy Boys, Cyril Salter, etc. Take your time and try something new when you can, then go with what you like. It is okay to have both soaps and creams in a rotation.

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 11-19-2012, 08:05 PM
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I don't like creams because to me they're like the easy button. Plus they leave a ton of residue on my brushes when I use them.

Probably because I used too much product.

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 11-19-2012, 08:08 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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I use both in rotation. Sometimes I'll even mix them to make an UBERLATHER..

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 11-19-2012, 11:16 PM
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  • blzrfn
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I enjoy both, but if I were to recommend one to a man just starting out whipping up lather then it would be cream. With soap it is easy to get frustrated with loading an appropriate amount at first and there are many soaps that won't even build a decent lather (I have two Trumper's pucks and have been disappointed with a local artisanal soap and Williams is sub-standard). On the other hand most creams, with very few exceptions, are easy to whip up into a thick lather. I would also recommend to start out with more cream and whip it longer than you think you will need. This will give you the biggest chances of success and will not deter you from furthering your quest into this wonderful world of traditional shaving.

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 11-20-2012, 12:26 AM
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I'm new too.

Its much easier to lather cream.

Soap really has a learning curve.

Some soaps are easier to load, by nature whereas some triple milled hard soaps require more effort to load

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 11-20-2012, 05:14 AM
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  • tgutc
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The Strop Shoppe Tallow soap in your scent of choice would be a good one. I recently wrote a review you can check out. It's the easiest soap to lather and it has the thickest and densest lather I've seen and I've used a lot of different soaps.

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 11-20-2012, 08:22 AM
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I know it might not be needed but I use a Simpson brush with the bigalow cream. I have to watch out though, because sometimes it gets to much water and is as good as hand soap.

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 11-20-2012, 09:22 AM
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  • Johnny
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I use soaps about 80% of the time at home but always use my trusty tube of Speick when traveling.

That reminds me, I need to pack my travel kit for the upcoming Thanksgiving trip.

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 11-20-2012, 10:07 AM
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  • oscar11
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My preference is soap but honestly it's six of one and a half dozen of the other.

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 11-20-2012, 11:08 AM
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  • Cobre
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I like to alternate between creams and soaps. I like variety

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 11-20-2012, 01:53 PM
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I use shaving soaps almost exclusively; MWF, TABAC and Arko. However, I've been using what's left in an old tube of Proraso for several days to good effect (I think I'll replace it when it's finished)! Smile

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 11-20-2012, 02:08 PM
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Croap (or soft soap). Things like your Italian soft soaps from RazoRock, Cella, Vito's etc.



(11-20-2012, 09:22 AM)Johnny Wrote: I use soaps about 80% of the time at home but always use my trusty tube of Speick when traveling.

That reminds me, I need to pack my travel kit for the upcoming Thanksgiving trip.

Me too! I'm taking a ton of brushes to keep me busy.

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 11-20-2012, 04:46 PM
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Awesome, lots of nice things to think about

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 11-20-2012, 04:54 PM
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I tried soap but I like cream better and it smell nicer

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 11-20-2012, 10:24 PM
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  • DaveL
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I have a collection of soaps and creams, I rotate between the two. However, I've come to prefer soaps. When my creams are gone I probably won't replace them.

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 11-20-2012, 10:40 PM
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Both!

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 11-21-2012, 03:34 AM
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  • MikekiM
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Gotta say, I love both, along with croaps.. those softer-than-soap, harder-than-cream concoctions...

Just depends on the experience I feel like having at the time. Some wet shavers go for that one product that works and stick with it exclusively, and others end up with a collection of products and change as the mood strikes them.. I am the latter.

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