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The best artisan shave soaps made in the USA
04-29-2013, 12:10 PM (This post was last modified: 04-29-2013 12:16 PM by Jabberwock.)
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You're correct that not all big companies are corporations, some are just big private companies with a large market share (C.O. Bigelow and, I guess eShave, are good examples of this). On the flip side, not all small companies are non corporate, it's pretty easy to create a corporation and the designation of "corporation" does not automatically make a company a behemoth. I used poor wording in distinguishing small scale independent soap operations from the other larger scale offerings, but I think most folks got the gist of my meaning.

PdP is made by European Soaps, Llc. Llc. stands for: Limited liability corporation. The company is a small corporation and while it may or may not be publicly traded, it is still a corporation. What I have read about Van Der Hagen Enterprises is a bit conflicting, some accounts put it down as a corporate entity with the Van Der Hagen family as simply a part of the board, others are a bit vague and make it seem more like a private company. I haven't done enough research to verify its ownership, but either way it is certainly a large scale operation. eShave is probably private, I could find no corporate ownership information so it probably is just a large privately owned company.

In any event, my purpose was simply to point some light onto the little guys. I certainly had no intentions of attacking any company just because they're corporate or large scale (if it weren't for large scale operations I would never have found VDH Deluxe, and that would have been tragic, because VDH Deluxe rocks).

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04-29-2013, 12:31 PM
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Hi Jabberwork,

Just a few notes.

The "C" in LLC stands for Company, not Corporation. It also doesn't mean much of anything as far as whether they are "corporate" or not, it's just a way to set up a business. Queen Charlotte Soaps is an LLC. Saint Charles Shave is an LLC. Heck, Bullgoose is an LLC.

I do understand what you mean re: focusing on the smaller producers. No problem with that, I'm just being nitpicky about some of this stuff :)
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04-29-2013, 01:00 PM
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Heh, I tend to be the same way. I am compelled to point out minor mistakes and misstatements and yet I usually just shrug my shoulders and wander off when people make huge, glaringly obvious mistakes (like the folks at AoS trying to convince me that their shaving brushes are made from mole hair). You're correct about the Llc., I'm not sure where or when I picked up the idea that it was specifically for corporations, but it is an old belief that has now been dispelled.

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04-29-2013, 08:51 PM
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Although I have only tried a few on the OP list my vote is for Mike's.
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05-06-2013, 05:35 PM (This post was last modified: 05-06-2013 05:35 PM by david1201.)
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Two shaves in with Barrister and Mann, and they are definitely worthy of being on this list! Seem comparable to Mike's & Mystic Water imho.

(04-26-2013 02:02 PM)Jabberwock Wrote:  I haven't really seen too many reviews of Barrister and Mann and I have never used it, so it did not make the list. They seem like interesting soaps, so I will give them a try sooner or later.

The Green Mountain Soaps do look kind of odd. Most of the reviews are positive, and also pretty positive in regards to their shape...apparently they fit well in just about anything. I would love to try them, but I am unwilling to buy two pucks of a soap that is relatively unknown just so I can meet the minimum order of $24. If they had samples I would be all over them, but they don't. Leisure Guy did a review of the soap not too long ago.

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05-09-2013, 11:57 AM
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Anyone have experience with Green Mountain Soaps? I noted the discussion earlier in this thread, and now I'm interested in buying a puck or two.
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05-10-2013, 08:40 AM
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An LLC ... can be a Partnership, a Corporation or an S Corporation assuming that there are more than 2 people who are owners and what elections the LLC makes.

An individual who owns a business where the income is reported on their individual return ... can also set-up an LLC usually referred to as a SMLLC (Single Member Limited Liability Company).

The LLC is used to protect the individual or individual owners (Owners can be indivduals, corporations, partnerships, another LLC, etc.) from potential personal liability.

But, I am a Tax Guy so that is enough said about Tax Stuff.

Now Back to Shaving Soaps.

Thanks for the List.

Now I have to see how I can use up the soaps in my rotation and still by some more soaps.

Maybe if I start shaving twice a day will resolve my current soap problem.
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05-11-2013, 04:46 AM
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I tend to use soaps for the bigger companies, but as part of a trade I ended up with some soaps from The Shave Den. They performed quite well for me and the Aqua Velva scent had a really nice spicy freshness to it.

Fwiw, I ended up PIFing it, and the new owner had the same reaction, a completely under the radar soap.
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09-13-2013, 09:19 AM (This post was last modified: 10-04-2013 07:37 AM by jackgoldman123.)
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Barrister & Mann
Honeybee
Kell's
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09-13-2013, 09:40 AM
Post: #30
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Barrister & Mann, Petal Pusher Fancies, Mike's Natural Soaps 'nuff said!
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09-13-2013, 09:59 AM
Post: #31
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... for me ... Mystic Water Soaps, followed by Mike's Natural Soaps ... Biggrin
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09-13-2013, 10:15 AM
Post: #32
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Sorry, I am late to the party.
Mystic Water & Mike's!
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09-13-2013, 10:18 AM
Post: #33
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Queen Charlotte Soaps (Vostok Thumbup), Mike's, and Barrister & Mann all work for me. I've only used samples from each but will buy tins from all three.
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09-13-2013, 10:18 AM
Post: #34
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Love my Barrister & Mann. Drip dry your brush and lather away. The soap is so thirsty and so easy an idiot can do it. (see poster)

Their Vetiver, Heather, and Clary Sage has great fresh, moist, alive smell that my wife loves. Hmm... fresh, moist, and alive; smells that don't occur in the desert.

To any administrator or anyone with knowledge: any way we can make this a sticky so this can become a reference source? I love supporting artisan/indy shaving supply companies.
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09-13-2013, 11:43 AM (This post was last modified: 09-13-2013 11:44 AM by moallen.)
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I am always looking for new artisan soaps, since I have found I need to focus on unscented products to keep my rosacea from flaring up.

My current favorites:

Mike's
Petal pushers
Mystic Water
The Shave Den
Queen Charlotte
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09-13-2013, 03:07 PM (This post was last modified: 09-13-2013 03:08 PM by david1201.)
Post: #36
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Have to add this one to the list - right up there with the others mentioned! The best veggie soap I've found (that is made in the USA).

LA Shaving Soap Co.

The Woody Lavender is a must try!
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09-14-2013, 07:17 AM
Post: #37
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I'm still very new to DE shaving.. I can say in my limited experience that I get great results from Barrister & Mann's Seville and most recently "How to grow a moustache" Synergy Lime.
I plan on ordering some Mikes and some from Em's.
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09-18-2013, 08:28 AM
Post: #38
The best artisan shave soaps made in the USA
Mikes
Barrister and Mann
Stirling

All 3 provide great shaves; plenty of cushion and glide.

Sadly I could not get Mystic Waters to work for me. I had no soft soap experience at the time but the bay rum was honestly the best smelling soap I've ever encountered. Ill revisit someday!
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09-18-2013, 10:34 AM (This post was last modified: 09-27-2013 05:33 AM by jackgoldman123.)
Post: #39
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1) Honeybee shaving soap (2 scents: lime, lemon) in my rotation now.
2) Barrister & Mann are quite excellent: a) Seville, b) Vetiver, c) Heather & Clary Sage, Lime, Lavender & Cedarwood
3) Healing Scents

Too many soaps, not enough days to shave.
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09-18-2013, 02:13 PM
Post: #40
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(05-10-2013 08:40 AM)Grumpy Wrote:  An LLC ... can be a Partnership, a Corporation or an S Corporation assuming that there are more than 2 people who are owners and what elections the LLC makes.

An individual who owns a business where the income is reported on their individual return ... can also set-up an LLC usually referred to as a SMLLC (Single Member Limited Liability Company).

The LLC is used to protect the individual or individual owners (Owners can be indivduals, corporations, partnerships, another LLC, etc.) from potential personal liability.

But, I am a Tax Guy so that is enough said about Tax Stuff.

Now Back to Shaving Soaps.

Thanks for the List.

Now I have to see how I can use up the soaps in my rotation and still by some more soaps.

Maybe if I start shaving twice a day will resolve my current soap problem.

Well said! My wife has a LLC, Limited Liability Corporation, but that may just mean that in the State of California LLC can mean that. I know in Missouri the C in LLC MUST mean Company and it cannot be an incorporated entity, although it CAN BE owned by an incorporated entity, which makes no sense to me, but que sera, sera...

In any case, I'm not sure anyone even got on that tangent...if you don't like what the OP said, then just move on to a different POST...why all the negativity? I feel like I'm on another (newly redesigned) forum...

My favorite of the Soap Artisan's mentioned is Mama Bear, specifically a soap she made for Badger and Blade in 2009...it had Oakmoss and Anise in it...it was wonderful!
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