View Full Version : Crabtree & Evelyn Sweet Almond Oil soap... this stuff is outstanding!
09-07-2011, 05:42 PM
I've had two NOS pucks of this sitting around for a while, and I decided to pull one out for a shave tonight.
What on earth did they do so differently to this stuff? I've tried other C&E soaps and none of them come close to the performance of this stuff. It lathers like a freakin' tallow bomb! Thick, slick lather that stays wet on your face and doesn't break down, and a very Cella-esque aroma makes this one of my favorite soaps, I think.
Any other fans?
09-07-2011, 06:04 PM
Yeah, i picked up one of those cheeky little pucks. It's good stuff
09-07-2011, 06:43 PM
Have one and a half, and love the scent! Lather is so-so, but that is probably my fault.
09-07-2011, 06:53 PM
Out of production?
09-07-2011, 07:01 PM
I'm sitting on 2 NIB pucks and 3 NIB tubes ... I love SAO, it gave me the best shave when I was first starting out with wet-shaving, but when it went out of production, I hate to crack open a sealed package.
I'm saving it for a special occasion ... maybe when I buy a house, maybe when I get married, maybe my retirement day.
If nothing else, I'm putting it in my will that SAO is what I want the mortician to shave me with before he puts me in the box.
09-07-2011, 07:33 PM
My only C&E soap experience was with Sienna and i HATED that soap. Worst lathering product.....:cursing:
Good to hear they did a better job at one point.
09-09-2011, 12:07 AM
I am also sitting on 2 NIB pucks of C&E SAO, plus an unopened 5.8 ounces tub/bowl with the screw-on lid. I have an opened tub/bowl as well as a slightly used puck in a C&E 1997 scuttle that I rotate now and then. I agree that this stuff is wonderful!
For the life of me, I can never figure out why C&E doesn't resurrect this very delightful sweet almond shave soap.
Well, it is their loss!
I still have my RazoRock Original, Vitos, Cella and an unopened kilo of P.160 Tipo Morbido just waiting for future use after I use up my 1/4 kilo chunk that I acquired as part of a trade with another B&B member for a NIB puck of C&E SAO.
I will always hate to see the C&E SAO go, but the Italians do a mighty fine job offering various excellent and satisfying replacements.
I have used C&E SAO for over 20 years and I still have a 2 NOS in my cabinet. I have recently switched to Fendrihan's Artisan Shaving Soap - Almond soap and I much prefer it to the C&E almond which is no longer in production.
The Fendrihan soap is a joy and in my experience using my scuttle and 30 year old Simpson brush, the Fendrihan is superior. I also use a local tallow based soap from Niagara that is even superior but that soap is custom made.
09-10-2011, 06:26 AM
I used to super lather SAO soap/creme all the time. It is fantastic that way!!! I think I might still have a tub/puck stashed away...
09-10-2011, 10:31 AM
I've heard that stuff is great. I've been trying to find a puck for a year now, with no success...
One of the absolute best!!!
09-13-2011, 05:48 AM
This is an odd post for me. Around eight years or so ago I bought a refill cake of the SAO soap at a nearby mall. It was a poor performer. I tried whipping up a lather any way I could and it was just not happening. I wound up using it in the shower for bathing. I wonder if there was any sort of formula changes over the years? This would have been around 2003 and it was not long before they discontinued it. Just weird.
09-13-2011, 09:58 AM
IMO, this is part of the "unobtainable phenomenon" when discontinued products get hyped way beyond their actual status.
I still have a few pucks and used up my last bit of cream earlier this year. The cream was much better than the soap, but the soap was average. Don't spend more than $5-$7 on a refill puck, it is just not worth it.
The scent is very nice however.
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