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    Without reading the thread, I'm guessing

    people will post:

    Tabac
    Williams
    MWF
    Cade
    Cella
    Valobra Stick

    Personal Preference:

    Monsavon
    P.160
    Soap Opera of Madison
    TGQ
    Pre de Provence
    Omega/Proraso
    Gene

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    Quote Originally Posted by ouch View Post
    If either of my girls ever offered to buy me a present ( I know, sometimes I kill myself. ) I would ask for AoS or C&S, or perhaps that snooty French one.

    Agreed. End of story.

    Regards, Todd

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    The Italian soaps are in favor lately and with good reason. Make it easy for here and make an Amazon wish list, for $30, with free shipping she can buy you:

    Valobra Stick
    Valobra Soft
    Cella Tub

    All are very worthy choices, and you'll understand what every one is talking about.

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    d.r. harris arlington
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    tabac
    tabac
    tabac
    then...
    tabac.
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    This is so interesting. After reading thread after thread of folks choosing the Fat over Tabac, many who have responded so far have liked Tabac the best.

    Count me amongst the ranks. Tabac gives me the most protective shave by far. Arko is right up there, not too far behind.

    After that I'd say Valroba stick and then Cella.

    I've just started my journey with MWF so it's too early to say. Though the first two tries were a little thin and dried a little quickly, I did get a great low irritation shave both times.

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    Other soaps smell better, other soaps lather easier, but as far as giving me close, smooth, consistently irritation free shaves the best performers for me have been:

    Tabac. I don't really like the ashtray scent, but there's no disputing the performance.

    Arko. Right after I get done shaving with Arko, I wonder why I use other soaps.

    Honorable mention to the Godrej round and Proraso white tub.
    Thomas

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    MWF end of story. It may not lather quite as easy as some, but it more than makes up for it with the best skin conditioning/moisturizing. Honroable mention goes to AOS, Cade, and SliceOfLifes homemade soap.
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    In these types of threads, I think it's helpful for people to know how many soaps and what types of soaps a poster has tried, and then their choices (for obvious reasons). The following is a list of every shaving soap I've ever tried:

    Mama Bear Spicey Lime
    Mama Bear Frankincense and Myrrhh
    The Gentleman's Quarter Savon de Campagne
    " " " Provence Lavender
    " " " Toasted Almond
    " " " Blackberry Sage
    VDH Deluxe
    VDH Select
    modern Williams
    Saint Charles Shave
    Provence Sante Green Tea


    Right now I'd rank them as follows:

    1. SCS
    2. The Gentleman's Quarter
    3. Mama Bear
    4. VDH Deluxe
    5. Provence Sante Green Tea
    6. VDH Select
    7. modern Williams

    SCS soap gives me the creamiest lather. Lathers from TGQ and MB are slightly slicker. TGQ and MB soap lathers are approximately equivalent; I get great lathers from both. I rate TGQ slightly higher because of the scents.

    Yes, I ranked VDH Deluxe over PSGT. I get a creamier and more stable lather from the VDH. VDH Select, on the other hand, is not a good performer for me. Modern Williams is a pretty good (but not a great) bath soap.
    Randall, member of BOTOC

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    Czech & Speake #88
    MWF
    La Toja


    Will likely change this time next month.

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    La Toja
    MWF
    Tabac
    Vintage Willimas
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfisher View Post
    In these types of threads, I think it's helpful for people to know how many soaps and what types of soaps a poster has tried, and then their choices (for obvious reasons). The following is a list of every shaving soap I've ever tried:
    Good Point, I'll rephrase my earlier response. These are the soaps I've tried:

    Tabac
    Palmolive
    DrH Arlington, Lavender, Marlborough
    Provence Sante original and green tea
    Mama Bears
    Queen Charlotte Soaps
    Madame Scidoli Soaps
    Institute Karite
    Cade
    Monsavon
    Martin de Candre
    Pre de Provence
    GFT Rose and Sandalwood (non-tallow)
    Cella
    P160
    Valobra Stick
    Gold Dachs
    Irish Moos
    Klar Kabinett
    Vintage Williams and Modern
    SliceOfLifes Soaps
    MWF
    Speick
    Arko
    Eramasic Stick
    Proraso
    Fitjar
    Wrisley
    Yardley
    Tabula Rasa (consider it more of a soap)
    VDH Deluxe
    Edwin Jagger Sea Buckhorn
    AOS Sandalwood, Lavender
    Probably more I can't think of at the moment

    Of these my preference is for:

    Tabula Rasa (consider it more of a soap)
    La Toja
    AOS Sandalwood, Lavender
    MWF
    Cella
    P160
    Valobra Stick
    Martin de Candre
    Queen Charlotte Soaps
    Institute Karite

    If I could pick only 5 it would be:
    MWF
    AOS Sandalwood
    Cella
    MdC
    Valobra Stick

    I could have a rotation of just these soaps and be perfectly content for a long time.
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    Great question but no single answer. My view: tabac, mwf, cella and la Toja

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    Cella, Crema Sapone Extra Extra Purissima
    P.160 Tipo Morbido
    Valobra, Sapone per barba stick
    Valobra, Crema di Sapone Purissima
    Acca Kappa 1869
    MWF
    Martin de Candre
    L' Occitane Cade
    Marco, Old School Wet Shaver

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    Cella, Crema Sapone Extra Extra Purissima
    P.160 Tipo Morbido
    AoS Sandalwood
    Valobra, Crema di Sapone (Almond or Menthol)

    David

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    I Coloniali
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    hi all
    few i use quite often ,preference list.
    1. proraso
    2. erasmic
    3.arko
    4.palmolive
    have got a lot of others but tend to use these the most .
    i find that the cheaper ones are as good as the expensive ones .
    rac

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    I've used:

    Prairie Creations (tallow formula, no lanolin)
    Saint Charles Shave (multiple scents)
    AOS Lemon
    Cade
    Charismata Cherry Pipe Tobacco
    Palomolive Euro Stick
    Madame Scodioli Dust Shaker
    Island Soaps

    I'd rank them:

    AOS Lemon
    Palmolive Euro Stick
    Cade
    SCS
    Prairie Creations
    Madame Scodioli
    Charismata
    Island Soaps

    AOS and Palmolive are top of the heap for me. I get about the same performance from Cade and SCS, but those soaps need a little more work to get to the same end, although I've got my lathering method down to a science now with them and I think they're awesome. Prairie Creations makes great soap as well, but more of a top-of-the-heap 2nd-tier soap for me. Scodioli soaps perform pretty well, but a quick search will show you why this soap is ranked so low on my list. Charismata gave me a lot of trouble before I got it to where it's usable for me, but not one of my favorites. Island Soaps Shaving Soap was totally useless in my hands, at least. I finished it in the shower.

    Just my $.02, hope this helps.
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    I'm unsure how to answer this question not knowing whether to include soft soaps/hard creams.

    Hard Soaps
    Valobra Shave Stick
    Irisch Moos Shave Stick
    MWF
    Provence Sante

    Soft Soaps
    Acqua Di Parma
    SMN
    Monsavon
    P.160

    My favorites:
    1) Acqua Di Parma:
    2) Valobra Shave Stick.
    Mike - - Hookem

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    Castle Forbes (soft soap)
    AOS Sandalwood
    SMN (soft soap)
    D R Harris
    Cade
    MWF

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    La Toja
    P.160
    MWF
    Cheers, Paul

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