outside of VDH for practice lathers prior to going DE, Tabac was my first, my only soap. I loved the smell and I thought the lather was wonderful. I was a bowl latherer, a good minute and a half of swirling, and then onto mountains of lovely whipped lather. But as Florida summer heat caught up, I started going full menthol and added Proraso green tub soap as my everyday soap.
The Tabac sat for a month at least, and after 3 or 4 days of getting mediocre lather from the Proraso, I took the advice of many on here and gave face lathering a whirl - took to it immediately. I was getting spectacular BBS shaves almost every day using a very aggressive 39C and a smoother blade (Israeli Red), but I attributed most of the shave to the razor/blade combo as I started with that at a similar time.
Well, on Wednesday, I gave Tabac a shot, mostly from a nostalgia/switch it up standpoint, and was shocked to find that, facelathered with plenty of tip dips for extra water, I found myself nicked and irritated and generally not enjoying my shave. Now, it was my 4th shave on a Plus Platinum, and I had some concerns that maybe the blade was getting a little dull or had a few high/low spots that were the issue so I waited until I could get in another shave with the same blade, but with the Proraso and I'm now convinced after a BBS, wonderful shave this morning.
Face lathered, getting what seems to me to be a great, foamy, slick lather out of both soaps, the Proraso did a superior job with both cushion and slickness. I'll roll back to tabac down the road again when it isn't as brutally hot, but I may now have to start looking for a tabac replacement (the fat is the likely candidate). More than anything, I think I was just surprised that a soap I chose for mentholy goodness was actually giving me a better shave than one of the top dogs on many lists.