Not an easy question, but I'll answer it in other way.
Since you're new you probably have no idea that AOS soaps are produced by Valobra in Italy. With the same formula they make the same soap, with different aromas, for three brands:
- The Valobra shave stick, cheapest and with a lovely clean soapy smell (my favorite)
- The AOS, to me the tallow interferes a lot with the aromas, especially on the sandalwood
- Czech&Speake nº88, even more expensive than the AOS (especially for you being in the US) but I prefer it's smell over the AOS Sandalwood, less tallow more cologne
The performance is the same in all those soaps, so go with the cheapest (you can buy 2 Valobra sticks for less than the price of the AOS or C&S and get more quantity 2x50g> 90g) for now and then try the others!
BTW, the more you try the less you'll like the Proraso, take it from me!
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