These are on my buy list. Tallow based, Italian made, and have the thumbs up from a few soaps users who have enough experience that I pay attention to their opinions. I too have seen some of these soap users declare that these are the best soaps they have ever used. They also come scented with real essential oils to boot. Overall, I am one who finds AOS to be to shelf all the way around. If you want to see expensive, visit and of the three T's sites and check out the razor and brush prices. Basically equivalent to AOS. They are all pricey. I would agree with those who balk at the $40 price of the AOS soap w/bowl. Still, I will fork over for one some day.
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