I got a stick of Arko free with an order several months ago. For some reason Iím not a fan of shave sticks, I prefer pucks of soap in a tub. I had read that Arko can be cut into 1/2 Ėinch slices and pressed into a tub, so one night last week thatís what I did. This morning I had my first shave with it. Madness ensued.
I will start off by saying it smells like a cheap urinal cake. Itís not dreadful or eye-watering, it just smells slightly sickly-sweet, like a really cheap deodorizing soap. I can see it growing on me, but not right away. Maybe the scent is a big head-turner in Turkey, but not for me. Iím glad the scent fades after a while!
Considering that a whole stick of it is a wallet-gentle US$2, this has to be the bargain of the century. The lather was super-thick, creamy, and rich. I donít think I added enough water because I donít think it was as slick as my other soaps, but I will chalk this up to my rock-hard water and remember this for the future. My razor didnít quite glide across my face like a chubby boy over oiled ice, but it didnít catch and skip either. The thick lather with my glycerin-rich AS left my face feeling very moisturized.
The scent may be as close to rubbish without being actually nauseating as any object from the Old Ones can be, but this waltzed right into my rotation with verve and aplomb.
Sigh. I am a member of the cult of Arko.