That's quite the feat since you started at the same time I did,
I am not even close to completing one of my pucks, or creams, or croaps.
I think I have a problem haha I just seem to keep collecting, I am sure I have a few creams/soaps I haven't tried yet
I use a $2.25 giant bowl/mug thing from Wal-mart. It's not fancy, but it's blue. :D
Also: It works surprisingly well.
I don't buy soaps very often so I just use the Razorock ones I have, the Proraso, and the Col Conk. I wouldn't be surprised if you have a lot more than I do so if you use different ones more often it will obviously take you longer :-) BUT you get a bigger variety than I do :-)
Mama Bear - Both Aged Spice and Brute scents. Lathered well for about $10.
Parker - I used the sandalwood scent. Lathered the same or better than Col. Conk for $8.
Van der Hagen Luxury - Lathers great. It's available at Target and many other locations for about $4.
Vand der Hagen Deluxe - Lathers good. Scent is kind of mild, under $3 and widely available in big box stores
Wanting something "better" is very subjective. Can you provide specifics about what way you want another soap to be "better than Col Conk"? Are you looking for a lower cost (Williams), different scent (Arko), easier lathering (can of goo), or something else?
I heard the name Proraso so much I decided to try it. It's Menthol and Eucalyptus overload.
My wife walked in to the bathroom and asked why I was shaving with BenGay. I don't care for it much.
Congratulations on your first finished puck! I think that Conk Bay Rum was my first also.
There are some good suggestions in already, no need for me to add to those. Don't worry about the size of the puck, they all transfer nicely into whatever container you have with a little cutting or grating.
I will say that you don't need to think of the next soap as a step up from your original Conk. Yes, there are many soaps that offer advantages over Conk soaps, but the Col Conk soaps are still good performers. I have been fortunate enough to try a lot of different soaps and creams, yet Conk remains in my rotation and I certainly enjoy using it more than some of the more expensive alternatives. Just don't try the lime.
-- Sal -- Razors don't shave people. People shave people! There are 3 critical types of life moments: Times when we should be enamoured of the finer details, and times we should ignore the minutia.
I don't see anyone recommending Mama Bear's! Shocking, just shocking.
Merkur 38C, Simpson Colonel X2L, Truefitt & Hill Grafton, and Israeli Red Personna!
The VanDerHagen Luxury soap was the first soap I finished. I've since moved onto Mystic Water Shaving soap ($9 for refill or $12 with tub + $3.50 shipping). Great all natural soap that produces amazing lather. I recommend trying the lily of the valley scent.
Although my true favorite soap now is Edwin Jagger Sea Buckthorn shave soap. All natural and the peachy scent is like nothing else. The puck is only 2.5 oz for around $9 for refill and $15 with travel case. Excellent soap at a decent price.
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+1 on MWF
Muhle R41+Feather | Mike's Orange & Bay Rum, MWF, DR Harris Arlington, AOS Sandalwood
If you go through the Reviews section you'll see literally hundreds of soaps in the >$10 <$30 range.
Trying them all is the fun part :)
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I remember the first soap I finished: it was a puck of Tabac.
A couple of soaps that are worth checking out that haven't been mentioned yet are Valobra and AoS.