The forum member who is sending my brushes told me not to make any purchases until his goodie bag arrived, but honestly, there have been so many good suggestions on here that I have no idea where to start. The Arko sounds good, and I never knew that something such as a "Shave stick" existed. Your suggestion for the Taylor of Old Bond Streets stuff sounds good too. In all honesty, from the sound of it, the Arko has something like the scent that I was going for. When I said I wanted a nice, unique scent, I should have specified a little more. I don't want anything that smells like the crap I have been using in the can all these years, be it the Gillette Gel or the Barbasol Cream. Something fruity or woodsy, like cedar or sandalwood might be nice.
Don't think the Misses would appreciate that too much.
In all honesty, I think I have it narrowed down to three choices based on what you guys have suggested. Im thinking of going with an Arko stick, a Tabac stick, and a container of the Green Proraso. I know the white is supposed to be good for sensitive skin but I just like the sound of the green better. Any thoughts?
Mike's Natural Soaps: great scents and great ingredients (good for sensitive skin).
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VDH. It's cheap, mild, and easy to lather. You can do 100 practice lathers and it'll cost you about $2. After that you should definitely look in to Mikes, if your skin is ok with lanolin.
From what I hear Arko and Lilac Vegetal will give you a scent...
Man I gotta try the Veg!
Instead of Proraso, I'd try Institut Karite. It smells clean and soapy, and the slickness and protection are top-notch.
A very nice lathering soap that is also easy on the skin is Klar Kabinette. Very economical too! You can put it in a bowl or make a stick out of it. http://www.royalshave.com/p/422-018-...nett_soap.html Unlike Cella (which is a great soap too) I have never heard of anyone having a sensitivity to it. Just my 2 cents worth.
My name is Chris. I'm addicted to shaving and heavily influenced by enablers.
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Oh, and odds are that you don't have 'sensitive' skin. If you're like the 99.99% of the rest of us, you have normal skin but have been taking horrible care of it.
Stick around here for a while and you'll be amazed at how much healthier your skin gets.
Just call me Chris.
One thing i will say is stay away from:
Mama Bear Soaps (maybe with the exception of her unscented)
Both of those soaps burnt the daylights out of my skin. They smelled wonderful though.
Soaps I've used without issue:
Cella (heavily scented, may irritate)
RazorRock Artisan Boston Tea Party (similar to above)
Green Proraso is also heavily scented with eucalyptus and menthol; menthol also might not be the best choice if you really have sensitive skin. Also green is more like a summer soap - refreshing and cool.
While arko lathers like a champ, it has a little downside on moisturising. Nonetheless, it has all the beauty and moisturising of a tallow based soap. I happen to very much like its citronella and limey scent.
I'd say stick with proraso white, its a good moisturiser and lathers nicely. Smell is allright, too.
I can also suggest you buy both proraso and arko; since arko is dirt cheap. Just my opinions though; whatever you choose; I hope you have a nice and clean shave.
Edit: I just remembered TOBS Jermyn St. soap - a lot of people like the scent and smoothness of the soap.
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Tabac is a damn fine product, and nothing I've tried has beat it in terms of getting performance out of a hard soap. Proraso, Arko, Col. Conk, Williams all performed less and produced a thinner lather (Arko is probably the best of these 4, but I found it's smell to be too sweet). Tabac's smell is ok, it has an essence that is urinal cakey, but for the most part it smells like a nice soap should. Also my skin has reacted to TOBS Sandlewood, Col. Conk and the new Proraso didn't provide very much cushion, and old Proraso caused a minor reaction (also wasn't too big a fan of the sweet menthol smell). Williams is surprisingly good, but not in the same league as Tabac, it's similar to Arko actually.
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