I read up on Arko. I had the occassion to use the cream (Commando I think) and it was a serviceable cream. I have not had the soap. I do respect Howard's opinon on it, but then again, I must admit, I do like some of the methodology Joel employs. Seeing the pics of his brush after 10 swirls with each soap does show the Tabac has gone farther into the brush head than the Arko. I do not think this is determinative but it is one of those factors that one can OBJECTIVELY look at to make a decision. Especially helpful when all you have is online stuff to look at and others' opinions. Too bad there is no test yet for slickness or thickness, but hey, Id probably pick the Tabac over the Arko just on the pics in Joel's review.
Given the glowing reviews of others, this is one i would like to try