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most elegant looking soaps

Discussion in 'Shaving Soaps' started by KAV, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. KAV

    KAV Well-Known Member

    Location:
    California
    Forums have whipped up debate and opinion on soap performance, unit cost, reformulations, quirks in lathering, environmental impacts and sometimes interesting history. I'm plotting financial malfeasance to acquire a Bideford soap container and thought the presentation of a soap stirs our inner magpie as much as any rational consideration.
    Dr Selby ( if it becomes readily available again) is a yeoman performing soap and the container, even though plastic has a Art Nouveau charisma approaching a poor man's lalique.
    Mitchell's always pleases; the ceramic container, puck wrapped in pleated paper all sold in a box matching the classic label always unchains my inner Walter Mitty. I'm briefly Laird Kavanaugh shaving while my morning paper is ironed and sterling tea service with scones brought in by Sir John Geilgud trying not to betray news my advice to #10 Downing was ignored.
    There are many others, some with logos more colourful than a collectable California orange packing crate label, lovely cursive script product name stamped into soap itself or wooden bowls lovingly upgraded post puck with stains and sealers. Or it could be something humble but with long association of family use you know and depend on.
     
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  2. halvor

    halvor Forum GOD!

    Location:
    Norway
    Boellis, Nuavia and Czech & Speake all have nice bowls. I sort of like the L’Occitane Cade tin, too, but I haven’t actually had one so I’m not sure how it feels in hand. I agree the Selby plastic box has something to it.

    Of the more ‘common’ plastic containers, SMN is nice and different from others. MdC also has its place on an open shelf in my bathroom.
     
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  3. Len

    Len Guru

    The two best presented soap brands, IMO, offered for your consideration (not my pictures):

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    P.S. MdC deserves an honorable mention as well...
     
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  4. DamianJ

    DamianJ Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I agree that the C&S containers are stunning. Yet to try one though.
     
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  5. Sid James

    Sid James Legendary Member

    Best presented soap brand? Boellis.
     
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  6. Nick_S

    Nick_S Atypical Audi Driver

    Location:
    Stoke on Trent
    The Mitchell's puck I must say (and the Kent) is very nicely presented.

    I do love how the T&H soaps come in the wooden soap bowls, as do some other brands.
     
  7. DR Harris, Floris, Penhaligon's, LPL (I think the tins look classy) , Czech& Speake, MdC old glass jar,L'Occitane Cade UFO soap holder, i coloniali terracotta bowl sadly discontinued and MWF ceramic dish looks very classy and bucolic to me.
     
  8. chris.hale

    chris.hale Legendary Member

    Location:
    Cumbria, England
    Most of the ones I would have mentioned already have been, however I really like the Fitjar jars.
     
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  9. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

    The presentation of the puck itself IMO goes to Van Yulay. With regards to the packaging SV's wooden sunken containers and TOBS wooden bowls are lovely. The old spice mug is also a favourite.
     
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  10. Lann

    Lann Guru

    Location:
    Belfast
    I love the look of the MWF ceramic dish and the Old Spice mug also. I think the label design on @phoenixandbeau soap tubs, particularly from Spitfire onwards deserves a mention.
     
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  11. Of course! Fitjar Islands soap in the wooden bowl looks great too. :thumbsup:
     
  12. Lord Fatboy

    Lord Fatboy Not a Guru

    The browness of B & M LaVanille...
     
  13. Dr Watson

    Dr Watson Legendary Member

    Location:
    West Sussex, UK
    No doubt everybody has a different idea of elegance but for me, I would have to say leave it to the Italians...

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  14. phoenixandbeau

    phoenixandbeau Guru Artisan

    Why thank you, sir :) We really appreciate it. Kerry.
     
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  15. pjgh

    pjgh Forum GOD!

    Location:
    Halifax, UK
    Mitchell's Wool Fat
     
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