Discussion in 'Shaving Soaps' started by Nishy, Jul 31, 2016.
I'm liking this Figaro stuff a lot. Nicer than the Vitos I tried a while back.
2. Dusy Kabinett
Is it Figaro Monsieur? That stuff is wonderful!
1. i Coloniali Mango Oil Shaving Soap
2. Saponificio Varesino Felce Aromatica
4. Caties bubbles-Le Piment de la Vie
5. Haslinger Schafmilch / Mitchell's wool fat
The Soap Opera Himalaya Shave Soap
Mitchell's Wool Fat
Truth be told, Tabac, Stirling Glastonbury, and Valobra Crema di Sapone Purissima could replace any of 2-5 on that list and it would work just as well.
Good to see some fellow love for Institut Karite. But you let yourself down with MWF
1. Wickham's 1912
4. NSS Traditional
Numbers 1 and 2 are interchangeable
1. Mitchell's Wool Fat
2. Martin de Candre Fougere
3. Czech & Speake "88" or Oxford & Cambridge
4. Klar Kabinett
5. D.R. Harris Arlington
If you were forced to chose between Schafmilch and MWF, which would you go for?
I would go with Schafmilch as I find the scent more pleasant and the soap a tad easier to use. However, YMMV.
1. Haslinger Calendula, Sea Weed, Sheep's Milk
2. NSS Traditional
4. Abbate Y La Mantia Krokos
5. RazoRock For Chicago
Institut Karite was the first really high-end soap I used, and will always be one of my favorites. No love for Mitchell's Wool Fat? I couldn't get it to lather worth a darn the first time I tried it. Years later, and using a different brush with a lot more backbone, MWF lathered like crazy and worked very well for me.
I first bought it years ago, didn't get on with it. Last year I bought it again thinking age and wisdom would bring more success - older deffo, but unfortunately not any wiser. Still found it to be hit and miss. There were too many other products I owned that 'just worked' and being lazy at heart, I moved it along.
I like a slick soap and never got the concept of "cushion". There are so many excellent soaps out there that seem to work well for me that it is hard for me to pick just 5. Scent is not a huge issue either be it strong or mild so long as it is not offensive to me. Having said all that, I really enjoy soaps that are excellent performers but are not costly. I do use soaps like MdC but have been left a little underwhelmed by them simply because I expected more from them relative to the less expensive soaps I have tried. That is not to say the higher end soaps I have tried did not perform well, on the contrary, they did. With that background in mind I would have to say:
Arko shave stick - either as a stick or pressed into a bowl
Palmolive shave stick - either as a shave stick or grated into a bowl
Tabac - either in puck form or shave stick
Haslingers - having tried Sharfs Milch and Honig
Panama Boelis 1924
I'm narrow minded, so they're all tallow. One day I'm going to try Mitchell's Wool Fat and Haslinger.
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