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    Hi all,

    I've been using a DE to shave for a couple years now (upgraded from mach 3). I recently purchased Dovo Silver Steel with Ebony from Straight Razor Designs. It came truly shave ready I'm happy to say. I bought it in the bundle with a 3" English Leather and canvas strop.

    In my DE experience, I tried several soaps:

    Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood - Couldn't use it - WAY too strong for me and my wife who is super sensitive to fragrances
    Prorasso Red - Worked ok, kind of watery, smell still too strong
    Conks glycerin - was great with my DE, but seems like not enough slickness with the SR.
    Wet Shaving Products, various - I actually just bought their dozen pack of 1oz sample to try the different flavors. I consumed a complete full size tin of the rustic version with success.

    So far Wet Shaving Products has been my favorite.

    Here's my question: Given my varied, but limited, experience and the need to buy a new tin, is WSP considered a "good" or "Very good" or "excellent" (I assume it's not less than good...). If it's "Good" then I'd like to try something in the "very good" to Excellent category just to see the difference.

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    Matt

    PS, I did try searching, but searching for "Wet Shaving Products" returns pretty much every post on this forum.

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    Welcome to SRP Matt!!!!

    This is where you go to find a true and honest soap comparison

    First Tier Soaps and Creams

    After you get lost in that thread for a while, you should have a very good idea of what you'd like to try

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    Hello, welcome to SRP. I suggest you read Obie's thread in the shaving soap section on the Top Tier Soaps. It's an excellent summary of some of the best soaps. However, there are now many, many soap makers, and not all are listed, including WSP. I personally feel that WSP soaps are excellent and enjoy several. I prefer Lee's tallow (formula "T" soaps), but they are all excellent, including his recent shaving cream release. Lee also makes soaps for BullGoose, called Asylum Shave Works, and you might like of those scents as well. Soap preferences are very personal, and you'll have to learn what works best for you. Purchasing samples, as you did with WSP, is the way to learn what you might like before investing in a tub. Don't hesitate to try anything in Obie's Tier 3 category--you'll be glad you did.
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    That is the thread to go by for sure. And the list in the beginning gets updated so its not the first list. You can read thru all the posts but its many pages long. The main thing is the first list. As Obie updates that list it makes it easier to pull from and not have to read the 100's of posts. If you want to try the best go with MDC. JMHO.
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    This stuff right here..
    https://straightrazordesigns.com/pro...nt=28863917639
    IMHO its one of the very best.
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    Thanks guys,

    I found Obie's thread. I'm glad that he's updating the first post, because digging through the 100+ pages was a daunting task.

    Would WSP make Tier 3 if it were listed?
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    maybe but not going to try it again to find out,, but to me I don't even care for 3rd tier stuff, theres to much good in the first tier, so why compromise, its not that expensive to buy the top stuff. and don't get me wrong there are some top tier stuff that's inexpensive. or theres MDC which runs around 60$ a jar yet last as long as 3 jars of a lesser soap so is it expensive? or really a good bargain.

    now some of the 1st tier is around 20$. but the real fun is trying different soaps, I tried 100,s but now I,m down to 2-3 I use exclusively because of my remark in the beginning, why use second and third tier if I,m happier with my first tier? of course this is only my opinion, and my face and money Tc
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    Tc, I agree with what you've said above.
    When buying soaps or creams, going with the top tier is a much better deal and choice.
    I've narrowed down my soap/cream selection to basically all top tier. I am much happier with the shave and the way my skin feels afterwards.

    Matt, I'm sure you can find samples of the Castle Forbes creams. If not shoot me a message and I can help you out.
    You will then have an idea of what the top tier soaps are like
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieseld View Post
    Welcome to SRP Matt!!!!

    This is where you go to find a true and honest soap comparison

    First Tier Soaps and Creams

    After you get lost in that thread for a while, you should have a very good idea of what you'd like to try

    Enjoy and have fun
    Nothing against him, but I find it hard to believe that all his 1st tier soaps are expensive, pricey soaps, and I have some of those expensive soaps. Nothing cheap is great I guess, just good enough. Maybe he said this, but his top tier is more luxury than anything. Anything in this 2nd tier would do just fine.
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    It all depends on the $$ you want to spend. I am getting great results with Proraso green and Cella. No top tier soaps by Obie's standards but excellent stuff. Proraso is cool and minty, Cella has this smell of almonds that not everyone likes. I wasn't happy with Musgo Real. I much more enjoyed Colleen's soaps (the Gentlemen's Quarter). I am not sure she is still in business.

    Even with the best soaps you cannot get a good shave if your blade isn't sharp enough and your technique is poor. With good technique and a sharp blade you can get good shaves with most soaps and creams.
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