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    Obie, I always enjoy reading your impressions of products. However, I've come to realize that the ordering of your lists, whether "First Tier," "Second Tier," The Seven Wonders," or, "Shave Den's Permanent Residents" changes as frequently for you as it does for me. My highest rankings often goes to whatever soaps I happen to be enjoying at the time, while there might be others that deserve an even higher ranking but have been temporarily forgotten from lack of use. What has remained a permanent and frequent fixture on my countertop the past couple of years is Czech & Speake, both No. 88 and O&C, for their strong and complex scents and a luxurious lather that is hard to beat. I have another 20 or so soaps that may make their way from their drawer to the countertop for a few lovely days, but then are replaced and are forgotten for a spell. These are the soaps that gain and lose their stature on my favorite lists, with C&S always holding tight to the top spot. Happy New Year, my friend.
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    Richard,
    I know what you mean about frequent changes on the soap and cream lineup. Some things, however, remain constant. Martin de Candre and Castle Forbes have for me for a number of years.

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    Here's an interesting soap that for me varies between 1st and 2nd Tier, although it doesn't have the bursting robust lather, it can be tough to get a great lather, the ingredient of Alum seems to always make a particularly great shave - I find the alum tightens the skin, and really allows the razor to get close and personal...LOL.

    Just put this on the counter top, been awhile since I've used it, but one of my favourites.

    Savon a Barbe - Osma Alum Shaving Soap

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    Damn you again! Now I will spend more money!
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    Just ordered the D.R. Harris Arlington Shave Soap from SRD,,,, next month I'll look into the Castle Forbes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirlau View Post
    Just ordered the D.R. Harris Arlington Shave Soap from SRD,,,, next month I'll look into the Castle Forbes.
    CF creams are great for face lathering! I enjoy the cedar one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
    Second Tier, in no particular order:...Truefitt & Hill...Ultimate Comfort cream...
    Here's where I must protest. There I was, reading through your list, vigorously nodding my head in agreement, when...this.

    T&C UC is, IMnot soHO, is a First Class shaving cream of the highest order. My favorite soft cream. Truly, there is no accounting for taste.

    I demand satisfaction.





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    !! Enjoy the exquisite taste sharpening sharpening taste exquisite smooth. Please taste the taste enough to ride cutlery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by entropy1049 View Post
    Here's where I must protest. There I was, reading through your list, vigorously nodding my head in agreement, when...this.

    T&C UC is, IMnot soHO, is a First Class shaving cream of the highest order. My favorite soft cream. Truly, there is no accounting for taste.

    I demand satisfaction.

    There is not a Truefitt & Hill product I didn't like. Right you are, all are good stuff. Competition is quite stiff in my humble shaving product world. The one cream I forgot to mention for the first tier is St. James of London. I'll have to include it. I first used Truefitt & Hill's Ultimate Comfort some 10 or 15 years ago. Although this is a quality cream that is described as unscented, it still has a hint of fragrance that I don't care for. On the other hand, the lather explodes with this cream, with top notch cushion and glide, as well as aftershave qualities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
    There is not a Truefitt & Hill product I didn't like. Right you are, all are good stuff. Competition is quite stiff in my humble shaving product world. The one cream I forgot to mention for the first tier is St. James of London. I'll have to include it. I first used Truefitt & Hill's Ultimate Comfort some 10 or 15 years ago. Although this is a quality cream that is described as unscented, it still has a hint of fragrance that I don't care for. On the other hand, the lather explodes with this cream, with top notch cushion and glide, as well as aftershave qualities.
    This would explain the disparity in our tastes. I kind of like faintly medicinal smelling shave products.

    I may not be the best person to render opinions on scents/odors as it would seem that I am indeed somewhat olfactor-ily challenged. My favorite variety of MdC is Unscented, and my all time favorite shave soap scent is Prorasso White .

    Also I cannot detect staleness in potato chips. My family makes fun of me for this .
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    Gentlemen,

    Happy New Year.

    I will continue to update my list of First Tier and Second Tier soaps and creams as my memory churns them up. So keep an eye on the thread. The purpose for this thread is to share my experience with all SRP friends. Not only that, but I trust our conversation about soaps and creams will be of some help for newbies overwhelmed by all the products available to traditional shavers.
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