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12-29-2015, 10:59 PM #1
First Tier Soaps and Creams
Through the years, I have experienced a vast collection of soaps and creams. And brushes. I think I prefer lathering to shaving, really. My soaps and cream are categorized in tiers: first tier, second tier, and the basement. My rating of these soaps and creams is gauged by five elements: richness of lather, cushion, glide, fragrance, and aftershave feel. Yes, price is important, too, but I am more concerned about quality. Since I have spent a fortune on traditional shaving, a few more shekels aren't going to hurt.
The following are my tiered products — obviously of the ones I have used. Please realize that this rating is only my opinion. You may have yours. I have avoided claiming one particular soap or cream as the greatest, or the eighth wonder of the world, for after all, each product stands on its own. I love many soaps just as much as I do Martin de Candre. I have taken the liberty of not mentioning some new, and I feel hyped, soaps and creams I don't particularly care for — why bother?
First Tier, in no particular order:
Martin de Candre soap, Castle Forbes cream, Xpec cream, Le Pere Lucien soap, Czech & Speak's Oxford & Cambridge soap, Esbjerg cream, Baum.Be. cream, D.R. Harris soaps, Alvarez Gomez cream, Penhaligon's cream, Klar Seifen soap, PannaCrema Nuavia Blu.
Second Tier, in no particular order:
Mitchell's Wool Fat soap, I Coloniali soap, Provence Sante soap, La Cigale soap, Saponificio Varesino soap, Taylor of Old Bond Street creams, Trumper creams, Harris creams, Santa Maria Novella cream, Lea soap, Tabac soap, Barrister & Mann soap, Rose of Bulgaria cream, Truefitt & Hill creams, La Savonnerie du bon Berger soap, Portos Cale soap, the Art of Shaving lavender and sandalwood creams, the Art of Shaving soap (old formula), Valobra soap, Savonnerie du Moulin soap, Mama Bear soap, Antica Barbieria Cola soap, Floris soap, L'Occitane Cade soap, Plisson soap, Simpson Cream, Institute Karite soap, SRD soaps, La Toja Manantiales soap, St. James of London cream, Acqua di Parma cream, eShave soap, Mondial soap, Green Mountain soap, Floris soaps, Penhaligon's soap, PannaCrema soap, Meisner Tremonia soap, soap, Wickham 1912 soap, Abbate y La Mantia soaps, PannaCrema Nuavia Rossa soap.
Third Tier, in no particular order:
Cella cream, Proraso, Stirling, Razo Rock, Mike's Natural soaps, Die Vergulde Hand, Tabula Rasa (this is really weird stuff), Boellis Panama 1924, Lorenzo Villerosi, Mystic Waters, Bath House Spanish Fig Soap, Scottish Fine Soaps, Arko soap. Dr. Dittmar soap, Coats soap, Hasslinter soap, Cyril Salter cream, Savon du Barber soap, Musgo Real cream, Erasmic soap, Speick cream, Gold Dachs soap, Palmolive cream, Muhle soap, Edwin Jagger soap, J.M. Frazer's cream, Savon du Midi cream, Shave Revolution, Fume, Crabtree & Evelyn sandalwood, Lavanda, Stirling lime soap, Stirling Orange Chill soap, Phoenix Alt-Eleven soap, Phoenix Harvest Moon soap, Catie's Bubbles Un Jour Gris soap Tcheon Fung Sing Bergamotto Neroli.
Basement, in no particular . . . whatever:
Van Der Hagen soap, Williams soap, Institute Karite cream, Geo F Trumper soaps, Colonel Conk soap, Casswell-Massey soap, The Art of Shaving Oud shave cream (the Basement placing is solely because of the foul fragrance — my opinion, of course — otherwise I would make the cream Second Tier).
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12-30-2015, 01:36 AM #2
12-30-2015, 01:40 AM #3
Actually I care,, when I see reviews form members that have experienced a variety of creams & soaps, I am better able to adjust my buy/wish list. I will end up getting the Castle Forbes next,,,then the Arlington.
Thanks for taking the time to make your list.
12-30-2015, 01:41 AM #4
Thanks for your opinions and great soaps and creams , I have not been disappointed with any of your choices so far, Be well my friend. TcEver wonder why you never see a motorcycle in front of a Shrinks office? ,,,,, then you have never ridden one "
12-30-2015, 04:50 AM #5
A very enjoyable post Obie, great lineup and interesting thought's, Thank you for posting this.
12-30-2015, 05:29 AM #6
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- Western New York
Thanks. Nice list. I enjoy the later and after shave so much. Integral to a perfect shave for me. I mean, I love the straight....but it needs is slick, frothy friend to be it's best!
I find it interesting that you put the Esbjerg in your first tier. I REALLY like their creams. The sensitive skin is truly for sense skin. My wife uses it with no issue, and she has very sensitive skin that gets easily irritated by most products. And it's got a very refreshing and light citrus fragrance. And I LOVE the grapefruit. The matching aftershave balm (winter) and gel (summer) are awesome. The creams score high for me in all your categories, and in conjunction with their aftershave leaves my skin feeling clean, smooth and moisturized without feeling wet or sticky.
I don't hear many people mention it, but it's top notch.
The Esbjerg straights, which I believe we're made by a forum member, are also very awesome....but off topic for this post!
Thanks again! Like Hirlau, I like to use these lists to refine my future purchases so I can experience some brands I may not have heard of ir tried.
12-30-2015, 03:34 PM #7
I've been wanting to try Penhaligon's cream, but have heard little mention of it on this forum--now I feel safe laying out the cash for it. I have used samples of ABC soap and really liked it, but have not bought a full-size jar because I cannot decide whether to get the soap or the cream.
Thanks for the post.
12-30-2015, 07:57 PM #8
12-30-2015, 08:19 PM #9
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- Baden, Ontario
Thanks for this Obie. A few years back I had a shave with some friends at a Barber Shop. The soap and cream they were using was D.R. Harris Arlington. There were 4 of us gents, and there were 2 Barbers Shaving. One had the Arlington in a soap, one had it in a cream. I remember the scent and how much I liked it, and ever since been meaning to pick some up. I was going to start a new thread asking which is better, the soap or the Cream. This thread just answered that question. Thank you.
I value your opinion very much Obie. We are very lucky to have you here. Please continue to post threads like this regarding all aspects of shaving."A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it's better to be thoroughly sure." -Bohemian Proverb
12-30-2015, 08:22 PM #10
Harry, my friend, bless your heart for the kind words Thank you.