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    I live in a hard water area - total hardness is about 400ppm - and I read this and other threads on this matter with great interest. I have to say that I much prefer soaps to creams, and I really was looking for one I wouldn't need to reload my brush with in-between passes.
    My go-to soap is D.R. Harris' one (currently almond). It's tallow-based, has a supreme glide, but unfortunately I usually need to reload my brush at least once.
    I did try to use Brita solution, or even using resin-filtered water from my espresso machine. It did worked, but it was too much of a fuss for me.
    A few weeks ago I happened to be in Berlin, and wandered to The Different Scent shop (the shop itself worth another thread!) - which of course I've left with much slimmer wallet. One of the soaps I've bought was (unusually for me) a herbal one: Taylor of Old Bond Street sandalwood - which I loved for its incredible and strong classic smell. To my surprise this soap performs much better in the hard water than anything I've tried before. To be honest, its glide is not as good as D.R. Harris' one (although almost there), but the lather it produces just refuses to die - hard water or not! I can heartily recommend this soap to anyone living in hard water area.
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    Many of the veggie-based soaps do very well in hard water. Some of the artisanal ones are quite good, such as Sapone Di Paolo, Catie's Bubbles, Martin de Candre, etc..

    To be frank, I have used many artisanal tallow-based soaps (Mystic Water, Mike's, Cold River, Jabonman, etc.) in very hard water ranging from 400-800 ppm in Ontario when visiting and I haven't had too much trouble. I just load much longer than what I am used to as our water, here, in Vancouver is only 5 ppm.

    Best of luck.
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    I'm happy to report another hard water friendly solution: I've recently bought some Jabonman's Eufros tallow-based soaps (it's a pity I haven't discovered him much earlier), and they result in rich, smooth, and extremely steady and long-lasting lather - hard water or not! The heavenly scents are not to disregard also
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    Quote Originally Posted by dimab View Post
    I'm happy to report another hard water friendly solution: I've recently bought some Jabonman's Eufros tallow-based soaps (it's a pity I haven't discovered him much earlier), and they result in rich, smooth, and extremely steady and long-lasting lather - hard water or not! The heavenly scents are not to disregard also
    It is one of the best soaps there is. Just superb.
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    I'm using Geo. F. Trumpers ALMOND Shaving Cream with great results and we have calcium and iron in our water. I bring home water from the winery that has been through a water conditioner to remove calcium and tannins, but only use that for the coffee and some cooking, and for the Soda Stream water. Else we (I) use the regular tap water for shaving. Some parts of Western Nebraska and SW South Dakota from my neck of the woods, has some of the hardest water anywhere, yet I don't think that they worry much about the shaving. Like others said, use distilled water from store in your shaving scuttle and you'll be fine.
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