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    CF lime for me. It works every time. Got 3 others too but that one is my go to when doing something new.
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    Tabac soap and Penhaligon's cream.
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    Gentlemen,
    If I were to consider foundation soaps and creams, mine would be: Martin de Candre, Castle Forbes and Czech & Speake. To be fair, I should also add an artisan soap: Wholly Kaw.
    On the other hand, Tabac and Mitchell's Wool Fat have been in the shave den for a long time. Even though not in the first foundation lineup, I can't see them disappearing from my shave den.
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    This thread made me think of many baselines from HHT to thumb pad test. Calibrate the test to your own availability, ability, and senses.

    Right now for me by baseline/foundation is Cella. I like it and bought a kilo. It is going to be around for a while even after giving it half away!

    I got a couple of new soaps to try at a meet this last weekend and how I judge them will be based on the Cella.
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    Tabac, LEA and Green Mountain Soaps
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    I would have to agree on your choices, for sure Tabac and MWF.

    Since you have already picked those two, I feel justified in picking two more. I would go for Trufitt & Hill cream and D.R. Harris soap.
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    One of the things I've noticed about my own behavior over time is that I seem to try new soaps by promising artisans. Many of them are excellent and I enjoy the shaves with them. But time after time, after my infatuation with one of the latest and greatest abates, I survey my choices and always come back to the same few soaps. Now that might just be me, but I suspect many of you do the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrownCork View Post
    Tabac, LEA and Green Mountain Soaps
    The Green Mountain. The lavender/grapefruit. If paring down I wouldn't need anything else.
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    • TGQ Desert Ironwood
    • QED Anise & Lavender (sadly, no longer in production)
    • TGQ Unscented (you have to have an unscented cake of good shaving soap -- some afterscents don't need to "stand on the shoulders of giants")

    This is one of those "religious" discussions: Can we accept that Castle Forbes shaving creams are also "soft[er] soaps"? I vote "Yes", so let me add their Cedarwood and Sandalwood.
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    For me, would be, MdC, PannaCremma Nuavia (sp?) soaps, Olea Soapworks if I had to choose just three makers....

    Next up, DR Harris, T&H, C&S, Castle Forbes, Penhaligon's...there are quite a few soaps/creams that have been around a long time that I can get pretty much perfect lather from each time...but if it had to be a single foundation soap, "There can be only one!" type thing....MdC Original.

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