Arko shave stick review

Discussion in 'Shave Soaps' started by matthewoli98, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    I used a cake of Colgate Barbershop the other day that was dry as whatever just to show there is no NEED to bloom a soap.

    I get that with no need to bloom anything. My antiblooming started as a response to people using modern Williams. It has expanded into other soaps. I improved my technique to take that step out. Then again I do not need butter cream lather either.

    You do no Uber lather the Willaims....right?

    You actually got a bit of sarcasm to shine through there...bravo!!!! :prrr::D

    There is a right way and wrong way to do everything. Sometimes there is more then one right way and wrong way. Adding steps to a simple and straight forward process is often wrong. New people come in and think they have to go through all the big long steps to get great shaves. It is not necessary at all. There is no need for the long hot towel.. there is no need for the blooming..shimming,, blade flipping... and other silly things people do. It is like telling them to try different blades before they even learn to shave. Shaving is one of the simple straight forward things a man can still do. It is worth taking the time to learn how to keep it that way.
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  2. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

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  3. Leclec13

    Leclec13 Well-Known Member

    never wanted to or needed to Uber lather “The Williams”
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  4. madmedic

    madmedic Resistance Is Futile

    That should be a horse and cart;)
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  5. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    Gonna be some serious brickage going around.
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  6. matthewoli98

    matthewoli98 Well-Known Member

    I add half a teaspoon of hot water to my soaps, and shake off my brush and lather.

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  7. matthewoli98

    matthewoli98 Well-Known Member

    How long does it last you?

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  8. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    I'll agree on that. No one needs to bloom their soap. Some folks do it because they choose to. Got to allow for personal choice else everyone would be using the same set up. Vive la différence!
    Agree again on the Big Picture. Except for a few really cold winter days, all my shaves are with straight cool tap water. Hot towel soaks did nothing for me but increase my laundry load. I don't find enjoyment in vintage Gem type razors so shimming has rarely crossed my mind. I get why it might compensate for the difference on original versus modern SE blades but I got no dog in that fight. If someone wants to complicate their procedure, they ought to get their technique down first before trying experiments on fine tuning. Same with getting one or two of every blade available - better to read up, buy at least 5 blades that others enjoy and use them long enough to form an opinion. Some of this stuff takes a month of doing it the wrong way before it clicks and the New Shavers figures it out. I don't think anyone is deliberately misleading. Though they may be different, they aren't necessarily misguided.

    Umm, another place where to each his own applies. Some practices may be doctrine for one guy, foolishness to another.
  9. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    I bought 3 sticks of Arko approx 2 1/2 years ago and have only used about 3/4 of 1 stick, I use it about 2 day duration's about every 20 days approx because of other soaps I also enjoy in my rotation (unless traveling it gets used more) . Another nice stick soap is the Razorock Blue barber stick, its a harder textured triple milled soap with good scent and protection and is nicer scent than Arko IMO.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019
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  10. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    Needed the laugh today, thanks for the clip.
  11. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Heyyyy. I saw that!
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  12. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Love reading your replys! ( not being snarky)
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  13. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Good man. I thought that was the answer.
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  14. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    Same here Fuzzy! I don't always agree with you, but I'll defend your right to express your opinion.
  15. brit

    brit in a box

    there are followers and leaders in this life of those that follow ,enjoy your limitations, to those that lead their lives, enjoy your new experiences..and share them .and to all the ass kissers.. well..its just soap.. and should reformulate back to its glory days before resting on its laurels..
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  16. BigMark83

    BigMark83 [...........] this space intentionally left blank

    I need eye bleach...
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  17. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    Arko just plain works, plus I like the smell. What’s so bad bout Lemon Pledge? You can also grate it and then put it in a bowl and lather it like your other soaps.
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  18. BigMark83

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    I would imagine leaving it opened would kill the scent somewhat.
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  19. matthewoli98

    matthewoli98 Well-Known Member

    I Bloom soaps differently to most people. I add a teaspoon of warm water to the soap, soap the brush, shake off the excess water from the brush and after five minutes of "blooming" load up. Not the Normal kind of blooming but it does soften the surface of the soap.

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  20. matthewoli98

    matthewoli98 Well-Known Member

    It definitely does, mine has been exposed to air at the top where i opened it for about a month now, and the scent is still there, but not nearly as strong as it originally was.

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