Masculine Scented Artisan Soaps

Discussion in 'Shave Soaps' started by MrEE, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

    I've been wet shaving for less than a year and need help finding a soap to complete the experience. So far my favorite soaps all have tallow. In fact I had settled in on a rotation of Mickey Lee Soapworks soaps with Pantie Dropper being my favorite.

    On that note, I am looking for suggestions on tallow based masculine or barbershop scented soaps. I haven't really liked the fruity or flowery soaps I have tried.

    Just in case it matters, I shave every day and rotate between straight razors and aggressive safety razors with blades known more for their smoothness. I also prefer to build my lather in a bowl.

    I am planning to buy a bunch of samples soon so suggestions which are available as samples will be much more likely to make my to-try list.

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  2. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    You are going to be bombarded by Stirling Soap suggestions. Listen to them and you will be happy.
  3. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer


    Stirling Barbershop, Stirling Bay Rum, Stirling Sandelwood, Razorock Mudder Focker, a light barbershop scent.

    You were warned.

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  4. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    Yep....Stirling. @wchnu is right.
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  5. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

    I was warned after-the-fact, which doesn't really count.:)

    Okay Stirling is on the list. I am waiting on a couple Razorock soaps, I almost ordered Mudder Focker...
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  6. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Most Stirling has matching after shave AS and after shave balm ASB.
    You can also try Clubman Pinaid, don't know if it's tallow based but it's a good soap. The AS is strong and long lasting.
  7. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    The clubman soap is the classic vanilla scent. A very good choice.
  8. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

    I have Clubmab Pinaid AS. I also have strict orders from my wife to never wear it. Same goes for Brut Classic, but she likes Axe Apollo and Dark Temptation. I am not sure she gets a vote. (I hope she never reads this.)

    Looking through Stirling's website I see a number of soaps I'd like to try. I'm still very interested in other options. Tallow based isn't critical as long as the lather is dense. I am willing to try just about anything.
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  9. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    No Clubman or Brut? Time to trade her in for a upgrade...
  10. brit

    brit in a box

    chiseled face-ghost town barber..
  11. brit

    brit in a box

    you forgot gentlemen..:)
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  12. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

    Chiseled Face Midnight Stag sounds interesting. Love me some leather, Hoppes #9, and gasoline.
  13. brit

    brit in a box

    i want to try that one as well..:)
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  14. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    Welcome to TSD @MrEE! Way to jump in with both feet.

    Never experienced these two so I went to my information source -

    Axe Apollo
    by one review is citrus, sage and sandlewood with a creamy powdery finish. Classic Barbershop but each has it's subtle differences. Those are all very common scents for men's products.

    Axe Dark Temptation
    described as vanilla and fruit/chocolate notes. I'm sure somewhere out there a soap maker has done something of the sort - I'm thinking Mickey Lee's Drunken Goat? I haven't tried it but seem to recall chocolate being part of the mix.

    If you are adventurous buy an unscented soap and mix in your fav EDT. The only big difference between an aftershave and Eau de Toilette or Perfume is alcohol content. Some folks like a bit of glycerin added to feed the post shave skin.
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  15. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Oh dear..
    Clubman Pinaid is a classic man AS.
    Oh my
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  16. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Another scent I forgot to mention is Ogllala.
    They have some very spicy Bay rum.
    The soap is a hard type, but with a little more work, it lathers up fine and slick.
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  17. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Come to thinkof it fuzzy.
    She might be smarter than we're giving her credit for. If he's wearing Clubman, and ends up at the Piggly Wiggly, that could spell trouble.

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  18. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

    Wow, that info is pretty cool. I always thought Apollo had a baby powder finish and the other notes you mention seem accurate. I don't mind Apollo, but the AS is a little harder to find so I don't use it as much. Dark Temptation is a popular Axe body spray scent in Europe. When I started using AS, my wife specifically asked my to locate some. I have both Dark Temptation and Drunken Goat. Yes, my wife loves both. Comparing them side-by-side, I get the same base notes, but in very different proportions. I hadn't noticed that before.

    I used Axe Apollo body wash when we were dating and discovered Axe Dark Temptation Deodorant after forgetting deodorant on a romantic weekend in Paris (not very romantic. I'm smooth like that). The small Paris market we visited had exactly two deodorant options and the other was very floral. So, both Axe scents reminder her of romantic moments with me. I suppose that's important.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2019
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  19. ghostlife

    ghostlife Well-Known Member

    If you like Pantie Dropper, Stirling Noir is based on the same fragrance (Drakkar Noir)
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  20. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

    Seems to be seasonal, but I will watch for it. Will probably buy some this winter.

    Anyone have experience with KShaveWorx?
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