Some soaps you won't buy again?

Discussion in 'Shave Soaps' started by Rusty blade, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. Rusty blade

    Rusty blade The Good Humor Man

    Are there any soaps (or creams) you have purchased and used that you won't buy again because of poor performance?:prrr:
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  2. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Burt's Bees cream
    Arko - performs great, just not a fan of the scent
  3. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Vie Long Shave Stick
    Swedish Sea Salt Soap
    Lightfoot's shaving soap
    Dr Harris
    Mama Bear
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  4. PatrickA51

    PatrickA51 Well-Known Member

    Burt's Bee's
    Tiki Bar Because of poor customer service.
  5. Norseman

    Norseman misunderstood Dark Lord of the Sith

    Joshua Tree Soap Works. It is just regular soap that does not lather
    Maybe MWF, but I am on the fence on that one. The last few shaves have been pretty good.
    Proraso. I have too many of them, and by the time I get through them I would probably be fed up. It is a good soap, but there are better soaps out there
    Mystic Waters. I have only samples, but they have proved to be difficult to lather.
    Williams. I have a few pucks I got just out of curiosity. But I never use them and see no reason to buy more
  6. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    GFT coconut soap ... disappointing performance, and it even made a miserable shower soap.
    Proraso Green, or any eucalyptus soap ... nothing wrong with the performance, but my skin dislikes eucalyptus
    On the fence with Cella and Vitos Red ... great performers, but I don't enjoy the scent
  7. Spud

    Spud Well-Known Member

    Ogallala Bay Rum soap because it was so irritating to my skin.
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  8. Omelmad

    Omelmad My printer email address is..........

    Razorock Classic (burned, EDIT: great performer though)
    Williams (no good)
    Dr Harris (no good) but havent given up on it yet
    Stirling Glacial, any glacial (I love stirling soaps, but the glacial soaps are way to cold for my face)
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  9. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Williams (surprise!)

    Van Der Hagen. I like the scent, but there's other soaps and creams out there that are so much better and smell better too.

    Geo F. Trumper's Limes Soap. Love the scent, but it's a pain to get the lather right. About every three shaves the lather is great, but it's just so hit or miss. I usually end up adding a squirt of KMF Lime to it to salvage the shave, and by that point, I'm wondering why I just didn't start off with Kiss My Face to begin with.
  10. Spyder

    Spyder Well-Known Member

    Williams ( I still feel like a dork for buying it in the first place)
    VDH. Not a bad soap, and cheap enough, but not good and cheap enough for me to buy again
    Mama Bear Again not bad, but it just doesn't impress me that much.
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  11. Rusty blade

    Rusty blade The Good Humor Man

    I initially liked all these soaps...but I don't think I would buy them again...not that they are terrible...just too many other good ones on my shelf now:

    Col Conk Unscented
    Fendrihan Unscented
    Proraso Green
    Sterling (several of the scented ones burned my skin...e.g. Coniferous, Orange Chill, Bergamot Lavender) I guess I am just a sensitive kind of guy.)
    Arko (still on the fence with this one...can't quite get around the scent)
    RazoRock Classic (scent is similar to Cella)
  12. root_console

    root_console Member

    QCS Vostok. Not because its a bad soap. I thought I wanted something cool but this was just over the top. My eyes turned red and was watering so much I could barely finish the shave.
  13. crackstar

    crackstar Israeli Ambassador to TSD

    Wilkinson Bowl
    Pre de Provence (too drying and too expensive)
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  14. Omaney

    Omaney Well-Known Member

    I love this recurring question...

    I cannot think of any I absolutely hated.

    In the "meh" category,
    Most of the Italian soaps, Cella, RazoRock, etc.
    Stirling- I know, almost universal love but, meh.
    Col. Conk
    Any glycerine based soap.

    Piffed or sold.
    Proraso, good stuff, I have others that I favor
    MDC- i liked it, it didn't like me.
  15. crackstar

    crackstar Israeli Ambassador to TSD

    Oh yeah, no more Yeti Snot for me despite how frigid it is. It has no skincare.
  16. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    The Wilkinson bowl is not very good indeed. However, I can recommend the Wilkinson stick.
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  17. crackstar

    crackstar Israeli Ambassador to TSD

    I have the stick - it's great! :)
  18. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

    **Not to step on any toes, but the list below are just some of the soaps whose performance I found wanting and prefer not to purchase in the future.
    Others will no doubt have different experiences with these. À chacun son!

    • DR Harris soap - poor lather performance
    • Stirling - poor lather performance, but love the scents & menthol
    • Pre de Provence - poor lather performance
    • Williams (not the vintage variety!) poor lather performance
    I wont buy anymore Tabac—not for it's performance, which is great, but I simply cannot abide the scent.
  19. Nathan1611

    Nathan1611 Well-Known Member

    I'll never buy crabtree and Evelyn soap again. I tried for weeks and could no get this thing to lather at all. As soon as it touched my skin it would disappear. I had the sandalwood scent which I loved. I just ended up using it in the shower.
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  20. gwsmallwood

    gwsmallwood Well-Known Member

    Quite a few actually.

    Williams - Lather breaks down too quickly. Also smells like citronella candle
    Arko - Lathers much better than Williams but smells the same
    Conk Glycerine soaps - Not bad, but nothing I could get excited about either
    Van Der Hagen - There are better soaps in similar price ranges
    Taconic Mint and Bay Rums. Wasn't crazy about the scent on either and they were really a pain to lather.
    Stirling Bay Rum - Not my style of Bay Rum
    The Soap Exchange Texas Leather. I enjoy it, but my wife doesn't

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