Tell us your best smelling soaps...

Discussion in 'Shave Soaps' started by Primotenore, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

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    Scent, smell, odor...whatever term you prefer, scents are extremely personal. We all have our favorites that have been lauded or excoriated on shaving fora. Today, I am going to list my favorite soaps, regardless of their performance, but rather just their scents. Broken up into a few different scent categories. There are more sub-categories, but it's my thread so I get to choose. :)
    Let's begin:

    Best Unscented Soap
    AOS Tallow

    Best Barbershop Soap
    Mike's Barber Shop

    Best Herbal Soap
    MdC Fougère

    Best Woodsy Soap
    Jabonman Vetiver de Haiti

    Best Citrusy Soap
    DRH Arlington

    Best Floral Soap
    Klar Kabinett

    Best Cologne Soap
    Fine American Blend

    Best Menthol Soap
    Mike's Peppermint & Rosemary

    Let's read yours. Remember...the soap can be crappy, but you love the scent.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2017
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  2. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    I am very biased towards strong and woodsy scents. My favorite is TOBS Sandalwood, although I only have the cream. I intend to try Haslinger's Sandalwood when the time comes to order more soaps.

    I also really like Captain's Choice North, which is a juniper scent that is not as strong as TOBS, but still quite decent.

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  3. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    Fun thread! Some favorites of mine......

    Perhaps my favorite scent in wet shaving right now is Fine American Blend.

    Tobacco-type scent - Route 66 Cavendish, followed closely by Soap Commander Fortitude.

    Overall great scent, but sort of defies category - Country Club Cahaba Blues. It's a tobacco-esque scent but is also made with a local brown ale, so the scent is really interesting.

    Cologne-type scent - other than Fine American Blend would be Fine Platinum.

    Others that I really enjoy:
    Stirling Ozark Mountain
    Route 66 Twisted Tweed
    La Toja
    Mitchell's Wool Fat
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  4. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    I concur on those two soap fragrances! :happy088:
    If tobacco scents are what one enjoys, I highly recommend two from Crowne & Crane: 'Cognac & Cubans' and my favorite, 'Tobacco & Amber."
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  5. PickledNorthern

    PickledNorthern Fabulous, the unicorn

    Great thread! To keep it to a half dozen-ish:

    I Coloniali Mango - I cannot ever seem to pin this scent down. Suffice to say that it is light, intoxicating, and if heaven has a scent, it must be something close to that. I don't even want to shave with it, I just carry the little pot around and smell it.

    Hibco Tobacco - This soap NAILS leather and tobacco. It was everything I have ever looked for in that scent. It was also difficult enough to create even a mediocre lather that I PIFfed it. A real shame.

    Stirling Electric Sheep - Citronella, lemon, eucalyptus.... It is AWESOME! And it keeps bugs away.

    Stirling Ozark Mountain - Woodsy, earthy, smokey. This is a scent powerhouse.

    Stirling Limes - Just straight up, pure lime. It is perfect.

    Soap Commander Courage - Peppercorn, citrus and cedar. Is is a light, fresh cologne. I love it.

    Stirling Gentleman - Tobacco, and light vanilla musk.
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  6. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

    Most of my soaps are citrusy in one way or another. And in most of your categories I have only one soap that fits so here we go:

    Best Unscented Soap
    La Toja (I'll call this unscented)

    Best Barbershop Soap
    Sir Hare Classic Barber

    Best Herbal Soap
    Palmolive Classic

    Best Woodsy Soap

    Best Citrusy Soap
    Route 66 Cranberry Citrus

    Best Floral Soap

    Best Cologne Soap
    Stirling Executive Man

    Best Menthol Soap

    Best SWMBO approved scent:
    Blades Grim Smolder
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  7. Rusty blade

    Rusty blade The Good Humor Man

    Nice thread goes...

    Best Scented Unscented Soap?? (There is something wrong with that statement...):scared011:
    Anyway...I love the scent of Valobra Unscented

    Best Barbershop Soap - Stirling Barbershop
    Best Other Soap Scents
    a. Haslinger Schafmilch
    b. MWF
    c. Saponificio Varesino
  8. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Eccentric Razor Collector Staff Member

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    Safari shave soap by Ralph Lauren is without a doubt, the strongest and best scented shaving soap I have ever used. It's hard to pin down the scent. I would call it 'upscale vintage barbershop.' Bergamot, geranium, lavender, vanilla, wood and leather.

    My other favorite is Saponifico Varisino Felce Aromatica (Fern). Not the usual one layer scent. Smells like a forest after a rain. Fern, moss, wood and wet earth.


    WSP's Fougre Noir. A Drakkar Noir knockoff.
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  9. Pcoutu32

    Pcoutu32 New Member

    I'll have to change some of the categories around, as I don't own soaps that fit into every one of the OP's, but here goes!

    Best Barbershop Soap
    Chiseled Face Ghost Town Barber

    Best Herbal/Spice Soap
    Meißner Tremonia Indian Flavour

    *honorable mention Tiki Badlands

    Best Woodsy Soap
    QCS Celestial Woods

    Best Citrusy Soap
    Savonnerie du Bon Berger Manderíne Cedre

    Best Cologne Soap
    RazoRock Santa Maria Del Fiore

    Best Tobacco Soap
    Catie's Bubbles Connecticut Shade

    *honorable mention Henri et Victoria Cognac & Cuban Cigars

    Best Bay Rum Soap
    Tallow & Steel Grog
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  10. DesertTime

    DesertTime Well-Known Member

    Unscented: Stirling's Naked and Smooth - amazing performance
    Scented: I'm a sucker for any sandalwood and Stirling's is excellent
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    SHAVEWIZARD420 Well-Known Member

    I am a huge fan of scented soaps, some are works of art, and the artisans are always pushing the envelope. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

    barbershop: Mike's barbershop

    Floral: Soap Commander Renewal

    Tobacco: Cattie's Bubbles Connecticut Shade

    Spicy: Uncle Jon's Silk Road

    A few others that are hard to put in a category are:

    B&M Leviathan
    I Colonaili
    Shannon's Haymarket Vetiver
    Nuavia Rossa
    Soap Smooth Frankinscence & Myrrh
  12. KAV

    KAV Well-Known Member

    All time to go soap when I need to escape is Kabinette Dusy rose.
    Best bang for the buck is Pre de Provence in their lovely floral and # 63
    Mitchell's Wool Fat is the equal of a well dressed man who looks like he DIDN'T think about his wardrobe and risk affectation
    PALADIN Pythian Way and it's four stablemates are familiar yet maddeningly different. Ken has brought the same attention to detail as his magnificient brushes. You do need to mess with them to find the sweet spot of lathering.
    RAZORROCK XXX and Santa Maria del Fiore? Va Pensiero enters my head with a regular longing for both.
    ALL of these soaps also deliver performance.
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  13. SharptoothC

    SharptoothC I bite..........

    I would be hard pressed to work into your categories, but scent is a major factor for me in my soaps and many of my favorites seem to run in similar veins.

    Closest thing I have to unscented is La Toja, which I like quite a lot.

    RazoRock Tobacco (now called Puros) is hands down my favorite tobacco scent, and is the only soap I have ordered a backup puck of before I put a dent in the first.

    Others I love:
    Route 66 Bourbon Jungle
    Route 66 Rum Runner
    Stirling Barbershop
    Stirling Autumn Glory
    Stirling Tuscany
    Stirling Gentleman
    TOBS Sandalwood
    TOBS Eaton College
    CRSW Limenthol
    Old Spice Lathering Shave Cream
    RazoRock Tuscan Oud
    Barrister & Mann Bay Rum

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  14. Metro

    Metro Well-Known Member

    In preferred scent order:
    TOBS Eton College
    MdC Original (Lavender)
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  15. Straight razor dandy

    Straight razor dandy Stuck cleaning the house himself PERMANENTLY

    I'm not sure where to start...these categories are everywhere, lol. I guess I will use some and make some up. OK? OK.

    Best barbershop: super tough...I will say either barrister and mann Seville or Stirling soap

    Best fun scent: mickey Lee soap works Ruby's green

    Best complex scent: Barrister and mann diamond

    Best sweet scent: blades Grimm smolder

    Best citrus: either Stirling soaps Margaritas in the arctic or their gin and tonic

    Best scent for the old-school shaver: either TOBS jermyn Street or Truefitt and Hill 1805

    Best fougere: martin de candre fougere

    Best fruit scent: catie's bubbles cape cod cranberry

    Best harsh, dirty scent: catie's bubbles 322

    Best mentholated/cold soap: Stirling MITA or barrister and mann arctique

    Best sandalwood: TOBS

    Best long lasting puck: klar or tabac

    Best floral: strop shoppe midnight in the garden

    Best high class scent: penhaligons sartorial or pannacrema nuavia rossa

    Best moisturizing soap: mitchells wool fat

    Best winter soap: Stirling Christmas Eve

    Best all around summer soap: Stirling soap iced pineapple

    Best cheap soap: proraso white
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  16. IDuck

    IDuck Well-Known Member

    Best Unscented Soap
    VDH Luxury

    Best Barbershop Soap
    MLS Kraken

    Best Herbal Soap
    SV Cosmo's

    Best Woodsy Soap
    SV Fern

    Best Citrusy Soap
    Stirling South Padre

    Best Floral Soap
    SV 70th Anniversary

    Best Cologne Soap
    Stirling Executive Man

    Best Menthol Soap
    Stirling MITA

    Best SWMBO approved scent:
    MLS Drunken Goat/ Grand Havanna

    My Personal Favs:
    TSD Acqua Di Gio
    D.R. Harris Windsor
    all Mickey Lee Soapworks I have
    Stirling Executive Man
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  17. Oasisdave

    Oasisdave Active Member; radioactive

    OK here goes....

    Best Overall - Nuavia Rossa

    Best Tobacco - Santa Maria Novella

    Best Floral - Eufros Rosa Bourbon

    Best Clean Scent - SDP Pulito

    Best Citrus - SDP Agrume

    Best Bay Rum - Mystic Water Bay Rum

    Best Herbal/Fougere - Eufros Select Fougere

    Best Barbershop - PAA CaD

    Best Woodsy - Shannon's Woodlands
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2017
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  18. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    My number one overall is the original AdP followed by Knize 10.
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  19. Redrock

    Redrock Well-Known Member

    All of my soaps smell good to me. However, some stand out such as:

    Le Pere Lucien Rose De Pushkar

    TOBS Avocado
    TOBS Cedarwood
    Proraso White (Green Tea and Oatmeal Tube)
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  20. shadowfeind

    shadowfeind Active Member

    Stirling barbershop stirling executive man, tobs Jermaine st, proraso red

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