What's your top 5?

Discussion in 'General Shaving Talk' started by Rob206, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Rob206

    Rob206 Well-Known Member

    I like lists and ranking things. Especially when I'm getting a shopping list together. So I'm curious. Soap, razor, brush, blades, aftershave, lather bowl, etc, anything for shaving, what's your top 5?
    List them all or just 1.
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  2. matthewoli98

    matthewoli98 Well-Known Member

    1 arko shave stick (Turkey)
    2 reitzers perfect shave(South African)
    3 bundubeard coffee (South African)
    4 col conk lime (US)
    5 the gentlemans groom room malt n myrtle (Scotland)

    1) Fatip piccolo (Italy)
    2) gillette aristocrat 1948 (UK)
    3) gillette super speed (UK)
    4) gillette super speed (US)
    5) Lion DE(South Africa)

    1)Daves home made menthol (South Africa)
    2) brut by faberge (still for sale new is South Africa)
    3) old spice whitewater (made in Italy)
    4) Status for men (unknown)
    5) Revlon pub(UK)

    1) feather hi-stainless (Japan)
    2) gillette 7 oclock Sharp edge (Russia)
    3) lion super stainless (South Africa)

    I have plenty of different blades, but since i use a blade for a month or more i havent tried many of the ones ive received in my 9 months of wetshaving, but eventually ill use them all!!!

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  3. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    Top 5 soaps and creams:

    Mike's Natural Soaps
    Jabonman Eufros
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  4. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    Article Team
    Top Five Soaps: (No particular order)
    Tallow Art of Shaving
    Tallow Williams
    Noble Otter

    Morris & Forndran (pre-Sears)
    Simpson Grey Box era

    Blades (I am a straight guy)
    Personna 74
    Gillette Spoilers
    Wilkinson Light Brigades
    Personna Med Prep
    Polsilver SI

    Aftershaves: (This is REALLY Subjective)
    Vintage Old Spice
    Vintage AoS
    YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme
    Czech & Speake Cuba
    Hemingway Accoutrements

    DE Razors:
    Gillette Old Type
    2011 R41
    1941 Ranger Tech
    1958 Gillette Adjustable

    Aesop Stainless
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  5. Hammer8

    Hammer8 Well-Known Member

    Murphy and McNeil
    Chiseled Face
    Wet Shaving Products
    Captain’s Choice

    Blackland Blackbird
    Timeless Safety Bar
    Rockwell 6C
    Gillette Super Speed Adjustable

    Gillette Platinum
    Gillette Nacet
    Astra SP
    Personna Lab Blue

    After Shave:
    Chiseled Face Sherlock
    Wet Shaving Products Olympus
    Wet Shaving Products Gaelic Tweed
    Captain’s Choice Cat O’ Nine Tails
    Chiseled Face Ghost Town Barber
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  6. Leclec13

    Leclec13 Well-Known Member

    i like lists, however difficult to narrow down to 5

    Poraso Green
    Simpsons Lavender Vetiver

    Dovo Sunday Shaver
    Genco Easy Aces
    Vintage Henckels
    Dovo Special
    Genco Master Barber

    Gillette Old Style:
    Gillette Tech
    Merkur 38m
    Feather Popular
    Focus R48

    Clubman Pinaud
    Clubman Special Reserve
    Clubman Veg
    Ogallala Bay rum
    Murray & Lanman Florida Water

    Feather hi-stainless
    Rapira Lux Platinum
    Astra SP
    Lord Platinum class
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  7. MntnMan62

    MntnMan62 Well-Known Member

    Ok. My top 5 lists are limited to stuff I've actually used. Which is not totally exhaustive. No order to the lists either.

    Stirling Barbershop
    West Coast Shaving Gatsby No. 1
    Moon Soaps Old School
    Fat 'As (50% MWF and 50% Haslinger Schafmilch (tallow version))
    Wet Shaving Products T-Formula Barbershop

    Gillette New Deluxe
    Gillette Single Ring
    Gillette Old Type
    Schone Open Comb
    Gillette Slim Adjustable

    Pinaud Clubman
    Pinaud Clubman Lime Sec
    Pinaud Clubman Citrus Musk
    Aqua Velva Ice Blue
    Murray and Lanman Florida Water

    Balms (only in winter):
    Taylor of Old Bond Street Mr. Taylor's Luxury Aftershave Balm
    Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
    Proraso White Balm
    Oil of Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer

    Gillette Silver Blue
    Polsilver SI

    Envy Shave Luxury Silvertip in Alpha T-400 handle
    Connaught Omega boar w/ faux jade handle
    Razorock 400 w/ butterscotch handle and noir knot
    Razorock Beehive
    Razorock Plissoft Bruce (regular size)

    Lather Bowls:
    Creek Road Pottery hand thrown
    Creek Road Pottery hand thrown with brush rest and swirl on bottom
    Turkish hand hammered copper and tin lined mug
    Crown King Travel Scuttle
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2019
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  8. brit

    brit in a box

    top 5 ..
    soaps- arianna and evans. barrister and mann, stirling, saponificio varesino, pre de provence..
    creams -saponificio bignoli, proraso single edge series, jm fraser's, truefitt and hill, cyril r salter..
    razors- british gillette-new rfb any,flat bottom tech, flat bottom new,#66 aristocrat, new sc..
    blades -gsb, nacet, spoilers,astra sp, polsilver..
    brushes- semogue 830, opal 2 band badger,razorock silvertip synthetic, omega 10005 boar. ap shave tuxedo..
    aftershaves- fine,proraso, nivea deep,speick..clubman..
    balms--,proraso,,nivea..rarely use ,winter only..
    bowls- captains choice heavy copper..stone field shaving blue ceramic, 50s british sugar bowl,stainless finger bowl, 1950s fire king chili bowl..

    subject to change..;)
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  9. Laird

    Laird Well-Known Member

    Can't do a "top five" because these choices demolish my other gear by a wide margin. Actually, just making this list has brought me some real clarity about what I'd be willing to part with in the future. (Stay tuned).

    Gillette Old Type with ball end handle
    Gillette NEW Long Comb with ball end handle
    Merkur 34G - equal to or better than my safety bar Gillettes (Techs, Super Speeds)
    Feather ASD2

    Derby Extra Stainless
    Astra SP
    Unless it's a real junker, most blade brands work fine for me.

    Cella Brick
    Proraso Green
    Nivea Men shaving cream tube

    Proraso Green Menthol and Eucalyptus Splash
    Occasional use of Aqua Velva Blue and then wondering why I didn't stay with P-Green. To me, Proraso is "fresher" and less sweet and synthetic. AV is nice once in a while though.
    Nivea Men "Cooling" After Shave Balm (often mixed with a few drops of whatever cologne is on deck).

    Plisson "La Maison du Barbier" Synthetic with faux ivory handle.
    The best brush I own. Period. Better than my SOC Boar, Semogue 610, and Omega 10005.
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  10. Tallships

    Tallships Well-Known Member

    Weber PH w. Classic Handle
    Gillette Adjustable's
    Star DE
    Gem Micromatic OC
    Gem/ER/Star 1912

    Astra SP
    Wilkinson Sword
    Israeli Reds

    Cells (kilo)
    Williams/ Dove mix

    Vie-Long Cachurro
    Many Vintage

    After Shave:
    Clubman Bay Rum
    Lucky Tiger Bay Rum
    Home Made
    Old Spice
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  11. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    SOAP- Sara’s Creations Lavender-Mint
    Sara’s Creations Lavender
    Razors- Ming Shih adjustable
    Gillette Super Adjustable/long handle
    Parker 29L
    Brushes- Wild West Brush Works Badger
    Spalted Maple handle (made by a TSD member) with Badger knot
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2019
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  12. MR41

    MR41 Well-Known Member

    I have quietly become more and more of a minimalist. I still like some variety in soaps and creams and occasionally I just swap out my primary setup- razor & brush etc.

    Razor heads

    OSS clone on a Muhle handle
    Maggard’s V3A on a Muhle handle
    Lord L6 head on a Lord tech handle


    One Blade tuxedo synthetic
    Van Der Hagan Boar
    Omega 40033 Boar (well broken in)

    Soaps & Creams

    —-Palmolive stick would be 1st if they hadn’t DC’d it, but it is now disqualified
    Col Conk( I wish they made a high menthol)
    Derby cream( preferably with menthol)
    LEA cream


    I like witch hazels especially with menthol in them

    I use a “repair” lotion( in small doses),that I use for my hands in winter, as a balm from time to time.

    I have an off brand Van Der Hagan bowl that I got in a pass around and it works for everything.
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  13. Carson West

    Carson West Well-Known Member

    I appreciate high quality things, but I appreciate good value more.

    Edwin Jagger DE89
    Razorock Quick-change and Old-type

    Stirling, Fine, TOBS, Cella, Proraso, Tabac

    Gillette, Voskhod, Personna Platinum, Wilkinson Sword, Astra SP

    Razorock Santa Maria Del Fiore, Puros, Tuscan Oud, Blue Barbershop
    Floid Vigoroso
    Captain's Choice Bayrum, Lime

    Q-shave scuttle

    Razo-Rock synthetic brushes
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2019
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  14. bayercy

    bayercy Active Member

    1. Merkur Progress
    2. Edwin Jagger DE89
    3. Merkur 38C
    4. Merkur Futur
    5. Baili BT131

    1. Cella
    2. TOBS
    3. Proraso Green
    4. Haslinger
    5. Dr. Harris

    1. Semogue Owners Club (SOC) Boar
    2. Semogue 830 Boar
    3. Omega Pro 49 Boar
    4. Frank Shaving Finest Badger
    5. Yaqi Silvertip Badger

    1. Personna lab blue
    2. Polsilver SI
    3. Gillette Silver Blue
    4. Gillette 7 o'clock yellow pack
    5. Astra Green

    1. Proraso Green AS Lotion
    2. Geo F Trumper Coral Skin Food
    3. Sebamed ASB
    4. Proraso White Balm
    5. Pitralon

    Pre Shave:
    Noxzema and Proraso White/ Green Pre Shave creams.

    Dream Team:
    Merkur Progress
    SOC Boar
    Personna lab blue
    Proraso Green AS Lotion
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  15. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    No particular order on these babies:

    Chiseled Face Ghost Town Barber
    Stoylin Sandpiper
    Central Texas Soaps-Grandpa's Barbershop
    The Soap Exchange-Lumberjack
    Stoylin Barbershop


    Clubman Original
    Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue
    Stoylin Sandpiper
    Chiseled Face Ghost Town Barber
    Clubman Special Reserve.
    Last edited: May 5, 2019
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  16. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    @Rob206, I made a change on #5 of the aftershaves...I have WSP Mahogony SOAP, not the A.S. But I imagine the A.S. would be pretty great, too.
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  17. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

    Top five products:

    Gillette Silver Blue
    Parker SRX
    Plissoft or Tuxedo synthetic bristles
    Fatip Grande
    Lilac Vegetal
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  18. jtface

    jtface Well-Known Member

    I'm with you on the Tuxedo brush and the Fatip Grande! I've yet to try GSB blades though!

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  19. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

    GSB is about as good as blades get. Never had any issues with them, whatsoever.

    Besides Boots and Tesco, what are other stores in the UK that sell mass-market shave products?

    I'll be in London and Manchester, England--and then Edinburgh/Glasgow, Scotland soon. I plan on bringing back some cheap fun stuff for the Americans to experience. I bought lots of Ingram and Boots house stuff last trip, as I am a fan of the drugstore type products.
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  20. jtface

    jtface Well-Known Member

    Superdrug sells Ingram's stuff.
    My local Morrison's sells Wilkinson Sword and Sainsbury's has their 'own' brand of shaving stuff. You'll need to go to the bigger stores and not the small 'local' branches.

    Do you have Body Shop in the US? They are a good shop for men's shaving/skincare. Of course there is the TOBS shop in London

    Unfortunately my local Asda now no longer stocks Palmolive shave sticks, so that's a bit a of a sad one!

    Oh, and Bodycare is another highstreet shop that sells shaving stuff! You can get Erasmic products there, as well as a few other shaving goodies.

    I must say that virtually all of my shaving purchases have been off the internet. There's not that much knocking about in shops in my area!

    I hope the information helps, Chris!

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