I like the Derby creams. Easy to lather, decent slickness, face feel is alright, and the price is right. It's my favorite inexpensive cream. I actually like the Lavender best, but the Lemon is good too. I haven't tried the Menthol or the Original yet. I have, and will, buy them again.
These are my top 10 out of what I have used so far, since I haven't tried everything.
1. Irisch Moos
2. Stetson CM
4. Proraso Red
5. Pinaud Special Reserve
6. Pinaud Bay Rum
7. AV Ice Blue
8. Pinaud Clubman
10. (Old) Old Spice
This list may change when I get the chance to try...
I love Arko, but haven't used the Derby stick. I hear most tend to like the Derby scent better, and it has equal performance. All soaps work, it is just a matter of preference, and what works best with your skin. I think artisan soaps, and more mass market soaps are good, so it's up to the...