I tried shaving a couple of days with Arko. The smell, to me, is not bad. It smells like hotel soap. I could shave with it, but it was kind of dry feeling, for want of a better word. It didn't have enough slickness for my liking. I didn't get as close of a shave as I prefer, though it was okay.
Next, I tried shaving a couple of days with La Toja. I already like this soap for DE safety razor use. The smell of La Toja is a lot better. It is clean and pleasing. It left me smelling like I had actually bathed and shaved. It was easier to get a thick, rich lather in my bowl with the La Toja. The shave quality was a bit better than the Arko, for my face. I got a fairly close shave and it was a bit slicker than the Arko. Overall, the La Toja was the best of the two.
Like the Arko, the La Toja can be mixed with other things, or mashed into a jar.
Neither of these soaps are as good as a top tier soap like A&E. However, the La Toja is acceptable, but the Arko was not as enjoyable.