Thanks for the heads up about the sale.As to soap, lower-cost soaps can and do provide delightful shaves. And, many of my soaps are in the lower cost arena. Yes, RR What the Puck was on sale yesterday with four pucks for $10, that's a whopping 14 ounces of soap at ~$.71 an ounce; surely this is a good low-cost option. Not the ~$.45/ounce or so for Arko in bulk, but still quite inexpensive. RR soaps, Arko, Cella, Tabac, La Toja, Mogno, and others are all in my den and fully enjoyed.
I'll admit, I'm a rabid PAA, WSP, and Stirling user, but if push came to shove, I could most definitely shave daily with La Toja stick (cut and pressed into bowl). La Toja is a great soap...good scent and very good performance/dollar....definitely my favorite low cost option.
I think one of the reason some people like to pay more for a shaving soap, is because for them the scent is very important just as the quality of the soap and expensive soaps tend to have unique scents compared to soaps like Arko or Proraso. I wouldn't mind if a soap has a good scent, but I don't really care unless it's very strong or I don't like it. When I shave, I pay attention on my technique, pressure, angle and what not and i'm almost blind to the scent.
If the scent is what some people care about, then good for them and they should buy what they want, but even though I consider my facial skin to be somewhat sensitive, I just don't believe that getting a more expensive soap is going to improve my shaving expirience 10 times like some people often claim that some soaps do. If my prep is done properly and I use any of my favorite blades and razors, I can get a great shave even with a low quality cream or a soap, but I just don't see how a more expensive soap is going to compensate if my prep isn't done properly and if I use a dull blade or a razor that has lots of blade chatter.
I’m sold on ARKO. Probably the cheapest soap out there and outstanding performance.Whilst I think the higher end soaps are excellent and give a wonderful shave, I've been trying some of the cheaper ,popular soaps and creams, some of which are new to me.
So far these are cella brick, MWF, and Praso, sensitive and green menthol.
These are so good, that I wonder if there are great differences between cheaper and more expensive soaps. Apart from expensive scent oils in the higher end stuff. So far, my fav is proraso menthol. I've a poor sense of smell, but this croap gives my skin a lovely tingling feeling , not irritating my skin, but a nice sensation, reminding me of Meißner Indian flavour.
Just my thoughts on these good value products.
I’m from aus …google artisan arcade he mainly stocks Stirling and is great to deal with it is $29 for a tub and he has lots of other goodies to ...just incase your interested..(ps there are 3 more soaps but i got them at a later date )I agree and tend to be in the value camp. Being in Australia makes this difficult though. Stirling might be cheap in the USA, it is absolutely not cheap here. Only one shop sells them and he sells the samples (I belive they're $3 a piece in the USA) for over $10 AUD. Ultimately, value is what you make of it. I don't really care how nourishing a soap is, as long as it isn't drying I will be happy. Slickness is paramount but frankly I'm yet to use anything which isn't slick enough (it is nicer to use more expensive products which feel slicker though). Scent is important too. I can't use something that I don't like at the end of the day, regardless of its price. I think the fact I don't have a big collection of soaps, creams and other consumables makes the prospect of overpaying substantially easier. Like, even if I were to spend $40 on around 120g of shave soap/cream...thats around 4 months of daily shaves. I can afford $10 a month.