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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2012
Scent Name: LemonSize Name: RefillVerified Purchase
I got the Art of Shaving (AoS) set for my birthday last year. I had seen their stuff before but always been intimidated by the price. After applying the cream, it is immediately a very different sensation than that of my old go to Barbasol. It is definitely less 'fluffy' in fact it is quite thick and dense which used to be what I avoided in shaving, but in exchange for fluffy you get slippery and slick. The soap lathers up less quickly than some others I have tried namely Taylor of Bond Street(TOBS). TOBS is second rate in comparison, put simply it burns my skin. I used the sandalwood product in both soap varieties. If you read up about shave geek's favorite soaps AoS is commonly listed as a favorite, and is considered one of the best!

You may still be intimidated by the price, but let me tell you this: it lasts for eons! I think it took almost a year to finish the soap!

As far as the cream vs. soap question, I like the soap better, it feels thicker and more protective and I never nick myself with it on. I talked to the associate at the Las Vegas retail outlet who recommended the soap for the low maintenance man than the cream because it does not dry out. The soap doesn't dry out, and it is harder to waste compared to the cream which no one knows how much to use. The cream does 'lather up' more than the soap, but I'm not looking for mountains of lather, more like a coat. If I had to draw an analogy, you can get cream type lather from a cream, while you get more gel type lather from a soap.

I use the AoS fine badger brush and am a convert. I'll never go back to cheap gels and creams.

Edit: I've heard they have a new formulation. I've tried it, and it is also very very good. I still have both, but I think the new formulation is better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
Scent Name: SandalwoodSize Name: W/BowlVerified Purchase
I am a traditional wet shaver and have been so for many years. I have tried the "latest and greatest" offerings and always return to the most comfortable and enjoyable shaving experience I know which is traditional wet shaving. I enjoy The Art of Shaving soaps very much and consider them top shelf. The sandalwood is outstanding and gives a wonderful close shave with excellent lubricity. It lathers easily with any fine brush and has a very enjoyable fragrance. This is one of the soaps that I will always have in my shaving supply rotation. I highly recommend this fine soap to all wet shavers. If you have not tried traditional wet shaving yet, this would be a great soap to start that enjoyable experience. The vendor was top shelf as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
Scent Name: SandalwoodSize Name: RefillVerified Purchase
I have been using the Art of Shaving products for a couple of years now. As their nearest mall outlet is some miles from my home I decided to try buying my shaving bowl refill through Amazon. I like the mild sandalwood scent, which seems to coexist very nicely with the Calvin Klein Euphoria cologne I use. This shaving soap continues to lather well right down to the last few bits in the bottom of the bowl when it is time to order a new refill. I have used the comparable Crabtree and Evelyn shaving soap, which costs about 1/3 of this Art of Shaving product, but our local Crabtree and Evelyn mall outlet closed and their web site is out of stock when I check. This is a great product but I downgraded it from five stars to four because of the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2014
Scent Name: SandalwoodSize Name: Refill
I have used everything known to man, as far a mens shaving products are concerned. I have what you call is a "blue beard", very dark, tough beard. This product is expensive, but lasts a long time and much better for daily shaving and better on the skin. Excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2014
Scent Name: SandalwoodSize Name: RefillVerified Purchase
I bought this for my husband for Valentine's. It smells AMAZING and from what he said is a very nice product to use.
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on April 1, 2013
Scent Name: LemonSize Name: RefillVerified Purchase
I had no idea that there was such a thing as a hard shaving soap that produced such a smooth, rich, and lubricating lather as TAoS' shaving soap. I've been using TOBS' soap - and it's good, don't get me wrong - but this brings it to a whole new level. The benefit of a soap is that it lasts forever and is easy to control the amount of soap that you use. This soap adds an additional benefit of providing a rich lather easily, a subtle lemon scent, and great lubrication for shaving.
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on September 15, 2013
Scent Name: LemonSize Name: RefillVerified Purchase
I love Art of Shaving products. They work very well for what they are intended. With a good brush, it foams up to a good thick lather. If it is not doing that for you, your brush may be too wet. Shake it off some before starting to brush the soap.

The scent on this is very light, but it's there. Don't expect it to linger after rinsing off, but then it doesn't interfere with any cologne you put on later.
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on January 7, 2014
Scent Name: SandalwoodSize Name: RefillVerified Purchase
I'm in my late 60's and just starting using shaving soap and brush a little over a year ago. I could kick myself for not having started as a teenager. The brushed on soap is much better for shaving, in my opinion, than aerosol foams. The Art of Shaving refill soaps (I use them in a wooden shaving bowl) are excellent. They lubricate the face very well, smell nice, and lather up easily with the brush.
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on October 11, 2013
Scent Name: UnscentedSize Name: Refill
I originally bought this as a stockings stuffer for " the man who has everything" and was hoping it would actually get used. That was 3 years ago and many refills and more products purchased later. We had to purchase a second set for travel, including the brush, soap, and razor. I would love to have this much success with every gift I give!!
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on September 11, 2013
Scent Name: SandalwoodSize Name: RefillVerified Purchase
I bought this for my husband for his birthday, he had been using Art of Shaving shaving cream (the pre fluffed kind) which he liked but he really wanted to try his hand at the cake of soap. He really enjoys the smell, I foresee this will last a long time!
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