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on January 26, 2012
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.