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    I recently decided to finally work my way through the several soap samples that I've accumulated over the last few years. I started with the Czech & Speake Oxford & Cambridge because there had been so much chatter here about it, and I've wanted to try it for a long time. The first shave had the clay-ish scent that some had described, but the second and third shaves had a wonderfully subtle but fragrant scent. The lather was amazing, I loved the texture, and it had excellent cushion and slickness. I really love this soap!

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    Good choice on the soap. That is good stuff.
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    Gentlemen,

    Every once in a while I like to try something new. Recently I’ve tried the Haircut and Shave Co’s shave cream. This is good stuff: it creates a rich and dense lather. The glide and the cushion are impressive. The fragrance is fresh and quite mild. According to the company, the scent blends petit grain, cardamom, lemon, orange and fur with floral middle notes. No, the scent is difficult to pinpoint. I like this cream. I think it is worth the First Tier level among artisan creams.
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    Catie’s Bubble shave soap in the gardenia scent is intoxicating. I am quite fond of the gardenia fragrance, and this soap serves an explosion of it. Love the stuff. The soap lathers well. Cushion and glide are good. The only drawback for me is that the lather’s texture could be more dense. Still it is good stuff. I think I’ll put it in the Second Tier. Had the lather been a wee bit more dense, the soap would have deserved to be in the First Tier.
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    Aloha!

    A few years ago, I was in New York City and stopped into the famous shaving emporium, Pasteur's Pharmacy. I had a nice chat with Leon the owner, and he showed me his new exclusive soap "Governor's Island". I think this is a one-off exclusive because I've not seen it anywhere else since. I obviously picked one up (Limit ONE). It's manufactured by Talbot Soap and has the following scents incorporated;

    Cyclamen
    Lemon
    Grapefruit
    Ylang-Ylang
    Oakmoss
    Musk
    Tonka Bean
    Sandalwood
    Amber
    Bergamot
    Cardamom
    Jasmine
    Lily of the Valley

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    Without a doubt, this is my favorite scented soap to date, and like most of you gents, I've been wet shaving for a very long time. I am glad I have 3/4 of a tub left. I only wish I had more.

    My 2nd favorite scent is definitely "Ariana and Evans Asian Plum". I love this scent and it's solidly in my top 5;

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    And as it happens, I also picked this up (with matching aftershave balm) from Pasteur's Pharmacy on that same trip. So my top 1 and 2 soap scents are from the same trip and the same shaving store. Odd but true. And both produce an incredible lather all around.

    -Zip
    "I get some lather and lather-up, then I get my razor and shave! Zip Zop, see that? My face Is ripped to shreads!"

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