What is your opinion on fine shaving creams and hard soaps? Do you like Trumpers, Coates, Taylors, Truefitt & Hill? Post your reviews and opinions here!
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Post by Tinman » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:05 am

Back in Sept, during a business trip to Germany I stopped in a Muellers to restock my dwindling supply of soap. I was really after the inexpensive (but good!) stuff--Speick and Palmolive sticks. I saw the jar of Tabac at what I thought a good price, so picked it up as well.

I've been working my way through a puck of PdP and realizing this will take many months (haven't even gotten below the threads on the can and I've been using it for several weeks) and decided to break out the Tabac to try it. Nice surprise. Very easy lathering, great shaving. The scent is different but I like it and expect it would grow on me even more after regular use.

I've been using traditional brush/cream/soap since 2009 and have tried many soaps and creams, but not liking to have limited storage space overflowing, I usually only have a few things on hand and finish them up before buying more. There are lot's of soaps and creams that I am eager to try but the current ones all go pretty slow and I don't restock often, so it's taken me a long time to get around to trying Tabac. Glad I did. Looking forward to when I start working my way through this puck.

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Re: Tabac

Post by rustyblade » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:33 am

I have an open bowl of Tabac that I've been using on an off since 2005. Still has a decent amount of scent to it.

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Re: Tabac

Post by jww » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:37 am

Tabac has a scent that is not only unique, it is also quite isolating. I really like the scent, but I can't use it as a daily driver mainly because it is harsh on my skin. It is a fabulous latherer that's for sure. It works equally well with all my brushes including my budget synthetic from The Body Shop.

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Re: Tabac

Post by 95% » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:40 am

Tabac was one of my early favorites after joining SMF. I went through the jar in a couple of years, then never thought to reorder it. Well, I just have, reestablishing my bond with the stuff after a long hiatus. The lather is superb, of course, but it's that rare fragrance which so distinguishes this soap. Assertive, to be sure, but if you pay close attention you'll catch a delightful whiff of sweet tobacco leaf. It's one of life's small pleasures.

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Re: Tabac

Post by a-cut-above » Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:51 am

I always look forward to Tabac as I rotate through my soaps. The tallow-based lather is tops and I love the scent.

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Re: Tabac

Post by TheMonk » Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:08 pm

Love the Tabac soap (hate the cream, though). I find the scent to be very nice, and the performance as well. There's just no way to get a bad lather with Tabac.

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Re: Tabac

Post by kronos9 » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:34 pm

jww wrote:(snip)I really like the scent, but I can't use it as a daily driver mainly because it is harsh on my skin.(/snip).
Yes, there's something about Tabac that affects my skin, although not in an extreme way, therefore it's still in my rotation. I tried TRBeck's idea of relathering a third time just to let the lather sit. Not a good result. A bit of burn. Better to lather, shave, and rinse without letting the product remain on the skin for too long.

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Re: Tabac

Post by J T » Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:33 pm

I really enjoy Tabac. Great scent, awesome lather and a fabulous shave. The only soap I use more than Tabac... The Fat
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Re: Tabac

Post by Squire » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:16 pm

Really like the lather but not too keen on the scent.

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Re: Tabac

Post by Brutus » Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:16 am

Tabac invariable has me thinking of the 50's.

Even though I don't know for sure, I strongly suspect that my dad must have used Tabac at that time.

I like the unique scent but it has something decidedly old-fashioned about it.
Nice, but not something I use too often.


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Re: Tabac

Post by ShadowsDad » Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:48 pm

I like everything about Tabac. For me it's a keeper.

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Re: Tabac

Post by brothers » Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:06 pm

Some soaps are sudsy (they like to make big bubbles) by nature, and to me that's a negative. There's nothing sudsy about good old Tabac. It's the thick rich shiny soap they all strive to be.

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Re: Tabac

Post by The_Metatron » Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:26 pm

It's pretty much all I use. As for its effect on the ladies, well, sixty percent of the time, it works every time.

My wife likes it, and I like it. Job done.
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Re: Tabac

Post by stagger » Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:22 am

When I think of shave soap, Tabac is the first soap that comes to mind. Very affordable, pleasant fragrance (to me), and produces a thick,slick lubricating lather. If there is a "better" shave soap out there, I have yet to run across it. YMMV
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