Tabac - why did I wait so long?

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Tabac - why did I wait so long?

Post by scoop » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:34 am

A recent move to the US has prompted me to look beyond 'home grown' products (especially as I can no longer have a wander around Jermyn Street to pick up essentials).
Given it's popularity, I thought it was about time I tried Tabac. Given that the soaps in my usual rotation (Trumper's and MWF) take a little more effort than most for lather production, I was not prepared for how easy it was with the Tabac. Copius amounts of comfortable, cushioning lather - and a fragrance that wasn't as off putting to my nose as to some on here. Perhaps I should have tried a puck when I first started with this 'hobby'!!
I can see why the good doctor seems to have a stockpile...

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Post by JarmoP » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:03 am

On cold winter months and spring too and even in summer, Tabac is certainly one of my fave soaps. Same time I hate all other Tabac products like AS.
It washes clean away and though I really like the scent of the soap the other Tabac products get foul in scent on my skin.

My main AS is Musgo Real in cold times and I did not like it too much on last summer I must say it is my fave scent now.
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Post by SRD » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:04 am

This performed well for me but I did not enjoy using it.

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Post by BeatlesFan » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:56 am

Ahhhhhhhhh. Tabac.

First, let me say that I've never understood any of the folks who don't enjoy its scent. For me, scent is about .0001% of the total shave experience, so I mostly just don't care. Nevertheless, I more or less LIKE the scent, very solid and masculine I think.

Which leads us to . . . everything else. Which is to say, lather quality, cushion, comfort, slickness, moisturizing, rinsability, and skin-friendliness. In all of which, I'd give it A++++, 100%.

In Greek philosophy, each item of matter in the material world is deemed to be a reflection of an ideal "Form." These Forms are thought of as the "essence" of various objects. Philosophers held that the world of Forms is transcendent to our own world (the world of substances) and also is the essential basis of reality. Being on a higher plane than matter, Forms are the most pure of all things.

Allow me to submit that Tabac shaving soap might just possibly be (in the Greek philosopher sense), the ideal "Form" as regards shaving soap! I couldn't improve on it, and I find all the grousing about its scent to be quite irrelevant and beside the point. Tabac is as good as it gets. Let's hope to God it never gets re-formulated!

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Post by Dave_D » Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:00 pm

An excellent performing soap, reasonably priced and a go-to item.

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Post by drmoss_ca » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:36 pm

Tabac: Soap of the Gods.

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Post by gil3591 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:17 pm

it's the best. i love using my big omega boar with it
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Post by LookingGlass » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:23 pm

One of my favorite soaps....a pure pleasure to use....especially with the trusty Semogue 1305. :D :D


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Post by stagger » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:04 pm

LookingGlass wrote:One of my favorite soaps....a pure pleasure to use....especially with the trusty Semogue 1305. :D :D

Ed nailed it.
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Post by fallingwickets » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:16 am

Which leads us to . . . everything else
I disagree with you. besides all the lathering qualities of tabac, what it does is it envelops the senses so that when you do use it you are in sensory overload making the experience that much richer.

1. Sight packed in inviting looking jar,,,,simple, elegant, majestically minimalistic
2. Sound The raising of the lid, brush swirling on soap, clinking sound when its replaced on the counter top
3. Smell. the wonderful scent
4. Touch the smooth cool solid surface of jar
5. comment :lol:

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Post by Squire » Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:02 am

The jar is good for holding paper clips, I'll give you that.

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Post by desertbadger » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:08 pm

Simply a superb shave soap.

Gotta have the "Fat"!

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Post by Gweezemeister » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:00 pm

ahhhh....the Greek philosopher - most likely western society's first known deadbeats. I can see Aristotle's mother saying: "Aristo....get a f* job" to which he'd answer: "no...mah...I'm thinking"

Irrespective, I go beyond merely agreeing with the above posts...I AGREEK!!! Tabac is fine soap and the smell is great.

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Post by jtpca » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:50 am

It is fabulous and German.

Take an Omega Lucretia Borgia put on some Birkenstocks and lather away - what could be finer?

If you really want the entire experience, why not a Tabac screensaver or wallpaper ??

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Post by drumana » Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:04 pm

Tabac and I had a wonderful affair. I went through two pucks of it before I got annoyed with the scent. It's been years, and though I look fondly on those times I don't regret breaking off the relationship.

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Post by Gweezemeister » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:02 pm

Andrew - who's the lucky puck nowadays?!


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Post by crackstar » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:28 pm

Tabac, Tabac, Tabac--I love that soap--I owe myself more shaves with it.

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Post by bernards66 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:21 pm

I'm with Squire, definately not for me. I found the Tabac shave soap to lather easily and well but I could not abide the scent. It also irritated my skin, which might have been caused by the heavy scenting, I don't know. It's one of those products that I can appreciate why some shavers are fond of it, but I am not one of them.

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Post by jww » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:15 am

I too have kept away from Tabac simply because I find the scent to be farr too harsh on my sinuses. Simple as that.

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Post by drumana » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:24 pm

Gweezemeister wrote:Andrew - who's the lucky puck nowadays?!

Mostly Queen Charlotte Soaps - the sandalwood in particular. Hard to beat, IMO.

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