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Hard Creams (Croaps)

If you've whipped up a lather on a puck of soap and a bowl of cream, you might find the best of both worlds with a croap. This hybrid between a soap and a cream is common with many of today's artisans.

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Finding the exact definition of "croap" is the debate of blogs, chat rooms, and forums, for our purposes, a croap is a soft soap/hard cream that you start (proto-lather) in the container and finish in a bowl or mug (or even face/palm). Many of our artisan soap makers fall into the croap camp. You might love Chiseled Face, Al's Shaving Cream, or Taconic. They often whip up frothy mounds of lather in a quick hurry. No Frankenstein this - just a wonderful amalgam of soap and cream.

Hard Creams (Croaps) Reviews
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Better IMHO for sensitive skin than the Proraso "White"
I've been using Proraso "White" in my rotation because it's labeled for use with sensitive skin but it has menthol in it. Menthol while loved by many, and that's fine, is not a great choice for sensitive skin. Proraso "Red" is IMHO, much more "skin-friendly". When you elect to preform a daily 3 pass shave and an alum block, you need all the help you can get especially under the chin.



This croap whips up into a nice thick lather. It's also a great travel soap as it comes in its own bowl.
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Sharp Dressed Indeed
Stirling soaps are at the top of my list from a quality/price standpoint. You will be hard pressed to find a slicker, better quality soap at this price. The pucks are a harder soap, so one container will last a very long time. The amount of cushion is amazing, and easily compares with a few of my other favorites, such as I Coloniali, and Tabac



Stirling soaps are very easy to lather with a wet brush. After about 30 seconds of swirling, I have enough soap loaded for a 3-pass shave.



Slickness is where they really shine in my opinion. The slickness is as good as any high priced soap out there that I have tried.

The scent is described as "Patterned after the famous Green Irish Tweed scent that was created for Cary Grant". I don't know about Green Irish Tweed. All I know is it's a nice scent that I can only describe as having a citrus base to it. Equally as important, the little woman likes the scent too. The scent strength is where I knock this down a point or two as it doesn't stay with you all day. I prefer a scent that lingers.



With regards to cushion, Stirling is hard to beat when it comes to the quality of their soap, with cushion being a huge factor for me. The thickness of the lather is as good as anything else I've got, making your razor glide across your whiskers without the worry of any post-shave razor burn.

I finish with their matching aftershave, which I'm sure will render this opinion flawed, but the post-shave feel is heavenly. My face feels soft and powdery smooth without feeling dry or soapy. Just right.
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fantastic product
One of my absolute favorite soaps of all time. I happen to love citrusy scents so this scent appealed to me. The scent is stronger than most soaps but it fades a little while shaving so it shouldn't be overpowering where you smell it through your aftershave. It is a hard puck so i'd advise to soak it for a little while but i don't know that the brush matters; i had no problem with a silver tip badger building a nice lather.

performance is great with a great cushion and slickness. skin was smooth after as well. it is also a large puck and being it's so hard i anticipate it lasting a while and being worth the 20 bucks.

overall, excellent soap and totally worth the price.
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FANTAstic
I got this at a crazy price from another seller on a sale. It's my favorite Italian soap hands down, from the way it lathers, it's protection, and the scent! Very creamy Fanta scent!
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J.M Fraser's shaving cream
Very fine lather, with a hint of lemon.
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Best Company To Worn With Best Product on the market
I have to say working with Rod and Staff at Stirling Soap exemplifies what customer service should look like in every exquisite business setting. To give even higher praise their product is equal to their customer service. This smells and feels of Stirling's products are that of a dream. Couldn't say enough good words about this artisan company. True high end product true EXQUISITE customer service. Thanks and god bless!



Rio from Arizona
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