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Arko Shaving Soap A shaving classic… Its creamy formula provides easy and comfortable shave.
Jason – December 2, 2013:
This is an excellent soap that lathers well regardless of water ph. I use it as a baseline when testing new razors or blades because of the consistency with which it produces good lather. The scent is kind of a generic body soap smell. It isn’t very aggressive, and I have found it compatible with all kinds of other scents in super lathers.
knutflush – December 19, 2013:
One of the easiest lathering soaps around. It practically explodes when your brush hits your face. The lemon scent isn’t going to have you jumping for joy, but it’s reasonably innocuous IMHO.
Donald – March 22, 2014:
Great soap. Very soft for a stick soap. Smell very similar to ivory soap, but you could add some essential oil to your lather to jazz it up if you have it. Very versatile. You can mold it to the bottom of your shaving dish, rub the stick on the bottom of the bowl, pinch a tiny bit off and smear it on the bottom of the bowl, or just hold the stick and lather from the stick. Lathers fast and is very dense. Gets fluffy if you like that. I like to leave it a little wet when I’m using a straight razor. One of the best features is that it is so clean rinsing. Rinses easily out of the brush. Pretty decent protection and lubrication, too, Just don’t overwork the lather or it will dry too rapidly.
tgardiner – June 9, 2014:
I love this stuff. Has a nice traditional clean smell. Lathers up really well and protects against razor burn. Use it all the time when shaving my head in the shower.
David – June 29, 2014:
A classic shaving soap. The scent is a nice, subdued clean citrus. Perfect for either bowl or face lathering. The softness also adds versatility to how it is used – you can mash the stick into your bowl, you can leave it as a stick, pinch a little off, whatever. It produces a wonderfully consistent lather, almost in spite of anything that can ruin lathers. All in all, this is my baseline for comparing all other shave soaps and is my baseline when trying new blades.
Zachary – August 15, 2014:
Arko shaving sticks are a great soap and are easy for beginners to use. Great lather, extremely affordable, and a decent scent. The scent is a very light lemon scent but mostly just smells like soap. For the price it’s always worth a try.
knightmare1015 – September 5, 2014:
This stuff is really good except for the scent which I can compare to an “old school” of ivory which is tolerable. It works best if you use a little bit of elbow grease and press it into a bowl instead of face lathering. It had really good cushioning ability and had a really good amount of slickness during the shave. The post shave results was ok. This stuff didn’t dry out the skin and has a clean but slick post shave feeling.
Bruce Benjamin – March 1, 2015:
I love this stuff. Has a great clean smell. Easy to lather and the scent last. This is my goto soap.
Mark – June 17, 2015:
I’ve accumulated a plethora of shaving soaps over time, but nothing compares to an Arko stick. I prefer to press it down into an Old Spice mug and face lather with a decent boar brush. I love the smell, and I love the slick lather. An incredible product. I wish I had been introduced to it sooner. Good Stuff….
Steven – June 18, 2015:
Consistently great lather, inexpensive and simply gets the job done. The scent reminds me of the scent of hand soap that you commonly get in a hotel. Very convenient for travel.
Freddy Ramirez – July 11, 2015:
I used it for years. This is a no frills soap without the luxuries of a great post-shave or scent. It lathers very easily in hard water. If you can’t lather this, I don’t know what to tell you. Some people find it smells very offensive but it just smells like Ivory soap. It performs or even out matches some high end soaps such as Martin de Candre.
Carl – September 27, 2015:
Best bang for the buck of all soaps and creams, IMO. Cheap yet outstanding performance and great shelf life too. This soap is very dense, so it lasts and shaves a long time. It has tallow for great protection and a very nice post shave.The only drawback IMO is it has a cheap industrial lemon plus an Ivory soap smell to it. Its rather mild in scent so it takes scent additions (essential and fragrant oils) very well. I have concocted a few nice scent variations for it and consider the drawback solved. Don’t tell the Arko folks but I’d be buying this product at twice the price.
Chris – May 4, 2016:
By far my favourite shaving soap, especially for the price 🙂
Matt – May 6, 2016:
Okay, look. This stuff lathers effortlessly. EFFORTLESSLY. And it’s a great lather, too, thick, slick, with loads of cushion and glide. Great feel on the face, slick and protective. It is simply amazing. It easily outperforms much more expensive soaps. Not the best moisturizing properties, but even a halfway decent aftershave will see to that.
The smell takes some getting used to. I would best describe it as old-school tallow soap. At first it is somewhat objectionable, but after a few times it really, really grows on you.
Chris – May 28, 2016:
I’ve tried a handful of commercial shaving soaps during the last couple of years (Derby, Williams, Palmolive) and this one is still my favorite. Price wise? Don’t even ask, one stick can last several months. Arko lathers easily (face/brush lather is the preferred method) and mixes well with a liquid additive like KMF. A 3-pass from a single lather is easy to build on a shaving brush, no problem. The smell is nice too, sort of lemony. But I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone to sample a few of the in-house brands on here, maybe it’s time for something new.
Naoki – June 15, 2016:
I’ve been using Arko Shave Stick for a little over one year now, pressed into an old Razorock soap container. Over the course of that year, I mostly lathered it with an AOS pure badger brush, and got pretty decent results. Recently, I started using a synthetic, Plisson-style brush (Razorock Plissoft Bruce Handle) to lather this soap, and got AMAZING results. Dense, explosive, slick lather–enough to do well over 4 passes. I also tried lathering with a Semogue 830 brush, and the results were pretty good, but not as good as with the Plissoft brush.
As far as scent, a lot of reviewers liken it to lemon. For me, the predominant scent note is that of pine. Maybe what I’m really thinking of is Pine-Sol. Either way, it is a fresh, clean scent. The description of “cheap hotel soap” also resonates with me because that scent reminds me of going on vacation as a kid. I give Arko shave stick 5 stars because it delivers superior performance at such a low price, allowing even the most budget-conscious men to get great, luxurious shaves. I would bet that one stick would last me well over 6 months, and at $2.50 per stick, it’s cheaper than shaving with a can of Barbasol. Try it with an open mind, and you will understand why this product has such a massive following.
John Webb – September 7, 2016:
Hated this stuff at first. It stinks. Some say mild ivory soap, I’d says strong. I pressed it in a bowl and left it to the air while I used other soaps. When I got back to it… I liked it. I like it more and more as I use it. It takes a bit of water to get it going. I run it under the tap for a couple seconds then a wetter than normal brush to load the brush then face lather. Now it’s in my top 5 favorite sosps.
Steve – November 20, 2016:
Perfect travel soap. I used it during a three-week business trip over the summer, and hardly made a dent in the stick. The scent reminded me of old school (1960’s/70’s) mechanic’s hand soap at first, but it mellows over time. I use this at least twice a week at home, usually when I’m in a hurry.
Andrew Trumble – December 10, 2016:
I used Arko for the first time today, it seems to be a love it, or hate it item so I had to check it out for myself. The scent is… interesting. To me it smells like a lemon candy, such as Lemon shocktarts/sweet tarts or something, I don’t pick up a “Lemon Pledge” or “urinal cake” smell as others have described it on forums. The scent actually grew on me during the shave. I watched several videos on how to use it, and had no problem rubbing the stick onto my face and lathering it with my boar brush from there. I found it was quite thirsty and I had to go back to the sink a few times to re-wet my brush to get a good lather; but once it lathered, it really lathered! I had a very comfortable BBS shave, the soap had good slickness, and cushion. It won’t be replacing any of my Stirling soaps anytime soon, but it will be added into my rotation.
For like $2.50/stick it’s worth trying, don’t just take someone else’s opinion that it is the most disgusting, awful soap ever. The one thing I could recommend if you enjoy it and plan on buying/using it regularly, is to get one of the capped “twist-up deodorant stick” style holders for it, I really wish Maggard sold them on here.
Just saw the twist up container, my bad.
tom – February 24, 2017:
Really likes to lather, creates the stereotypical thick heavy yogurt like lather that doesn’t help much with cleaning the razor during the shave. smell is close to generic laundry detergents it has been over blown from time to time.
For me with thick coarse hair, it actually impeded the razor and blade from gliding against the skin and cutting hair. And it created a rather horrid burning sensation for me.
colin – August 3, 2017:
Amazing on-the-go soap, Couldnt ask for anything more convenient to take my wet shaving hobby with me
ggnesbitt – September 23, 2017:
Arko was my first soap when I got into this wet shaving and I love the stuff. It’s a very polarising product due in no small part to the scent. I’ve heard every derogatory term under the sun to describe it but it just smells like a very clean lemony scent to me. It’s very powerful once you unwrap it but it does calm down the longer it’s left out. My mind hasn’t changed over the past four and a half years, I still love the smell, it is what it is, very clean smelling.
With that out of the way, let’s get on to performance. You need only look at it and it will lather! Seriously though, it lathers like nothing else and it’s a brilliant product to start with as it’s cheap and you’ll have your lather building technique built up in no time at all. Whilst it isn’t the slickest soap, you need to play about with water content, you can’t deny the amount of cushion it affords. Post shave can also suffer if the amount of water isn’t right either. I keep mine for travelling now as it’s very tolerant to water hardness differences. All in all, Arko is a rite of passage and at least needs to be tried, it’s the gold standard in lather making. It’s also fantastic value for money.
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