Originally Posted by JLibourel
I've been using Caswell-Massey soap since I started shaving with a brush and soap. I note that no one else has mentioned it. Any idea of how it stacks up in comparison to the others? I have no particular complaints, but once my supply has been exhausted, I'd be open to suggestions for something better.
I can never understand this obsession with DE razors. I used the damn things for 28 years--no way I would ever go back!
I've heard that Caswell-Massey can be fairly variable between the product lines, which isn't too unusual: Crabtree & Evelyn is the same way in having one exceptional product (which they discontinued) and the rest of the line paling by comparison. That said, you've no doubt read the recs on this thread, which are all quite good. Also, if you can tolerate lanolin, I've heard that Mitchell's Wool Fat is exceptional as well.
As for the DE obsession: my first DE was a Gilette Tech and I hated it very very badly. Shaving with it was a miserable experience, and even water burned my face after shaving. Switching to the Merkur HD was an incredible upgrade IMHO.