Polish Review: Saphir M'Dor vs JL Paris vs AE

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by brokentelephone, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. quar

    quar Senior member

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    It's all about the smell. Saphir/JLP polish is intoxicating. I'd slather it all over myself if it weren't so expensive.

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  2. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    Saphir isn't that expensive. Saphir Pate de Luxe 50ml is € 4,50 100ml = € 8,50
     
  3. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    this thread needs more pictures
     
  4. Kuro

    Kuro Senior member

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    This thread could really do with some pics.

    this thread needs more pictures

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  5. RockJaw

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    JL does source their stuff from Saphir. Avel makes special recipes for them, but it is basically the same/similar to the retail product.

    Burgol is also a good product, especially their sole oil and leather cream.

    What nobody ever talks about it polishing brushes, and I am sick of picking bits of hair off my shoes from crappy polish brushes.

    I recently bought a pair of "Yakhaar" brushes made by Burgol (I think) and I was really impresses with the shine the brush left on a shoe touched up with Saphir wax.

    I wonder whether somebody could post some pics of brushes?
     
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    This thread could really do with some pics.

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    (Hope Foo doesn't get all excited over the gloves again.)
     
  8. TheTukker

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    This is good stuff ladies, but the thread could really use some pics of the polished shoes.

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  9. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    Thank for your original post a few years ago.

    I believe this was one of the first Google Search items (using the "vs") I found that led me to explore many more testimonials on the internet, including television news spots in San Francisco, and Esquire Magazine.

    I also spoke to Nick at B Nelson Shoes in NYC, and he wrote that sometime after he started using Saphir - he adopted the brand as his first choice.

    All my best,

    David
     
  10. brokentelephone

    brokentelephone Senior member

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    I realize this comparison wasn't perfect by any means, but glad you enjoyed the post.

    I've now found a source of Saphir very close to my home in London (Chelsea Green Cobbler, if anyone reads this in London) so I've switched to Saphir exclusively -- having a local source muted my obsession completely. I now just use it as if it's Kiwi and that's that.
     
  11. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    Yes, a recent polish routine removed the streaks and creases (from being noticed) for me too. Although the Renovateur was $22 and the Polish Cream and Wax were additional - I found that very little application goes a long way - which adjusts the cost downward over the year.
     
  12. havingaraveup

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    JLP is definitely rebranded saphir. It smells the same, and behaves the same way
     
  13. brokentelephone

    brokentelephone Senior member

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    Not all of it, tho. Some JLP creme is made in the UK and doesn't smell anything like the Saphir equivalent.

    I also thing some JLP is Saphir standard, and some Medaille d'Or (i.e., colours of creme that aren't sold in the M D'or line generally).
     
  14. Byron Perez

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    I am looking to buy my first set of Saphir waxes and cremes. I have Epaulet NY and Leather Soul Hawaii as possible retailers. Any thoughts? Thanks.
     
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    ^There are lots of sources. Will at asuitablewardrobe.com and Kirby at the hangerproject.com also come to mind immediately. Both Will and Kirby are terrific.
     

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