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This shave-stick journey ends where it begins for many: Arko

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Arko is often the first experience many men have with a shave stick: it’s inexpensive, effective, and readily available. Its fragrance is not very noticeable—a clean-soap fragrance—and clearly not aimed to making any sort of statement. It’s a utilitarian soap, and quite good at its job.

The lather today was brought forth by Mühle’s Gen 2 synthetic, and it was quite a good lather. I’m liking this Fine slant a lot now that I’ve gauged the appropriate pressure: extremely light, as indicated by the light weight of the razor, a weight that seems totally appropriate in this context.

Three passes to a true BBS result—I’m still feeling my face—and then a good splash of Latha’s witch-hazel-based Post-Shave Splash. This seems to be no longer available, but it has exactly the ingredients of the Bathhouse aftershave splash so I presume it is also bottled from this ready-mix. As I noted in the previous shaving post, this is $34.30 for a gallon (128 fl. oz.), so if you use it for a DIY aftershave (e.g., for yourself and for gifts), you get 32 4-oz bottles of aftersahve: just over $1 per bottle. I would say that’s a bargain. Add to that the cost of the bottles, label stock for your printer, and the essential oil(s) you use for fragrance, it’s still pretty inexpensive. Bathhouse didn’t seem to use any fragrance at all, and it smelled good just from the ingredients.

Worth considering if you’re inclined to do that sort of thing. You’d need: bottles and a suitable orifice reducer (optional) and probably a funnel.

Written by Leisureguy

21 October 2019 at 9:40 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Michael – I am curious to ask about the Arko fragrance. Many guys have described it in very unflattering terms such as very strong unpleasant lemon scent reminiscent of cleaning fluid, smells like urinal cake, etc. On the other hand, you describe it differently, and I’m trying to sort that out. Could it be possible that your stick is old and any scent has dissipated? Please understand I am not criticizing you, merely trying to understand.



    21 October 2019 at 10:51 am

  2. That’s certainly a possibility, since the stick is indeed old and sits open as shown. Perhaps that’s the best approach for those who dislike the fragrance: open all their Arko sticks and let them start losing fragrance. I did not comment earlier on another stick that I recall it as having a stronger fragrance (the Valobra stick, I think). It too is fairly old. D.R. Harris and Mama Bear and Kell’s Original and some others finesse the problem of lost fragrance by allowing you to cap the stick when it’s not in use, and I notice those old QED sticks (which are capped) still have quite noticeable fragrance.

    Perhaps I’ll buy a fresh Arko to compare.



    21 October 2019 at 11:22 am

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